Written by Chelsea Miceli, a Junior at Roger Williams University
I’ve been an intern four times over. It has been a rollercoaster, both amazing and tedious. And at the finale of each semester long stint, I swear to myself I’m done. Yet, I keep coming back. There is something about being an intern that continues to draw me in.
Let me start with a little bit about myself. My name is Chelsea Miceli, and I am a junior at Roger Williams University. I am majoring in public relations, with a marketing minor, and a graphic design core concentration. My first internship was over the summer after my freshman year; it was a marketing position for an entertainment group that owns several nightclubs in New England. The next, during the spring semester of my sophomore year, was a public relations internship at a small Providence firm that handles high-technology clients. The third, over the summer between my sophomore and junior year, was also a public relations position for the Providence branch of a large agency that handles clients like Dunkin Donuts and Mohegan sun. I am currently interning as a marketing/public relations associate for a 3D rapid prototyping service bureau and technology reseller. Each of these internships has allowed me to bring the classroom to life. I have learned invaluable skills and information that I am confident will propel me into my dream career.
Back to why I do them. Why I endure the months of (2 unpaid, 2 paid) work. Because I want a job. It’s that simple. It’s the drive, the dedication, and the dream. My internship experiences are pushing me closer to my career.
There’s only so much you can learn in the classroom. That is why it is so unbelievably important for organizations to offer internships. Believe it or not, the future of the field lies in the hands of my generation…scary huh? Not only do internships allow future professionals to get the experience they need, but they also allow employers to manipulate (positive connotation) them into the ideal employee.
Think of it this way: you’re going to need us one day, so why not prepare us properly? Not all of the students you hire as interns are going to become full-time employees, but some will. Having already trained them and given them access to your company, it wouldn’t be wise to turn them all away. During each of my internships, I’ve become familiar enough with the company and the various positions, that I would have felt completely comfortable as an employee in the future.
There are many other reasons to offer internships, which we’ll get into soon. But for now, all you need to think about is this: interns = pre-trained employees = money and time saving.
Check out Chelsea’s video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_4BPl35kyk&feature=youtu.be.