“There are numerous ways that internships prepare you for the workforce. They not only allow you to gain work experience, but also aid in networking. In addition to this, you can even decide if a unit is the right place for you. So not only can you build your resume by completing an internship experience, but you will also give yourself a competitive edge in the job market. It is easy to see how important an internship is in order to be successful in finding a job right after graduation.
To start, internships allow you to gain work experience and aid in networking opportunities. Clinical experience is vital in the healthcare field. We learn many skills through practice and an internship allows us to do this. Developing your professional practice is crucial to be successful in the nursing field. This is not only done through skill development, but also networking. During an internship, you will have the opportunity to meet with various staff members (nurse managers, charge nurses, staff nurses, and assistive personnel). Make sure to truly get to know these people because they could be your colleagues someday and they are the ones that could aid you in getting a job within the system.
In addition, internships allow you to decide whether a unit is the right fit for you. If it is, you could have the opportunity to transition onto that unit post-graduation. Internship experiences are a great way to get your foot in the door in a healthcare system. It is important that when contemplating applying for positions, you look at the hospital’s mission statement, vision, and values. These will tell you a little bit about how the system functions and what they look for in an employee. An internship experience is like informally interviewing. The staff will remember how you act in certain situations and how you provide care to your patients. It is important to always keep this in the back of your mind.
Furthermore, internships give you an opportunity to build your resume and give yourself a competitive edge. As previously stated, you are practicing and developing skills, as well as your professional practice. Many employers look for prior experience before hiring an employee and this is a great way to get it. This opportunity will make you more competitive in the job market because you have the additional experience. This is especially true when applying for a position within the same system as the internship was completed.
All in all, internships give you an advantage when applying for jobs. They allow you to gain work experience, networking opportunities, the ability to decide if the unit is right for you, the chance to transition into a position, an opportunity to build your resume, and a competitive edge in the job market. Therefore, it is important to see how positive an internship experience can be when applying for jobs. So, my advice…get out there and get an internship.”
Written by Krista Greene