Why Students Should Consider Doing One or More Internships

The Importance of Internships

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Internships Provide a Link Between Academic Learning & Professional Employment

Internships provide a link between academic learning and professional employment. Since many employers list previous internships as a requirement for their new hires, many applicants are already behind the eight ball if they have not done some type of internship experience during their time in college.

It is recommended that students try out several different internships to be able to get a sense of what it’s like working in a particular career field. This experience allows students to see what it’s like actually working in the field and a chance to evaluate the types of jobs that match their personal interests and personality.

Developing Essential Knowledge & Skills Increases Chances of Getting Hired

The opportunity to meet people currently working in the field, gaining valuable references, as well as getting exposure to the working environment, are three good reasons for students to consider doing one of more internships during college. Since many employers use their internship programs to train and select new hires for the organization, it’s crucial that interns do their best to prove to the employer that they have what it takes to be successful in the job. Internships are a way for students to build on their knowledge and skills while increasing their chances of getting hired for full-time positions that open up in the future.

Gaining Exposure to a Career Field Increases Likelihood of Retention

Not only are employers looking for individuals with relevant experience in the field, they are also looking for people who have had exposure to the field and the company and who really understand what it’s like working at that particular job.

Employers understand that individuals who have not had any exposure to the field, may find that it wasn’t exactly what they expected and may decide to leave after receiving several months of training. Since training is costly for employers, they usually try to avoid these situations whenever possible.

Doing an Unpaid Internships versus Getting a Job

Students often ask if they should consider doing an unpaid internship or if they would be better off finding a job and make some money. The answer to this question is, it depends. If you are able to do an unpaid internship without any undue hardship, the experience will provide valuable work experience at the least and at the most may end up leading to a full-time job. Students who think that they cannot afford to do an unpaid internship, might try combining it with a part-time job to sustain themselves over the course of the internship. Even though an internship is unpaid, it could provide invaluable experience that paves the way to a full-time job. If you are working in a field that offers paid internships, then you may be able to have the best of both worlds.

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