What is the Value of an Internship?
Experiential Learning is learning by doing. It gives you direct contact with the realities of the workplace, and for many industries, it has become a REQUIRED part of the educational experience.
Included under the umbrella of "Experiential Learning" are Experiential Education or Co-op's, Internships, Summer Jobs and Community Service. Each can be a work experience that complements your academic training and gives you an introduction to a specific career or field of interest.
Experiential Education allows you to put your academic training to practical use and involve duties similar to those of an entry-level position. It can offer you the opportunity to:
- Explore and clarify your major and career goals with professionals in the field, so you'll know if the field is right for you - increase your self-knowledge.
- Develop knowledge, competencies, and experiences related to your major and career goals.
- Gain practical employment experience that employers look for when hiring college graduates:
solve complex problems
function comfortably in teams
work productively with people from diverse backgrounds
- Take responsibility for your own learning and create a more rewarding college experience.
- Achieve confidence and a smoother transition to permanent employment - develop professional work habits.