Importance of Internships in College How many of you are familiar with the concept of internships? For those of you who are not, an internship is a period of time where a student acquires experience in their anticipated profession. Many universities are beginning to require students to complete an internship prior to graduation, however some do not. I believe that all majors and universities should require some form of an internship before students are allowed to graduate and transition into the working world.
At K-State, there are only a few majors that require the completion of internships.
Luckily, my major, apparel marketing, is one of them and I had the opportunity to complete 2 internships in my field of study. Internships are important for many reasons; they help you determine what career you would like to pursue, they increase your odds of finding a job after graduation and you are able to gain useful work experience outside the classroom.
It is easier to determine what career path is best for you through the completion of an internship. An internship gives you the opportunity to identify your personal talents in the field and better understand your industry as a whole.
By working in a professional setting, it is easy to figure out what you are good at and enjoy about the job. Gaining a greater understanding of the workplace will help you more easily determine which aspect of the industry you could see yourself in.
Even if it is not the job you were given, at least you know what position you do not see yourself working in the future. Another reason internships should be required of all college students is because it increases your odds of finding a job after graduation.
This is due in large part to the social networking and competitive edge an internship offers. Communicating with co-workers, managers, outside contacts and other interns on a daily basis is a great way to demonstrate your work ethic for possible job recommendations in the future. Keeping communication open with these associates gives you a place to start your job search after graduation or later on in your career and gives you a competitive edge. By having multiple contacts and an internship on your resume, companies are more likely to hire you.
Internships are a great resume builder and help separate you from your competition because employers see you have first-hand experience in the field. Finally, gaining experience outside the classroom is crucial to students’ success. Being able to develop and experience typical industry practices and apply your knowledge makes the transition from college to career easier. Throughout the course of an internship, you are exposed to the everyday business practices of a company in your field. Experiencing a typical workday, week, and month in a company gives students an understanding of what to expect in the future.
Also, having the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques learned in classes and understanding new ideas will make you better equip to handle challenges once you are working in the industry. As you can see, internships are extremely useful to students overall success both during and after graduation. They help you determine what career you would like to pursue, increase your odds of finding a job after graduation and allow you to gain useful work experience outside the classroom. To best be prepared for a career after college, it is important that all students experience the benefits of an internship.