When choosing between two equally qualified college graduates for an entry-level position, employers are more likely to hire the applicant with some career-related experience. One of the best ways for a student to obtain experience in the business world is to serve an internship.
An internship gives students the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world business situations. Students learn to function in the professional arena, to exercise team-building skills and to enhance their networking and overall relationship development skills.
The Sigmund Weis School of Business internship program is available to all business students but is primarily tailored for rising seniors. By the end of their junior year, business students have completed enough core and business courses for their internship employers to confidently assign them meaningful work. Internships are primarily arranged for the summer months, but can also occur during the school year. They are designed to provide academic credit and most result in salary payment to the interns.
The internship experience enables students to narrow the focus of their career plans and to develop decision-making criteria for evaluating entry-level positions after graduation.
Additional benefits include:
- Gaining a competitive employment edge with newly acquired skills
- Learning firsthand about a career field
- Experiencing organizations of a particular size and type
- Experiencing new geographic locations
- Gaining confidence as a valued member of a work group
- Developing work habits and a personal work ethic
- Creating a professional network
Many recent Sigmund Weis School of Business (SWSB) graduates have received job offers as a result of their internships. Their starting salaries were also higher than those offered to their contemporaries who had no internship experience.
For additional information, please contact Sarah Bollinger, associate director of experiential education and employer relations, by phone at 570-372-4403, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.