Are Internships a Good Sign of True Experience?

As students we are regularly told to participate in internships through out our college years of school. The more internships you have done, the more experience you have, and the better off you are.  Is this necessarily true though?

I have been lucky enough to have many different experiences in the variety of places I have interned. Unfortunately I do have friends that have had extremely bad experiences where they were. Last summer one of my friends had a poor experience where they had her going to her internship and she would sit around and do nothing for hours. It eventually got to the point where all the workers at her internship quit and she had to quit.

On the other hand, I had an internship at a radio station over the summer. The man I was interning with taught me two new programs and allowed me to produce my own commercials that would air on the radio. It was a great experience for me and I met many important people from my town.

So the real question is, are internships worth the trouble? When you apply for them your given a description but you really do not know what you’re going to get until you start. Is it really just the luck of the draw or should you go based off other peoples experiences? Essentially I think they are worth a try and you learn a lot about individual places that you intern for. If you happen to have a bad experience, you’re still learning about the industry and what is actually happening behind the scenes.


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