Interning while still in college or right after you graduate can be hugely beneficial. Most hear the word intern and automatically think an unpaid job but not all internships are unpaid and even if it is unpaid the experience you will gain can help you immensely in the long run. The many benefits of an internship can last a lifetime.
Real world experience
The most beneficial part of any internship is the experience you will gain. While learning in a classroom is great for some people being able to use all that information in a real world experience will help you take that learning to the next level. You get a chance to be part of a team and learn teamwork and communication skills in a real work setting. This can also help to ensure that you will enjoy going into that field after graduation. Having that experience that you can speak to in an interview will help you be one step ahead of your competition.
Interning gives you the chance to meet a lot of people in the industry and network with them. These people have insights into the industry and will know about job openings or organizations to be a part of. The contacts you meet are great resources and are right at your fingertips to answer questions. You may even find a mentor in the process.
Internships can be a great transition into full time employment. You have learned the processes and procedures for the company and the managers have had a chance to see how you interact with the team and the quality of your work. If your internship doesn’t turn into full time employment right away you still have established a relationship with that manager and you may be able to get into that company in the future.
Internships can be one of the best things to do during or right after college. Let the benefits of an internship help you advance your career. What are some reasons you have taken an internship?