Experiential work-based learning, such as internships, complements academic preparation so that students can become more confident and competitive for full-time jobs, graduate school, and other post-graduation goals. According to the NACE 2015 Job Outlook survey, 72.5% of employers prefer to hire applicants with related experience which can come from a variety of opportunities! Plus, 60% of those employers prefer that experience to be gained from internships.
What Counts As Experience?
Career-related work or service opportunities that offer professional supervision and training for an occupation and/or industry. This experience helps to clarify career interests, provides necessary occupation-specific skills, and expands your professional network. The type of experience you pursue should relate to your interests and career goals, and generally students gain valuable experience through:
- Both paid & unpaid internships
- Research projects or faculty-led creative activities
- Volunteer programs
- Study abroad & intern/volunteer involvement
- Leadership positions & active roles in student orgs
- Field and lab opportunities
- Fellowships in nonprofit, government, or academia
- Leadership training and rotational programs for recent college graduates
- Explore the top ways to Gain Experience & Find Opportunities section for options that will build your resume— for all majors & careers
- Use strategies and opportunities related to your interests within the following areas:
- Access tools to prepare, apply, interview and be a successful intern! Career also offers the Internship Toolkit which can be used by students and employers independently to record and streamline employer expectations and student intern participation.
- Consider applying to the annual Internship Scholarship Program