Benefits of Internships

Students

  • Gain exposure to real-world problems and issues that perhaps are not found in textbooks.
  • Cultivate adaptability and creativity in a dynamic world.
  • Increase marketability to employers. On average, only 30% of graduating seniors have job offers before graduation; however, after completing an internship, that figure rises to 58%.
  • Evaluate specific companies or specific careers prior to committing to full-time employment—a "try before you buy" type experience.
  • Ease transition from being a student to entering the workforce.
  • Increase opportunities within a company for faster advancement and growth.
  • Increase self-confidence in the workplace while developing an expanded network of associates and professionals.
  • Facilitate a higher starting salary than non-interns. In a recent study interns received, on average, $2,240 more than non-interns for starting salary.
  • Have résumé-building experiences while applying academic concepts and principles.
  • Spread the gospel in many areas through example and lifestyles.
  • Have opportunities to fund college education.
  • Have personal growth experiences and exposure to different job opportunities.
  • Have hands-on opportunities to work with equipment and technology that may not be available on campus.
  • According to interns from BYU, students gain the following benefits through academic internships: experience, skill development, perspective, supervision, professional connections, academic credit, earnings, the opportunity to represent BYU, and to provide service to others.

Internship Providers

  • Creates the opportunity to recruit future employees. (In one year, Hewlett Packard recruited 70% of its new hires from its pool of interns.)
  • Gives the opportunity to evaluate prospective employees virtually risk free.
  • Saves money since an intern receives less pay and fewer benefits than a full-time employee.
  • Functions as flexible, cost-effective work force without long-term commitments.
  • Frees up professional staff to pursue more creative projects.
  • Offers a year-round source of highly motivated pre-professionals.
  • Garners quality candidates for temporary or seasonal positions and short-term projects.
  • Brings new and innovative ideas to an employer.
  • Presents an excellent way to find new, energetic, and skilled employees who bring latest industry knowledge fresh from lectures and other campus resources.
  • Seamlessly converts student interns to full-time employees who can be immediately productive.
  • Strengthens the bond with the university and projects a favorable image in the community.
  • Allows the employer the opportunity to have an impact on molding the lives of students.


Department/University

  • Validates the university's curriculum in a working environment.
  • Improves post-graduation statistics for the university.
  • May accelerate corporate fund-raising efforts.
  • Provides learning experiences that are more valuable than case studies and lectures.
  • Connects faculty to current trends within their professional field.
  • Develops more competitive and employable graduates.
  • Increases program credibility and student excellence as well as stronger ties with alumni in the professional fields.