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Benefits of Internships

 

Internships provide an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the workplace. The work experience students gain through an internship will make them more appealing to potential employers after graduation.

The benefits of internships are numerous; job opportunities, increased salary, growth and personal development summarize the major reasons why students should consider internships.

Let's take a closer look:

Salary & Job Search

  • Employer's prize relevant work experience in job candidates and many organizations are willing to reward candidates with internship experience with a higher starting salary – on average 6.8% more than the position's entry level salary. (NACE, 2006)*

  • Employers say that internship programs are among the most effective method for helping them hire new college graduates. A study found that employers extended job offers to more than 70% of their interns. (NACE, 2006)

  • Internship experience makes graduates more attractive to most employers because of the value employers place on work-related experience along with education.

  • Internships expand student's exposure to different job functions and departments. Also giving both student and employer the chance to see if the relationship "is a good fit".

  • Students are able to network with professionals which can assist them with future job searches. In the job market, who you know can be just as crucial as what you know.

  • Internship experience allows students to document work in a portfolio to use as a job search tool to be shown to potential employers.

Personal Growth

  • Internships allow students to explore their interests in various career fields.

  • Students mentored by professionals in the organization can reduce their learning curve.

  • Internships introduce students to different job possibilities they didn't know existed.

  • Helps students determine which type of work environment best fits their personality.

  • Internships help clarify interests, strengths, and areas needing improvement.

  • In addition to enhancing professional maturity and confidence, students will develop skills they can use on the job and in their personal life including critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and leadership skills.

*National Association of Colleges and Employers