1. Gain work experience and transferable skills Students all have their educational experience in common. What stands out to employers is those students who ALSO have work experiences by the time they graduate. This automatically makes them more marketable; as they may require less training and are assumed to be able to handle more responsibilities. In addition to the specialized skills of your field, transferable skills are generally required at any job, e.g. communication/interpersonal skills, computer proficiency, and team work.
2. Be able to experience a prospective career path Most students enter college with an idea of a major or career path... and most students end up changing their minds. Exploring is a very important part of the academic process, and gaining a work experience is a great way for students to acquaint themselves with a field they are looking to learn about. By the time of graduation, the students have confidence that the degrees they are receiving are the right ones for them.
3. Gain practical experience, by applying methods and theories learned in classes Many people learn best by being hands on. But everyone can benefit from seeing the things that they have been learning in class, put to action; whether it's in a chemistry research lab, a marketing development meeting, or a substance abuse counseling session.
4. Network with professionals in your field, for references and future job opportunities It's all about who you know. As a student intern, you are surrounded by professionals in the industry that you are seeking access to. It's more than just about getting a grade, earning credit, or making money. This is an opportunity to learn from everyone around you, ask questions, and impress them with your eagerness. These people can be your future colleagues or can be the connection to your first job.
5. Develop new skills and refine others Learn your strengths and weaknesses by creating learning objectives and receiving feedback from your supervisor. This is a unique learning opportunity that you may never have again as a working adult. Embrace the mistakes that you'll make and the many things that you won't know. Ask questions, observe, and take risks.
6. Gain confidence in your abilities Practice makes perfect. If you've learned about a specific technique in the classroom, you're able to test it out in the world of work. Then, you'll be much more equipped with the technique.
7. Placement Opportunities: The person who will perform good in the internship program, will be absorbed by us.