While the classroom teaches students about business; an internship puts those lessons into practice in a professional environment. Internships provide you with the opportunity to research a potential career path or industry by exploring your career interest first-hand. With this valuable insight you can make, informed career decisions about whether a field or industry being the right fit for you.
Find out what it’s like working in an office, interacting with supervisors, co-workers, and engaging with real customers or clients.
Gain Valuable Work Experience
For most job openings, applicants are expected to have a related degree and work experience. Internships help you gain this hands-on experience while still in school. This is also a great way to generate more work samples for your professional portfolio and provide real stories of accomplishments for your resume and job interviews.
Create Your Own Competitive Advantage
Having experience can give you the edge over many candidates that you will be competing against for a position. Completing an internship gives you more credibility to the skills and experiences you have gained and grants access to professionals whom you can use as references.
97 percent of responding employers plan to recruit student interns in 2014
Transition into a Career
An internship can also lead to a job offer. Although this is not guaranteed, companies will often use their internship program as a potential hiring pool for full-time opportunities.
Recruiting new hires is the primary focus of internship programs according to 77.6 percent of employers
65 percent of employers made full time offers to their interns in 2013
Expand Your Network
Networking is one of the best ways to land a new job and a primary way to learn about unadvertised job opportunities. While taking part in an internship, you will meet a number of professional contacts and make your name known.
Feeling confident about your experience and your self-image will help you when interviewing for jobs in the future.
Earn Academic Credit, Money or BOTH
To enroll in the Business Internship Program, the student must meet with Antonio Riggs, Student Service Coordinator, complete the required forms and meet requirements below appropriate to you academic level.