Landing your dream job right after you graduate college may seem impossible. Many of us struggle because we need to gain experience working in the field, but most employers want you to have experience before they hire you. This is where an internship can come into to play. Many of you are probably sick of hearing about internships or the thought of finding one and applying stresses you out. Some people are required to have one to graduate, while others are “strongly encouraged.” But what many people do not know is why EVERYONE should have an internship during their college years.

An internship is crucial. Not only does it give you experience in the field you are studying, but it also helps you determine if you truly love that field. Maybe you would rather work in public relations versus advertising or you’re a better fit for social work rather than psychology. In addition, if you succeed at an internship you may get your foot in the door with a future employer!

You can also build relationships with your employer, which can lead to him or her mentoring you. You can gain firsthand experience working in the field, and you will learn new skills. This can lead to you to establishing other connections that will also help you in the future. As annoying or stressful it is to hear about internships right now, it will only benefit you in the long run!

Start your internship search today!

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Kayla Severson

Kayla is a Public Relations major and Communications minor graduating in 2017 from Mindoro, WI. Her hobbies include traveling, hanging out with friends, PRSSA and writing for the Odyssey.

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