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

  1. Employers increasingly want to see experience in the new college graduates they hire. Students who complete internships have a clear edge over other candidates.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You could earn college credit toward your degree. Credit can be awarded through your major or through the Academic & Career Planning Center.
  5. 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.
  6. You’ll be able to apply your academic knowledge to your career field. Now is your chance to put that knowledge to work.
  7. You’ll gain confidence. An internship can give you a good idea of what to expect on the job.
  8. You’ll build a network. Networking is a huge part of job searching!
  9. You will build your resumé. Internships give you work experience and employers love to see experience.
  10. 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.