Why Should I Do an Internship?

What some people say about internships.

When first considering an internship, some students say:





Well, kind of…

An internship does look good on a resume, but it can be an expensive line. The professional competencies (listed below) are what make that line worth it.

Yes, but…

You do get college credit that may even help you graduate, but internships are more challenging than simply taking a class. While you complete your interning hours you are also expected to take a class that is academically rigorous as well.




So, why should I do an internship?

An internship helps you learn and grow professionally. The NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) listed the 8 most important professional competencies that companies find recent college graduates lack (https://www.naceweb.org/career-readiness/competencies/the-four-career-competencies-employers-value-most/). An internship helps you develop and grow these professional competencies.

Professional Competencies

    • Career management
    • Oral/written communications
    • Professionalism/work ethic
    • Teamwork/collaboration
    • Leadership
    • Critical thinking/problem solving
    • Digital technology
    • Global/multi-cultural fluency




Below are descriptions for each of the professional competencies.


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