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Test Drive your Career with a Summer Internship

by Kathy Krause, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning Apr 25, 2022

Summer internships are a perfect time to test drive your career plans and add to your resume.

There’s no better way to experience your field than with hands-on professional experience. Still not convinced? Here are a few more reasons to dive into a summer internship experience. 

  1. You can earn college credits and get ahead in your classwork.  When done for credit, an internship counts as a major or free elective. 

  2. You can get “experience” employers want to see on your resume. According to the NACE Job Outlook, 90.6% of employers want to hire students who have had experience outside of the classroom.  You can get critical experience under your belt before you graduate. This will help tremendously with your resume, and future job interviews. 

  3. You will have a chance to develop and build your Career Readiness skills with a Summer Internship. This is also a chance for you to fine tune specific skills needed for your chosen career. And even if your internship is not in your specific field, the experience you gain from any “real world” position can be incredibly useful for any future job. 

  4. You can apply  for the Women for DeSales Internship scholarship on Handshake, and if you get it, the scholarship can cover those credit costs. Thanks to the tremendous support of the Women for DeSales, we have 6 internship scholarships available for traditional day undergraduate students who do an internship for credit this summer 2022.  Students who are interested must apply on Handshake before May 6th.  

According to the 2021 Internship & Co-op Report by The National Association of Colleges and employers, 66.4 % of eligible interns are converted to full time employment and 79.9% of eligible interns receive a job offer. So start the next part of your career journey this summer, your future is waiting.

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