By: Taylor Plattner
I’m sure we’ve all heard of “the intern,” but have we ever stopped and thought about what being an intern really means? In our culture, interning is often joked about or glamorized and not always considered to be as important a position as it really is. In addition, many people might dismiss the opportunity to become an intern because of the fact that most internships don’t provide a salary. However, the opportunities an internship DOES provide can easily make up for the lack of pay. As an intern at PTI this semester, I can tell you first hand that there are many benefits to being in this position.
What are the benefits of being an intern?
Well first off, an internship allows you to gain experience in a career field before making a college or career related decision. In my case, I am a senior in high school, and interning at PTI is allowing me to gain meaningful experience in the field of personal training before I head off to college. As a result, I am getting a good idea of what the personal training field is like. This is extremely beneficial as it could potentially save me thousands of dollars in the future if I decide that a career in personal training is not for me. Another major benefit of having an internship is that it teaches responsibility and communication in a real world setting. As an intern, I am expected to exhibit the same traits as a real employee such as punctuality, respect, professionalism, integrity, and excellence. Being held to these ideals has helped me grow as an individual and has given me a similar experience to that of an employee. Learning to display these traits at a younger age could prove to be an invaluable asset in the future. Lastly, having an internship can be fun! Thisis especially true if your internship is in a career field you are passionate about. As an intern, I can definitely say that not every day is serious, and on the quiet days especially, we like to have fun. Having these down days every once in a while just makes the internship experience better as a whole.
While internships aren’t for everyone, I would definitely recommend them to someone who is unsure about what career they want to pursue or even someone who just wants to experience a certain work environment. Yes, most internships are unpaid; however, the many benefits of having one outweigh this negative aspect. In conclusion, if you feel like an internship would be beneficial to you, jump in and go for it!