I’m out on blogger vacation this week. The keys to TheKmiecs.com have been turned over to a few, select, awesome guest writers. The following has not been edited by me and is the work and effort of the original author. I appreciate the time and thinking that went into this post and hope you will too. Enjoy!
Students spend a lot of time selecting a major and mastering classes and assignments. But, not all students recognize there is more to an education than school! Your education before a first job isn’t complete without at least one internship. Internships provide real value through experience, networking opportunities, teamwork, and exposure to potential jobs!
- Experience – An internship gives you first-hand experience to apply the theory learned in the classroom. You get to work on real projects, work side-by-side with knowledgeable and weathered professionals, and get in the “business-world” routine. Additionally, your experience gives you genuine content to discuss during job interviews; your résumé will be richer and more relevant for a potential employer.
- Networking – Internships introduce you to professionals at all levels in their careers. Co-workers have experience from other organizations and can advise you about the local industry. Moreover, most organizations participate in some type of professional affiliation. Ask if you can participate in a seminar or meeting.
- Teamwork – As an intern you will most likely have to collaborate with at least one other person at some time or another. Thus, adjusting to the nuances of teamwork is important at an early stage is your career. You can’t do everything yourself.
- Sneak Peak – So you’ve completed an internship and you loved it! Or, you hated it! Now what? Internships act as weathervanes, helping to point you in the right direction before your professional job search even begins. So, try one every semester to learn the most you can and be at the top of every employer’s list!
Associate Interactive Account Executive, MARC USA, Pittsburgh
St. Vincent College, Bachelor of Arts in Communications
Undergraduate internships with WordWrite Communications and the Pittsburgh Pirates
My LinkedIn profile is my “website.”