How important are internships?
I also want to know if you get paid or if you don't, the duration, etc...
Internships are looked at favorably in today's job search for students coming directly from college. It is able to show practical work experience on top of the learning obtained from school. The experiences gained during the internship will provide added perspectives that may be used during the interview session to set a person apart from the rest.
Internships are some of the BEST experiences you can leverage to learn about yourself and what you want to do in your career. They are viewed very favorably by employers for getting your first job out of school.
I did paid internships through INROADS which helped me intern at big companies.
It is important to note that all internships aren't paid and some internships may not pay much. It really depends on what career field you're in. For example, if you're in finance, accounting or computer science internships can pay over $20/hour. Facebook pays their interns $8,000/month.
The most important part of your internship is the work you do, however. Don't just take an internship to have one, otherwise it won't be able to help you very much.
Ideally, you want to find a internship in your field, with a good employer where you will be doing something that adds value - not getting someone coffee.
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Khloe, I am currently interning this summer and having a great time. I think that it has helped tremendously, and I'm only 3 weeks in. Depending on the company you work for, you can get paid. Regardless, the experience is great.