For job seekers and students getting ready to head out into today’s competitivemarket, working an internship is a good way to build work experience and add skills to a resume.
According to the University of Connecticut (UConn), students who completed one or more internships overall received an average annualsalaryoffer that was approximately $5,000 more than those who did not participate in an internship program.
Jennifer Grunwald, who oversees the school’s internship website, told the UConn Daily Campus that colleges have thousands of internship opportunities available to their students offered through their career services offices.
Heather R. Huhman, author of “Lies, Damned Lies and Internships,” told the San Jose Mercury News that mid-career job seekers are also turning to internships and volunteer opportunities to build additional skills and gain insight into different industry trends.
People these days don’t see the market the same way they used to, Huhman said. “An internship is not seen as a lesser position anymore. It’s seen as an investment in your future career.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were approximately 3.4 million job openings in the U.S. as of October 2011.