Benefits of An Internship
If you're on the fence about whether or not to pursue an internship while you are in the university, the statistics alone should convince you to do one. Employers overwhelmingly point to internship experience as the most important factor they consider in hiring graduates for full-time positions, and they have a variety of self-serving reasons for feeling that way.
How do you benefit from taking part in an internship?
"Being able to talk with people working in the industry you are studying to work in is priceless," You get a wealth of knowledge and relevant data important to your career. The experience is absolutely different from what you get in your classroom
One of the recurring themes in any entry level job search is the lack of experience factor. "Where do I get experience if no one is willing to hire me?" The answer is simple: Get an internship!
Students planning to join the workforce should complement their academic preparation with a range of other experiences, such as community service, undergraduate research experiences, participation in sports and other student organisations, membership in pre-professional organisations, and internships.
An internship offers you the chance of where you are supervised by a workplace professional and have the opportunity to achieve your own learning goals, without the responsibilities of being a permanent employee.
An internship also offers you the opportunity to work with someone who can become a mentor for you - not only in the internship but throughout your career.
- Learn about a career field from the inside and decide if this is the right career field for you
- Work alongside a professional in your chosen career area
- Observe the workplace and see if it matches expectations
Leadership and Skill Development
- Learn new skills and add to your knowledge base while gaining confidence in your abilities
- Opportunity to practice communication and teamwork skills
- Gain industry knowledge first hand from an organisation and professionals
- Provide evidence that you have initiative, are reliable, and have a sense of responsibility
- Apply some of the ideas learned in school and provide a bridge between school and the professional world
- Achieve a sense of accomplishment by contributing to an organisation
Networking and Establishing Mentors and References
- Meet new people and practice networking skills while establishing a network of professional contacts, mentors, and references
- Open to door to advice for the next steps to take on your career path
- Gain valuable experience and accomplishments to add to your resume and/or enhance your application to Graduate School
- Create an advantage over other job or graduate school applicants
- Potential for a full-time job offer at the end of the internship based on your performance