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The Benefits of Landing an Internship

December 31st, 2012 Seasonal

A summer internship can be extremely beneficial. While kicking back and enjoying the sun instead of working might sound tempting, you'll likely find that internships inevitably afford you more opportunities - whether they involve increased pay for maximizing that summer fun or contribute to landing that dream job right after college.

Post-college career success

It turns out that an internship may significantly increase the odds helping a student secure a job after receiving a diploma. In fact, College Plus reports that according to National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), post-grads who had internships were more likely to get a job than those who didn't. The source goes on to cite that in 2008, employers gave nearly 70 percent of their interns jobs - a steady increase from 2001 when only 57 percent of interns were offered jobs.

Furthermore, CollegePlus also reports that in 2009, only 14 percent of college graduates who did not have an internship in the past had a job waiting for them, while 23 percent of all students who completed internships found full-time jobs.

Possible Pay

While some internships are unpaid, many of them do offer compensation. According to a 2010 NACE survey, the average intern pay for a bachelor's degree student is $17 an hour, while those earning a Master's degree can expect to earn $24.29.

Of course, it's important to take the time to do the right research and find the right internship for you and your budding career. With so many opportunities out there, however, the options are endless!