Get Experience: Internships & Beyond

Experiential work-based learning, such as internships, research and volunteering 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! 

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
  • Part-time on-campus or off-campus work experience
  • 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

Next Steps

  1. Explore the Start & Find Opportunities section for options that will build your resume for all majors & careers
  2. Use strategies and opportunities related to your interests within the following Gaucho Paths to Success (GPS) areas:
  3. Seeking an internship? 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.
  4. Consider applying to the annual Internship Scholarship Program