Why You Need an Internship – Internships at Grace

Jan 29, 2024 | Blog, On-Campus, Current Students

Getting an internship may not be a necessary step for every student, but it is an important to consider whether an internship may be right for you. Internships can be key to instilling students with the necessary skills to thrive in their given career choice. Cultivating students to succeed in the workplace is a focal point at Grace Christian University. That’s why Grace provides ample opportunities for students to engage in leadership roles and internships before graduation. Check out why you need an internship and what opportunities are available to students.

Why You Need an Internship

While getting an internship may seem like an insignificant step to a lot of students, we can virtually guarantee you the experience will benefit you greatly. Internships provide various benefits of immeasurable value that can’t be found anywhere else. You will learn skills specific to your future trade as well as general skills that are essential for all areas of life.

Internships Teach You Valuable Skills

Internships provide valuable skills that can only be learned first-hand. By being immersed in the environment of a workplace that operates in your chosen field, you will pick up the ins and outs of the trade first-hand. You will be able to learn from professionals who have years of experience in their fields. These professionals will equip you with the skills specific to your chosen career and mold you into a great candidate to hire at a similar institution.

Not only will you learn skills specific to your trade but you’ll also learn skills for everyday life. An internship is sort of like a test run or practice for a job at the company you’re interning at. As such you will learn all the valuable skills and attributes holding a job instills. You will learn responsibility, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and time management skills that can’t be learned anywhere else. While these skills have most likely been instilled in you as a college student, the workplace puts these skills to the test in new and exciting ways.

Internships Give You a Possible In at a Company

When interning at a company, you get to know the people who work there. This is your opportunity to create valuable connections to help you secure a job after your internship is over. With an opportunity to prove yourself as a valuable asset, you get your foot in the door wherever you are interning. Internships can lead directly to jobs at companies. Whether you get a job at the company you interned at or are recommended for a position elsewhere by the connections you’ve made, an internship is a great way to secure a job. Even if your internship doesn’t directly lead to a job, having one on your resume shows future employers you have experience.

Internships at Grace

Grace offers multiple opportunities for students looking for an internship. Internships at Grace enable students to grow their leadership and professional skills. These opportunities include internships with Community Life, Athletics, Campus Pastor, and more.

Internships at Grace last for one semester, approximately 120 hours. Students receive on-site supervision from a professional in the field they are interning. At Grace, all internships have clearly defined goals that align with the students’ coursework.

Check out the story below to see what an internship at Grace is like and the benefits it provides.

First-Hand Experience

Jessica Payne

“My name is Jessica Payne, and I am a communications major at Grace Christian University. Although I am originally from Chicago, Illinois, I have lived all over. Most recently, I have moved from the twin cities of Minnesota to be here at Grace. I didn’t initially intend to go to a Christian college, so coming to Grace ended up being a last-minute decision for me when my faith took a radical turn for Christ during my senior year of high school.

I am currently interning at Grace as an Arts and Sciences (A & S) Intern. The heart of my internship is helping professors help students. I’ve gotten to do things such as look over the curriculum for online classes and make revisions as necessary, create marketing content, find guest speakers, and be a voice for the student body. Through this internship, I’ve developed competencies such as critical thinking, technology, emotional and cultural intelligence, and more. Getting to experience what a career rather than mere studenthood at Grace is like makes me want to never leave! It is truly a place of positive impact.”

Contact Us Today

If you’re looking for a university that encourages student growth and helps you find internships to further your career, Grace may be right for you. Contact us today to find out more about the internships and programs we offer. Also be sure to check out the full list of leadership opportunities Grace offers outside of internships.

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