An internship is a period of work experience offered by an organisation for a limited period of time. They are typically undertaken by students and graduates looking to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular field.
Internships can last from 1-3 months, a semester, and in some cases an entire year.
Students serving as interns will be given meaningful projects, be assigned responsibilities, and work deadlines and expectations, very similar to what they would expect as a full-time employee.
Some internships are unpaid, some may include reimbursement for housing and transportation costs, some may be unpaid but offer NU credit.
Why doing an internship is important?
- Intern gains the initial professional experience that enhances his/her competitiveness;
- Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge and skills;
- Internship is similar to training, which would be given in an educational environment and asking questions is one key to learning;
- Intern is not entitled to wages, but he/she gains valuable insight in the working processes of that particular company and the industry at large.