How internships make you a better employee [Students]

You don’t have to take it from us. NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, has compiled some exciting data on internships and job offers. According to their 2016 “Internship & Co-op” survey, interns are offered full-time jobs at the highest rates in a decade.

So what does that data mean?

Companies want to hire interns

For starters, it means that interns make better employees. Interns know what’s expected of them, because they’ve gotten a glimpse into the real, working world. They’ve had a chance to talk to supervisors, to bounce ideas off of colleagues, and to demonstrate basic professionalism and soft skills in an environment where people are paying attention. Companies like that, and they know that hiring a former intern is much less of a gamble than taking a chance on a recent grad who they haven’t seen “in action.” And that includes recent grads with GPAs higher than yours.

Businessman working with a teamwork at office

Real-time networking

Building relationships through professional contacts is invaluable, and, in the end, is the way that most people land jobs. Polishing your resume is important, of course. But sending off a thousand copies to companies around the country on the eve of your college graduation won’t have the impact of one good conversation with a supervisor on an internship site, and the proof is in those NACE numbers. Organizations want to hire people that they know, and after your internship – they know you.

You’re putty in their hands

Sorry, we know it’s a little unsettling. But supervisors at an internship site have the opportunity to mold you into the type of employee they want, and they aren’t going to pass up that chance. By the time you’re done fulfilling your internship hours, they’ve got you right where they want you. So why not hire you? Show them that you’re eager to conform to their expectations.

Take advantage of what might be your single best chance to land a full time job offer right out of school! Shake hands and kiss babies (do not actually kiss babies!) at your internship. Talk to your supervisor about what she wants, and then do it. Keep that intern game strong, and give yourself an edge over the competition.

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Bridge is a program that focuses on connecting employers and students in Rhode Island. The goal of Bridge is to match Rhode Island employers with talented students looking to gain valuable professional experience. Applying knowledge and skills acquired in college to a professional setting is a vital component of a student’s college education. Students who gain relevant internship experience are better prepared for full-time employment after graduation. By hiring interns, employers gain qualified, career-driven young professionals as employees. Student bring with them exposure to cutting edge practices and technology, new insights and philosophies, flexibility and a thirst for knowledge. bRIdge has a particular focus on connecting students and employers from specialized fields such as Business, Science, IT, Technology, Health, Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. The bRIdge website allows employers to post paid or unpaid internships online and directly reach out to a vast and talented pool of students. College students and recent graduates can sign up and start looking for an appropriate professional learning opportunity in minutes. bRIdge is a program of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) and RISLA’s College Planning Center of Rhode Island. RISLA has joined up with Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICURI), the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to bring together academia, business and community. If you have any questions about this program or if you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

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