If you’re a college student or a recent college graduate, chances are you’ve been told the importance of internships. The term permeates through college career centers, classrooms and job interviews. During my time at Vanderbilt, my peers and I often spent spring semesters in a frenzy – perfecting our resumes, sweating through interviews and receiving the rewarding (or disappointing) employer emails. Is the stress really worth it? Do internships merit all the hype?
I strongly believe yes, internships are that important. And while I apologize if this answer ruined your potential summer plans, I am certain you will agree with me as you begin your job search. Through internships, you gain work experience (more relevant than your high school babysitting gig) – an aspect of your resume that often makes or breaks a job offer. While I fall on the extreme side (holding five internships throughout my college career), each coworker and friend - in industries both in and outside of PR - with whom I have spoken held at least one internship before landing their full-time positions.
So why do internships matter? Here are five reasons why I believe internships are extremely beneficial in the professional world.
As a last bit of advice, I encourage you to reach out to companies whether or not they discuss internships on their website. Some organizations do not publicly announce internship opportunities but would still consider meeting with you if you appear interested and qualified!
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