Why would I apply for an internship and work for free?
1. Internships allow you to explore the field you’re interested in
If you’re lucky, you come into college knowing exactly what you want to do. But if you’re like the rest of us, you are still unsure of which major to choose, let alone what career path to follow! Doing an internship for a career in the field you’re interested in gives you real work experience and allows you to decide whether or not you want to continue pursuing the field.
2. Internships will boost your resume
Even though you’re a student at the #1 public university in the world, competition for jobs is still pretty intense. Let’s be honest, although leadership positions are great, experience in a real work environment could make you more qualified for the job you’re applying to. Also, how else are you going to apply for those jobs requiring years of experience? Internships, duh! Not only is it easier to get a job with an internship, it’s becoming way harder to get a job without one!
3. Internships often lead to employment
Interning at your dream job is the most effective way of getting your foot in the door. Your employer trains you on company standards and ethics, you become accustomed to their specific work environment, get acquainted with the staff, and attain more knowledge about the company than your peer applying for a job at the same company with no internship experience. Although employment isn’t guaranteed, it definitely increases your chances of getting a job at the place you interned (by 65% according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers).
Those are some reasons why you should apply for an internship, if you’re still not convinced, take a look at page 7 of our Job and Internship Guide for more reasons.
P.S. not all internships are unpaid– if getting paid for your summer job is what interested you, look for paid internships on Handshake as well.