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Does a college internship really lead to a better full-time employment opportunity?

Per the National Association of Colleges and Employers:

  • “The starting annual salary for college graduates who completed a paid internship, was $53,521 while those who did not complete an internship started with an average of $38,572.”

  • “72.2%  of college graduates with internship experience, received a job offer in contrast to only 36.5% for those who did not.”

Why are internships such a key component towards

full time employment upon graduation? 

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From the student’s point of view:

  • Opportunity to evaluate interest in an industry and company (is it the right culture?).

  • Build your resumé and learn real-life, on-the-job experience including:

“Soft-skills” like workplace collaboration & business etiquette.

Strong communication tactics.               

Character growth including integrity, commitment, and self-motivation.

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From the employers point of view:

  • ​They use internships as a strategic talent pipeline for full time.

  • They use internships to identify & vet prospective candidates.

  • Employers seek candidates with a history of proven early employment successes.


What else can a career coach provide?

  • Similar to how a college coach helps with colleges, a career coach helps with an internship.

  • A career coach helps identify internship opportunities in your field of study, creating a real advantage toward a full time job.

  • A career coach helps develop strong networking skills which often leads to contacts weho can become future mentors and references.

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