Illinois Valley Community College's internships provide exposure to the real world of work. The knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and laboratory setting can be applied to real life situations confronting a person while working in the field. Students should take this opportunity to showcase themselves in front of people working in the employment environment. In this way, they can develop the confidence and self-assurance helpful in obtaining employment upon completion of their educational experience. The employer will be able to judge first hand if they wish to offer the intern (student) full-time employment when the student graduates from IVCC. The experience provided during the internship better prepares the student for the college courses remaining in the student's program of study by giving relevancy and meaning to the knowledge and skills taught in the classroom.
- The student will be given the opportunity to prepare for full-time employment with actual on-the-job training.
- The student will experience the opportunity to apply college classroom learning under working conditions.
- The student will have the opportunity to evaluate the job as to whether he or she has chosen the correct career path for future employment.
- The student will be able to more fully develop those competencies and attitudes needed for entry-level employment and future advancement opportunities in the student's selected field of employment.
- The student will have the opportunity to earn a wage while learning on the job (some internships may be non-paid learning experiences).