5 Reasons to Consider an Internship
Learn Real-Life Experience
An internship gives you the practical experience that most future employers will want you to have. You can put into practice the skills and knowledge you have gained while studying and be involved in real projects – with real challenges and outcomes.
Internships demonstrate your ability to transition from university to the workplace and may put you ahead of other candidates who have little or no work experience.
Get a taste for the Industry
Grow your Confidence
Build your Network
You will meet experienced professionals who can teach and guide you through your internship. It is an opportunity to interact with professionals in your chosen field, so ask questions and try to gain as much knowledge as you can.
Make connections with your colleagues. Establishing good work relationships might help you land a job or get a recommendation that will steer your career on the path to success.
Strengthen your Resume
The time you spend at your internship can be included as work experience on your resume, showing your exposure to a certain field or industry. Be sure to list the tasks you completed, along with achievements and highlights during your intern experience. Your direct report may even provide their details so you can list them as a reference.
Most internships are provided by employers who want to support young people starting their career journey, by giving them genuine employment experiences that end in real job outcomes.
Some businesses may offer unpaid internships to provide exposure, and this may seem like a great opportunity but there are very few situations where an employer can get you to work without pay. If you decide to undertake an unpaid internship, make sure that you are performing general tasks that further your learning. If the work you’ve been asked to do profits the business, then it is likely you should be getting paid. For more information on internships and workplace entitlement, visit the government’s Fairwork website.