An internship is a short-term job that allows the student, or intern, to gain introductory experience in a certain profession. As an intern, you will work for a company or organization and gain hands-on and practical experience you can use for future jobs.
There can be a lot of variation between internships. They may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid, take place over the summer or during the school year, and last anywhere from a few weeks to a year or more. Because internships are designed for people with little or no experience in a particular career field, most interns are students or recent college graduates.
Why you should do an internship:
- Employers want education and experience.
- You’ll need a professional network — begin building it now.
- You’ll learn and practice professionalism, the skill set employers expect but don’t train.
- You’ll learn more about what’s right and wrong for you, to validate and solidify your career goals.
- You’ll learn the job search process — a necessary skill in any economy.
- You may land a professional job; many employers use internships as long-term job interviews.
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