An internship is a monitored work or volunteer experience where an individual has intentional learning goals and objectives throughout the experience. It serves as a bridge between the classroom and work world, where a student is assigned professional and/or pre-professional tasks and responsibilities. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and can be taken for academic credit.
Reasons to Complete an Internship
- Employers increasingly want to see experience in the new college graduates they hire. Students who complete internships have a clear edge over other candidates.
- Employers see their internship programs as the best path for hiring entry-level candidates. An internship can be an avenue to a full-time job.
- You may get paid more when you graduate if you have done one or more internships. New employees with experience generally receive higher starting salaries.
- You could earn college credit toward your degree. Credit can be awarded through your major or through the Academic & Career Planning Center.
- Internships enable you to gain a better understanding of your field and test out your career path. You will gain valuable insight into your field and enhance your skills.
- You’ll be able to apply your academic knowledge to your career field. Now is your chance to put that knowledge to work.
- You’ll gain confidence. An internship can give you a good idea of what to expect on the job.
- You’ll build a network. Networking is a huge part of job searching!
- You will build your resumé. Internships give you work experience and employers love to see experience.
- You might make money. Not all internships pay, but those that do can yield pretty decent salaries
Check out Coyote Careers or stop in to the Academic & Career Planning Center for assistance finding a job or internship.