Internships provide an excellent opportunity for students to gain more information about occupations, test possible career choices, and identify contacts in a specific career field.

Some students struggle with choosing between making money in a part-time job or participating in an internship that may be unpaid. Each student needs to resolve this dilemma based on his/her individual circumstances. Students are encouraged to explore funding resources early, typically 6-12  months prior to their internship. Information on funding resources is available at the Career Center's Web site. One fact is certain: Students who have experience relevant to a job opening will be more attractive to employers than students who do not have relevant experience.

Increasingly, employers use internships to find and train future employees. Employers frequently recruit full-time employees directly from a group of students who have interned during the summer before their senior year in college. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers reported that they converted an average of 35.6 percent of their interns into full-time hires.

It may be possible to obtain a paid experience that is also relevant to the career a student wishes to enter. Depending on the industry, some internships are paid. Currently, if a Hopkins student wishes to receive credit for an internship, it may not be paid.

Students who choose to work for pay may want to set up an appointment with a career counselor to review their experience and identify the skills they have developed through their employment.