The Value of an Internship
By: Ruby Delgado
I started my summer internship back in May 2021. Throughout the summer I have learned a lot of things. It is very different learning things from a textbook or in a class lecture compared to doing the work or seeing it happen in person . The three main things I have gained throughout my internship are networking, knowledge about the recruiting field and developing valuable skills.
Network is key when it comes to looking for a job or future business development. At my internship I have met many HR generalists and have been able to build my network. Networking plays a big part in advancing your career as well as opening doors to new jobs and opportunities!
Human resources have many branches and my internship focused on recruiting. I have learned about the recruiting field in my classes but being able to see it firsthand and how the process works has been very helpful. I have reviewed resumes and sat in on interviews, which I find helpful for my future interview I could have. Reviewing resumes has helped me see what recruiters are looking for and what is not good to have on resumes. This has been helpful in knowing what employers are looking for when they review resumes.
Developing skills is another value I have gained from my internship. From learning better people skills, effective communication, and basic data analytics, I have been able to take what I have learned in classes and apply to my job. Every day I am working with people to get them into our doors and see if we have a position open that fits them and their goals. Communicating with my coworkers is very important this way we are all on the same page on goals we have for the work we are getting done. By keeping track of scheduled interviews, I have used analytics to determine measurements such as our appearance rate to help grow our candidate pool. By learning to use Excel, I have been pushed out of my comfort zone but have gained practical skills.
We were so excited to have Ruby as one of our interns! Her contributions to Touchdown Business Solutions have helped our onboarding process. In addition, she is a diligent student and worker! How have you seen interns make a difference in your workplace?