Internships help students:
• Gain hands-on experience at a local business to build upon skills learned in the classroom.
• Establish a clear connection between education and work.
• Develop an understanding of the workplace under the guidance of an adult mentor.
• Explore and research a variety of careers.
• Develop workplace responsibility and learn about workplace realities.
• Establish professional contacts for future employment.
• Establish positive work habits and attitudes.
• Learn technical skills that will be valuable for future jobs.
• Understand what education opportunities are available that will lead to a career in their chosen career pathway.
Internships help teachers:
• Keep curriculum up-to-date through communication with employers.
• Make education more relevant and valuable for students.
• Access the latest tools and equipment.
• Acquire information on actual proficiencies required by employers/occupations.
• Interact with the business community to secure resources (e.g. knowledge, equipment, software, etc.) to enhance learning.
Internships help employers:
• Gain access to an expanded pool of qualified applicants.
• Invest early to get “hard-to-find” people “trained-your-way”.
• Reduce employee training costs.
• Establish closer working relationships with local schools and educators.
• Communicate to students how important it is to learn well: how to read, write, speak, listen, calculate and think when it comes to workplace success.
• Generate positive publicity and public relations for their company.
• Help students make better informed educational and career choices.
• Influence curricula taught in schools.
• Develop new projects with student assistance.
• Communicate required job-specific proficiencies to educational personnel.