To find an internship, part-time, or full-time job this Fall and beyond, click HERE to Register for the upcoming InternInAustin fair Tuesday, Sept 17th from 3:00 - 6:00PM at ACC Highland (ACC's newest campus: Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd., former Dillard’s Men’s store entrance, look for signs).
Did you know that a relevant internship is the #1 criteria employers look for when hiring a student or recent grad? Its more important and applicable than a student's GPA, major, or even College.
Here are some other facts you should know about internships:
- 50% of employers offer students who had an internship a higher starting salary: avg. is 7%
- 70% of employers see a relevant internship as a pre-requisite for getting a job
- 40% of interns get an offer after graduation by their employer
- 60+% of students will have an internship while in college (only 20% are required too)
- An internship is the best way for a student to really know what career path is best for them
The greatest value of an internship is to provide you with an opportunity to experiment until you find a career that matches your skills and interests (or at least cross off the list those that don’t). Here is a great article on the Value of Internships which discusses the following benefits:
- Developing stronger teamwork, communication, prioritization skills associated with the increase in responsibility from the experience
- The ability to apply what you are learning or develop a new skill based on the type of work you are performing in the internship
- Expanding your professional contacts and relationships at the company or in an industry
- Providing you advanced knowledge about and exposure to the workplace so you can be more informed when considering and preparing for your first full-time job
Finally, below are success and horror stories from your peers, so you can learn what to look for, how to get the most out of the experience, and when to walk away. Remember, an internship is an important learning experience. One important lesson you may learn is how to stand up for yourself to get what you want out of the experience if it does not go as planned.
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So what can you learn from these videos and stories? Here is a summary:
- Start early! The earlier you start, the more experience you get which leads to better internships in your Junior and Senior year.
- Define your goals and expectations upfront and hold yourself and your employer accountable.
- Speak up. If you are not getting what you want, need, or were promised, say something and try and fix it. Employers are not mind readers.
- Network. One of the goals of an internship is to build your professional network. So use the internship as an opportunity to meet as many people as you can.
- Have multiple internships. In addition to building up your resume, seeing multiple environments, industries, and jobs will help you choose your career path.
|Club Name||Student Leader|
|American Marketing Association||Amanda Hepner|
|Entrepreneur Society||Thomas Coffey|
|Public Relations Student Society of America||Rachael Sperling|