An internship is a great opportunity to learn about a company and what it's like to work there, as well as to make connections that may lead to future job opportunities.
Internships vary greatly in length, from two weeks all the way up to six months. Some interns only have responsibilities during business hours while others work on weekend or evening shifts. Internships can be paid or unpaid, depending on the company and the type of position offered by the employer.
Internships are almost always in the field of study that the intern is pursuing either as an undergraduate or graduate student. It is important to remember that the goal of an internship is to gain hands-on experience, so internships should be applied for in areas where it is known that you want to work.
Many internships offer job openings, but they are not always guaranteed. Because interns don't usually have a lot of experience, employers often take on interns when they are not sure if they want to hire them after the internship ends.
A partnership between the student and company during the internship helps make sure that both parties are getting what they need out of it.
The benefits of internships are often overlooked because they do not always lead to guaranteed job offers. In fact, employers almost never guarantee that any student who completes an internship will get a job offer after finishing it. But internships provide students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience, potentially making them more marketable once they graduate and looking for an entry-level position.
If the internship does open doors for the student, it will make it easier to find a job upon graduation.