Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Importance of Internships

On a recent visit to California, I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from several companies including Google, Quiksilver, The Broad Residency, and DreamWorks Animation. While these companies represent a wide-array of fields, their message was consistent.

When asked, “What advice would you give college/graduate students?” two common themes emerged from each company - complete an internship and build a professional network. Both of these are components that can be accomplished at the Internship Fair scheduled for this Thursday from 1:00pm to 3:30pm in Fletcher Lounge. The Internship Fair has over 50 organizations registered! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to network and learn about internship opportunities.

Did you know?
Internship Facts:
  • 88% of employers use experiential education programs to recruit for their own work forces;
    • 50% of interns accept full-time positions with internship employer;
  • Over 80% of college students complete one internship;
  • 69% of college students complete two internships;
  • Starting salaries are $1,000 – $2,000 more than students without internship experience;
  • 16% more job offers to student who had completed internships.

Before you go:

Best of luck!

Data retrieved from: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Job Outlook 2010 Internship Bible, and VaultReports.com


  1. I know it is silly but I don't exactly know what is an internship, how do you start or search for one, is it part of your college or do you search for it outside of a college. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    1. An internship is a short term work experience to help prepare for a career. Your university's Career Center should have resources to help you get the process started.