An internship is a hands-on way to learn new skills at a company or organization
rather than in a classroom. Internships are a great opportunity for high school
students, recent high school graduates, college students, and even adults looking
to explore a career change.
Completing an internship can expose you to the workplace, letting you see what
really goes on in a certain industry, which is helpful information as you consider
various careers. It can help you understand whether the field or industry you would
like to work in is the right path for you. This can help you avoid the costs of
obtaining a degree in a field that is not a good fit for you or that you are not
In addition to gaining valuable work experience, an internship helps improve your
soft skills. You will advance your self-confidence, email and phone etiquette, and
your awareness of a workplace. You also get the opportunity to get valuable
professional feedback from people who work in the field. These skills are highly
sought after by employers today.
Just like a job, you must go through an application process to get an internship.
Applying and interviewing for internships enhances your job application and
interviewing skills, which will be helpful when you apply for a job. An internship on a
résumé differentiates you from other job seekers and makes you more competitive.
Internships are temporary. They can last from a few weeks to a few months, with
varying work hours. But they can lead to long-term benefits, such as job
opportunities in the company and increased knowledge about the industry. In
addition, your supervisor and colleagues can be a reference for a job, college
applications, or even scholarship applications.
While many internships are unpaid, the benefits of completing an internship are