The Importance of Getting an Internship
By Carolina Loera Lozano
Classroom experience will help you with the basics of what you need for your professional career, but an internship will give you the real world experience you need.
Employers will also be impressed when they look at your resume and see the amount of experience you already have.
Starting an internship is an important thing to do, and the earlier you do it the better.
When you get out in the workforce and start surrounding yourself with professionals in your desired job, you will make great connections. If you stand out in your internship, people will likely remember you and will want you to use them as professional references for other jobs.
Some interns are also lucky to be hired on before graduating college. This can help you build a foundation, so when you graduate you are not totally lost when it’s time to look for a job.
Is this what you want to do?
More often than not, students have an idea of something they would like to do when they “grow up”. However, after getting the experience they might decide that is not really what they want to do. That’s why it is important to get an internship early on in college. On the other hand, you might find out you really love that field, and you’ll get the experience you need. It’s okay to change your mind, just get started early.
Skills you won’t learn in the classroom
As much as you learn in the classroom, it doesn’t compare to what you can gain from an internship. The classroom experience can help you with skills in the real job. Some skills you’ll need for your desired job can only be developed out in the real world, and the more you put them into practice the better you’ll get at them. After having an internship you will most likely feel ahead of the game in the classroom and can share your advice and experiences with other students.
How to get started?
If you want to get an internship, but aren’t sure where or how to begin, visit the Career Development Center. We have many professionals specialized in your career field that can help you with job/internship search, mock interviews, resumes, and give you career readiness tips.