The Last Word: Summer Internships

Great, but not necessary

By Ashley Steeb

We are in the final stretch of the semester, and for most of us, finals are keeping us up at night.

Exams, homework and projects are not the only thing students worry about throughout the long semester. Applying for summer internships by the deadline and enduring the long wait to hear back is an additional worry.

But I’m here to tell you that worry is not necessary. 

While I understand the valuable experience and opportunities internships can offer to students, they also cause an undue burden at times.

The cost of college is not cheap, and for some students, summer is the only time they can earn enough money to pay their tuition. Many summer internships are unpaid, and oftentimes, students may have to pay the school in order to receive a mandatory internship credit for their field of study. 

If an internship is not paid, students may have to seek other options like taking on an additional job. 

There is the possibility of finding a paid internship, but for many careers fields, it’s rare.

Thankfully, I discovered one of the rare paid internships this summer, but all of the money I will earn already has a destination — my college tuition account.

Internships should also not be mandated because they take away our summer vacation. Summer internships leave very little time to enjoy our limited days of being young and carefree.

Why should we burn ourselves out by working non-stop to gain experience in a career we’ve yet to begin? By the time we enter the workforce, we will already be aiming for retirement. 

Internships aren’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s unfair that in order to get a good job after college, we have to wear ourselves 

More experience, less stress

By Matt Thomas 

Ah, summer time — the three months out of the year where Franklin College students can find solace from their classes, organizations and sleep deprivation.

Many students choose to spend their summers working different jobs and spending time with loved ones. Some, however, are able to find internships related to their anticipated career field to work at over the summer. The benefits of taking a summer internship certainly outweigh whatever downfalls may come from it. 

Clearly, one can gain an insurmountable amount of knowledge and experience from completing an internship. Although classes can significantly help a student learn the basics of a concept or skill, there is something very special about getting to tackle a problem or issue “hands-on” in the workforce.

Not only that, but an internship over the summer also allows the student to focus solely on the internship — not an internship with classes on top of that. This, in turn, could allow the intern to perform their job more effectively and efficiently. 

While it is not highly likely that the internship will be a paid opportunity, some students are lucky enough to get the best of both worlds: gaining valuable experience for their future career while making money at the same time. If this is an opportunity to take, I would highly suggest it. 

I understand that making money over the summer is crucial for many college students. Trust me, I’m working multiple jobs just to save up some extra cash. But in the long run, the experience gained in an internship is worth significantly more than the couple thousand of dollars one can make in three months.

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