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An internship offers the opportunity to work with someone who can become a mentor for interns – not only in the internship but throughout the career.

  • Leadership and Skill Development.

An internship offers the interns the chance to learn by working in a setting where they are supervised by a work-place professional and have the opportunity to achieve the learning goals, without the responsibilities of being a permanent employee.

Unlike conventional employment, internships have an emphasis on training, rather than employment itself. An intern is expected to:

  1. Apply some of the ideas learned in college and provide a bridge between educational qualification and the professional world. Learn new skills and add to the knowledge-base while gaining confidence in his/her dexterity.
  2. Opportunity to practice communication and teamwork skills.
  3. Gain industry knowledge first hand from an organization and the professionals.
  4. Provide evidence that interns have initiative, are reliable, and have a sense of responsibility.
  5. Achieve a sense of accomplishment by contributing to an organization.

·       Networking and Establishing Mentors and References

An intern:

  1. Meets new people and practice networking skills while establishing a network of professional contacts, mentors, and references.S
  2. Is open to door to advice on the next steps to be taken on the career path.

·       Resume Enrichment.

An intern:

  1. Gains valuable experience and accomplishments to add cogency to the resume.
  2. Has a competitive advantage for the jobs over fresh graduate applicants.
  3. Is potential candidate for a full-time job offer at the end of the internship based on how well the intern has performed


Results from a recent survey conducted by Graduate Advantage prove that internships do create jobs for graduates. It showed that 81% of interns are now employed and 74% of those are either in permanent employment or are on a long term contract. Of these, 68% believe their internship helped them to gain their current position and an impressive 33% are still working with their internship organisation.

Michael Ellender of Birmingham Forward said of his internship: “I am a very proactive person and was keen to only take a role where I could use my graduate skills. In my experience, if you are willing to show initiative, enthusiasm and work hard, you will be given further opportunities to develop. I was pleased to stay on after the placement and have now been promoted to a higher level role that I enjoy.”

Following a successful internship it is not unusual for employers to coax interns for a full-time job as many employers use internships as a trial period and already have plans to recruit on a permanent basis. A stint as an intern can prove to be a watershed in one’s career. Therefore, it is vital that interns make a good impression; turn up on time, be enthusiastic and show their worth, flexibility, adaptability and commitment.

I am confident that very soon internship will become a byword generally in different disciplines at the educational institutions (in business schools internships are a regular feature) and corporate environment for career building process. But the system has still to go a long way, to adopt the practice widely and in a more as fashion.










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