Why internships? Internships have been identified as the best (#1) way to get those soft skills employers demand that are not obtained in the classroom. A majority of college students are under the impression that their sole focus during college is to graduate. Getting a college degree is why we are here, isn’t it? Yes, of course, but the point of the degree for most students is to use the degree to launch a great career. So career success after college depends not only on the completion of a degree, but the acquisition of highly sought after soft skills that employers demand. If you miss your chance to get the needed soft skills while still in your undergraduate years, you must go on to compete with the hundred thousands of graduates globally for entry level jobs without those key skills that will give you a hiring edge. So what are some of the additional benefits of an internship?
- 7 out of 10 internships culminate with a full time job offer after successful completion of the program
- Apply classroom theory into practice
- Experience the culture of a company
- Expand your knowledge and understand how products, services, and projects come to life
- Find out more about your strengths and weaknesses in a professional environment
- Market yourself by leaving a positive footprint in an organization which leads to full-time job offers
- Find and build relationships with valuable mentors, new contacts and references within an organization
You really have nothing to lose and a great deal to gain by doing an internship before your senior year. Now you can earn upper division business elective credit for your internship by applying to the new WPC 484 Internship course (certain BS majors in FIN, MKT, ECN, MGT, and CIS have their own internship courses). All other majors should enroll in the WPC 484 course to get 3 hours of upper division business credit whether in Summer, Fall or Spring semesters. The course is designed to help you become a stronger candidate for your dream career through internships.