NACE is an association that does a lot of research on higher education student careers. Their most recent survey results show that “those who have done a paid internship receive an average of 1.61 job offers compared to 0.95 job offers for those who have done an unpaid internship and 0.77 job offers for those who have not done an internship at all.”
Here’s where it gets even more interesting… “Students who use the career center’s help to find an internship are 2.2 times more likely to get a paid internship than an unpaid internship or no internship at all.”
In the last month, I’ve spoken to many alums and recruiters in a variety of industries. Here are some highlights that I want to share with you.
- Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do right now. Some know, but most don’t for years after they graduate. You just need to get started and get some experience.
- Any work experience on your resume is better than no experience. It’s up to you to share how it is relevant. Don’t know how? We can help you with that. Make an appointment with a career advisor.
- Keep applying to internships/jobs. Don’t wait to hear back before applying to more. Keep applying! Find opportunities here.
If you are a first year, sophomore, junior, or a 1st year MBA, now is the time to focus on finding your summer internship. Don’t know where to start? Not getting any interviews or offers? Make an appointment with a career advisor. We want to help you.
If you are graduating this spring or summer, and don’t know what your plan is yet, that’s okay. Don’t wait until after you graduate. Get started today by having a conversation with us. Make an appointment with a career advisor. We want to help you.
It’s never too early. It’s never too late. Get started today!
Executive Director, Mohr Career Services