What every college student should know...
- Internships are learning experiences – some may be paid while others may be un-paid depending upon industry trends
- Internships help you gain real world experience and learn new skills possibly while earning college credit
- Internships help you build your resume, portfolio, and/or curriculum vitae (be sure to request letters of reference from your supervisor)
- Internships allow students to network and make new connections in the industry for future job seeking opportunities
- Most employers (58% or more) are more likely to hire interns for permanent positions than uknown applicants
- Seek out challenges and demonstrate a desire to learn and develop
- Be respectful and courteous and make a positive impression
- Ask thoughtful questions and express your interest in learning more
- Treat your internship experience as if it were an extended job interview
Why Internships are so Important!
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.
Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 62% of students who completed an internship indicated they “definitely would” (36%) or “probably would” (26%) accept an offer for a full-time position from their most recent internship employers.
Every student who earns credit through the Career Services Internship Program must have a set of learning objectives that need to be fulfilled. These objectives are outlined by your faculty advisor and found in your course syllabus. These objectives may include:
- Learn key skills required in your industry
- Gain a knowledge of core activities
- Learn how organizations measure success
- Discover career paths in industry
- Learn the organization’s culture
- Learn the organization’s chain of command/hierarchy
- Learn the organization’s policies/procedures
- Learn how the company communicates with its customers/target audience