60 Years of Internships

The students' internships are among the thousands Susquehanna students have embarked on since the university first began offering them some 60 years ago.

Those first internships involved business and accounting students who gained valuable work experience at what is now Pricewaterhouse Coopers in New York City, says Michaeline Shuman, assistant provost of post-graduate outcomes and director of the Career Development Center. Today, about 80 percent of Susquehanna students have one or more internships or research experiences before they graduate-an experience integral to a student's postgraduate success, Shuman says.

"We know that employers prefer to hire someone with relevant experience," she adds. The statement is backed up by a recent survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public Media's Marketplace, which sought to understand employer perceptions of the role colleges and universities have in career preparation.

The survey of more than 700 employers found that they place more weight on experience, particularly internships and employment during college, than they do on academic credentials when evaluating a recent graduate for employment. This is particularly true in the science/technology, services/retail and media/communications sectors of the economy.

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