Summer Internships Important

We know.  It’s already summer.  It’s never too early to think about opportunities for next summer—and maybe even a late-summer opportunity this year.

Why are they so important?  It’s simple.  Internships give you valuable experience that can help you secure a job you want.

Let’s look at six in-depth reasons why internships are critical for success—and how you can maximize your chances of finding the right one.

1. Discover the real world.

Working as an intern gives you hands-on professional experience.  You’re not just there to do errands and make coffee—you’re there to work.  Bigger companies, like Facebook and Microsoft, for example, have internship programs in place to ensure that interns earn real experience.

Interested in interning at a smaller company?  No worries.  You can do that, too.  Just make sure you have someone to guide you through the process so that you can gain as much real world experience as possible.

2. Create your network.

While the internet is here to stay, there’s something to be said for face-to-face contact.  By interning, you begin to create that professional network.  How?  You interact with people.

Not only is it critical to your professional success, it will make an impact on your personal choices too.

When you intern, you gain opportunities to develop professional connections that could be beneficial to your career.

Yes—you can attend a networking event without doing an internship.  While that’s good, the internship gives you a more intimate understanding of companies and organizations—and the people in them.

3. Top up your resume.

A great resume is a key to unlocking your chance for that interview you want..  Think of your resume as an initial handshake with a company—it’s their initial impression of you.  A solid internship will prevent your resume from ending up in the trash heap.

A summer internship or a longer one will show a prospective employer that you mean business.  Be sure to add it to your experiences and ask your supervisors if you can list them as references.