1. Exhibit Your Initiative – Future employers love to see that you didn’t waste time in college twiddling your thumbs. Get out there and impress people with your ambition.
2. Test Drive a Career – Maybe you still don’t know what you want to do when you grow up, but that’s OK! Interning is a great way to feel-out a career before committing the rest of your life to it.
3. Boost Your Resume – It’s pretty simple, with most students these days graduating with at least 1-2 internships on their resumes, it’s become a pretty necessary part of your application.
4. Learn How to Pursue a Job – As they say, “practice makes perfect,” and though that may not be entirely true, it does sum up the job search process relatively well. The more applications and interviews you work through, the better you get, and hopefully the less stress you incur.
5. Gain Confidence in Your Ability to Succeed – Remember how great you felt when you got accepted to college? Landing an internship is like that, accept this time you get to make money instead of spend it.
6. Improve your communication skills – Remember the last time you did NOT see “excellent written and verbal communications” on a job application? Me neither. Prove to future employers that you have the skills by putting them to practice.
7. Prove Yourself in the “Real-World” – Internships are as close to the real world as you can get while still in school. The below picture pretty much says the rest.
8. Expand Your Network – According to an ABC News report, it’s thought that about 80% of today’s jobs are found through networking. In other words, it’s not what you know, but who you know. You have heard it before, but it’s time you start believing it.
9. Help You Collect Professional References – I believe you when you say you’re an excellent worker, but you might have a harder time convincing future employers without a few references.
10. Learn How a Business REALLY Operates – Movies and TV shows do a great job of giving us preconceived notions about the work world, but until you jump in, you can never know for sure.