Some academic departments require their students to participate in an internship. If your department does not require an internship, you should still consider one. Here are just a few ways an internship can help you:
Explore career options related to your interest, values, skills, and personality
Gain professional skills and self-confidence
Gather insight into a particular industry or organizational culture
Develop related work experience and apply classroom learning
Establish connections and build a network of contacts
- On average, more than 72.7% of students were offered a job after completing their internship.
42% of employers offer higher starting salaries to new college graduates who have interned.
2/3 of employers of college grads said they paid those who had internship experience about 9% more than those that did not intern.
Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers