Why Internships Matter!

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If you’re reaching the brink of senior year or just looking to get a start on your career then an internship is a must for most students. It is a grueling process to track one down and your first step into the real world for most. While some students may think that internships are just a waste of time, they can also be really beneficial in the long run if you give it a chance. Here are some reasons why!

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The first and possibly most important reason why internships are important is for the experience value that it brings to students. In most internships you will get hands on training for the career path that you want to pursue. At first it may seem like a daunting task but by completing your internship you will be miles ahead of most students that have not yet had that experience.

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If you’re in college than chances are that you’ve heard of networking. Networking is not only essential to meeting new people but it can also help you land a future job. By meeting new people at your internship and impressing your coworkers and supervisor, you have a chance to make new connections that you can use for your future endeavors. Sometimes if you impress enough you have the chance to even land a job at your site which can save you a lot of time for later.

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Grow as a Person
There are a lot of skills that they don’t teach you in college that are going to be helpful for you once you hit the real world. Time management, organizational skills, leadership, and teamwork are just some of the things that you can learn during your internship. You will finally have to learn how to be on time or there will be penalties and there’s no time for playing around. It can really help to shape you as a person and help you grow as well (not only professionally).

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Social Skills
Even if you are the most social person that you know inside of your friends group, with the internship your social skills will continue to grow. You will be thrown into an environment with a very diverse group of people that you may not normally associate yourself with in your everyday life. You grow to understand others and expand your social skills by doing so!

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Perhaps the most important reason to have an internship is because of YOUR FUTURE. Besides everything described above, by completing an internship you’re already on your way to being at the top of the application list. Managers look for these experiences because it lets them know that you have what it takes to be a part of the team based on your past experience. There is a very high chance that those with an internship will definitely get the job before those that don’t. So if all else fails, remember that an internship is your foot in the door and the key to getting a jump start on your future

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If you are completing an internship this semester then congratulations and if you are starting one in the following semester then good luck! Remember it’s more than just for school credit….it’s for building your resume, expanding your career options, and shaping you! Good luck!

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If you’re looking for an internship be sure to check out these sites: