Internships, Externships & Volunteering
DID YOU KNOW?
Whether you’re searching for an internship or a job, there are many effective ways to find a newposition―there is no one magic strategy. It’s important to use a combination of approaches in your search to find a position that’s valuable to you and to not miss out on great opportunities to explore areas of interest.
It’s not enough to simply apply online; in fact, the way most people search for positions online is the exact opposite of how most employers prefer to recruit. Internship and job boards are a good resource, but connections are what will help you tap into the “hidden job market” and land the 80% of jobs that are not posted.
-University of Portland
BENEFITS OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
–The University of Iowa
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. – NACE
Internships provide abundant benefits to students, employers, and the labor market community. When organizations are hiring, they seek out students or grads who have participated in an internship because it shows that the student has an interest in their chosen field and will not require as much training or long learning period as someone with no relevant experience.
To job shadow an individual, typically a respected professional within an industry or workplace a student has interest in pursuing. Externships are typically held for short time period lasting anywhere from a single day to eight weeks and are often held over a student’s winter or spring break whereas internships tend to be eight weeks long at minimum.
Along with contributing to your community, volunteering experience is a great way to stand out to employers. It shows that you are willing to help others, exhibiting teamwork skills and compassion. Many of the skills you develop as a volunteer may also be relevant to your career. In this article, we share important skills for volunteering and ways you can use them to get your next job.
Volunteering offers a space in which to gain new skills, connect with new people, experience something different, and give back to the community.
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