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Externships: A Resume Builder and More

Category(ies): Student Life, On The Job


Sure, getting your education is an important step when entering a new career field. But that’s rarely enough to get your foot in the door and get hired.

That’s why most Salter programs of study require students to complete an internship or externship before graduation.

What are the benefits of these programs? Here are four biggies:

Real-world know-how

Internships and externships allow graduates to enter their job searches with professional experience. 

While completing school is important, many employers know that that’s not enough to be assured that someone can translate their new skills to a professional environment. Job candidates who come in with on-the-job experience may be in a better position to hit the ground running.

Insight into potential job paths

Many career paths have several sub-specialties. For example, a professional medical assistant may work in a general practitioner’s office, a hospital, or a specialty care center. 

Completing an internship or externship allows students to “test drive” a job setting. That can allow graduates to have a more informed and targeted job search when they’re ready to enter the workforce full-time.

Meeting valuable contacts

Working side-by-side with professionals in the field can be an important source of contacts when trying to land that first job – or even later ones. 

Using the externship experience to meet practitioners can be a great source of job referrals. Of course, students who can use an internship or externship supervisor as a reference may have an even bigger advantage.

Learning from professionals

One of the biggest advantages to getting on-the-job experience is the opportunity to build their professional skills. Working side-by-side with professionals helps students not only expand upon what they’ve learned, but it can also help them gain confidence in their skills.

Interested in learning more about Salter’s professional medical assistant, health claims specialist, massage therapist, or pharmacy technician training programs? Request more information or schedule a tour at one of our campuses in Fall River, Tewksbury, Malden, or New Bedford.   

The Salter School Malden campus is no longer accepting new enrollments.