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Internship Advantages (Benefits to the Student)

Finding work can be a real challenge, especially if you don't have any experience. Yet to get experience you must first find a job. It's a difficult situation, but an internship is a good way to do it. Internships provide work experience opportunities for college students. Employers are willing to hire interns with little or no experience, especially if the intern is willing to accept little or no monetary compensation.

Have an Edge in the Job Market
Employers are usually more concerned with your work experience than your qualifications and internships are often the only way to get the work experience you need to secure a job, so they're a vital part of your resume. Many employers prefer applicants who have done an internship or have relevant work experience. By acquiring organizational knowledge, an intern can be at a competitive advantage over job applicants without internship experience.

Transition into a Job
Employers see interns as prospective employees and many interns are able to continue working with the company full time. Internships are the number one way for employers to find new staff in the US. Think of it as a really long interview, after which you've proved that you are a capable and hardworking employee. Just as you're giving the industry and the company a trial run, they're doing the same for you.

Decide if this is the Right Career for You
If you're not sure if this is the right career for you, doing an internship is a great way to try it out. Internships are for a limited amount of time, so you can test your future career without committing and find out if it is a career that will satisfy you. An internship provides students with opportunities to gain insights into the potentials and limitations of their chosen career path.

Networking Opportunities
Internships are a great way to meet people in your field. An internship allows you to meet people who might help you land a job later on and give you the contacts in the industry you're trying to break into. Plus, references from people in the industry will really add weight to your application.

Gain Valuable Work Experience
An internship provides the opportunity to gain hands on work experience that you just can't get in the classroom. Companies are willing to train interns and give them the experience they need to get a job. Interns learn "work place basics" in addition to the skills specific to their occupation.

Increased Motivation
As students see connections between the internships they hold and what they are learning in the classroom, greater interest in academic work develops and motivation increases

Gain Confidence
Getting experience is a great way to build your confidence. What's more, if you have an impressive resume, you will be more confident in your chances of securing a job. After you've done an internship, if an interviewer asks if you know how to do something, you can say "absolutely", and supplement your assertion with examples.

New Technology and Equipment
In many instances, students have the opportunity to work with and learn about new technology and equipment often unavailable in a classroom setting.

Apply Classroom Knowledge
An internship can be seen as the pinnacle of your education and it can give you the chance to use the skills you've learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. It's a chance to prove your qualifications and to show that you can perform in the role you've been given. With this realistic "try-out", a student may discover a desire to change directions within a field or change career paths entirely.