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The dream for many employers is to hire experienced employees that require very little, if any training. This conflicts with reality, because many job seekers face the challenge of not having the necessary skills to find employment. It is a nasty catch! How do employers meet the market needs of today and prepare employees for tomorrows needs? How do job seekers gain the necessary experience to get employed? One solution is an internship program.

What is an Internship

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in the professional fields they are considering for career paths and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Characteristics of an Internship


  • Duration is 100 hours or more
  • Generally one time experience
  • Maybe part-time or full-time
  • Maybe paid
  • Part of educational program that is carefully monitored and evaluated for academic credit
  • Can be part of individual learning plan
  • An intentional learning agenda is structured into the experience
  • Learning activities include learning objectives, observation, reflection, evaluation and assessment
  • Establishment of reasonable balance between the interns’ learning goals and the specific work and organization needs done
  • Promote academic, career and personal development

Benefits of an Internship

Employers Coordinators

  • Find future employees: implementing an internship program means you have an ongoing pipeline of future full-time employees. The process of recruiting and hiring is a drain on company resources. One way to overcome this is to appeal to tomorrow's staff members when they're looking for internships, and all that is required from you is to choose the best of the bunch when it comes time to hire. Moreover, college campuses are vital societies, which mean if your organization impresses one class of intern’s, word will quickly spread and your firm will be the most sought after among talented students.
  • Assess the talent: new employees may make a solid impression at the interview stage but may fail to gel with your current staff and the organizations way of doing things. Thus, hiring someone as an intern allows you to evaluate their potential as an employee. Starting an internship program lets you benefit from added manpower at the same time allowing you to more accurately assess candidate for full-time employment.
  • Increase productivity: an extra set of hands helps your employees be more productive, prevent them from becoming overburdened by side projects as well as helping them accomplish more creative tasks or those where higher-level, strategic or expertise is required.
  • Increase employee retention rate: employees hired as result of completing internship with the organization have high retention rate.
  • Enhance perspective: new people bring with them novel perspectives, fresh ideas and specialized strengths and skill sets.
  • Take advantage of low cost labour: intern salaries are very low and are usually the most highly motivated members of the workforce.
  • Find free of charge: hiring an intern means you get extensive exposure with no cost to you.
  • Give back to the community: creating an internship program is an excellent way to give back. Hiring interns not only helps students in your community get started; it enhances the local workforce as a whole.
  • Support students: interns gain experience, develop skills, make connections, strengthen their resumes, learn about a field, and assess their interest and abilities. More specifically paid internships enables economically disadvantage youth to participate. Providing an internship allows that job to facilitate a positive future.

Students

  • Gain valuable work experience: experience that cannot be gained in the classroom. First time job seekers are usually not desirable candidates but companies that are willing to train them as interns and give them the experience they would need to get a job.
  • Have an edge in the job market: internships are usually the only way to get the work experience that you need to secure a job; additionally they are a vital part of your resume. In today’s competitive job market it is essential to set your self apart from others.
  • Transition into a job: think of it as a really long interview, after which you have proved that you are capable and hardworking employee you will be seen as a prospective employee. Basically, just as you’re giving the industry and company a trial run, they are doing the same for you.
  • Decide if this is the right career for you: if you’re not sure about your career choice, an internship is a good way to test the waters without committing to a full time position and then finding out it’s not what you wanted.
  • Networking opportunities: great way to meet people in the field, allows you to meet people that might help you land that dream job later on. Moreover, reference from people in the industry can add weight to your application.
  • Apply classroom knowledge: a chance to put into practice the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom to real world situations.
  • Gain confidence: after doing an internship you will more confident not only because will you have an impressive resume but you will have the know-how for future employment opportunities.

University and Community

  • Implementation of an internship results in improved placement of students in career positions upon graduation.
  • Training in technical skills and specialized equipment by the business community will allow institutions of higher education to expend its funds to other education areas of need.
  • Internships can be source of financial aid for the less privileged students.
  • Internship programs provide opportunities for enhanced relationships with the community.
  • Participation in an internship improves student retention as result of the increased relevance of the education.
  • Students with practical experience are more likely to share their knowledge with other classmates making the job of faculty easier.
  • Once the business community knows the university is producing skilled graduates, corporate support is more likely.