I'm a undergrad college junior right now but I've never got an internship because during my sophomore year I thought I was not qualified for any out there. Up until this point I still don't think I can do much.
I happened to talk to a staff of the career development in my school a few days ago. I started being very timid and confused, saying, "I don't think I'm qualified for any internship.... it's like I don't have all the required skills and I'm just average at what I'm doing..." Then she abruptly interrupted me and said, "It is an internship."
I understand her point. But shouldn't you just not waste anyone's time if you are not helpful to anyone? I guess I can do certain thing because at least I'm a normal person who can handle her life smoothly on a daily basis, and I do have certain skills, but when I start to think more about job and internship, like really seriously thinking about that matter, I'm fully convinced that I am not good enough for any position I have seen online. She said that I was psyching myself out. I don't know.
First of all, how do you read the qualification/ requirement on the internship position information and properly evaluate yourself? For example, "excellent photoshop skill," "Excellent oral and written communications skills; able to provide outstanding customer service to exhibitors, vendors, sponsors, etc" "strong organizational skills are a must." (These are random items.) How to you evaluate those bold words? What do they even mean? What is the standard for "excellent, strong, and outstanding?" How do you know how well you meet those criteria?
Sure I can communicate through writing, as what I'm doing now and hopefully you guys understand what I'm trying to say, but I don't think it's excellent, just average things everyone can do, and I always make grammar mistakes. (My oral is really awful but the weak points here don't matter because I already know that I don't qualified for it) The problem is that I don't know if I am assessing myself accurately and that if my ability match the criteria, which I don't know either.
And the "a must" thing is so strong that I immediately know I fail on that part. I am not an expert on all those things, like I'm not an English major or someone who has been working at customer service for ten years. I consider my skill level on all the above as just the level of an average guy on the street, or worse than that. But hey, if you tell me, "you must do the customer service tomorrow!" I will try my best doing that, even though my oral is really bad, but I can do good, hopefully, at other parts of customer service to try compensating the verbal part, like all the behind-the-scene work.
Second, let's say there are ten items on the list of qualifications, and I meet 8 or 9 of them but is really weak at the remaining one or two, should I still apply for the position?
Third, how do those of you who have done both summer and fall/ spring internships feel? Are the fall/ spring semester internship generally more stressful because of schoolwork than summer internship, at a time when you are free of study?
Now I think I'm not prepared for internship in summer, and thinking about the alternative of fall internship, and learn as much as I can during the summer.
Last question, is it reaaaally bad for me not to do any internship during the upcoming summer, which is before my SENIOR year? Will it be too late if I put it off to the fall? I feel really bad because I have friends who have already been doing that since last semester (her first semester of junior year).