I get it. Internships are time-consuming, unpaid and added stress. I’m currently a senior in college with TWO internships, and a part-time job so I definitely feel your pain. While I’ve forsaken a ton of free time and hours at my paying job, these things I’ve learned as an intern make it worth it.
The Obvious: A Resume Booster
Truth of the matter is internships look really good on a resume. They’re hands on work experience you can’t get from a class. Adding an internship to your resume shows an employer in your dream field that you know what you’re doing, you’ve put in the work to be able to and you love it. After all, you did it for free for an entire season.
You’re going to meet some amazing people while interning. For example, I’m currently prepping for an Island vacation with my love, who I met at my very first internship junior year. I’ve also met some of my best friends considering it’s easy to bond over a similar career interest. Social aspects aside, I met people who will impressive references for future jobs. The networking experience of an internship is something you will take with you for your entire life.
For me I intern at two of the coolest places in Charlotte (we all love EWP here don’t we 😜) Through this I’ve been able to experience what it’s like to be a professional writer and learn skills in making our weekly newsletter (hit that subscribe button folks I’m in your inbox every Monday 😂) The point is you’re going to get hands-on experience, an opportunity to determine if the career you’re seeking really fits your personality and gain skills you probably wouldn’t learn without an internship.