There are many stereotypes about internship, one of them is the belief that interns don’t do nor learn anything, except make coffee and photocopies.
It is true that the tasks assigned to interns are not always challenging or interesting, but internship can provide value far beyond the actual tasks assigned.
It is also true that sometime internship don’t provide compensation, therefore it is not always the first on the “summer to-do list”, for many students.
But, the truth is that the value they provide is often worth more than the pay that you could get from a part-time summer job unrelated to your field of interest, and the experience gained from the internship cannot be obtained in a classroom setting.
Here you can find some reasons why you should pursue an internship:
Experience a professional working environment
Obtaining real-world working experience is essential, especially if you’ve never been employed. When you intern in a new workplace, you’ll gain first-hand knowledge about how a professional environment works.
Interns have opportunity to apply acquired knowledge to real work setting, to witness firsthand the day-to-day duties and routines of the employees and gain some experience.
Interns are potential candidates for a new hire
Getting hired by the company where you’re interning is probably the best benefit of an internship. So, it’s advantageous to do the job correctly and to the best of your ability.
Managers and supervisors will be watching how you interact with others. Specifically, they’ll be monitoring your performance to judge how well you are able to: work under pressure, take the lead on assigned projects, make decisions etc.
Also, this experience makes a college graduate more competitive on the labor market, because they usually require less training and can handle responsibilities.
Build and practice new skills
Gaining new skills is one more reason to pursue an internship. It’s necessary for anyone entering a new career to build the specific job skills required by their role and then spend the time necessary to perfect those skills and talents in order to successfully land a new position.
In addition, transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, and computer proficiency are also obtained in an internship, fully preparing interns to enter the workforce upon graduation.
You can learn a lot about your strengths and weaknesses during an internship. Internships allow for feedback from supervisors and others who are established in the field, and offer a unique learning opportunity. Embrace the mistakes you make as an intern and the many things that you won’t know. Ask questions, observe, and take risks to get the most out of your internship training experience.
Network with professionals in the field
As an intern, you will be surrounded by professionals in the industry. Internships are more than just about earning credit, getting a grade, or making money; internships provide an opportunity to learn and get inspired from the people around you, ask questions, and impress. The professionals you meet during an internship can be your future colleagues or the connection to your first job.
Internships allow you to test out specific techniques learned in the classroom before entering the working world. It’s an opportunity to apply what you have learned in a safe environment where mistakes are expected – rather than learn the hard way in your first job out of college.
To sum up, employers don’t consider academic grades to be the „tell-all“ for candidates anymore. While receiving an ‘A’ grade might have got you appreciation from your parents, it’s not going to do much in front of an employer. They’re more interested in knowing what real-world experience you have instead of what you learned to do from textbooks.