Testing the waters of the workplace

Internships provide students unique insight into what it’s like to work in their chosen field.

by Daily Editorial Board

An internship experience can be very beneficial for students who are unsure of what kind of specific work they wish to pursue after they graduate. Obtaining a hands-on work experience will allow students to test the waters of the working world by demonstrating strengths and weaknesses in a real-world environment. Even though internships don’t always live up to expectations, they can provide students with a better sense of their interests and what kind of work they would like to do after graduation.

Many companies and organizations offer internships that are three weeks to a semester long. However, if you make a lasting impression as an intern, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to extend your stay or even get hired permanently. Employers recruit more than 62 percent of their new full-time employees from internship programs, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

The internship experience is worthwhile for students who want to stray away from the classroom and learn in a professional setting. Winter break is an excellent time for undergraduates to take a look at the internships available and apply for a variety of positions. Although it’s hard for students with jobs to dedicate a significant amount of time to an internship, the benefits of doing so can make even an unpaid position worthwhile. Hands-on experience at a job that interests you is a great way to build your résumé and can potentially jump-start your career. Students, especially those nearing graduation, should take advantage of the abundant and diverse internship opportunities available in the Twin Cities.