Maximizing Your College Experience

Internships - What are they? Why are they important?

What is an Internship?

Whether you are going to jump right into the job market or start your application towards a graduate degree, having internship experience on your resume can dramatically increase your chances of landing your first job or getting accepted into your dream graduate program after college graduation.

An internship is:

“Any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession.” -The Random House Dictionary -

Why is an Internship Important?

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  • 63% of college graduates have completed at lease one internship
  • 65% of employers believe interview performance and relevant work experience are the most important factors in their hiring decisions
  • 85% of employers say hiring interns was a positive experience
  • 86% of students polled say that their internship was a positive experience

Internships by the Numbers

  • 50 percent of May 2012 graduates had at least one internship
  • Starting Salaries - Difference between not having an internship and having an internship is around $6000
  • 60 percent of 2012 graduates were offered full-time jobs after their paid internships
  • It is highly recommended to complete at least 2 internships before graduation
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Where Do I Find an Internship?

The 10 Best Websites For Finding An Internship

  1. Linkedin
  2. Glassdoor
  3. Google
  4. College Job Listing Site/Alumni Network - Visit on-campus Career Services Office
  7. Youtern
  8. Idealist
  9. Global Experiences
  10. CoolWorks

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