We recommend that you avoid internships and focus on regular jobs instead. IPS focuses on a rapid job search. Rather than asking people to adjust to different work environments and supervisors before getting the job of their choice, IPS programs offer to help people directly with competitive employment. Helping people to prepare for the workforce in a stepwise approach is not effective. Research demonstrates that people are most likely to be successful at work if they are not asked to engage in short-term job tryouts or sheltered employment. Perhaps this is because people have higher levels of motivation to succeed in regular jobs or because when we help people find competitive work we are demonstrating our confidence in their skills.