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Why Do an Internship

Possible Responses:
An internship looks good on my resume.
I get college credit.

Better Reasons to Commit to an Internship:

  • Learn and grow professionally
    • internships involve taking a rigorous class (or classes) all while working as an intern
  • Develop professional competencies within a professional atmosphere that most likely will be directly applicable to a student's future career.
    • The NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) listed the eight most important professional competencies that companies find recent college graduates lack; an internship helps students build these key professional competencies.

Professional Competencies

  1. Critical thinking/problem solving
  2. Teamwork/collaboration
  3. Professionalism/work ethic
  4. Oral/written communications
  5. Digital technology
  6. Leadership
  7. Career management
  8. Global/multi-cultural fluency