By Torilynn Qualls |Staff Writer|
Poet John Keats once said, “Nothing ever becomes real unless it is experienced.”
That quote holds true, because most jobs require applicants to have some sort of experience to get hired.
I believe internships offer the training and experience necessary to obtain that dream job we have spent so many years in school preparing for.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers conducted a recent survey which stated graduates who took internships had a starting salary that was roughly $20,000 higher than the salary of graduates with no internship under their belt.
However, some students believe that internships won’t help them secure jobs after graduation and are mainly massive amounts of busy work with little to no benefit.
“I wouldn’t want to take an unpaid internship,” said student Michelle Hall.“Most people who take those opportunities don’t get the leg up they hoped they would have after the internship is over.”
NACE’s recent survey questioned the relationship between internships and full employment after graduation.
The results of the survey showed that only 33 percent of students who participated in unpaid internship programs secured jobs after graduation.
However, 63 percent of graduates who participated in paid internship programs received full employment.
Ross Perlin, opinions contributor to the New York Times, quotes that the research firm, Intern Bridge, states between one-third and half of college interns will get no compensation for their duties as interns.
However, our outlook on internships shouldn’t be that they will only lead to a dead end. Internships train students to go into the job market.
No matter the job you are performing at your internship you will come away with some sort of skill or life lesson to push you further towards your end goal.
“Paid internships have some real benefits in terms of landing people jobs, showing them how certain industries and employers operate and teaching things that can’t be learned in a classroom,” said Perlin.
Student Courtney Garcia explained that, “no matter how tedious the job could be at an internship I would still be thankful for it.”
“I would be in a position where I could network and create relationships with people who may be able to get me a job later down the line,” continued Garica.
At CSUSB some majors even require you to participate in an internship before graduating. For example, the Communications major requires eight units of “practica” which can be fulfilled by enrolling in classes such as photo journalism, radio, public relations, and television production.
The NACE’s study stated that graduates who participated in paid internships had a higher staring salary than graduates who did not participate in any internships.
“I wouldn’t mind working for a short amount of time making little to no money in order to make more money after graduation,” commented Student Taylor Ramirez.
Having an internship under your belt upon graduating from college is truthfully very beneficial when applying for jobs.
Endure the ground work now in order to better your future.