Students have participated in internships for years. Apprenticeships or on-the-job training are tried and true methods of mentoring and teaching students or workers a new trade or profession. In recent years, however, the number of students participating in internship opportunities continues to grow as more and more schools offer structured programs and more and more employers expect graduates to have real world experience.
Participating in an internship is an important experience to complement the learning that you is do in the classroom. It can provide some valuable practical experience.
- According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), nearly 50% of employers would like to see an internship on a student’s resume.
- An internship can serve as a screening device for employers. Again, according to a NACE survey, nearly 36% of employers hired employees from their own internship program. According to Matthew Zinman of the Internship Institute, IBM may convert as much as 50% of their interns into full time employees.
- An internship gives a student an opportunity to “audition” a job or a field before taking a permanent position.
- You will gain valuable practical experience about a particular job and/or the work world in general.
- An internship looks good on a resume – and employers are increasingly expecting to see an internship on a student’s resume.
- You may make important contacts and have an opportunity to do some networking which will benefit you when looking for a permanent job.
- Very simply, an internship may lead directly to a job offer.
- Finally, many internships are fun – and great self-confidence builders.