This October we started a new series called #InternTuesday on our Facebook and Twitter where we put out helpful information for those seeking internships. Since this is the time to begin searching for Summer Internships, we decided to dedicate this blog post to discussing what an internship is and why it is beneficial for you to obtain one.
An internship is a gateway to career development. By definition, an internship is a supervised career-related learning opportunity that offers students the chance to develop hands-on experience in an industry or field. Internships can vary according to task, work time and paid/unpaid. Most internships require 10-15 during the semester and up to 40 hours a week in the summer. Compensation can include hourly pay, class credit, or a stipend.
Internships are important to obtain for a variety of reasons. Internships allow you to experience a career before graduating. Participating in an internship could determine whether or not you would like to enter that field. Internships also allow you to apply academic knowledge to a work setting, to practice your communication and teamwork skills, and to practice networking. Additionally, having an internship will help you develop your self-confidence, time management, critical thinking, decision-making and other necessary skills needed in the workforce.
How do I find one?
You can find and apply for internships daily on Aztec Career Connection: https://goo.gl/ImbRMf. Simply searching the internet for internships is another great option. Some helpful sites are http://www.indeed.com, http://www.internshipprograms.com, and http://www.idealist.org. By attending career fairs and networking events on campus, you can also be exposed to possible internship opportunities. Come by our office in SSE-1200 if you have any questions or would like to speak with a career counselor about how to obtain an internship Monday-Thursday from 1:00pm-2:45pm and Fridays from 10:00am-11:45am.