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How necessary is an internship during college for future jobs?

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Austin’s Answer


Hi Victoria,

Really good question. I see lots of internship related questions on CareerVillage and it's really great to see that young people are inquisitive regarding them. I would say that internships are not required, but I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend doing at least one (if not more). When you apply for a full time job after your graduate college, many job employers will ask about your work experience and skill set. Internships prove that you are not only capable and hard working, but also that you likely developed a new skill through this experience. Internships show an employer that you are willing to go above and beyond what is required and these are the types of things that employers like to see. You will only be a more marketable and stronger candidate with a few internships "under your belt" compared to someone who has done no internships. When you graduate, you will be competing with many other recent graduates for a finite amount of entry level jobs. The competition is fierce and one way other than your GPA to "rack and stack" applicants is via their work history. Applicants with internships on their resume are seen as more desirable and competitive and likely have more to say during an interview. During interviews you will be asked "Tell me about a time where..." "How would you handle X based off of your past experiences" and other behavioral questions which are used to judge how you think and how you operate on the fly. These questions are easy for people who have internship experience, not so much for those with no experience.

In short, I highly recommend that you get a few internships as they will only make you more competitive for when you apply for a full time job.

I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck!!



Jonathan’s Answer


All of the above are great answers. I would also add a lot of time you want to take on internships opportunities even if it seemingly is not directly connected to your major/field of study. Increasingly employers are looking for candidates with diverse skills and experiences. For example, an Engineering Major would benefit from a marketing internship, an Biology Major would benefit from an internship writing grant proposals. These varied internships will actually distinguish you from the crowd.

Good luck!

Teju’s Answer


Hi Victoria

Great question! It's competitive out there for almost any industry, so I would highly recommend doing one more more internships while you're in college. Internships are great for a few different reasons -

  • You'll understand what you like and don't like about the line of work you're interested in - this will help you in the future by seeking out opportunities where you feel you will be the most successful
  • Will make your resume stand out amongst others
  • Internships are a great way to gather references from the people you will be working with, which is helpful when applying to jobs in the future

And of course, there are paid internships out there :)

Teju recommends the following next steps:

  • Start doing some basic job searching for internships in your field of interest - LinkedIn is a great way to start

Ana Cristina’s Answer


Hi Victoria,

I wouldn't say is necessary but it is definitely helpful. It helps you to open your perspective about what you want to do in the future. Maybe it helps you decide which master program you can do. Also, it can help you to secure a career with a company. There are several advantages and no disadvantages about doing an internship.

Hope my advice helps.