Study shows the importance of completing an internship while pursing a college degree

Completing an internship can give students job opportunities, real-world experience and insight into their field.
Completing an internship can give students job opportunities, real-world experience and insight into their field.

A recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows that internships are an important part of pursing a college degree, regardless of the field of study.

The 2011 Internship and Co-op Survey reports that employers said that an average of 39 percent of their entry-level hires were, at one time, interns for their company. Additionally, employers said that they hired 58 percent of their interns for a full-time position when they graduated from college. Of the individuals who were offered full-time jobs at their internships, about 85 percent accepted.

According to officials from Brigham Young University (BYU), completing an internship can do a lot more for a college student than give them the possibility of a job offer. Internships can also give people necessary real-world experience. While classroom experiences are valuable, employers tend to hire individuals who have already worked at a similar company.

BYU officials also report that internships can be an opportunity to see if students enjoy working in their field full-time or if they would like interacting with one particular company. The luxury of these programs is that if people do not like where they are working, it is only temporary.

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