8 Great Reasons to Get an Internship

Scroll down to read more!

8 Great Reasons to Get an Internship

Scroll down to read more!

Table of Contents

Thinking about getting an internship for next semester or summer? Internship experience is valued by employers and students for very good reasons. Here are eight of them:

Gain meaningful work experience

Students need to demonstrate real world experience beyond their academic achievement upon their graduation. An internship is an excellent and popular way to do so. This includes participating in meaningful “meaty” projects where students are able to apply their college level analytical, quantitative and communication skills. It also means learning how to interact effectively in a work environment with other employees and a manager.

Develop and build skills

On the job internship experiences often include learning new skills. It may be a specific skill like learning how to use a new software application. Soft skills from the workplace such as communications and organization skills are also developed. Challenge yourself to apply classroom learning to the workplace and vice versa.

Opportunity to add college credits or international experience

Some internships are tied to specific classes, assignments, academic majors or even study abroad programs. Your four years allow for multiple types of experiences. Ask the Career Services department at your school about college credit policies. To find international internship opportunities that may be connected to your university, ask your study abroad department, Career Services or your academic advisor. If there isn’t a formal program, try to connect with recent alumni that are overseas.

Learn about yourself

An internship is an opportunity to learn what you like and don’t like. Marketing or sales? Finance or accounting? Large company or small? Corporate HQ or branch sales office? City job with a train commute or suburban drive? Find out what drives you and excites you about work.

Expand your professional network

An intern will easily be able to expand their professional network while working at a company, nonprofit or government agency. The contacts will include coworkers, customers, vendors, partners and other interns. Students are often invited to attend events during their internship that can lead to new connections. Your goal is to turn your new internship contacts into lifelong professional relationships.

Recommendations and referrals

Students will be able to demonstrate their skills and work ethic to their supervisor and other company employees. These work experiences become opportunities for excellent references, referrals and recommendations. Impress your hiring manager throughout your internship and then always remember to ask for a recommendation at the end!

Learn more about a company, field or industry

An internship provides first hand views and experiences within a specific company, field and industry. Students who can participate in a few different internships during college are putting themselves at a distinct advantage. Start early so you can take the time to try several work environments.

Increase odds of a job offer at graduation

Approximately 60 percent of 2012 college graduates who took part in paid internships received at least one job offer, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers ( NACE 2012 Student Survey). Now students want to do multiple internships to position themselves for a successful transition out of college into the workforce.

In addition to students and employers, career experts from US colleges and universities wholeheartedly agree.  “Internships are in reality today’s entry level jobs and therefore imperative before and after commencement.”  says Burt Nadler, Assistant Dean and Career Center Director at the University of Rochester.

What’s your top reason to pursue an internship?

Did you like this post? Share it!

A Word From Our Sponsors

Ads help make Workology resources free for everyone. We respect your privacy. To see our Privacy Policy click here.

Recommended Posts

12 Types of Paid and Unpaid Leave and Time Off

A list for the HR professional to be able to answer employee questions related to time off....
google, google x-ray, sourcing, candidates, talent acquistion

Using Google X-Ray Search to Find Candidate

Learn how to use Google X-Ray to define and narrow your search for an ideal candidate in any industry - with examples!...
The Debate on Social Media Policies and Disclaimers The Debate on Social Media Policies and Disclaimers The Debate on Social Media Policies and Disclaimers The Debate On Social Media Policies and Disclaimers

5 Employee Twitter Bio Disclaimers You Should Add Today

Learn the top five Twitter (X) bio disclaimers every HR professional needs to protect personal and professional interests on social media....

How to Calculate FLSA Overtime Pay

Understand the Fair Labor Standards Act and learn how to calculate FLSA overtime pay to avoid any mistakes....
Free SHRM Recertification Credits

Maximize Your HR Potential with SHRM Recertification Credits

Discover how to earn free SHRM recertification credits with our guide to maintaining your credentials effortlessly....

HR Certification Podcast Episode 15: Reviewing Employment Law for HRCI & SHRM Exams

In this episode of the HR Certification Podcast, we review employment law topics including adverse impact and the four-fifths rule....

5 Effective Employee Training Methods for 2024

Is adapting quickly to market changes a priority for your company’s future? If so, it’s crucial to equip your workforce with the necessary knowledge...

Navigating Career Change: Transitioning from HR to a New Career Path

Thinking about leaving HR for a new career? It happens to the best of us. Here's what you should consider first....

Checkout Our Products

Ads help make Workology resources free for everyone. We respect your privacy. To see our Privacy Policy click here.

More From Workology

Free SHRM Recertification Credits

Maximize Your HR Potential with SHRM Recertification Credits

Discover how to earn free SHRM recertification credits with our guide to maintaining your credentials effortlessly.

HR Certification Podcast Episode 16: Answering More of Your HR Exam Questions

In this episode of the HR Certification Podcast, we are answering your HR Certification questions about SHRM and HRCI exams.
google, google x-ray, sourcing, candidates, talent acquistion

Using Google X-Ray Search to Find Candidate

Learn how to use Google X-Ray to define and narrow your search for an ideal candidate in any industry - with examples!
Your Guide to Easy SHRM-CP Recertification

Your Guide to Easy SHRM-CP Recertification: Stay Certified

Master SHRM-CP recertification with ease! Uncover the steps, credits, and strategies to maintain your HR credential and excel in your career.