The age range for an internship depends on the type of job you are applying for. For instance, if you are applying for a sales position, then it is best to apply when you are between the ages of 18 and 25. If your goal is to work in human resources, then you should look at applying when you are between 22 and 28 years old.
- There is no age limit for an internship.
- You can start at any age.
- The only thing that matters is your maturity level and your ability to handle the work.
- You should never work for free.
- If you are in college, you can intern at a company.
- You should always get permission from your parents before working for someone else.
How old is too old for an internship? I’m 37 and switching my career.
There might be a maximum age when an internship is not likely, but it’s not 37. Switching to a new career at that age is exciting, especially if it is done passionately and not as an escape. In any field, experience garnered through an internship is invaluable and looked upon favorably by hiring managers, whether they be with the company you interned with or another company in that field. One’s age doesn’t change that.
As a more general statement, I have hired Engineers that chose this education path in their 30’s and all things being equal, there is a tremendous benefit to bringing in an individual that has the maturity that comes with age, yet is taking an entry-level position as a result of their recent education achievement.
As a sidebar, a few years ago I hired a female Engineer in her early 20’s right out of college. This woman has an intelligence and a drive that is superior and she is very likable and it shows in both the quality and quantity of her work. That said, I sometimes cringe when she is briefing our senior customers or our senior management because she still has a lot of “college girls” in her speaking style. People that are familiar with her work easily put her bubbly informal personality aside, but when she’s briefing people she has not worked with, she can sometimes seem unprofessional (probably too strong a word). She and I have had some great discussions about how this style may result in missed career opportunities. She’s all-in and in the 6 years she has worked for me, she has learned to change her style in environments that demand that. This is one example of the maturity that comes with age that I referred to.
I was 40 years old when I was in my 3rd year of law school and took a clinical course representing people in mental health court. So that was a sort of internship. It was a great experience and showed a different side of myself to the supervising attorney, which might have helped me get my first job. It can happen.