An internship or co-op is an educational plan which integrates classroom experience in industrial, business, government, or community-service work situations. It allows students to translate academic principles to action, to test career interests, and
to develop skills and abilities through carefully planned and supervised programs related to the degree they are seeking.
Close liaison between the university and the firm, institution, or agency providing the work experience is essential to a high-quality internship/co-op. The university will assume the responsibility of integrating this experience within the student s
National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
statistics from the 2016 Internship and Co-Op Survey indicate:
When employers are asked what they are looking for in a recent college graduate, they say that they want an individual with critical thinking skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work in a team, and, above all else,
real-world experience in their field. This skill set cannot be achieved by only spending time in the classroom and earning your degree.
Volunteering and being engaged on campus through student organizations are great ways to develop personally and professionally, but the best resource available to you to gain the skills that employers covet most is to participate in internships. During
an internship, you have the ability to engage in multiple projects and interact with everyone in the office, which enables you to diversify your experiences.
Employers know that internships are designed to be learning experiences for students, so not only do you get to participate in multiple tasks, but you are given the hands-on training and feedback that empower you to leave your internship with the confidence
to tackle any task at your next job.
A common mistake that students make is that they choose a major that feels like a good fit for them, work hard to earn a degree in that major, and then, when they enter the world of work, they realize that the field they chose is not what they thought
it was, and they want to find a new career.
One of the many great advantages that internships offer students is that it enables them to try on many different careers during their time as a student. If you are working with students who are currently undecided on their major, stuck between one or
two different majors, or even if they are confident in the major that they have chosen, multiple internship experiences can give them the exposure they need to make the best and most informed decisions for their career development.
Please Note: Students will need to ensure that they have completed the necessary paperwork through their academic department, and to ensure any credit-bearing internship and internship site has signed agreements with IUP.
The Career and Professional Development Center assists in helping to prepare students for internship interviews, including polishing interview skills, writing a professional resume, etc.
Employers: If you have an upcoming internship, please let us know by filling out the Internship Information Form.
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