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The Importance Of an Internship In Relation To Job Marketability

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The Importance Of an Internship In Relation To Job Marketability

  1. 1. The Importance of an Internship in Relation to Job MarketabilityAmanda Walker, Recruiting Coordinator
  2. 2. What is an Internship?Work-integrated learning experience (also can be called… a co-op, internship, field work, practicum) Part-time or Full-time Short-term or Long-term Paid or Unpaid Intentional Learning Plan Promotes academic, personal and professional development
  3. 3. What can you learn from Internships?Help you learn about a career field from the inside Help you decide if this is the right career field for you Enable you to work alongside a professional in your chosen career area Give you new skills and add to your knowledge base
  4. 4. What can you learn from Internships? Give you confidence in your own abilities Let you apply some of the ideas youve learned in school Give you the opportunity to practice your communication and teamwork skills
  5. 5. Why are Internships are important? Experiential education offers a chance to learn by doing, in a setting where you are supervised by a work-place professional, and have the opportunity to achieve your own learning goals, without the responsibilities of being a permanent employee.
  6. 6. Benefits to the Student Personal, Academic, Professional and sometimes Financial 45% of employers offer higher salaries to incoming hires with internship/co-op experience 2006 Experiential Education Survey National Association of Colleges and Employers
  7. 7. Benefits to the StudentGain Industry Knowledge Accumulate evidence of your abilities Make critical professional contacts Could possibly lead to full time employment following graduation  Research shows that 85 percent of companies use internships and similar experiential education programs to recruit for their full-time workforces.  -monster.com
  8. 8. Benefits to the StudentAllow you to meet new people and practice your networking skills Make a valuable addition to your resume Enhance your application to Graduate School Open the door to a job offer or a recommendation about the next steps you should take on your career path
  9. 9. Benefits to the Employer provide a source of highly motivated pre- professionals provide quality candidates for temporary positions and projects allows for the freedom of professional staff to pursue more creative projects provide a flexible, cost-effective work force provides a proven, cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees
  10. 10. Internship Process The first step in the internship process is finding internships to apply for. Where to find internships:  Internships.com  EmployUM and faculty referrals  The Internet / Google Searches  Feeler Resumes
  11. 11. Internships.com The Career Center has access to an internship database, internships.com Allows students to search by field and area of interest Provides information about internships throughout the country
  12. 12. The Internet and Feeler Resumes Students can search the web for internships.  However, they should be careful because some opportunities could be a scam. For feeler resumes, students should first get information about businesses in the location they would like to intern.  Send resumes and cover letters requesting internship opportunity.
  13. 13. Applying to an Internship Your cover letter and resume should be specific to the internship you are applying for. In your cover letter: highlight specific qualities that match those in the job description. In your resume: Highlight work experienced relevant to that job combined with your education.
  14. 14. Guidelines Develop a different cover letter for each opportunity. Employers will know if it is generic so be specific to their position and company. All cover letters and resumes can be critiqued by the Career Center.  Just allow 48 hours for us to complete it.
  15. 15. Resume Tips Do not include any high school information. Make sure you have three responsibilities for each job listed. You do not have to put periods after the responsibilities. Keep your resume to one page as an undergraduate.
  16. 16. Summary What is an internship? What are some ways you can find an internship? Why are internships a win-win for both students and employers? Why are internships important?

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