The Importance of Internships to College Students

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In 2012, eighty-four percent of Santa Clara University graduates who responded to a survey from the Santa Clara University School of Engineering obtained one or more internships during their undergraduate studies. Of those who responded, eighty-two percent were employed full-time after graduation earning a median salary of $62,500 (Santa Clara University). This research exhibits that internships can be an important strategy in the efforts toward job search for both students, as well as for employers looking to hire valuable employees. As defined by, an internship is any carefully monitored service or work experience that may be evaluated for educational credit in which an intern or student establishes learning goals and reflects on his or her learning experience in relation to achievement of the stated goals. Internships should first be examined that, when implemented at fullest potential, these opportunities can provide companies and students with a competitive edge in today’s business world. Subsequently, it can be shown that internships assist organizations and companies with temporary or seasonal project and task completion. Lastly, internships will be clarified as to how they allow students to gain valuable experience before entering the workforce. From reviewing an ample amount of research, internships are beneficial and advantageous to the success of a young student, as well as companies. To begin, the focus should be on the benefits of students who have the ability to deliver a unique outlook and perhaps improved or enhanced business ideas. Especially with today’s modern technology, interns are able to bring ideas that may help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of company practices through the use of t... ... middle of paper ... ...Clara University, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. . U.S. DOL. "Table B-3. Average Hourly and Weekly Earnings of All Employees on Private Nonfarm Payrolls by Industry Sector, Seasonally Adjusted. "U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, 7 Feb. 2014. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. . U.S. Department of Labor. Wage and Hour Division (WHD). Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act. U.S. Department of Labor, Apr. 2010. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. . Young, Dale, and Sooun Lee. Corporate Hiring Criteria for IS Graduates. N.p., 1 Jan. 1997. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. .
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