Beyond academic credentials, employers are looking for candidates who have acquired experience and achieved success in the workplace. Completing one or more internships is one way in which you can acquire this experience. There are many benefits to participating in an internship. Regardless of whether or not your academic program requires one, internship experience is highly valued by employers. 

Consider these internship advantages:

Make informed career choices:Increase employability:Gain educational advantages:
Try out a careerObtain experience employers valueApply theory in the real world
Gain firsthand knowledge of an employerIncrease your competitive advantageDevelop new skills
Obtain professional mentors and referencesGain negotiating leverageEarn academic credit
Develop realistic career goals and expectations  


“Aptitudes don’t necessarily become obvious unless there are opportunities to use them.” ~Sir Ken Robinson 

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