Professors and mentors tell you, “Get an internship before you graduate. You’ll be sorry if you don’t,” and in ACU’s case, “Get an internship before you graduate, or you won’t graduate at all.”
But why is it so important to get an internship?
Here’s the answer: Getting an internship is like putting your foot in the door that leads to your future.
After speaking with various professionals who did and didn’t go through internships, I’ve gathered this short list of how an internship translates to your future.
- It allows you to make mistakes.
Internships are like a test run for your future career. It’s like an actual job, but with less pressure. You’re expected to mess up a little because you haven’t learned all you need to know yet, and your supervisor is aware of that. Internships allow you to make mistakes so you can learn from them.
- It awards you experience.
Internships award you experience that you my not obtain otherwise. If you are able to get the opportunity to take an internship before you graduate, you are giving yourself the chance to gain experience in the field of work you are pursuing. You also get a better understanding of the the career you are pursuing, and that could either confirm your decision to continue to aspire for that career or make you realize that isn’t what you want to do after all. There’s no better way to make sure you’ve chosen the right career than to actually do it.
- It puts you at the top of the pile.
Applying for jobs is competitive. College students – and professionals who have already graduated – are all trying to get the same jobs as you and that internship could be the deciding factor between you and another candidate.
Internshipa may seem like a small, unnecessary thing, especially if it’s unpaid, but they can easily become the most important step in your career path.