The Value of Having an Internship Before You Graduate


My senior year at the University of Oregon is coming to an end. Throughout my time on this campus, I have studied, passed my classes with flying colors, and prepared myself for the working world. The University of Oregon has been my guide for the past four years, but as graduation becomes more of a reality, I have come to the conclusion that what you learn in school is truly not enough.

As we have all heard before, there will be an incredible amount of competition when it comes to finding a job. If you want to work at your dream job – then you have to step up. There will always be stellar students, somebody who has a connection to a job, and someone who is just overall more experienced than you. Having a real internship before you graduate is a must. The first two weeks of my internship have taught me more than I could have ever imagined.

To be honest, everything I’ve done in my internship over past two weeks is new to me. That’s why the Portland Senior Experience is worth it. It teaches you things that you will not learn in the classroom and it will put you ahead of your peers. The Portland Senior Experience will make you a stellar student, it will be your connection to an internship, and it will give you more experience than the person who is applying to the same job as you.

-Sam Cody


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2 Responses to The Value of Having an Internship Before You Graduate

  1. pdxsx says:

    Well done, Sam. A strong first post.


  2. Allie says:

    I so agree that no matter how much you learn in classes, the only way you will really know how to act or what to do in an agency is by actually doing it. I think that the SOJC actually does not do a very accurate job representing what work will be like outside of the classroom which is one reason I value my internship so much.

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