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3 notable personalities who started as interns


Monday, September 15, 2014

It is no secret that securing an internship may be the best way to increase your chances of landing your dream job once you graduate from college. An internship allows you to get a foot in the door, sometimes at a high-profile company. Even if you don't get hired after the internship period, you can walk away with crucial hands-on experience that can't be learned in a classroom. Many successful business people took this same route. Their stories might inspire you to start the intern search process.

1. Steven Spielberg
The famous film director got his start as an intern at Universal Studios, reported Business Insider. While he wasn't compensated for his work, he did garner some great experience and an impressive title. The short film that he created during his internship caught the attention of an executive and led to Spielberg becoming one of the youngest directors to land a deal with a major Hollywood studio. The lesson here – don't get hung up on details like monetary compensation when seeking an internship. Instead, consider the total package – the same philosophy you may have adopted when searching for colleges.

2. Oprah Winfrey
It may be difficult to imagine Oprah Winfrey as an intern, but there was a time when the media powerhouse wasn't a household name. Before her daytime talk show, television network and magazine, she was a college student struggling to gain experience, reported Internships.com. Early in her college career, she got her start in media by interning at a CBS affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee. She went on to become a co-anchor, and so began her path to success.

3. Bill Gates
Now one of the richest men in America, Bill Gates had a humble beginning. He started at the bottom as a 17-year-old intern for a political campaign, reported Inc. magazine. As a congressional page, his job was to sell old campaign buttons to collectors. While it may not have been directly related to his future career path, it was still a necessary step in his professional experience. While it's beneficial to intern in your desired field of interest, it's not crucial. Any experience in a professional environment is helpful in getting you comfortable with the corporate culture and being attractive to future employers.

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