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What are Internships?

What is the benefit of participating in internships?

The position of a student or trainee who works in an organization, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.  Each internship is different. Some interns work part-time, while others work full-time. An internship can last a week or a year. There are internships for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. There are paid internships, unpaid internships, internships that provide course credit, and internships that are virtual. While employment isn’t guaranteed at the end of an internship, many employers use internships to train and evaluate future employees.

  • Learn about a career field from the inside and decide if this is the right career field for you

  • Work alongside a professional in your chosen career area

  • Observe the workplace and see if it matches expectations

  • Learn new skills and add to your knowledge base while gaining confidence in your abilities

  • Opportunity to practice communication and teamwork skills

  • Gain industry knowledge first hand from an organization and professionals

  • Apply some of the ideas learned in school and provide a bridge between school and the professional world

  • Meet new people and practice networking skills while establishing a network of professional contacts, mentors, and references

  • Open to door to advice on the next steps to take on your career path

  • Gain valuable experience and accomplishments to add to your resume and/or enhance your application for college

  • Create an advantage over other job or college applicants

  • Potential for a full-time job offer at the end of the internship based on your performance

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