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Why Should I Do an Internship?

Students may first consider doing an internship for the following reasons:
An internship looks good on my resume.
I get college credit.

However, these are not the reasons why students should commit to a professionalizing experience like an internship.

An internship does look good on a resume, but it can be an expensive line.

Additionally, students can get college credit that may help them graduate.

Nonetheless, internships are more challenging than simply taking a class. Beyond completing the hours worked as intern, students are expected to take a class that is academically rigorous.

The most valuable aspect of completing an internship is the development of professional competencies within a professional atmosphere that will be directly applicable to the student's later career.

Thus, an internship is intended to help the student learn and grow professionally. The NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) listed the 8 most important professional competencies that companies find recent college graduates lack.. An internship helps the student build these key professional competencies.

Professional Competencies

  • Career management
  • Oral/written communications
  • Professionalism/work ethic
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking/problem solving
  • Digital technology
  • Global/multi-cultural fluency