The Wonderful Adventures of the Intern: Part 1

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Internships. Internships. Internships. Many college students competing for internships. For many organizations cutting the internship or fellowship program has been the first thing to go in budget crunch. But Melissa Benca of Marymount Manhattan College says the “Internships have become key in today’s economy. Graduating students with paid or unpaid internships on their résumé have a much better chance at landing a full-time position upon graduation. Students are doing internships as undergraduates, and it is now not unusual for recent grads to take an unpaid internship with hopes of turning it into a permanent position or at least making some contacts and building their résumé.”

One of the members of our student association, the Stennis-Montgomery Association (SMA), interning in DC has become somewhat of an adventure. Each time should sends me a text or email regarding her day on the Hill or analyzing information in the database she has access to, I can’t help but think of the doors she’s unlocking to a better career. These adventures to many undergraduates may seem pointless and even boring, yet these adventures are what makes them stand apart from the rest.

What many employers realize is that by trimming their fellowships or internships, they are essentially eliminating a fulltime position. These interns are valuable assets to the organization. Click here to view the complete list of benefits for the intern and the employer. Here are a few:

Benefits for the Student:
—The opportunity to “test drive” a career (Would I be happier in marketing or advertising? Am I more comfortable working with patients or in a lab?)

—Chances to network

—Possible college credit or certification


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