Taking your education from backpack to briefcase

From a career standpoint, internships are one of the most important parts of a student’s college experience. Completing an internship provides numerous benefits and ways to grow as a young professional and offers much more than work experience for your resume.

Graphic of a backpack on the left, with 3 steps in between and then an briefcase at the end.


Internships provide students a wealth of opportunities to make connections between their majors, interests, and career communities. Combining classroom skils and theories with real life situations and hands on practice, internships are a necessary piece to any undergraduate experience. 

Students can: 

  • Test out different industries.
  • Explore different career directions and define areas of interest.
  • Define your career focus.
  • Gain transferable skills, a notable work ethic, and a competitive edge.
  • Put classroom theories and skills into action, learn about professionalism in a workplace, communication, teamwork, time management and networking.

In addition:

  • Employers see their internship programs as the best path for hiring entry-level candidates. They are viewed as a critical pipeline for talent and want to hire interns.
  • 66% of employers state that the two most important qualities they take into consideration for hiring decisions are Relevant Work Experience and Interview Skills (internships.com 2012 survey).
  • Internships are viewed by employers as the entry level jobs of today – they are a must-have to be competitive for fulltime jobs.
  • 96.9% of responding employers plan to hire interns and/or co-op students in 2014

Benefits of an internship

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Career Communities

Entrepreneurship, Business, and Innovation

Visual Arts, Arts Administration, and Performing Arts

Publishing, Editing, and Authorship

Design, Technology, and Media

International Affairs, Law, and Government

Nonprofit, Education, and Social Impact