The Importance of Internships

1025 Words Dec 4th, 2013 5 Pages
THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERNSHIPS

Growing up in school, students are constantly reminded that a college education is necessary to make a decent salary. Over the years, it has become evident to many young adults that this statement is indeed true. However, as the need for jobs increases, so does the necessity of being more competitive in a work field. Since our generation has grown up knowing that graduating from college is a necessity, a college education is no longer enough to be competitive in the job market; therefore, our generation has given birth to a new requirement to find the right job after college. This requirement is known as an internship. Despite the fact that not many internship programs pay their students, an internship
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Not only are these programs beneficial for interns, but for employers as well. Companies can be sure that interns are dedicated and truly interested in the field that they are working in. There are many people who are currently working in fields where they never thought they would work. Their plans in life didn’t work out the way they wanted and they are now living under what they once labeled “Plan B”. A good example of this can be found in a chapter from the book To Become a Teacher. “When I asked why he wanted to teach and, more specifically, why he wanted to teach young children, the young man quickly responded. “Oh, I’ve always heard that its good to pick up some teaching credits. The early childhood education program looked doable [easy enough, I quickly interpreted] with my engineering courses. Anyway, if all else fails,” he continued, “I could always fall back on teaching.”... How I wish that this young man’s story was an exception...” 5 Internships are a way to prevent situations like these. Employers can see who really wants to work in a department and if they can’t find anyone fit for the job, they can at least see who has the potential and who doesn 't. A person who doesn’t intern after college is truly missing out on a chance to take his career on a test-run. Internships are indeed excellent and rewarding ways to gain hands-on experience. Interns have the opportunity to meet and network with many people who will
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