Real World Experience & Connections Pay Off
It can be frustrating to work at an unpaid internship, especially if your peers have managed to land lucrative summer positions in their fields. Unpaid internships may not help your bank account now, but they can be the key to landing your first job out of college. The first benefit to any internship is the ability to see the day-to-day workings of a business. My first college internship was in the Press and Publications Department at the National Gallery of Art. It sounded exciting and glamorous until I saw what really happened behind the scenes. Gaining real-world experience can help you decide whether a job or particular company is right for you. Another major benefit is the connections you will make. Everyone you meet can be a source of advice, a potential mentor, or a link to your first job once you graduate.