Why You Should Consider Applying for an Internship Before You Graduate

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Learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom — participating in internships can provide college students with many learning opportunities to help them not only find a job but be better equipped to start a career successfully. 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ 2018 Internship & Co-op Survey Report, the average job-offer rate for interns is 59 percent (with a 77.3 percent acceptance rate). The report also states that employers expect to increase the hiring of interns by 1.7 percent in 2019.

In addition to positioning yourself for a possible job offer, there are many other valuable benefits to completing an internship. Here are a few:

  • Adding professional experience to your resume, including specific accomplishments
  • Figuring out what you might want to do in a career and, more importantly, what you don’t want to do
  • Learning by observing your manager, coworkers and overall organization’s culture
  • Receiving professional feedback on your performance
  • Connecting and networking with coworkers and fellow interns

Getting real-world experience and including it on your resume is important — prospective employers want to see that you will bring a good set of professional skills to the table. You can gain many skills and much knowledge just by physically being in an office and paying attention to your surroundings. Another way to learn is to sit in on department meetings or shadow an employee for a day. Also, getting to know coworkers and fellow interns 

while you’re at the company is a great way to expand your network.

An internship opportunity is across the street

A unique internship opportunity is right in your backyard. Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) opened its Financial Innovation and Education Center (FIEC) in 2016 to expand its financial education presence on MSU’s campus, provide space for employees managing its Financial 4.0 website and app and add space for its expanded internship program. The FIEC is at 309 E. Grand River Ave. in East Lansing, right across from campus.

What you can learn

FIEC internships help build your communication, organization and project-management skills as well as offer opportunities to attend workshops and presentations on topics including building your personal brand, networking etiquette and resume development. In addition to reaching out to MSUFCU members to assist them in achieving their goals, interns are assigned to work on social media for MSUFCU’s Financial 4.0 website, write for the Financial 4.0 blog, help with community financial education events and more. 

Another opportunity for FIEC interns is a chance to shadow various MSUFCU departments, such as human resources, marketing and communications, accounting, risk management and many others. This gives students a chance to learn about the type of work employees do, ask questions and increase their overall knowledge of MSUFCU. 

Internships are designed to prepare students for full-time positions after college. Talk to your professors, fellow classmates and others about opportunities to add to your college experience through internships. 

For more information, visit msufcu.org/careers.