There are many reasons why you might want to get career experience. Some of the major reasons include:
- Testing out the career field, confirming or reshaping your goals.
- Developing skills that will make you more marketable to future employers.
- Making valuable contacts in the field.
- Securing a possible full-time offer upon graduation.
Internships are either part-time, full-time, semester, or summer opportunities that provide students with knowledge and experience in a particular career field or organization. There are both paid and unpaid internship opportunities.
SOM 492/ACCT 492 Internship Course is a three-credit General SOM Elective course designed to give students the opportunity to gain practical, professional experience in conjunction with their academic development.
A co-op is a structured program where students who meet eligibility requirements gain paid, professional-level work experience.
Students can also get valuable experience through paid part-time or summer jobs that involve career-related tasks or are related to your career interests.
An externship is a “shadowing" experience, usually lasting one to five days, in which a student observes a professional in a particular career field or organization.
Active participation in campus organizations, especially School of Management student organizations can enhance skills and provide excellent experience. The Center for Service and Leadership is another great resource that promotes positive change and civic engagement by combining academic study, leadership development and direct community service.