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.

You can:

  • Test out different industries.
  • Explore different career directions and define areas of interest.
  • Define your career focus.
  • Gain transferable skills 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 ( survey).
  • Employers want to see experience in the new college grads they hire.
  • Internships are viewed by employers as the entry level jobs of today – they are a must-have to be competitive for full-time jobs.
  • 96.9% of responding employers plan to hire interns and/or co-op students in the next year.