Internships: Opening Career Doors

Students, recent graduates and career changers are often undecided about their career goals or confronted with lacking experience in their chosen career field. They have spent countless hours in the classroom, studying, writing papers and completing projects to prepare for a new career, yet sometimes find it difficult to obtain that first job.

According to Marilyn Mackes, the executive director of National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), “Participating in an internship can help students decide if they really are suited for a particular profession or organization.”

In turn, employers can assess student performance on-site and in their corporate culture and, if they like what they see, can work to convert the student into a full-time employee upon graduation. Traditionally, when the words internship, career work experience or cooperative education are mentioned, the general assumption is that these opportunities only apply to young college students who are just embarking on their education and career. However, with the rise in individuals seeking to re-career due to changes in the economy or personal choice, internships can be valuable to anyone, regardless of age.

To explore internship opportunities, individuals can contact Glendale Community College to determine what courses/options are available.


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