College is a time for learning. Some students may come to learn how to be an accountant or teacher, some come to learn to be independent, and some come to learn how to be the life of the party. Regardless of a student’s educational goal, we are all here to learn and better prepare ourselves for the next chapter in our lives.
Internships provide so many benefits but to start off, here are four reasons why you should intern during your time as an undergraduate.
1. Internships are catered to your educational goals. The overarching goal of an internship is to learn how to be a professional in a career that interests you. This allows students the chance to really decide if that path is the one they would like to take or if they are better suited for another career. Oftentimes, your mentor will ask you what you hope to learn during your time as an intern. This gives you the perfect opportunity to really dig deep and make your experience unique.
2. Put the skills you’ve learned in class to use. Internships are a great way to finally try out those skills you’ve learned in your classes in a real life situation. While learning in school will help shape your skills, an internship will refine your skills. Your mentor will be able to offer you more tips and tricks to help improve your skills as well.
3. It looks great on a résumé. Gaining relevant experience in any field will help your résumé stand out from the rest when you begin to look for a career. You will be able to confidently add new items to your list of skills and become more relatable when it comes time to interview.
4. Network with others in your field. The people you meet during internships will be able to connect you to future employers and they may even provide you with a favorable letter of recommendation.
Interested in finding an internship? Visit the Career Center for help with your résumé and interviewing skills and the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service for information on applying for government and nonprofit internships.
More About the Author
Hi! I’m Alexandra, a senior strategic communication student, writing to you from the Utah State Capitol. This semester, I am the Government Relations intern for Southern Utah University and I’m excited to share my journey with you as I learn the ins and outs of being a young professional.