|Internships are increasingly important for students to test career interests and for gaining an edge landing a first job. Internship opportunities exist on campus, or almost anywhere in the world and can be part of a normal semester, a summer, or a Jan Plan.|
What is an Internship?
An internship is a monitored work experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects on what she or he is gaining throughout the experience. An internship most frequently takes place at an off-campus job site and is monitored by an on-site work supervisor. It is designed to broaden a student’s awareness of a career field and specific jobs within that field.
Why do an Internship?
There are numerous reasons why internships are important. It’s a great way to explore possible career paths, and it helps students develop relevant skills and experience that employers want in their future employees. Many career experts say that the internship is the new entry-level job.
Often students struggle to decide what career path they want to pursue after graduation. While this is a normal part of career development, students who complete internships tend to have an easier time deciding on a career path because they have gained a first-hand look into a career field of interest. Internships provide students with the opportunity to practice networking skills and build confidence in the job search process.
Internships provide the opportunity for students to apply their skills and knowledge in a professional work environment, which will further develop their competencies. Students who complete internships find it easier to gain employment or entry into graduate school after graduation.
Check out the 2011-2012 Internship Sites for internships registered with the Career Center!