Internships are an important part of every student’s college career. If it isn’t, it should be. Many majors require students to complete an internship before they can even graduate. They do this because they know that completing one will be beneficial to you in the long run. As a student myself, I can truthfully tell you how important it really is. Internships allow you to experience what goes on in the career field that you are thinking about. It’s almost like a semester long, “Take Your College Student to Work Day.” . This is important to do before you graduate and get a job, because you might realize that you aren’t cut out for this specific area and want to work somewhere else.
With an internship, you get to see what happens on a day to day basis. You get to complete assignments and daily tasks that are specific to the job. In many cases you may even have a special project to complete that you alone are in charge of. Another perk of doing an internship is the networking that you get to do. These people that you work with are good resources not only for questions and help, but also for possible future job contacts and references. So if you can’t decide on whether or not to do an internship, and you think your advisor is just saying you should to give you extra work, they’re not. Take it from another fellow student, it’s worth the time and work!
Holley Springfield, Class of 2009