1. You gain valuable industry knowledge
Every career field operates in a different way and demands a separate set of skills and expertise. Gaining insider knowledge at a firm in your career field will help you realize how to properly prepare yourself for future interviews and for your career. Industry experience will also help you decide whether or not you are in the right field for you.
2. You can develop your professional skills
University learning can only take you so far. You really only start to sharpen and improve the professional skills related to your career field on the job. As an intern you gain practical and pragmatic experience and learn how to do your job well, rather than simply reading about the theory behind it.
3. You’ve got something to show a potential employer next time you’re in an interview
Though academic records and job experience as a university tutor will say a lot about your work ethic and capabilities, employers prefer to choose candidates that have some experience that is relevant to the position they are hiring for. An internship gives you the opportunity to take on tasks that will be expected from you at your future job as well, so at your interview you’ll be able to tell the hiring manager, “Yes – I can handle that. I did it at my internship.”
4. Your confidence in professional environments will improve
Learning office jargon, the art of small talk and the decorum an office environment demands takes time and exposure. Once you learn what’s expected from you in a professional setting, you’ll learn how to relax more at an office and focus more energy on excelling at the work itself.