What is Internship?
“An internship is a professional learning experience, in which students can apply their skills and knowledge in a professional way.” By offering their time, talent, and enthusiasm, Internship Provide students with a full and realistic view of workplace culture and expectations.
An internship can be for a variety of positions and reasons. In order to make Internships successful, certain considerations should be taken into account:
Firstly, a position must be set up to fulfill a set of goals for professional development. All internships are helping the student to gain experience and develop skills. In order to make this possible, it is important that all internship positions be assigned by a supervisor. The supervisor should work directly with the intern, providing them certain guidelines and feedback
Secondly, there must some system for feedback and communication. Regular feedback sessions should be arranged to facilitate consistent supervision, guidance will be helpful. Involve your college faculty to interact with supervisor and take feedback regularly.
Thirdly, an internship position may be either paid or unpaid, depending upon the level of work. Compensation may be either pre-determined by the organization, or negotiated with the intern. Except in the case of non-profit organizations, we highly encourage some form of compensation for students?
Advantages of completing Internships for students
Whatever the students witness in classroom or during training is being applied in real world situations.
Students will know more about a specific industry/field
They will be able to justify career choices
They will gain work experience and develop professional competence
They will become familiar with specific work functions and learn about career-related skills
Develop confidence, assertiveness, and decision-making abilities
Work as part of a team
improve specific skills such as communication, problem solving, teamwork, computer applications, interpersonal skills, networking and presentation skills as well as about product, company, and career knowledge
Increase proficiency in marketability
Gain experience in job-seeking skills such as resume and cover letter preparation and interviewing
How it will help students
Employers are demanding more & more they rank internships as the second most important quality in a candidate behind communication skills when interviewing.
The more internships, the more it will help you better prepare for the demands of a workplace. You have to bring something else to stay competitive. This is critical if you don’t want to find yourself in the interview waiting area sitting next to a person from a more elite school than yours
Internships may lead to letters of recommendation from the employer, and you may even earn academic credit and earn money simultaneously. By participating in an internship you will increase the likelihood of receiving a full-time job offer from the employer. Often, starting salary offers are higher for students with internship experience than to those without experience Individuals that complete internships report a higher satisfaction level with their jobs, compared to those with no internship experience. Several internships will help you to better crystallize your job interests and abilities from contact with professionals, and it will also improve your career decision-making. It provides the possibility to try out a new industry, employer or job. You will also feel an increased sense of responsibility personally and professionally. In terms of networking, you will have increased footprint of your network.Better knowledge of the job market will even motivate you for increased learning, such as pursuit of graduate study. Internships will make you well rounded and help you to develop transferable skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and communication skills.