The Value of an Internship

By, 07/22/2014

It’s summertime, and if you’re a college student, you’re likely doing one of the following: working, studying or interning—maybe even a combination of the three. And every year, the question arises: Are internships worth it? In my view, the answer is yes, so long as you learn something worthwhile from the experience.

Notice I didn’t say “fun” or “entertaining.” If you end up having a great time at your internship, that’s terrific. But something doesn’t have to be fun for it to be valuable. As an intern, you likely haven’t had many opportunities to participate in a professional working environment for an extended period of time. When you go back to school in the fall, the fulltime employees you met in the summer will still be working. Interacting with them can give you a sense of what life is like after your academic career concludes. So embrace the opportunity by keeping an open mind and asking lots of questions—you just may learn something that your professor didn’t lecture about in your theory class.