Everything you should know about Virtual Internship

Gauri Khatri

Gauri Khatri

Founder, Pegasus Global Consultants

The global Pandemic COVID 19 no longer makes it viable to offer or pursue a real-time internship opportunity. However, as we all know, necessity is the mother of all inventions; these challenging times have also prompted industries and students to explore the option of virtual internships. Let’s understand this concept in detail.

 

What is a Virtual Internship?

A virtual internship can be best described as a work experience platform where the participant is not physically present at the job location and operates remotely via online communication tools such as Skype, Microsoft Teams, Webinars, Slack, etc. These internships are gaining global acceptance in the fields of Information and Technology, Software Development, Digital Marketing and Social Media, Content Development, Design etc. These internships reflect well on your resume, especially when applying for roles post-graduation.

 

Benefits of a Virtual Internship

· Broaden cross-cultural perspective

· Enhance time management skills

· Greater flexibility concerning time

· Can be executed with academics

· Excellent networking opportunities

 

Challenges of a Virtual Internship

· Lack of real-time experience in an office environment

· Struggle to self-motivate

· Clarity on the monetary aspect of the internship

 

Self-motivation and adaptability are critical aspects in making a success of remote internships. Keeping in mind a few points can ensure you reap the benefit of this opportunity

· Set the right expectations with your supervisor

· Adapt the office culture

· Manage time efficiently

· Be receptive to feedback

· Document achievements

· Request letter of recommendation

 

The current crisis of COVID 19 has prompted companies to adopt a dynamic approach to employment. Companies are open to recognising and offering virtual internships and going forward; this looks like a trend that will gain global acceptance on a large scale.

 

Author – Divya Ramkumar

Editor – Admissions Cell

Pegasus Global Consultants

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