There are a number of major benefits that mean it really is in your best interest to undertake an IT internship if you’re keen on working in the technology sector after you graduate. Firstly, you get great experience to stick on your CV.
This is very important, because there are more students studying and graduating now than there ever have been before, so you need something concrete to differentiate yourself from them. Having applicable and relevant IT work experience will make you stand out from the crowd when you come to apply for graduate IT or technology jobs.
Another benefit that leads on from the last point is the fact that, thanks to your work experience, you’ll be much more likely to have the qualities that recruiters look for in applicants. You can read all the textbooks you like, but the truth is that there’s nothing quite like doing.
Spending time in a company’s professional working environment will give you a first-hand reading into what it’s like to work on projects on a daily basis, to work to deadlines, to receive feedback from colleagues, to evaluate, organise and manage your own workload, and to communicate with different stakeholders, both internal to the company as well as externally.
Showing employers that you have this experience, thanks to your IT work experience, will make them much more inclined to hire you over a candidate who has no relevant experience.
Many companies who take on IT interns also offer training sessions during the early part of the programme, in order to give undergraduates more guidance and support and get you up to speed with the skills required to work for the organisation.
This is training you may not be able to get at university, so you’ll again be at an advantage compared to those who’ve undertaken no formal work experience or training.
Not to mention the fact that, if you complete your IT internship and show plenty of commitment and enthusiasm for the role, you’ll be able to ask your employer for a reference.
You may even be able to get a few of your colleagues to provide you with recommendations on LinkedIn, something which can be invaluable when future recruiters are looking at your profile. If those reasons aren’t enough to get you interested in IT internships, then frankly we don’t know what would be!