How Important Is an Internship?

By Chelsea Gilmore on November 15, 2017

Searching for an internship can be scary. While not all majors may require an internship it is still a smart idea to take one. It is the experience that will add value to your resume when applying for jobs after college. In case you’re still not convinced an internship is the right move for you, here are some things to consider.

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You Gain Experience for the “Real” World

An internship will get you the experience you need, even if it’s minimal. It will put you ahead of other candidates and you’ll be thankful when applying for entry-level jobs (1-2 years of experience), as you have a reference.

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Interning Could Turn into a Potential Job

If you take your internship seriously and work hard, employers will notice. It may not be the exact job you had in mind but it could lead to greater opportunities down the road. Interns have long been viewed as the coffee fetchers and dumping grounds for employees’ unwanted work. While it may suck the harder you work at it, the easier it will be for you to land a job.

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Internships Help You Connect

This is probably the most important thing to consider. Wherever you end up having connections can open up a lot of opportunities. Having a LinkedIn account is essential to connecting to the business world. However, interning can be a great way to connect as well.

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There are numerous benefits to obtaining an internship. The sooner you start looking the better off you will be. Consider your opportunities now and reach out to potential employers. Not only can it be a professional experience, it can be fun!

By Chelsea Gilmore

Uloop Writer
Hello friends! My name is Chelsea Gilmore. I am currently a senior majoring in journalism at Texas Tech University. I work at the Daily Toreador for Texas Tech and am interning with Fox 34. I love writing and have very strong opinions on a wide range of topics. I was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas but am looking to relocate to the Dallas area after graduation in May 2018. Enjoy my content! Definitely feel free to give input on topics or issues you'd like to see discussed.

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