Internships: Stepping stones for the future

I know this isn’t your first time hearing this, but yes, you should absolutely take part in an internship before graduation. You might be hesitant because you don’t want to give up your summer, don’t want to work unpaid, or are worried you’ll get stuck with menial, stereotypical intern tasks. However, there are ways to work around these engagements that will undoubtedly benefit you in the long run. Looking back at my own internship experience, I can say that such opportunities are essential for your future as both a student and employee with providence of a solid foundation for your career. Here are just some of the reasons why you should consider completing an internship.

Real-World Experience

Through internships, you have the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the classroom to real-world situations. Internships further develop your knowledge and skills as they expose you to situations that cannot necessarily be taught in the classroom. These unique opportunities provide insight into the career you are pursuing, which can help determine if it is the right path for you. The various experiences allow you to figure out what you do and don’t prefer about your field, and thus, identifying what specific positions work best for you.

Networking

Within an internship, everyone you work with becomes a potential contact that can influence your future. Internships expose you to different events, meetings, and situations that give you the opportunity to meet professionals within your field that can help you in the future. Completing an internship allows you to broaden your connections through positive relationships with your advisors and coworkers. This extensive connection to the working world can lead to job openings, strong references, career resources, and more.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

If you complete an internship before graduation rolls around, you’ll be happy to know that employers are much more likely to hire you. Even more so, student internships often turn into full-time jobs in the future because the businesses are already familiar with your work ethic and individual skills. Completing an internship provides a higher chance of landing a job after graduation, which just means you can start paying back all your wonderful loans!

Money and/or College Credit

Another benefit of internships is that you can get paid, earn college credit, or both. Of course, we all want to be paid for our work, which is very possible when looking for internships. However, sometimes people are reluctant to apply for opportunities that are not paid, but I recommend considering them as you’ll more than likely be able to earn college credit and still acquire great learning experiences.

Resume

Having a strong resume is important when searching for job opportunities, but how can you build a solid resume without any related experience? Oh yeah, you can’t. Experience is necessary for most if not all positions and that’s where internships come in handy. They provide valuable learning opportunities and force you to apply your classroom knowledge to real-world situations. Internships are a great way to enhance your resume because they immerse you in your desired field and help develop your career-related knowledge.

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