Internships provide a link between academic learning and professional employment. Many applicants are already behind the eight ball if they have not done some type of internship experience during their time in college since many of the employers list previous internships as a requirement for their new hires.  It is recommended that students try out several different internships to be able to get a sense of what it’s like working in a particular career field. This experience allows students to see what it’s like actually working in the field and a chance to evaluate the types of jobs that match their personal interests and personality. As well as getting exposure to the working environment, the opportunity to meet people currently working in the field, gaining valuable references are three good reasons for students to consider doing one of more internships during college. It is crucial that interns do their best to prove to the employer that they have what it takes to be successful in the job since many employers use their internship programs to train and select new hires for the organization. Internships are a way for students o build on their knowledge and skills while increasing their chances of getting hired for full-time positions that open up in the future.

Why students should consider doing internships

They are also looking for people who have had exposure to the field and the company and who really understand what it’s like working at that particular job, not only are employers looking for individuals with relevant experience in the field.  Employers understand that individuals who have not had any exposure to the field, may find that it wasn’t exactly what they expected and may decide to leave after receiving several months of training.  They usually try to avoid these situations whenever possible since training is costly for employers. Students often ask if they should consider doing an unpaid internship or if they would be better off finding a job and make some money. The answer to this question is, it depends. The experience will provide valuable work experience at the least and at the most may end up leading to a full-time job in case you are able to do an unpaid internship without any undue hardship. Students who think that they cannot afford to do an unpaid internship, might try combining it with a part-time job to sustain themselves over the course of the internship.  It could provide invaluable experience that paves the way to a full-time job even though an internship is unpaid. You may be able to have the best of both worlds in case you are working in a field that offers paid internships.