Internships allow you to gain valuable experience and to "try out" a career field or industry. It allows you to connect the concepts and theories you've learned in the classroom to "real world" experience. The JSC Advising & Career Center provides a variety of resources and support to students considering an internship. Before you begin, talk with your Faculty Internship Coordinator about the internship process and requirements in your specific field of study.
What is an internship?
An internship is a short-term, supervised opportunity to gain practical experience in a particular field. Some internships are paid by the hour or offer a stipend. Others are unpaid or offer the option of academic credit. An internship is not the same as a summer or short-term job — worthwhile internships have structured learning goals, provide you with regular mentorship and offer an experiential learning component that can strengthen your resume. Internships often complement your coursework, and are available during the academic year, or over the summer.
Why is it important to participate in an internship?
- An internship can help you enhance your professional skills with "hands-on" experience in your chosen field.
- An internship gives you an insider's view of the working world.
- An internship gives you the opportunity to apply the principles and theories you've learned in the classroom to real-life projects.
- An internship experience can influence your personal and career goals.
- An internship may allow you the opportunity to be considered for permanent employment at the internship site.
- An internship fosters the development of your communication skills in professional settings.
- An internship is a chance for you to "test" a career field to make sure it is a good fit before accepting a permanent position.
- An internship is an excellent resume builder. Most employers make hiring decisions based upon prior experience so it is important to stand out from the competition.