The Value of an Internship: In today’s economy, employers agree that an internship is arguably the single most important credential for recent college graduates to have on their resume.
Internships provide relevant experience in your particular fields of interest. Participating in an internship can give you real world experience that can help clarify whether their interests, skills, and goals are a good match for a particular job or career.
Internships can provide numerous opportunities for you to learn cross-functional skills in different departments of an organization and this increase in work-related knowledge can enhance your resume and marketability when it is time to find a full-time job. Internships also provide opportunities for you to expand your professional networks as you will work with and meet people who might connect you to additional internships or jobs. Internships can also serve as an extended job interview; employers often hire high-performing interns for full-time jobs at their internship sites.
Once you know what kinds of jobs or careers interest you, you should utilize all resources available to you to find possible internship opportunities
Poet Paths - Whittier College's Internship and Job Search side for students and alumni. Log in regularly to find new listings
Your Professional Network - Now is the time to star building your connections to people in your areas of interest. These people might include peers, professors, former supervisors, co-workers, or alumni. Learn more about opportunities by asking for an informational interview or inquire about openings.
Whittier Alumni - Use LinkedIn to find Whittier College Alumni and contact them to request and informational interview.
Consult a variety of websites using our suggested list of internship search resources:
- Government Internships
- Simply Hired