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4. Don't be seduced by a big name. Oftentimes, a position at a prominent firm sounds enticing and students will gladly accept it without learning more about what will be expected of them. The name on the front of the building shouldn't be the sole reason you decide to work somewhere, experts say. Many large firms do provide quality internships, but be sure to verify what your role will be before you take the position.
"Too often students get caught up in the name brand of the company and focus less on what they will learn from the experience," says Ryan Kahn, a career coach at Dream Careers, an internship program provider. "Search for a position that is a good fit for your personality and one where you will be able to gain tangible experience and valuable contacts to use in your career development."
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