The Importance of Internships

In today’s competitive job market, when it comes to getting a job right out of college, one of the best ways to get your foot in the door and to separate yourself from all other applicants to a company is with an internship. Whether the internship is a few months or a year long, it is almost like an extended interview. If you, the intern, complete sufficient work in a timely manner then it is safe to assume that the company could have interest in hiring you for a full-time position (given that the company is looking to hire). I myself had an internship this summer downtown Chicago at a company called NCSA Athletic Recruiting. Being from the southwest suburbs of Chicago it was a hassle to get to the north side of the city during the week leaving my house at 7am and not getting home until 7pm every workday. However, the experience was definitely worth it because I not only acquired skills that will help me in a future job position, but the overall understanding of the real world that I gained was invaluable. Even though my internship advisor has encouraged me to apply for a full-time job after I graduate college this spring she also explained that there is always no guarantee of a job. As stated before, the company could love you but real world troubles such as financial issues or downsizing within the company at the time could hinder your chances of landing a job at the company. As a result of this that is why it is imperative for you to always work 110% as an intern to clearly distinguish yourself from the rest of the interns or other job applicants especially in times of minimal hiring.

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