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Participation in an experiential learning activity like an internship can benefit you academically, personally, and professionally. With an internship you can:
- Gain practical experience. Many people learn best by doing, and everyone can benefit by seeing the theories and methods learned in class put to work. Whether it's testing water samples to check for pollution, working on a marketing campaign, or facilitating an art program for children, hands-on experiences bring classroom theory to life and give you practice in your field of interest.
- Earn course credit. Every Stevenson student has the opportunity to earn academic credit for their internship.
- Achieve a greater sense of clarity about your career goals. Interning allows you to test drive a job, company, or career path before committing to full-time employment. An internship can also help you determine which aspects you do or don’t like about a particular position or work environment, and can help shape your future path.
- Prepare for life after graduation. Internships expose you to real-world issues that you have the opportunity to solve by applying knowledge and skills gained in the classroom.
- Increase your self-confidence. Working in a professional environment through an internship can help you feel more comfortable, confident, and at-ease in the workplace. Plus, an internship can provide you with technical and soft skills that can be applied in the future, allowing you to feel more confident in your abilities.
- Expand your professional network. You will meet professionals working in your industry of interest. Ask questions, conduct informational interviews, and connect with new people. The people you meet through an internship can be a great resource as you learn and practice the skills of your field, and as you search for additional internships or employment.
- Increase your marketability to employers and get hired. According to “The Class of 2014 Student Survey Report” published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 52.1% of job applicants with an internship received at least one full-time job offer, while only 38.6% of applicants who did not have an internship received this offer. Employers value the experience you gained from an internship; the tasks completed and skills utilized make for great proof of your knowledge and abilities on your resume and provide good talking points in an interview.
- Earn money or other compensation. Not all employers are required to pay interns, but many choose to do so when possible. Interns may be paid a wage or stipend or compensated in another way, such as reimbursement for meals or travel costs.