Thoughts from the Intern's Desk: National Apprenticeship Week

By Daniela Boville

November 12, 2015

At one point or another, everyone has been asked: ‘What are you going to do with your life?’

From an early age, we start to explore our interests. But before we enter the “real world,” there’s one thing we absolutely need: hands-on experience.

And apprenticeships help gain this hands-on experience. They provide aspiring professionals the chance to learn skills from a proficient worker of a certain trade. Last week, November 2 through November 6, was National Apprenticeship Week. The week was dedicated to educating Michigan’s workforce and employers on the benefits of participating in registered apprenticeships. With a 27% increase in registered apprentices in the past year, 900 registered apprenticeship programs, and over 12,000 active apprentices, Michigan is one of the leading states in providing its citizens with apprenticeships.

As a Communications intern in Governor Snyder’s Executive Office, I understand the importance of this hands-on, real-world experience. Learning about a career in the classroom is certainly valuable, but it’s all theory until it is put into practice. Interning in the Governor’s Communications Office has provided me with the opportunity to be part of the team that faces new challenges every day. From the perspective of an aspiring PR professional, I have gained unique insight into the inner workings of the PR world within a governing context. This is something I never would have been able to say had I not decided to apply for this internship. So, it’s critical for students to seek opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field they’re interested in.

Apprenticeships give people opportunities to shadow employees in their prospective fields, get trained by them, and apply their skills firsthand. Because no matter how many books you read or YouTube “how-to” videos you watch, you’ll never really understand what a career entails until you get directly involved in it yourself.