Benefits of doing an Internship

What is the importance/value of an Internship?

Career Development

  • Opportunity to test career possibilities
  • Provides the opportunity to explore and clarify your major and career goals with professionals in the field, so you'll know if the field is right for you
  • May help you identify specific areas of interest you had not considered
  • Allows you to evaluate likes and dislikes that will enable you to make informed career decisions

Marketability - Future Job Search

  • Demonstrates your interest and motivation to pursue a particular career area
  • May lead to a permanent job offer
  • Opportunity to develop job specific skills relevant to your career interests
  • Assist in developing skills all employers want (i.e., teamwork, leadership, communication, problem solving, technology)
  • Helps you collect portfolio and resume material
  • Provides you with a network of professional contacts, mentors and references
  • Locating and securing an internship prepares you for the search for a permanent position later on (i.e. locating appropriate jobs, writing resume and cover letter, interviewing)

Marketability - Graduate School

  • Gives you experience to include on applications and in personal statements
  • May assist you in targeting a specialized area of concentration
  • Provides you with professional references

Supplements Academic Theory with Practical Training

Adds meaning to your academic studies by allowing you to apply theories learned in the classroom to "work" situations.

Enhances Personal Development

  • May increase confidence
  • Aids in recognizing strengths and areas for improvement
  • Helps you become aware of the difference you can make as a productive member of society

For more information please contact:
Dan Shull, Director of Field Experience
1-319-385-6358 or e-mail at