Students benefit from internship experience in the following ways:
- Gain valuable career-related experience. This relevant work experience can give you a competitive edge when the time comes to find a full-time job after graduation.
- Develop career-related skills and abilities.
- Have the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge and skills from involvement activities in the professional environment. In turn, this may help you better understand academic concepts.
- Learn more about the career field and gain a better understanding of what the professional environment is really like.
- Begin to develop your network of professional contacts. You could develop a mentoring relationship with a professional.
- Earn money and/or academic credit.
- Get a permanent job. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 2008 Experiential Education Survey, employer respondents indicated that, on average, 70% of interns receive full-time job offers as a result of their internships.
- On a personal level, an internship can boost your self-confidence, confirm your career goals, give you a chance to experience life in a different part of the country or even a different part of the world, and prepare you for life after college.