From Career Services: The value of doing an internship

Over the past several years, Career Services has noticed an increase in the number of organizations offering internships to students. Internships give students an opportunity to gain practical work experience. Many students intern in either their junior or senior year, or during the summer between their junior and senior year.

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University have two resources for students to obtain information about internship options. Both the Office of Career Services and the Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement have resources that students can explore to find internships.

This year at the Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair, held Feb. 19-20, of the 200 organizations represented, 70 are offering internship opportunities to students attending the fair. These internships cover a variety of occupational areas including business, nonprofits, governmental and science-related positions. Often these internships lead to an offer of employment when the intern graduates.

The value of internships has also been recognized as an important part of a student's academic preparation, as several disciplines require an internship or some type of experiential learning to fulfill their degree requirements.

Encourage your son or daughter to consider completing an internship as part of their college experience, whether it is required or not. Now is the time for current sophomores to start exploring internship options they may want to pursue in their junior year. Both the Office of Career Services and the Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement look forward to working with students in this important part of their career development.