10 questions to ask an employer when interviewing for an internship

10 questions to ask an employer when interviewing for an internship was originally published on College Recruiter.

One of the biggest mistakes that college and university students and recent graduates and others early in their careers make when trying to land an internship is to be too passive during the interview process. A good recruiter or hiring manager, and most are, want you to ask questions. Asking questions demonstrates inquisitiveness and critical thinking skills, both of which are valued by the vast majority of employers.

When you’re interviewing for an internship, be sure to gather as much information as possible to ensure the role aligns with your career goals, learning objectives, and personal values. Here are ten:

  • Can you describe the day-to-day responsibilities of this internship?
    • This question helps you understand what your routine might look like and the tasks you’ll be expected to perform.
  • How does the company support professional development for interns?
    • Learning about development opportunities can give you insight into how much the company invests in its interns’ growth.
  • Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
    • Knowing about the team’s dynamics and structure can help you assess how well you’ll fit into the company culture.
  • What are the company’s values, and how do they influence decisions and actions here?
    • Understanding a company’s values is crucial for determining if you’ll feel aligned and motivated by its mission and way of operating.
  • What are some projects that past interns have worked on?
    • This question provides a glimpse into the level of responsibility and type of work interns are given, indicating how much you might learn and contribute.
  • How does the company measure the success of its interns?
    • Getting clarity on evaluation criteria can help you understand what’s expected of you and how to excel in your role.
  • Is there an opportunity for this internship to turn into a full-time position?
    • If you’re hoping your internship could lead to a longer-term opportunity, it’s important to understand the company’s track record and any potential pathways.
  • What is the company’s approach to feedback for interns?
    • Regular feedback is essential for your professional development, so knowing how and when feedback is provided can be a deciding factor.
  • Can you describe the company’s culture?
    • The company culture encompasses the work environment, ethics, and the social aspect of work life. Understanding this can help you determine if you’ll enjoy and thrive in your internship.
  • What challenges has the company recently faced, and how were they addressed?
    • This question can give you insight into the company’s problem-solving strategies and resilience, important factors in choosing a stable and learning-rich environment.

Asking these questions during your interview process will not only demonstrate your enthusiasm and proactive nature but also provide you with a clearer picture of what to expect and whether the internship aligns with your career aspirations and values.

By College Recruiter
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