In an increasingly competitive job market, internships provide valuable work experience that demonstrate to future employers your career plans. Advanced knowledge and applied work experience enable job candidates to have the necessary edge over the competition. Internships help make informed decisions about employment opportunities before starting a career path. Here is information to find an complete a successful internship experience.
Steps For Securing An Internship
- Research the Internship position of your choice or brainstorm with CSSE/Career Services if you are unclear about your options. You can also secure an internship through your academic department or review the internship data base that houses contact information for companies where MCLA students have interned, found in CSSE/Career Services.
- Complete an Internship Application. Internships can be done over the fall, spring, or summer semester.
- Schedule an interview with your academic adviser to determine goals and objectives of the internship. CSSE/Career Services can also help with mock interviews if one is required as part of your application process.
The Value of Internships
- Employers increasingly want to see experience in the new college grads they hire. Ninety-five percent of employers said candidate experience is a factor in hiring decisions.
- You may get paid more upon graduation if you've done one or more internships. NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) reported that hired entry-level candidates with internship/co-op experience were paid more than those without experience.
- Internships enable you to take career plans for a test drive. Exploring different career paths is the best way to discover what you truly enjoy. Interning in several different industries helps narrow down your choices.
- Internships build confidence, healthy work habits, and skills. Knowing you can succeed at an internship better prepares your job expectations post graduation.
Information and quotations collected from Katherine Hansen, Ph.D., creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers.
MCLA College Policy
MCLA requires students to have earned at least 60 credits by the start of your internship with a 2.0 (for Business Majors 2.5) GPA in order to be eligible for consideration. Students may earn up to 15 credit hours of internship experience during their fours of college. A minimum of 45 hours of on-site experiences is required for each credit hour granted. All internships must be approved by your faculty sponsor, department chair, and the Dean of Academic Affairs.
You may be eligible to receive funding for your internship through the State University Internship Incentive Program. Review the guidelines for the criteria.
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