Over the last few years of college, I have constantly been told about how I needed to do this or
that in order to secure an internship. At first, I did not think it was very important- I could just get an internship after I graduate, right? Wrong. Securing a good internship with a desired employer is
extremely important, preferably before Senior year. Employers look at prior internship experience when deciding full-time position offers. I realized the importance of an internship through Collegiate DECA at Scottsdale Community College. I joined during my Sophomore year, and did not know very much about how to obtain that dream internship. I thought I knew how to actually “get” it, but I had no idea about the importance of how to network and interview, etc., in order to get it. I learned these things through participation in my DECA Chapter’s industry visits and chapter meetings. I also sharpened my public speaking skills by competing in one of the conferences. I was so scared to compete because I sometimes get very severe stage fright; however, with the support from Sue Sandblom, Collegiate DECA State Director, and the fellow DECA members, I faced the fear and actually won 2nd place in marketing
I recently was honored with the opportunity to intern with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office
this last Summer, and I just received an offer to intern with Deloitte next Summer. I know a large part of the reason for these successes is my involvement with DECA. If you want to be successful and set yourself apart, I recommend getting involved with DECA. Even if you’re busy, it is definitely worth the investment. The things I learned through DECA are priceless, and gave me the edge I needed to land these internships. If you’re doubting, just get involved with DECA and soak up the opportunity! I’m sure glad I did. It is much more affordable than other clubs I’ve been involved in, and it offers much more interaction. I also met some amazing people met in my chapter who helped me more than they know, including Sue Sandblom, State Director. Join DECA! That is all I can say.