The Intern Of An Intern Essay

1557 Words Nov 3rd, 2014 7 Pages
An intern is defined as “a student or recent graduate who works for a period of time at a job in order to get experience.” (“Intern,” n.d.) In 2011, according to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, former interns will fill nearly 40 percent of the year’s entry-level positions. In almost all large organizations, you will see internship postings, some of which are paid and others that are unpaid. Unpaid internships raise many questions and although college credit is offered, is it enough? Today, internships are almost required in securing a professional position especially in medical and educational fields but how required/useful are they? Landing a job in this brutal economy is tremendously challenging for students and/or recent grads and that is why internships are so important.
According to a Smith (2012), 69 percent of companies with 100 or more employees offered full-time jobs to their interns. More than 7300 students and recent graduates were polled in addition to 300 human resource professionals. The survey resulted in an internship being the “new interview” if you will. Not only are full-time jobs landed through internships, you are basically taking a test-drive of a career you may potentially be interested in. For example, when I was looking for internships to partake in, I came across an opportunity at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. The position was for video and recruiting with the football team. Although there was no pay,…

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