Benefits of an Internship
- Interns gain work experience in their chosen career fields, important to list on resumes and employment applications.
- Internships give students the opportunity to work with qualified professionals.
- Interns have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to actual on-the-job experiences.
- Some internships provide money for school tuition and expenses.
- Interns establish contacts and begin networking for future employment.
- Interns develop professional skills essential for transitioning into the workplace.
- Interns have a chance to “test” their career interests.
- Internships give students a feeling of responsibility and independence.
- Internships help students develop interpersonal and communication skills.
- Interns tend to get better grades because they are better able to see the relevancy of coursework to real-world situations.
- Internships enable students to identify their strengths and weaknesses.
- Internships help students gain a new perspective on their talents.
- Internships foster self-confidence
What Employers say about Internships
NACE, National Association of Colleges and Employers, has documented statistics showing the benefits of doing internships.
- For-profit employers converted 55 % of their interns to full-time hires.
- 83% of employers said new college hires who had internships have better rates of retention.
- 62% of new college hires had internship experience.
- Nearly half of employers said they offer higher starting salaries to new college hires who have internship experience. On average, they add 6.8% more to the position’s entry-level salary.