Internships provide intangible benefits that can help you gain in your post-graduate days that you won’t get anywhere else—not even through a full-time position. Internships or short-term work placements can be a valuable experience for graduate students who are career switchers, thus looking to explore several industries. If you are in a part-time graduate program, consider one-day job shadowing as a way to gain exposure to different work environments.
The Benefits of Being an Intern
Being an intern opens the door to opportunities that most full-time positions won’t help you attain. The difference is simple once you break it down. With a full-time position, the expectation is that you are there to execute the expectations of just that one position.
Internships are inherently different; they are designed to be a learning opportunity. When you accept an internship you do so with the understanding that you will be in that role for a pre-determined period of time, often six months or one year. During that year you will be given access to all sorts of individuals within the corporate structure, and everyone who interacts with you will know that you are there to learn. Internships imply that you are someone who is starting to get their feet wet in the industry, who is interested in learning, and who has plans to grow.
Internships can provide you with valuable experience that can help you gain insight and understanding into what you want to do at the corporate level, while also providing you with the resume experience necessary to land the job that you really want.
While not all internships may pay a real salary, the experience that they provide is intangible and can help you get a great start on your post-graduate career. Make your next move and check out the different online graduate programs Georgia College offers that are guaranteed to give you a push in your career as well.