Katrina Keleher interned with the Montana Renewable Energy Association in Spring 2014
Why are Internships Important?
In 2013, approximately 65% of all graduating college seniors nationwide had completed internships, 32% completed two internships (NACE Survey 2013)! These internships provided these college students with a competitive edge hard to acquire with education alone.
However, internships should be pursued with clearly defined goals in mind, not simply for the sake of completing an internship. Internships office is here to help you find, apply, and receive credit for your internship.
If you have any questions about finding an internship or the internship process, please contact us! We would be happy to help you with any aspect of the internship process.
Benefits to Employers
- Integrate classroom learning with practical work experience
- Learn from and network with professionals in the field
- Gain a sense of accomplishment in a professional work setting
- Determine if a particular career, industry, or academic major is right for you
- Develop and enhance interpersonal skills, self-confidence, maturity, judgment and learn to navigate workplace politics
- Increase hiring potential upon graduation by gaining transferable skills and experience
- Strengthen credentials, portfolios, professional references and networks in your field
- Obtain academic credit to apply toward graduation requirements and have an official entry on your transcript that you completed a formal internship
- An internship is becoming a prerequisite for many full-time positions
- Earn money to help defray college costs while earning academic credit