The fancy word Internship has been introduced in the last century, but its concept is derived from 11th century. Way back then the concept of apprentices existed, but it was quite different from today’s concept of an internship. Apprentices used to live with their masters for at least a decade, only after which they were paid.
Later in 17th century, vocational training surfaced and the word “intern” was used for medical students for the first time in 1920. From then this concept has become famous for employers and students.
An internship is based on the same concept of learning a skill under the direction of a more experienced worker. But unlike apprentice, it is way more flexible and exploratory. Also, the duration of it has now been shortened to about 1 to 6 months. Various institutions, students now seek internships to get exposure and hands-on experience on the work they are going to do in the future.
Also, this concept is not only beneficial to the intern, but also the organization. The organization may find its future employees in an intern, hence having an internship could be beneficial to the organization. Interns also enhance the productivity of the organization.
Closing the skill gap which the organization looks for can be served through an internship. They can train the interns in the skills they are looking for, so that the interns get employment ready in the future.
So for an organization, in terms of both today’s workload and tomorrow’s workforce, starting an internship program is an excellent way to facilitate success at their company.
SO WHY SHOULD I DO AN INTERNSHIP?
Our economy is changing daily, and with it, the talents, skills, and experience needed to be a part of that growth cycle are too. It has become important for job seekers to bridge the gap of skills possessed and the skill required.
Also speaking of employers – they prefer candidates who have had an internship experience. Not one, but employers prefer a candidate who has done multiple internships. Internships pave the way for applying theoretical knowledge to practical knowledge, which is how an organization functions.
For some, the road to getting an internship is a bed of roses, but for some, this may not be the case. The persons who have done internship had various complexities that are understood by the employer, and hence people who had been part of the internship gain an edge.
The best thing an internship can offer is landing a job in that very organization. This can be treated as a cherry on the cake. Most of the organizations take keen observations about the interns’ day to day activities like, “Is the intern interested in the work given?”, “Is s/he punctual?” and on various other skills, the organization is looking for. It is mostly seen that the best intern indeed ends up getting the job.
The saying, “Practice makes perfect,” is directly relevant to the internship/job experience. If you have successfully carried out an internship, you meet the necessary skills for employment. When the time comes for you to seek and find your “Dream Job” you will be well prepared and groomed to go get it!
So why wait, go ahead and always choose to do an internship when an opportunity arrives.
MY EXPERIENCE AS AN INTERN
I am in my 1st year and still can do internship? This didn’t seem possible to me. Why would somebody give me internship when I have no experience? But this thought was put to rest when I opted to do a course on a social media site. They made me realise that age is not a factor to land in an internship but it is the will to learn and to explore.
This words were enough to encourage me and I started looking for internships. After a week I had 5 internships on my plate! Yes, I worked 5 internships and all from different domains, from Content Writing to HR manager.
My experience is just beyond words. After that also I kept getting calls for doing paid internship but due to my engagements I couldn’t commit to either. I was an introvert and thought that management was not my cup of tea and did a mistake by taking an integrated course of doing MBA but I was wrong . My colleagues made me realise that I was excellent leader and could manage people so well! So I am on right track and will become best version of myself as the days pass.
Thanks to this lockdown, I could evaluate myself and step out of my comfort zone. Here at Grad club too, I am positive I will gain new skills and experiences which will help me in my future years to come.