How Can Internships Help You?

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Have you ever wondered what your major is going to be like when you graduate? Is there anything about your major that you would like to learn more about? If you have questions about what your field is truly about, there is a way to experience what goes on. Internships are the best way to experience your major in real life. Internships give you the opportunity to compare your vision of your major to what your major really is. Some students believe they know exactly what their major truly means in the work environment. Believe it or not, your expectations of your major can be completely different from what it really is. This is why internships are very important for students to get into, and make that discovery themselves.

 

Not only do internships help you learn about what field you’re about to enter, other important advantages are included. For example, if your résumé features internships under experience, this will help broaden your skills. Another advantage is you can gain more experience on how the world works to better prepare yourself for a career. Internships also have the possibility of turning into steady part-time or full-time jobs. In the economy we live in today, this is a huge advantage over students who don’t intern.

 

So how do you get involved with internships? NYIT’s Career Services, located in Salten Hall, can help you search for internships and find the one right for you. According to Adrienne McNally, Assistant Director of Experimental Education, career services can get you involved with all kinds of internships, jobs and volunteer opportunities. Career services covers all majors and all types of industries and positions through Career Net, which helps students figure out what field of work they are interested in and find opportunities and professionals in that particular field. Students will also be able to register for on-campus events, send themselves e-mail updates, and keep track of their job search schedules and much more. The office is also eager to help students with any questions needed to be answered.

 

Career Services is beneficial towards students. A program called the Internship Certificate Program that career services offers to students can give an even greater advantage to students who are interested in internships. According to McNally, the Internship Certificate Program has workshops available that instruct students how to prepare themselves for a real job. “The greatest advantage to getting involved with internships is that it puts you in a better position to have opportunities for finding a real job,” McNally said. “Most students who graduate have done internships. The more internships someone has, the more likely they are to have a job when they graduate.”

 

The first workshop students take for the Internship Certificate Program is Orientation I, which talks about resources that are available to students and search techniques students can use to find the jobs they want. The next workshop is Orientation II, which helps students identify goals and learn more from their internships. According to McNally, career services gets about 1,000 student appointments each year. About 100 students participated in the Internship Certificate Program from Fall 2010 to Spring 2011. They earned over $200,000 and half of those students were offered a position at the companies they interned in. Students have learned a lot from their internships.

 

The office is also helpful in a student’s search for finding a job. It also helps you have a better experience with your internships. In order to ensure learning, they use a learning agreement for students and ask them what specific goal they will meet during their internships. Students also say what three skills they will develop during their internships. Career services will keep in touch with students and work with them to make sure they are enjoying their internships and developing their skills at the same time. Employers are also a part of how career services works. “If students are involved in the program, if people are having trouble with their internship, we can work with students and their supervisor to make their experience a positive one,” McNally said.

 

Not only does career services speak with students, they also have students who have done the Internship Certificate Program discuss their internship experiences with others. According to McNally, students who interned talked about their experiences with other students and answered questions about how they found the internship. “It was a really good event. Students got a lot out of it from the great advice the interns gave,” say McNally.

 

The internship event helped a number of students learn how to look for internships and get a feel for what they are like. But there are other events available to students that can give them information on internships. The career services website is very useful in the internship search. You can visit the career services website and click Career Net to learn more about the events.

 

Many students who have gone to career services have greatly benefited from getting involved with an internship. They have enjoyed their time interning and are more prepared to go out into the world when they graduate. “Most students are happy with their internships. Career services can make a student’s internship a good experience and better prepare them to find a real job,” says McNally. Students who have taken internships are more than happy to share what they have learned with other students looking for internships. If you are interested in finding an internship and learning about what your field is truly like, you can go to career services in Salten Hall or you can go online to www.nyit.edu/career_services/career_net/.


 

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