An internship is usually part-time and last for the length of an academic term or semester. There are other internships which may be half time, or full time. Some pay a stipend to help with travel costs and housing. Both paid or unpaid internships can provide one with excellent opportunities to gain career-related work experience.
What's the best-case scenario
If you work hard enough and impress the company, there's a chance they might offer you a full-time position. Even if you decline and eventually decide to find work elsewhere, getting an offer out of an internship will look great on a resume.
If you don't get an offer, that's OK, too. The company may not have a position available, or maybe you just wouldn't want to work there. An internship provides you with two great tools. First, you gain excellent real world experience and a great resume builder. Second, you get an inside look into a field of work you're interested in, helping you make that career path a little less sketchy. The least an internship will do is get you thinking about what you want to do for a living.
Some basic values of an internship include:
- Gaining experience by applying your knowledge and skills in work related situations. You'll learn what you can do and what you need to work on in your studies. - - You'll gain confidence in your own abilities.
- Gaining the practical real work experience that employers like to see on a job candidate's resume.
- Clarifying your career goals with professionals helps you make a decision if the field is for you or not.
- Establishing a network of contacts, mentors, and references that will be of value for future letters and support.
Today's job market is very competitive. Individuals who have completed one or more internships during there academic study are more likely to fit-in to the world of work. They know something of the media business and have knowledge of employer expectations. Being able to list work experience on a resume helps one get their foot in the door when applying for a job position in the future.
A final thought. If you graduate and are unable to find employment within a few months, you might think about undertaking another internship.
Many companies offer internship opportunities that are not related to college or university study. These are often provide a unique avenue for being in an environment in which you would like to work and if you demonstrate your skills and abilities you become someone of interest with a position opens. These often pay enough to cover basics while you learn new skills.
Internships provide opportunities to experiment and pursue careers that match academic and personal interests. There are many benefits to completing an internship including the development of strong teamwork skills balanced with the exercise of individual responsibility, the opportunity to experiment with jobs that match academic and personal interests, the chance to develop industry-specific abilities while enjoying the advantages of a liberal arts education. Internships also increase the likelihood of building professional networking contacts and mentoring relationships. Internships help students become viable, experienced job applicants when seeking employment after graduation. In fact, many employers consider internship experience in the hiring process, and often look to their own interns as the best potential candidates for full-time positions.