While many different types of internships exist, they all have one thing in common: Internships allow you to extend your learning. They provide experience and practice in a field in which you may be interested or offer a feel for a type of job or even a career you might want. Because internships focus on the individual, both the educational and personal benefits are many.

An internship allows you to work in a field that interests you and to broaden your skills, thus enhancing your resume.  Also, your employment will create a professional base for future networking, and your employer can provide a valuable reference. For some, internships allow for “testing the waters” of careers you may have interest in or may not have thought about before.  You’ll also gain the confidence you need to take on the job market and sharpen the skills to do so.

Overall, an internship will leave you feeling positive about the application of your coursework to a professional field and confident in your abilities. But equally important, an internship offers you a look into yourself, helping you step back and view your interests, skills, and knowledge.  As a result, you come to a self realization of what appeals to you about your major and what you want out of life.