No question that internships provide a significant impact for students and employers. Just as powerful is the impact that internships can provide for a community.
Having managed internship programs on the college and company side, I’ve seen how interns provide a unique link between education and non-profit organizations. As a result, the general public benefits because students become engaged citizens in their community. I came across one example to share with you from Durham, North Carolina. It’s remarkable and inspiring to see how one intern’s efforts can impact the educational opportunities for many people in a community.
It sometimes goes unrecognized that interns are frequently put on the “front lines” in work settings. They’re often given tasks that either no one has time to do or, if given the choice, would rather not.