Internships. For some it's making a mad dash to fetch a hot cup of coffee, filing papers, sending faxes and answering the phone, and for others an internship is perceived as an opportunity to learn and gain skills in a professional setting. More and more, college students are seeing the importance of obtaining an internship, and The Intern Queen herself proves that there's no limit to the amount of internships you can hold during your college years.
Lauren Berger, also known as "The Intern Queen," was named number 5 on Business Week Magazine's annual list of Young Entrepreneurs 25 Under 25 and Mobile Youth has placed her in the top 10 Youth Marketing Minds of 2010. She participated in 15 internships (that's right... FIFTEEN) during her 4 years of college. She earned a degree in Organizational Business Communications at the University of Central Florida and interned for top-notch companies across the country such as, MTV, FOX, BWR Public Relations, and NBC.
In 2009, Berger created www.internqueen.com because she saw a lack of resources and she wanted to be of assistance in their internship journey. She wanted an opportunity to lead students/individuals in the right direction by being able to share what she may have done wrong and the do's and don'ts.
According to National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), responding employers indicated that while 31 percent of their new employees came from their own internship programs, 62 percent had internship experience of some kind. This definitely shows that Internships lead to success.
Berger is currently an author, international speaker, spokesperson, and runs the website. On January 3, 2012 she released her book entitled, "ALL WORK NO PAY."
Many will continue to view internships as an example of servitude, but with an optimistic attitude and the right Internship, the experience will in fact be quite a stepping stone to greater things.
View The Intern Queen's interview below.