Internships have evolved from the medieval apprenticeship, where a skilled craftsman would teach a young apprentice their craft. In exchange, the apprentice agreed to work for their mentor for a specified period of time.
Today internships have evolved from their apprenticeship origins. There are part-time and full-time internships, as well as paid and unpaid ones. The duration of an internship is usually for a few months and they are very popular with undergraduate and graduate students who look for work experience.
Internships offer many benefits to the students who wish to take one. Some of the benefits are:
1. Work experience
Interns are able to gain real work experience. They learn firsthand the everyday duties they can encounter in the field of their internship. Also, they learn the specified skills and the everyday parlance of that field.
2. Convert academic knowledge to practical skills
For many students university is very theoretical, so an internship can be the place where they can apply their classroom knowledge to the real world. The experience will help the student better understand the school curriculum and transfer that knowledge into practical skills.
3. Industry contacts
While it is vital for the interns to learn the tasks of the job, it is equally important to have good industry contacts. An internship will give the intern access to a professional network they would not have access otherwise. It is a great time for young individuals to build a good network in their specific field, and secure a job after graduation.
4. Explore industries
Many students are not certain of the career they want to follow. An internship is a great opportunity for students to explore different career paths in order to become more accustomed with each industry. A student can take multiple internships and narrow down the list of potential careers.
The job market is very competitive, especially for recent graduates. An internship offers actual work experience, which can give someone an edge over the other candidates. In addition, completing an internship will make the student more attractive to graduate schools and scholarships.
The experience of an internship will boost the intern’s confidence. Being exposed to the work environment, participating in a team, and taking on responsibilities give confidence to face the real world. In addition, a letter of recommendation from an industry manager will not only boost the intern’s credentials, but also their self-assurance. It is very beneficial for the intern to face the workplace challenges in a more controlled environment before seeking a full time job.
It is clear that an internship can be very beneficial in many ways. For example, it is not unusual for an intern to be offered a full-time job at the company they interned after the internship is over. At AGF Tutoring our policy is to encourage students to seek out for internships. Our career and education consultants are here to help our students find and prepare for great internship opportunities.