Internships: The New Requirement

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Summer break will be over before you know it, and many of you will be heading back to your colleges and universities. As you plan out your college career and schedule your classes, it is important to be on the lookout for opportunities to take the knowledge you are gaining in the classroom into the world of work.

How?

Get an internship.

Why?

Believe it or not, internships are the key to getting job offers during or after college.

What is an internship? The Business Dictionary defines an internship as a period of supervised training required for qualifying for a profession. It follows a specified number of academic credits or classroom years.

In other words, internships bridge the gap between your classroom learning and the professional world. They offer hands-on experiences where you can apply academic knowledge in professional settings to further build your skills and qualify you for a job in your chosen career field.

There are many kinds of Internships available in nearly any industry, any place in the world. Internships can be:

  • Paid or unpaid
  • Full-time or part-time
  • Offer academic credit or not
  • For-profit or non-profit

 

How do you find internships?

Your professors are a good source for internship possibilities in your field. At University of Mobile, professors have established professional networks in their fields and can help you arrange an internship.

Your campus career center can also be a source of information. At University of Mobile, our Student Success Center matches students with internships we have established by actively building relationships in the community that translate into opportunities for our students.

If you are interested in an internship, now is the time to seek them out. Checking out internship possibilities now is an important way you can prepare yourself to find a good job in your career field when you graduate.

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