Career advisors say internships are the best way for college students to get their foot in the door.
That's true even at Newsline 9.
Stacey Springob, 20, of Spencer is a junior at UW-Stout.
For the past four months she's been an intern at WAOW in Wausau, but this intern didn't spend her summer fetching coffee.
"I feel like I'm a reporter, not an intern, and I really got to be hands-on and really go at it full-on," said Springob.
As a paid intern through Newsline 9's parent company Quincy, Springob worked three days a week. She shot her own stories, edited the video and reported live on television.
"Being in the control room and reporting, looking at that prompter and having the producer say '30 seconds, standby,' it's like you know, go time," said Springob.
It's invaluable experience she says she'd never get in a classroom.
"I feel to go out on my first day on the job, I'm not going to be nervous," she said.
It's that confidence, career advisors say attracts employers.
"Internships lead to jobs," said Suzi Mathias, the Director of Transfer and Placement of North Technical College in Wausau. "In this job economy, it's always great to separate yourself from others by having an internship. It looks great on a resume and it shows you have vital work experience in the field."
According to Internships.com, 73 percent of large companies hire interns because they're looking for full-time employees.
The demand for interns is increasing.
The survey shows more than 50 percent of companies surveyed said they are planning to hire more interns this year.
Springob encourages other students to take advantage of these opportunities.
"Make the most of every moment and push yourself and you'll see how much you grow," said Springob.
With more than a year left of school before graduation, Springob says she's keeping her focus.
"I'm just going to keep going and trying to get more experience with all this and keep growing," she said.
Career advisors say students should look for internships year-round and not just in the summer.
For more information for interning at WAOW, click here.