Internships have never been more vital to setting yourself up for success after graduation. In 2014, 95 percent of employers said internship experience was an important factor when hiring recent graduates, and more than 60 percent of companies extended full-time offers to their interns, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Completing an internship is one of three ways to gain real-world experience that fulfills your Hiram Connect experiential requirement (for students entering Fall 2015 and later). But the experience you gain will be worth much more than checking a box for your graduation requirements. Internships allow you to “try out” a company, profession or career for three months to a year. By interacting with professionals and collaborating on real projects, you’ll begin to discover how what you have been learning in the classroom translates into the real world.
Whether your internship reinforces what you thought you wanted to do, provides clarity on what you do not want to do or opens your eyes to new opportunities, you will gain valuable knowledge and insight about your future calling and life after graduation.
The Office of Career Development or Career & Academic Development:
Connecting Students to Internships
Hiram College’s Office of Career Development or Career & Academic Development will assist you throughout the internship application and interview process. The office provides the following services:
- Resume and cover letter writing assistance and review
- Mock interviews
- Networking events and information
- Job and internship databases
- Career and internship guidance
- Scholarships and monetary assistance for unpaid internships