WSVN -- From pouring drinks at the bar to working in the kitchen, 22-year-old Tristan Sookran is learning everything there is to know about the restaurant business.
A senior at Florida International University's School of Hospitality, he's interning at the Village Tavern restaurant in Pembroke Pines.
Tristan Sookran: "For me, personally, I feel that experience is the best teacher, and you can't get more experienced than with an internship. It's really a great program."
Alicia Green is also an FIU intern assigned to the Sea View Hotel in Bal Harbor. She's worked at the hotel restaurant, the front desk, concierge and sales too.
For college students, internships are important stepping stones from the classroom to the working world because they not only get basic work experience but are exposed to many jobs and career paths in their chosen fields.
Jean Harris: "It also allows you to see if you're headed in the right direction-- if you're really interested in the positions that you think you are interested in."
And, in an ideal world, an internship would lead to a first job.
Mohammed Qreshi: "I would say about three-quarters of them do end up getting job offers."
Florence Wauquier is one of the lucky ones. She interned at FIU's Kovens Conference Center and is now the conference and events services manager.
Florence Wauquier: "Doing an internship is definitely the way of going right now. Even if you may not be paid for it, at least it shows your initiative, your intention to work."
And even if you don't get a job offer, experts say to remember that you've also made all-important job contacts, another important step in the transition from college to the working world.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dr. Valerie Goodehttp://www.drvaleriegoode.com/
Quintcareers' internship tips: http://www.quintcareers.com/internship-dos-donts.html