The dictionary meaning of this word Internship in it’s context, is a condition in which a student takes a job in order to learn a profession or trade.
It is a work-experience offered by both profit and non profit organisations.
Being generic in the Nigerian high institutions, the word internship is widely known to be the acronym – IT, meaning Industrial Training.
This is a policy initialized by the Nigerian university commission (NUC) for every high institution within the nation.
This policy see’s undergraduate students in their second year(200 level)/third year(300 level) and fourth year(400) — depending on the school one finds his or her self — engage in an internship program (IT placement) for a period of three(3) to six(6) months, with the aim of having them prepared for real life experiences in their various field of study/practice.
Internship originally was created/designed for those in the medical line of study, until other science and art professional courses were introduced to a wider range of business, non governmental organisations (NGOs) and government agencies.
Internship is mainly taken by both undergraduates and graduates who seek to gain practical knowledge in relation to their field of study.
Customarily, internship has to do with the exchange of service for experience between the intern(person engaged in IT) and the organisation.
It provides undergraduate students with the opportunity and ability to participate in their choice field of study and receive practical knowledge concerning their future career. Hence, preparing them on graduation.
There are numerous types of internships with several features for you to choose from, but we would be talking on these common two(2) visible in our locality.
This occurs in standard organisation where professional fields such as; medicine, engineering, sciences, architecture, Banking and finance, technology, etc are welcomed. Here students (interns) bring ideas and knowledge from school into the company in order to yield production effectively, and in return the interns are paid for their services either on hourly or monthly bases depending on the company’s method of payment to their staffs.
It is like a mutual deal, where both parties are gaining. The interns get paid, and the organisation utilises their skills to better their work ethics.
Here mostly is made up of interns who volunteer to work under Non profit organisations — simply NGOs, and in return get real life experiences in the field of their study.
These NGOs could be charity organisations, religious bodies, government agencies, hospitals, etc. They are not paid for services they render. Students who make use of their opportunity here(i.e well behaved students), stand the chance of being brought into full-time employment in the sense that the have the chance to transfer their academic knowledge into real life experience.
Colloquially speaking, some organisations offering internship programs do set evaluation exercises in order to select the best of intern applicants.
This is done so that big companies and organisations would have a value for the money the pay to the interns, but no to worry, everyone (interns) gets an IT placement, as far as you apply in the right place.
Benefits of Internship
Internship as we’ve established is a program designed for undergraduates, though some different fields of graduates could engage in this, yet, the need for students to intern in Nigerian institutions seems to be taken less serious.
Have you been or heard of a job interview where the employers demand at least a little number (either in weeks or months) of work experience? One would ask; how do you expect a recent graduate to have any work experience? It’s absurd!, both this problem can be solved, it’s now ease for an undergraduate to gain at little three(3) to six(6) months of work experience before even being a graduate.
Aside this, there are some benefits of engaging in an internship program. They’re highlighted below;
You gain valuable industry knowledge:
Every career field operates in a different way and demands a separate set of skills and expertise.
Gaining inside knowledge at a firm in your career field will help you realize how to properly prepare yourself for job interviews and a career life in the near future. Industry experience will also help you decide whether or not you are in the right field of study.
You can develop your professional skills:
University knowledge can only carry you a little further. You only start to sharpen and improve the professional skills required in a specific field of study, during internship.
As an intern you gain practical experiences and learn how to practice in your field of study, rather than reading about it in theory.
You’ve got something to show as a potential employee whenever you’re at a job interview:
Though academic records and job experience as a university tutor will say a lot about your work ethic and capabilities, employers prefer to choose candidates that have gained a little work experience in that position they are being employed to serve.
Being an intern gives you the opportunity to take on tasks at your future place of work; you’d be able to please your employer in every task you handle, because you’ve done something similar at your place of internship.
You may be recruited to work full-time:
During internship, you learn to prove to your supervisor — the staff who monitors you at your place of internship as an intern — that you’re a hard-working, intelligent and would be potential professional in your desired career choice. If there is an entry-level position available, as an intern you are definitely in a better position to be considered for the spot.
In fact, the firm will be more comfortable in giving you the employment as you’ve serve diligently while interning.
You’ll grow your network of professional contacts:
One of the major advantages of enrolling in an internship programme is that you’re able to network and establish relationships with working professionals in your own field.
Fostering those professional connections will be useful in your career, via professional advice, or job recommendations.
Moreover, developing a network of friends within your career field will help in solving problems when they prove difficult, as two heads are better than one.
Increases your confidence in working in a professional environments:
Learning office jargon, the art of small talk and the decorum an office environment demands takes time and exposure. Once you learn what’s expected from you in a professional setting , you’ll learn how to relax more at an office and focus more energy on excelling at the work itself.
It’s a low-committed way to test out a job and career path:
When you accept a position at a firm, you’re generally committing to at least a year, working there. An internship on the other hand, demands much less of time commitment. That way, if you really don’t like the job, you only have to wait it out a few months – not twelve. Thus testing your desire to if you’d still pursue that career path, or to change and seek another.
The benefits of interning in a company can’t be over emphasized, it is relative in various sectors and fields of profession.