TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – In many professions, an internship is a rite of passage…. the start that can kick off a career.
Today is National Intern Day and we explore the value internships add to those coming out of college and entering the workforce.
“It was just a great experience, just learning how to work and learning marketing,” says Elizabeth Newsome, who is a graduate student at UT Tyler. “It really helped build not only my skill set but also my resume.”
Newsom tells us how important it is for students to not only have an education, but to also have on-the-job experience as well.
She got an internship with Sodexo her sophomore year of college where she worked for a year and a half.
She says having that extra year or two of relevant work experience coming out of college makes a big difference.
“In interviews you are going to be asked like hey when’s the time that you had to deal with this or that you had to work on a team or you had to work with social media and you’re asked for measurable examples of your results so I was able to do that because I’d had internships before,” says Newsom.
dr. Kerri Camp, professor of marketing at UT Tyler says the data shows about 85% of students who do an internship with a company get an employment offer at the conclusion of the internship.
She explains how an internship builds upon what is learned in the classroom.
“As much as we try to do in academics to give them real world solutions, it’s nothing like being on the job and being able to apply what they’ve learned, and understand organizational culture, and the dynamics within an organization,” says Camp . “So, it really gives them that real world experience that is so important today.”
Camp says employers reach out to the university on a regular basis looking for students to do internships.
During the height of Covid-19, internship opportunities were limited, however, Camp says, there are currently more opportunities than there are students to fill them.
She says that most internships are paid, and they encourage employers to pay students because, she says, there should be value that the intern is bringing to the employer.
“Getting that practical experience within their field is more important than anything they can have as far as adding to their resume,” says Camp.
Camp says at UT Tyler students can earn school credit for internships, for working a minimum of 15 hours a week.
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