Today, finding an entry-level position that requires no prior experience is almost unheard of. In today’s economic climate, employers are looking for candidates who stand out during the interview process and whose resume showcases their relevant work experience. One of the best ways for candidates to distinguish themselves while demonstrating their capabilities is to have completed an internship in their desired field. InternWorks is well known throughout education communities for providing experience-focused internships for high school students as well as college students. InternWorks discusses the many benefits of participating in an internship or summer enrichment program and how it can help distinguish students during their future employment searches.
Test a Career Path Before Committing to It
Several recent surveys have found that 20-50% of college freshmen enter college as an “undecided major,” and close to 75% of students will change their major once before graduation. It is rare that a person intrinsically knows their desired career path from a young age. However, an internship gives students a rare opportunity to experience their potential career path before graduation. In fact, close to 81% of college students will change their major due to an internship experience.
Gain Valuable Workplace Experience
The hands-on work experience that high school and college students gain during an internship cannot be underestimated. Interns have an opportunity to apply their knowledge to a work environment and experience firsthand the day-to-day duties that will be expected from a future position. Students will be able to improve essential skills such as communication, teamwork, and computer program proficiency and identify what skills they must improve to become more employable in the future.
While excellent grades and a relevant degree are crucial during the hiring process, the majority of employers are looking for additional information within a candidate’s resume that will allow them to determine whether that candidate possesses basic employability skills. Prior work experience within a specific field will show employers a candidate has already gained essential workplace skills and has an understanding of their industry’s ins and outs. Additionally, a variety of studies have found that employers are 60% more likely to hire a candidate with prior internship experience.