Professional communicators who offer student internships are providing them with one of the best educational experiences and career preps the students can have. Internships give the students hands-on, practical work experience under the guidance of working practitioners. Being able to apply lessons learned in the classroom in an internship is extremely valuable. One or more internships is also a great competitive advantage for the students when they enter the job market.
The organization gets a motivated worker who is excited to take on day-to-day challenges, make a contribution, and build a portfolio of work samples. Interns are usually not compensated, but the students get course credits. Some interns are paid, which is terrific for students who need it. Many internships lead to full-time employment, proving that internships are excellent recruiting devices for employers.
If you are in a position to provide internships at your organization, please do. It’s a win-win.