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Why Become an Intern?

An internship is a work-related learning experience for students who wish to gain hands-on experience in a professional environment. Some internships are paid and some internships satisfy the criteria for academic credit. No matter the compensation, every student, whether eligible for academic credit or not, should pursue a meaningful internship to gain the hands-on experience that employers find so appealing.

Additionally, internships help students to:

  • Identify potential interests
  • Work in a professional environment
  • Network and make connections
  • Learn more about a particular field
  • Build and develop a resume
  • Gain the competitive edge in employment or graduate school admission
  • Increase skills and clarify values
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Become more marketable for future employment
  • Make the connection between classroom theory and real-world application, often increasing a student's motivation to learn.
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