Internships are one of the most relevant and important activities a University of New Haven student can undertake. Not only will an internship look great on your résumé at graduation, it will allow you to apply what you have learned in the classroom to the real world, and will also let you bring real-world learning back into the classroom!
76% of employers indicate their primary purpose for sponsoring interns is to recruit
53% of 2009 interns were converted to full-time.
83% of employers report higher retention rates for those new hires with internship experience versus those with none.
The University of New Haven is an “Internships Campus”. Many of our academic programs require an internship as part of the curriculum, and an internship is a part of the Experiential Education requirement.
The Career Development Center works closely with academic departments to help students discover, prepare for, and maximize their internship experiences. We are strong supporters of the concept behind internship, and work to help students realize the benefits.
Benefits of Doing an Internship:
Gain Valuable Work Experience
Finding work can be a real challenge, especially if you don't have any experience. Yet to get experience you must first find a job. It's a nasty catch that can be difficult to get around but an internship is a good way to do it. Employers are willing to hire interns with little or no experience; especially if the intern is willing to work hard. An internship provides the opportunity to gain hands on work experience that you just can’t get in the classroom.
Have an Edge in the Job Market
Employers are usually more concerned with your work experience than your qualifications and internships are often the only way to get the work experience you need to secure a job. An internship is a vital part of your résumé.
Transition into a Job
Employers see interns as prospective employees and many finish their internships and continue working with the company full time. Internships are the #1 way for employers to find new staff in the US. Think of it as a really long interview, after which you’ve proved that you are a capable and hardworking employee. Just as you’re giving the industry and the company a trial run, they’re doing the same for you.
Decide if this is the Right Career for You
If you’re not sure if this is the right career for you, doing an internship is a great way to try it out. Internships are generally short-term, so you can test your future career without committing and find out if it is a career that will satisfy you.
Internships are a great way to meet people in your field. Even if you have experience, knowing people never hurts. An internship allows you to meet people who might help you land a job later on and give you the contacts in the industry you’re trying to break into. Plus, references from people in the industry will really add weight to your application.
Apply Classroom Knowledge and Bring Knowledge into the Classroom
An internship can be seen as the pinnacle of your undergraduate education and give you the chance to use the skills you've learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. It’s a chance to prove the worth of your qualifications and to show that you can perform in the role you've been given. While interning, you can bring ideas, information, and a real-life perspective back into the classroom, showing your professor and your classmates how what you are learning at work is important at school.
Getting experience is a great way to build your confidence. What's more, if you have an impressive résumé, you will be more confident in your chances of securing a job. After you’ve done an internship, if an interviewer asks if you know how to do something, you won’t say “um, yes, I think I would be able to do that” but can say “absolutely, I have done that” and supplement your assertion with examples.