Internships provide real world experience (How much overtime do we work?, How much time is spent in the office vs. the field) Internships allow students to gain valuable hands on experience while in college. Internships can turn into full time employment.
Opportunity to network within selected industry. (Would I be happier in MKT?, Am I comfortable working with patients or in a lab setting) Acquiring new skills. The opportunity to “test drive” a career. Gaining a mentor in the field. Opportunity to understand the culture of the field.
Internships on a students resume can give them an advantage in the hiring process. Interns many times fulfill a void of full-time employees which can make their experience and efforts that much more valuable.
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The earlier the better! Do not wait until the last minute, many operate off of application deadlines. Think about looking for an internship the semester before you plan to complete it.
Consider an internship that is career focused (the field you are interested in) Will the learning opportunities you need be provided by the company/organization you are considering interning at? Consider whether the summer or regular school term will work better for your lifestyle in regard to an internship. Make sure the perspective internship will complement your career goals.
Arrive On Time/Stick to your schedule Dress Appropriately (find out the dress code/culture) Speak Professionally Use Professional Protocols (Confidentiality) Go above and beyond the internship description---show initiative Keep an open mind
You may be able to receive academic credit depending upon your major and department requirements. Many employers require that you are able to receive academic credit. Before starting your internship, you and your intern supervisor Must complete an internship contract.
Internship contract/paperwork as required by academic department/career development center. These documents are necessary to ensure student interns are aware of their rights and responsibilities. The internship documents also state that YOU and your supervisor agree to the conditions of the internship.