An internship is an exceptional way to apply the theories and practices learned in the classroom to a professional experience. Internships are a form of experiential learning in which you learn about a career that interests you through direct experience within an organization. Internships can either be operationally based or project based. All internships support your career development by providing an opportunity for:
Applied Learning: apply the academic knowledge you have gained in the classroom to a professional setting;
Career Exploration: learn about the qualifications and duties associated with a position or profession while exploring, identifying and confirming or invalidating your career interests;
Skill Development: gain skills and knowledge required in particular work environments;
Personal Development: gain relevant critical thinking skills, engage decision-making abilities, increase confidence and self-esteem about your future career path.
Types of internships vary widely; internships can be completed throughout the year, can be paid or unpaid, and are available locally, nationally and internationally. Internships vary in their ability to provide the student payment and/or academic credit for the experience.