Why should I do an internship?

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Internships are essential. We’re not going to sugar coat it for you. You must get at least one internship under your belt if you want to be competitive in your job search.

The benefits of an internship

Internships and other short-term positions in your field give you on-the-job training and experience. They will help you both find and qualify for your dream job. The work it takes to get an internship is an investment in improving your employability. By doing internships, you can:

Get your foot in the door

It’s likely that one of your internships will lead to a full-time job offer after you graduate. Employers often recruit from their intern pools. If you make a good impression as an intern, your manager may make you an offer, or recommend you to another part of the company. Or if the position you seek is outside the company, they can serve as your reference.  

Explore your professional interests

Internships are opportunities to test-drive different jobs and your field before committing full-time. Internships can give you a taste of various industries, roles, and work environments. This will help you determine what you want to do “when you grow up” (which even “seasoned” professionals are still trying to figure out, by the way).

For example, while doing an accounting internship you discover you love being a bean-counter but can’t stand being part of a large corporation. Or perhaps you are a marketing major and determine that you like being a product manager better than a market research analyst. Or maybe you realize you don’t like the career options within your major and need to change gears. Whatever your situation, you need to figure out what career is the best fit for you as soon as possible – and internships will help you do that.

Strengthen your resume

Employers want to see related professional experience on your resume. An internship in your field of interest will be more impressive to employers than a menial summer job you did just to make some money. You’ll be showing prospective employers that you care about your field. An internship also shows that you have the experience and skills to start making an impact on day one.

Gain experience in your field

An internship will show you how you can apply your studies. You’ll get real-world experience in your field and build your industry-specific expertise. It will also reveal gaps in your knowledge that can direct your future studies.  

Get professional experience

Internships give you the opportunity to work in a professional environment. You will be exposed to different roles and areas within a business. Interacting with other professionals will grow your confidence and professional maturity. This will give you an opportunity to learn from mentors, ask questions, and take on responsibilities. Working in the industry will also familiarize you with business operations.

Develop transferable skills

A good internship is designed to help you learn and develop. Depending on the focus of your internship, you’ll also build marketable skills. This includes data analysis, public speaking, collaboration, project management, and leadership.

Build connections

You will build your network as you work with your managers, co-workers, clients, and other professionals. These contacts can provide you with references for future jobs. They also can let you know about upcoming job opportunities in your field and serve as a mentor.

As you do good work in your internship and take time to network, you will build strong, positive connections (see “How to build your network”).

These are examples of the many ways an internship can help you professionally. Yet, these benefits depend on the effort you put into finding the right internship and getting the most out of it. Not all internships are created equal (see “Does it matter where I do my internship?”). And not all interns achieve the same things. Once you secure a great internship, you have only done half the work. Be sure to take initiative, ask questions, build relationships, and find opportunities to add value. Do this and you are sure to rock it!

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Maryn Coughran

Maryn is a co-founder and leads the marketing and outreach efforts at Wisdify. She ensures we are connecting with our customers, hearing their feedback, and then implementing their suggestions.

Prior to Wisdify, Maryn co-founded (along with Nate) BostonExcel, a Microsoft Excel training company that worked with dozens of companies in virtually every industry. Maryn’s clients included numerous Fortune 1000 companies, prestigious universities, startups and everything in between. She also happened to write and illustrate a children’s book. Let’s just say she’s a woman of many talents.

Maryn earned a BA in Economics from Wellesley College.


Joe is the owner of Wisdify.  He is passionate about learning and development, he loves helping people achieve their professional and personal goals. Joe is a big believer in the power of online learning and community with 20 years of finance and accounting experience.


Kelsey Murphy

Kelsey is Wisdify’s expert content developer. Taking feedback from our students, Kelsey creates extremely relevant blog posts and leads the development of Wisdify’s other free resources.

Prior to Wisdify, Kelsey worked as a business technology strategy consultant for Forrester, a global research and advisory firm. While there, she acted as project manager for numerous research-based consulting projects.

Kelsey earned a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Wellesley College.

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Madison oversees the social media strategy at Wisdify and makes sure we stay closely connected with our students, receive their feedback, and provide our students with valuable information.

Prior to Wisdify, Madison successfully ran the social media accounts for multiple companies. She also found time to start her own personal training company (which she still runs).

Madison earned a BA in English from Brigham Young University.

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