Benefits of Internships
Wondering if you should complete an internship?
There are many benefits to completing an internship. Here are some of them:
- Learn more about an industry. Internships are one of the best ways to learn about an industry. The classroom teaches students important information, but there’s something different about implementing those ideas in the real world with a real customer.
- Apply classroom knowledge. There’s a big difference between learning about strategies and tactics and actually applying them. Interning reinforces concepts taught in classes and helps students apply classroom knowledge to real situations.
- Gain valuable work experience. Internships help students get real-world experience while still in school. Interns generate work samples for their professional portfolio and provide real accomplishment stories to share in an interview setting.
- Test-drive an industry. Working in an industry gives insight into whether or not the industry is the right choice, which can help focus academic choices.
- Develop skills. Learning new skills in an internship can help in future employment opportunities and make you a competitive candidate in future application processes.
- Get a foot in the door. Internship experiences provide a valuable opportunity to share skills with a prospective employer long before the hiring process for a full-time job. Interns are attractive candidates for future openings—if you’ve impressed them during your internship, you’ll probably be on the list of top candidates for the job.
- Gain valuable networking contacts. You make many contacts through an internship experience. Networking is often one of the best ways to land a new job and a primary way to learn about unadvertised job opportunities.
- Obtain references. Your internship supervisor has seen your skills in action and is an ideal reference for future jobs. Other individuals with whom you work closely at your internship can also serve as references for your job search.
- Learn about the world of work. Although you’ve probably had a job before or during college, you probably don’t know what the day-to-day experience of working in your field will be like until your first internship experience. When you choose to intern, you’ll experience first-hand what it’s like to work in an office, interact with supervisors and co-workers, and handle customers or clients.
- Meet peers with similar interests. Internship programs introduce you to other students and recent graduates in your field or who share your interests—which certainly helps both your career and social life.