Internships have become an incredibly important tool in planning for and securing a position coming out of college. It is a common phrase among career professionals, “Internships are the new interview.” Bad hires cost companies more in today’s competitive marketplace, and so does recruiting. Companies now use internships as a favorite way to test out new talent and be sure they know what they are getting before they hire.
This means that incorporating an internship into a college experience is more essential than ever for young professionals, and the trend is for students to try to complete more than one such experience. Not all colleges provide the structure for this, but that is likely to change.
Take a look at the following infographic to see the latest data on the importance of internships.
Courtesy of: Internships.com
The principle applies to those going back to school, as well as those who are well beyond their college experience. Employers are looking to minimize their risks by trying out employees ahead of time. If you are looking to make a job or career change, but don’t have the option of a formal internship, volunteer, job shadow, or offer to do a project free to get experience. Build a portfolio and help the employer get a sense of your working style.
Win the job before the interview!