Benefits of an Internship
- Experience: Internships give you valuable real world work experience in a professional job setting.
- Competitive Edge: Students graduating with internship experiences, in general, are more likely than students without those experiences to find employment upon graduation (National Association of Colleges and Employers Journal 2017).
- Career Exploration: Internships allow you to explore potential careers to help you choose what professions would fit best.
- Professional Skill Development: Interns are engaging in substantive work requiring problem solving, communicating with clients, and project management. The majority of an intern’s time is spent engaged in professional activities.
- Networking: An internship facilitates the development of professional contacts that may help you in the future
- Personal Development: You will develop a personal work ethic and be able to investigate your career interests, prospective career goals, and your approach to a professional workplace
- <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “My main goal for the internship was to learn practical skills in the laboratory in preparation for graduate school. I not only learned these skills, but in addition I learned a lot about Research by reading related articles provided to me in the lab. I came away having a realistic expectation about what a career in research would be like, and this experience has encouraged me to pursue a research career.”</p><p style="text-align: right;"> —Rebecca, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology</p></div>
- <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “This was a great internship. I gained valuable experience working in industry as both a team and individual, while also putting my foot in the door for a future position at a premier company in the United States. I was given a role on a very important company project that has opened my eyes to a slightly different career path than I had previously planned. I was also given the opportunity to meet many great people and to network with very influential people including the CEO and several of the VPs.” </p><p style="text-align: right;"> —Wilmer, Chemistry</p></div>