An internship is a job training for professional careers. In recent years, the number of college students participating in internship opportunities continues to grow as more and more colleges offer structured programs and more and more employers expect graduates to have real world experience.
Generally, an internship consists of an exchange of services for experience between the student and an organization. An internship may take place during the academic year or during the summer. Some students may even apply for an internship after graduation. Students can also use an internship to determine if they have an interest in a particular career, create a network of contacts or gain college credit. This will help the student determine what she hopes to learn from the experience and will help the employer design experiences that will help the student achieve their goals. An internship may be paid, unpaid, or partially paid.
Most colleges offer a direct way for students to learn about internships in 2nd or 3rd year of the academic period. During this period, the student is expected to use the things he/she has learned in college and put them into practice. This way the student gains work experience in their field of study.
Why is internship so important?
●Nearly 50% of employers would like to see an internship on a student’s resume.
●Nearly 36% of employers hired employees from their own internship program.
●The experience of obtaining the internship itself may be part of the value of the experience.
● The An internship may lead directly to a job offer.
●Students who complete internships may receive higher salaries when they are hired.
●Student may earn academic credit.
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Students who complete internship experiences, or multiple internship experiences, may have an advantage when it does come time for the job search. Encourage your student to seek and experience an internship if at all possible.