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Internships Are Important

Posted by Shelley Tyler-Smith, Director of Internships

November 02, 2017

Category: Staff Blogs


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By: Shelley Tyler-Smith, Director of Internships


Dear Catawba Students:

I remember when I first got to college, a career counselor came and spoke to my class. He talked about all the wonderful events that where being hosted on campus, like workshops, on campus recruiting, and shared ways that we could begin to build our resumes and portfolios.

I remember thinking to myself: “I just got here, why do I need to think about this now?”

I am willing to bet, that at this moment many of you may feel the same.

I know that with classes, projects, and extracurricular activities, having to sit in an office and discuss your future doesn’t sound like fun.

However, I challenge you to change your thinking.

Did you know that according to the 2016 Annual Recruiting Benchmarks Survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 95% of employers said that it was important that new-college graduates have some form of internship experience on their resume? This study also found that almost 60% of graduating college seniors who completed an internship had a job offer in hand before graduation.

In summary, if you remove all of the figures and statistics, the bottom line is: Internships are important.

Over the next few months, it is my goal to enhance Catawba’s already awesome internship programs. I want to help students with career preparedness, and get out into the community to build relationships that offer real life work experiences.

But, I need your help. I need for each of you to stop by the Career Services Office and introduce yourself. Tell us about your interest, and plans before and after graduation.  Sign up on Career Connect so that you have access to the many jobs and internships we post, and be sure to attend the various events that Robin Perry and I will host on campus throughout the remainder of the year. 

Catawba College has made it a priority to ensure that their graduates are successful and marketable within their chosen industry. I am so excited and honored to be a part of this initiative.

When you see Robin and me on campus, say hello! Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask questions if you need help.

I look forward to getting to know you all over the years, and in helping you to reach your full potential.

 

Yours in Success

Shelley Tyler-Smith