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Internships are Important

Author: Laurie Knafo/Monday, January 20, 2014/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Lately, I have noticed the internships have been getting a bit of a bad rap. Students view them as “working for little or no money,” and only envision themselves fetching coffee and making copies. It’s important not to be so short sighted. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that: 60% of paid interns and 37% of unpaid interns are offered a job at the conclusion of their internships. In industries like finance and accounting, where competition for positions can be fierce, an internship is a great way to get a competitive edge. But, internships deliver much more. The following are five reasons why college students and graduates should consider completing an internship.

  1. It’s a Career “Test Drive”
    Studying a discipline in college is not the same as working in the industry. Why wait until your degree is completed before you find out what working in your field is really like? An internship gives you a great opportunity to experience post-graduation employment. It can also provide insights into specific areas of study to pursue your final year or two of school. This can help increase your job satisfaction after graduation and make you more marketable.

  2. It’s a “Proving Ground”
    Training new employees is expensive and employers want to make sure they make a good investment. A candidate who has completed a successful internship has gained a few career-related skills and has demonstrated a degree of reliability in, and interest in, the profession. Thus, making you a more securement investment than other candidates.

  3. It’s a “Resume Enhancement”
    It’s the old adage: you can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without a job. You can break this cycle is with an internship. With an internship you’ll gain hands-on experiences that you can detail on your resume and cover letters.

  4. It’s a “Network Builder”
    Interning gives you the perfect opportunity to make connections with professionals in your field and establish relationships. During and after your internship, you can leverage these relationships to learn about opportunities and market yourself to potential employers.

  5. It’s a “Foot in the Door”
    Many employers use internships as extended interviews for full time employment. Some hire new graduates almost exclusively from their internship pool. What better way for them to get to know you and like your work than to “try you out?” If they do, you’ll have a definite advantage over an unknown applicant.

With summer only a few months away, now is the perfect time for college and graduates students to explore and secure an internship.


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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.


7 comments on article "Internships are Important"

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10/25/2018 4:54 AM

Internship are much important for completing the degree this was good article that has information about the intern programme. I was done with my intern now I need to make report that I assigned to the research paper writing service they make this for me to and I pay them for that this was good.

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9/30/2019 2:58 AM

Internships are like the boot camp for the job.

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11/12/2019 4:01 AM

You are so much on point.

Students nowadays are very negative when it comes to internships.

Unfortunately, most later venture into fields only to realize that they do not live up to their expectations.

Ideally, internships are also an opportunity for you to find out whether you'd fit in or would like to work in a certain industry.

Thanks for sharing.

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