Myths About Internships
DO-IT maintains one of the most robust and vibrant internship programs in the country. In the last three years, participants in DO-IT programs have completed over 250 challenging internships. Check out the following myths—and facts—about internships.
MYTH: Interns usually do beginner-level tasks or grunt work.
FACT: Interns are often involved in complex and important projects.
MYTH: Internships are really hard to get and only go to top students.
FACT: Placement can be competitive, but there are a lot of places to look.
MYTH: Interns work for free, and an internship won't help me get a permanent job.
FACT: Some internships are paid, and all internships can help students build their professional network for future job searches.
MYTH: Internships aren't worth much unless I can get academic credit.
FACT: Even if they don't give credit, internships help students build resumes and learn valuable skills.
MYTH: An internship is the same thing as a part-time job.
FACT: Internships are different from part-time jobs, because interns are expected to be learning new skills.
MYTH: Internships always happen during the summer.
FACT: There are year-round opportunities for internships.
MYTH: There are no special internship programs for students with disabilities.
FACT: Yes there are! Here are a few examples:
- AccessSTEM https://www.washington.edu/doit/accessstem-team-application
- AccessComputing www.uw.edu/accesscomputing/team_app.html
- ENTRY POINT! ehrweb01.aaas.org/entrypoint/ep-students
- American Association of People with Disabilities Internship Program aapd.com/what-we-do/employment/internship-program