While there are many advantages to a college education, which include everything from the gaining of knowledge to meeting new friends and gaining independence and confidence, there are also the benefits of going to a college that offers internships in areas of student interests. Getting a college degree is like a key that opens doors to employment that not only pays better than jobs without a degree but also offers the opportunity to have more stimulating jobs. More and more colleges are now also offering internships, which are win-win programs for students, schools, and businesses.
Internships are all about experiencing what it’s like to work in the real world. Some are paid and some are not paid, and they are offered throughout the year as well as during the summer. Students are supervised by professionals in the fields, and internships look terrific on a résumé because they indicate experience. This is a plus when companies are comparing résumés of students who do or do not have work experience. There are so many advantages to college internships that college-bound students should consider and inquire about them when choosing a college.
According to Businessinsider.com, some of the best college internships are offered at schools such as Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, George Washington University, and many others. U.S. News reported that in a 2017 survey of “college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of students, and deans of admissions from more than 1,500 schools,” it found excellent internships offered at schools such as Bentley University, Cornell University, and others (www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/internship-programs).
While it’s difficult for many students to determine what they should major in, and many students change majors during their college careers, internships can play a big role in the path on which a student embarks. One chemical engineering major from Cornell, for example, accepted an important internship at a major corporation. She was offered a full-time job upon graduation, but she declined the offer. She realized during the internship that she did not want to do the kind of work available to her at that company. It was a valuable learning experience for her.
Students don’t have to travel far from home to benefit from internships. The University of Connecticut (UConn), Yale University, and other Connecticut-based schools also offer excellent internships. For example, Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield offers numerous internships for its students. One young man from SHU started out as a freshman determined to get into filmmaking. After several internships filming advertisements for television and other media internships where he gained plenty of television experience, he has been offered a job with a national television network upon graduation. This doesn’t mean he won’t work in the movie industry in the future, but right now he is thrilled to know that after college he has a job waiting for him at a major television station. Besides, many television networks are creating their own movies.
In addition to the actual work experience a student gains during an internship, there is the benefit of making valuable connections with people in the field. This extends well beyond the social realm or a letter of recommendation, and offers networking and leads to other corporations.
Why are colleges and universities hunting for more and more internships on both a national and international level? The measure of a college’s worth is determined by the success rate of its students. Most fine schools have offices dedicated to helping students get jobs after graduation and they hold annual job fairs. It is definitely an advantage for a school to have relationships with major companies and corporations that offer internships, since statistics show that most students offered internships have accepted jobs where they interned.
As for businesses, internships also offer plenty of advantages. For instance, businesses can continually add fresh new talent to their workforce when they find the right interns. It is also cost-effective, since internships are less expensive than hiring a new employee. There’s also additional manpower and exposure to the top colleges and universities.
College-bound students will definitely want to take advantage of an internship in the field in which they want to end up. Even an unpaid internship has plenty to offer, since experience is a primary concern of employers. It is a huge advantage for students with good grades to show that they are more than book-smart and actually know how to work. Internships are win-win opportunities for colleges, businesses, and most especially, students.