Many Successful Students Complete Internships. Here’s Why.
The best thing you can do to prepare for a future career is work hard in school. Participating in class, studying for tests and completing group projects can do a world of good in teaching you about your chosen field. But sometimes, employers are looking for more than just a good GPA when hiring for a full-time job. They want someone with enough educational know-how to succeed in the position, but also someone with some real-world experience – someone who already has an idea of how the industry realistically functions.
That’s where internships come into play. An internship is on-the-job training that students and new graduates complete to gather experience and further prepare for their professional futures. Many businesses and organizations offer internships because they know how helpful they are in developing career-ready employees.
Here are five great reasons to consider interning.
They help with your interviewing skills: Unless you’re one of the lucky few who are offered an internship without going through an application process, this will be your chance to gather some real experience sending resumes and interviewing. Maybe you’ve interviewed for part-time jobs in the past, but hopefully your internship opportunities fall within your future career field. Practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to apply and interview for as many internships as possible.
They build your network of contacts: Have you ever said to yourself, “Gee, I wish I didn’t have so many great connections within my future career field.”? If so, please disregard.
But all joking aside, completing an internship can greatly enhance your list of trusted contacts. Over the years, this list will grow and expand, helping create even more options for you to expand your career. But you’ve got to start somewhere, and internship experience has proven to be an excellent starting point.
You might turn it into a full-time job: There’s a reason employers like to hire past interns for full-time positions. Actually, there are a few reasons, including:
- They’ve already seen your work ethic
- They know how quickly you learn new skills and concepts
- They know you already have industry knowledge
And who knows – maybe your internship supervisor simply enjoyed working with you and wants to give you every opportunity possible. This is why we suggest that you learn all you can and build relationships during your internship – with bosses, employees and other interns if there are any – you never know how they can help you when you’re searching for a full-time job.
You receive additional real-world training: Within your respective career training program – whatever degree you seek – you’ll gather the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in your chosen field. But the real-world training you’re exposed to during an internship can go a long way in preparing you for what’s to come in your career.
They aren’t permanent: Even though internships are designed to prepare you for your career, one of the beautiful things about them is that they don’t last forever. Now, our hope is that you’re passionate about the field in which you plan to intern, and want to turn that internship into a full-time job in a similar area. But we also realize that you may not yet know exactly what direction to take once you finish your degree. In that case, completing one or more internships can give you extra insight into a field, and help you decide whether or not that’s the career path you wish to pursue.
If you need advice when beginning to search for an internship, don’t be afraid ask your instructors and the Jones College Career Services staff members for assistance and guidance. They’ll be happy to help!