Why participate in a summer internship?

Summer Internships provide real work experience opportunities to university students, recent graduates and people considering career changes.

Gain Valuable Work Experience
A summer internship provides the opportunity to gain hands on work experience that you just can’t get in the classroom.

Have an Edge in the Job Market
Employers are usually more concerned with your work experience than your qualifications and internships are often the only way to get the work experience you need to secure a job, so they’re a vital part of your resume. Many employers prefer or require applicants who have done an internship or relevant work experience and in many of the more competitive job markets it is essential to set you apart from the others.

Transition into a Job
Employers see interns as prospective employees and many finish their summer internships and continue working with the company full time. Think of it as a really long interview, after which you’ve proved that you are a capable and hardworking employee. Just as you’re giving the industry and the company a trial run, they’re doing the same for you.

Decide if this is the Right Career for You
If you’re not sure if this is the right career for you, doing an summer internship is a great way to try it out. Summer internships are generally short-term, (between May and August) so you can test your future career without committing and find out if it is a career that will satisfy you.

Networking Opportunities
Summer internships are a great way to meet people in your field. Even if you have experience, knowing people never hurts. An internship allows you to meet people who might help you land a job later on and give you the contacts in the industry you’re trying to break into. Plus, references from people in the industry will really add weight to your application.

Apply Classroom Knowledge
A summer internship can be seen as the pinnacle of your undergraduate education and give you the chance to use the skills you’ve learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. It’s a chance to prove the worth of your qualifications and to show that you can perform in the role you’ve been given.

Gain Confidence
Getting experience is a great way to build your confidence. What’s more, if you have an impressive resume, you will be more confident in your chances of securing a job.

Interested to secure a summer internship in Asia?

Find your 2012 summer internships by contacting Kathryn at contact@nextstepconnections.com

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