Internship Benefits for Students
- Enhances classroom learning by integrating academic curriculum and real-world work experience.
- Internship programs enable students to apply classroom theory to actual work situations.
- Confirms or redirects career decision-making through on-the-job experience in a chosen field.
- Internship programs allow students to test out their interests and develop their long-range career plans, and provide a basis to select elective course work which integrates their studies and career goals.
- Internship programs enhance the graduate's marketability by providing on-the-job training.
- Students enrolled in internship programs show increased academic performance (higher G.P.A., fewer failed courses), and a 20% greater graduation rate.
- Encourages completion of college for all students-from top performers to traditionally non-college bound students by linking school to work and by providing access to internship earnings.
- Enhances affordability of college through employer-paid wages. This is a means of financial assistance that is available to all students, regardless of family income levels or other financial aid arrangements.
- Internship programs develop students' overall maturity by strengthening resourcefulness, problem-solving skills, self-confidence, self-discipline and sense of responsibility.
- Students develop human relations skills through interaction in career settings.
- Improves job opportunities after graduation by giving students valuable work experience and contact with potential future employers.
- Provides a better understanding of what is expected if one is to succeed in the workplace.
- Internships can provide broader, more meaningful work experience than is often available to an off-the-street hiree.
- Teaches valuable job-search skills such as career assessment, resume writing and interviewing techniques.