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Ways Your College Can Inform Students About Internships

Posted by Catherine Andrews on Oct 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Although students may not believe it most of the time, colleges really do want them to succeed!  Through the daily struggles of balancing class schedules, homework, tests and required events for class, students tend to think their college is looking for them to fail.  However, most colleges are simply trying to challenge students in different ways in order to get them ready for the real world. 

Speaking of the real world... have you thought about internships? Most colleges have done a great job of explaining to students why internships are so important and helpful. If yours hasn't, then read this blog on why internships are important. However, has your university really done a good job of telling students about specific internship opportunities?  Students may understand that internships are important, but many of them don't know where to turn when it is time to actually find one.

Over time colleges gain countless connections with companies throughout several different industries, and these connections can be beneficial to both sides when it comes to students. Colleges can help their students to succeed, while companies can use these connections in order to find qualified interns.

Here are some ways your college can inform students about internships:

  • Information SessionsInternship_Blog_Photo_1.jpg
    Through these sessions, colleges have the opportunity to invite companies onto campus in order to inform students about their specific internships. Companies are looking for interns just as much as interns are looking for companies, and colleges can use their own platforms to help the two connect.  By hosting information sessions, students are given an opportunity to learn more about different companies and the kind of internship programs that they offer.  Colleges can invite students to the information sessions based on different majors and departments, but can also keep it open to all students. For students who are just starting out, this is a great way to gain internship information without having to closely interact with a company just yet.
  • Career Fairs
    Career_fair_blog_photo.jpgCareer fairs are the perfect way for students to have face-to-face interactions with different employers. Colleges can organize career fairs specialized to each different college by inviting companies who are looking to find interns in specific majors.  Through this platform, students are able to learn more about different companies while also getting to ask specific questions to specific employers.  Lastly, this gives students a chance to get their face in front of employers in order to impress them while also giving them their resume. 
  • Recruiting Platform
    Many colleges are using different online recruiting platforms in order to help inform their students about internships.  Some colleges have classes that require students to create
    recruitment_platform_blog_photo.jpga LinkedIn account, which is a great way for students to create a professional outlet to connect with companies. Some colleges also use sites such as Handshake.  Handshake is just one example of an online recruiting platform that allows students to create a profile that fully exhibits their professional skills.  Companies can then connect with the university on this site and students are shown a list of internships and jobs that pertain to them according to different qualifications.

Through these different ideas, colleges will immediately open students eyes to the many internship opportunities around them.  Each of these platforms offers different ways for students to learn more about specific internships and allow students to quickly gain information about finding the right internship with them while also getting to contact different employers. If colleges are willing to implement these systems, their students will be on a quicker and easier path to landing the right internship.

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Topics: Internships