Internship Corner – Internships vs Jobs

Ever wondered how internships differ from similar experiences such as part-time jobs and volunteer roles?  The primary difference is that internships should have an intentional focus on intern learning.  As an intern, you should have the opportunity to work on projects and make a contribution to your employer, just like if you were an employee or a volunteer.  But, you should also have the opportunity to craft learning goals with your supervisor, brainstorm strategies for achieving them, and receive routine feedback on both your accomplishments and areas for growth.  Another difference is that internships typically have a defined beginning and end date, which often correspond with the academic quarter system.  To learn more on this topic, consider viewing these related resources:

Evaluating Internships (written for students)
Internships: What Are They? (written for employers)

By Briana Randall
Briana Randall Executive Director Briana Randall