An internship is a great way to develop specific skills and knowledge, as well as make contacts to network, build confidence and enhance your resume. By pursuing career-related opportunities prior go graduation, you have a better chance at gaining an edge over other candidates in a competitive job market.
Internships are a great way to integrate classroom learning with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. The experience can assist you in figuring out what you like, develop meaningful relationships with professionals and acquire real-world skills that can launch your career. In fact, some employers use their internship programs as recruitment tools for full-time hires. Students can even earn academic credit for their paid or unpaid internship experiences.
Internships are important because it allows you to explore a possible career field – find out if it is something you would like to pursue in the long-term. An internship will give you the opportunity to learn valuable work-related skills, become comfortable with the professional work environment, build on your classroom learning, and work for a potential post-graduation employer.
The mission of The Internship Program is to assist and prepare students in securing hands-on work experience related to their major and career goals. The ultimate goal is to assure that students acquire the experience and skills needed to gain the competitive advantage upon entering the global workforce.
What is an Internship?
An internship is usually a highly structured and supervised work experience that is well-defined, for which a student usually earns course credit.
What are the Benefits of Interning?
Choosing to take an internship will allow you to:
- Gain valuable hands-on experience, preferably related to your major or career interests and goals
- Obtain the experience, skills and confidence you will need to become more marketable when entering the workforce
- Establish a professional network
- “Test drive” several career fields of interest to explore career options before you graduate
- Enrich your college curriculum and earn course credit
- Defray a substantial portion of your college expenses
How do I get started?
Career Services offers numerous services and programs to assist you in your internship search. Hopefully, you will locate your ideal internship using one or more of the multiple resources.
Visit Career Services at your earliest convenience, preferably at the beginning of the fall semester and continue throughout the academic school year. Register as a student of interest to receive first-hand information about the internship opportunities with the Internship Program Coordinator.