- You’ll gain confidence. If you’re afraid of facing the work world when you graduate, an internship will teach you that you can do it.
- You’ll build motivation and work habits. All that freedom you gained when you left home for college may have caused your motivation and work ethic to slip. You might be skipping a few classes, missing assignments, or building a class schedule that doesn’t require you to get up early. There’s nothing like an internship — where you can’t slack off if you want to succeed — to instill in you the workplace characteristics you’ll need after you graduate.
- You’ll build your network. Everyone you meet in an internship is a potential contact for your network and someone you can call upon for advice and referrals when you are job-hunting closer to graduation time.
- You will build your resume. Any kind of experience on your resume is helpful, but career-relevant internship experience will make a better impression on employers than your serving job at Applebee’s.
- Growing numbers of colleges require internships, reports Zinman. If they’re requiring them, they must be convinced that internships are important. Similarly, studies show increasing numbers of students are completing internships. A study released by Vault.com shows that almost 9 out of 10 (86 percent) college graduates reported completing at least one internship, and more than two-thirds (69 percent) reported completing two or more internships. Presumably these students know that internships are valuable for all the reasons listed here.