October 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
Although I am far away from my graduation date, I’m already freaking out about finding my “perfect” job. I’ve heard from a number of friends and family about finding an internship first, but why?
Why should I get an internship?
An internship is, “Any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession,” according to Random House Dictionary. Internships are a way to learn how things actually operate in real life scenarios; it’s also a great way to find out if you will enjoy the job you are interested in or maybe try something you hadn’t thought about. A friend of mine was one year away from graduating with her Journalism degree and was on the hunt for an internship to plump up her resume. She had already done one for the local news station the summer before and wanted to try something new, public relations. She applied and got the internship at a local PR firm and fell in love. The summary of this story is that she now has a job she enjoys for a PR company right after college because of something she “tried.”
CNN.com reported Melissa Benca, director of career services at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, saying, “Internships have become key in today’s economy. Graduating students with paid or unpaid internships on their résumé have a much better chance at landing a full-time position upon graduation. Students are doing internships as undergraduates, and it is now not unusual for recent grads to take an unpaid internship with hopes of turning it into a permanent position or at least making some contacts and building their résumé.”
I’m not saying, you’re not going to get a job without an internship, but it definitely wouldn’t hurt. If you don’t believe me check out what Katharine Hansen, Ph. D, from Quintessential Careers has to say about it (CLICK HERE).