How Do Internships Pay Off?

Internships and other experiential-learning opportunities are not only a nice addition to a student's academic program -- they are an essential component towards ultimately finding a job.

First, they provide a real-world setting for students to try the things that they are learning in the classroom, which enables them to develop key skills and competencies in their discipline.

Second, they serve as a pipeline to future opportunity. For example, respondents to the 2010 Internship and Co-op Survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, of which Ithaca College is a member, indicated that 44.6 percent of their new hires were cultivated from students who had participated in their internship or co-op program.

The key is starting early in one's academic career. This increases the possibility of obtaining multiple internship and experiential-learning opportunities, which enables a student to develop a more robust skill set while at the same time building their professional network.

Career Services has numerous resources and programs to help students in this area, including our spring job and internship fair, which will be held on February 20, 2013. We look forward to working with your daughter or son in this area and in all areas of their career development.