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Benefits of Virtual Internship

Alfonso Galarpe May 12, 2015

So there you are enjoying your semester break and the last thing that you want to think about is the compulsory On the Job Training (OJT) that needs to be completed before graduation. You’ve worked hard and you deserve a little rest and relaxation; but why should you starting thinking about OJT or internship now? The old adage of the early bird gets the worm applies here.

Internship is a requirement by most schools with good reason. Most corporations and their officers unanimously agree and desire students with some type of relevant internship experience before entering the work force (Knemeyer & Murphy, 2002). This creates a favorable condition for the students whereas the internship may pave the way to full time employment upon graduation as well as in-depth understanding of actual business practices (Cannon & Arnold, 1998). Research has shown that those with OJT/Internship experience tends to be placed in their first job more quickly than those without (Knouse, Tanner, & Harris, 1999). Additionally, graduates with internship experience tend to receive noticeably higher starting salaries and report greater job satisfaction than their non‐internship counterparts.

Now consider Virtual Internship. What is virtual internship? Virtual internship is a work experience program where the participant (intern) gains experience while working in a remote professional setting and is not physically present at the job location...

The Benefits of Going Virtual (Lucio, 2012)

In conclusion, Virtual OJT/Internship offers the best choice for an intern to fulfill their graduation requirement. It can open doors of opportunities without the physical location limitation of a traditional office OJT. Enhance A Village, a U.S. based 501C3 nonprofit organization can made arrangement with your school for OJT/Virtual Internship. As the old adage goes “the early bird gets the worm” and enrollment is now taking place. To learn more, leave a comment and we will provide a contact for your school.

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