Internships in 2017: What You Can Expect to Gain

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Traditionally internships have been a core requirement for college students, which allow them to gain real world experience, often in unpaid positions, that complements their classroom studies. A successful one might land you a job offer after graduation and, at the very least, will add some punch to his or her resume.

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Today’s students have far more options than just interning at the local weekly newspaper or a small town business. Many small and large businesses – in the United States and beyond – welcome interns, with some companies even paying a modest stipend.
They can spend their summers abroad or in some of America’s biggest and liveliest cities, exposing them to different cultures and ways of life, both important components in 2016.

What learners today can expect to get out of it really depends on how much they put into it. A student who is enthusiastic, dedicated, and willing to do what is asked while remaining positive is much more likely to be delegated responsibilities and to leverage his opportunity to the fullest than someone who is doing it only for the class credit and has no real interest in learning.

Your Ability.

Don’t expect to walk in and be given big responsibilities like you would in a job. You’re probably going to have to do some grunt work, so be prepared for it. Don’t complain – everyone has to do that before – and you’ll be much more likely to impress your coworkers and your supervisor. You’ll also have a better chance of getting more responsibility by demonstrating that you can do what you’re asked and do it well.

Many universities offer internship opportunities abroad. While such an undertaking might come at a price – think of how much you’ll have to spend on travel and accommodation for the duration there – you could achieve far more than you spend. Global exposure can really help you stand out when you apply for employment after degree completion.

You enjoy advantages in the corporate market.

Getting a job after graduating from college often presents a catch 22 problem. Employers want to hire someone who is experienced, but how can you collect it if no one will take a chance and hire you? It gives you the opportunity to attain education and to show employers that you have initiative.

You build references.

Even if you aren’t extended a work offer when it all ends, you can get great references, which is important in your job hunt after school. You might also be the first person your supervisor thinks of when a position opens, so ensure you make a great impression on your colleagues.

You are exposed to networking opportunities.

Networking is essential, and it starts well before you ever start your professional lifestyle. Get to know your coworkers and start networking with them. You may be looking for another after your current one ends, and they may be able to lead you in the right direction.

You develop a better understanding of your career choice.

Internships give you an inside look at how an industry operates, and they allow you to excel the career you’ve chosen without committing to it for the long haul. You could end up with the reassurance that you’ve chosen the right path, or you might find you hate it and need to consider alternatives.

They can be a pivotal part of your college life, if you go into it with the right attitude. You’re there to learn and to help your supervisor and colleagues and, in return, you will gain invaluable experience. 

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