1. You’ll make new friends
Your internship site will likely have more than just you as an intern, so this provides an opportunity to make new friends with peers who have the same career interests as you!
2. You’ll get real world experience
My current internship is not my first job, but there is always more to learn. Getting an internship will help you develop your work ethic, no matter how experienced you think you are.
3. Internship Grant program
Dickinson’s Career Center can help with extra costs associated with the internship through their Internship Grant progam. My grant is helping to me pay for gas for my commute to Baltimore three days a week.
4. Internship Notation Program
The Internship Notation Program through the Career Center gives you the opportunity to get your internship put onto your official transcript. It involves completing a few reflection assignments, but these are really the best part. The assignments force you to think about your experience and your career aspirations.
5. You’ll make connections
You’ll have the opportunity to chat with other professionals at your internship site. Connections like these can help you in the future getting a letter of recommendation.
6. Provides an air conditioned escape from the summer heat
Yes, office buildings are often quite chilly, but at least it is better than being in the blazing heat!
7. You’ll learn about your field of interest
This is the real gem in the internship experience, and oh yea, it is the entire point of an internship. You’ll learn the methods of your career of interest, and you’ll learn marketable skills that you can put on your resume.
8. You’ll learn more about yourself
This part depends on how much you put into it. If you make the best of your internship experience, you’ll figure out your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you decide what you want out of your future career.