College graduates from and students in the Information Technology field will do well to familiarize themselves with companies that offer IT Internships. The companies that make these positions available to a set number of worthy students do so to benefit themselves by strengthening their work force. An intern that shows initiative and understanding is taken under the wing of department heads and carefully molded into the kind of employee that will be most productive for their particular business. Meanwhile, the intern contributes by taking on full duties just like an employee, and, in fact, will most often work right alongside the other employees. At the end of the internship, if both the employer and the intern agree that this has proven to be a good fit, the result will be long term employment for the intern, and a knowledgeable employee for the employer. It is no wonder that IT Internships have become an important tool for employers who want to give employees a trial run before committing, and for students and grads who hope to have an edge when it comes to interviewing for jobs in the highly competitive IT job market.
Top students may assume that because they have worked hard to acquire a high grade point average they will quickly land their dream job at their dream company. In today’s IT job market, however, the student that looks best to the prospective employer is the student that, in addition to good grades, can add hands-on experience in a work setting to his/her resume. Typically, an internship will involve the student in projects related to web design and services, hardware and networking, programming, and any other technical services a business may require. Classroom work is obviously necessary, but to actually put that classroom knowledge together with the day to day workings of a busy IT department is invaluable in creating a well rounded job applicant. The student that has worked in a company’s IT department as an intern, and has been an asset, will naturally be considered above other applicants no matter the other’s qualifications. Today’s wisest students will begin to shop early in their college careers for the companies that will offer them this opportunity to excel not only in school, but also in the art of finding a long term job in their chosen field of Information Technology.