A Closer Look Into Internships

How Internships can benefit students.


Rebecca Donaldson, Business Editor

What an internship is: 

An internship is an opportunity offered by an employer to benefit students or potential employees. Internships provide experiences for potential future careers. 



Finding internships within the community is a way students can give back. Reaching out to local businesses can help put students in touch with company opportunities. Another resource available to students is through counseling centers, both at the school or college level. Reaching out to future professors and academic counselors can show dedication. 


Benefitting to get work experience 

According to Fremont college, the majority of internships in the United States are work experience internships. Which means they are meant to be on-the-job training for interns.

When applying to full-time positions after graduation, employers look at what previous experience applicants have. The difference between getting the job and not maybe the amount of work put in to put yourself above the competitors. 

Internships are a way for students to determine if the field they are pursuing actually interests them. Building experience not only makes a resume look better, but it also reassures that that field is going to be a good fit. 


Benefits of being able to pay for classes 

College courses can add up to a large sum of money and internships can help lessen this cost. Paid internships can provide money to cover small fees for the school year. Most paid internships pay close to the minimum wage to provide an incentive for applicants. The goal is to provide interns with more experience than money. Unpaid internships can also help pay, but not in the way most think. Unpaid internships can show that even though the applicant is not receiving compensation, they are still willing to work hard and learn what the field does. An unpaid internship might show an employer the experiences gained and can allow a graduate to start at a level higher than entry.