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How Internships help Students develop Job Traits that Employers like.

including interpersonal skills, technical skills, ability to learn, personality, work ethic and more.

Many professors have reported that students who have participated in an internship tend to bring more to the classroom and are able to link classroom discussion with to practice in real employment. They show more mature tendencies than students without internship experience.

Employers too report that students with internship experience are better entry level employees. This may be because when students participate in an internship, they gain an appreciation of the traits that the employers considers important and they start to value and practice those traits.

Initially there is a difference between what students value and what employers value. Students also initially have little appreciation for what employers value. So an internship can help a student first learn what employers value and also start to take those values seriously and put them into practice.

These traits include individual personality and technical traits important to employers during the interviewing process. They include things like strong work ethic, teamwork abilities, students GPA, personality and technical competencies.

Before students take an internship, they thought less of a candidates traits of technical, interpersonal, personal background and personality. However employers rated these traits higher than the students. This shows that initially the students did not take seriously the traits that employers considered important.

Employers valued personality traits like a strong work ethic, charismatic personality, positive attitude and sometimes a vibrant personality. Students rated this lower before they took the internship. After taking internship, they learned that these personality traits were important and gained an appreciation for them.

Technical skills and work experience were extremely important to employers. Students rated this high but not as high as the employers before they took the internship. Other traits employers considered important were decision making traits like problem solving and dealing with ambiguity.

A candidates interpersonal skills like their potential to learn, leadership, oral and written skills were high on the Employers list.

In most cases, employers valued above traits more than the students realized and after the students went through an internship, they became aware of the importance of these traits and took them more seriously, hence aligning themselves with the expectations of the employers.


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