Surveys conducted over the past year by the National Association of Colleges and Employers suggest that companies increasingly are relying on their own internship programs to identify full-time hires – and close to 100 percent of employers want their new hires to have some kind of relevant work experience, such as an internship.
The University Career Center for Work, Service, and Internships’ Post Graduation Survey of Class of 2009 also revealed this to be true for recent UNC Charlotte alumni. Those who gained career-related experience through experiential learning such as an internship were more likely to be:
- employed before graduation
- working in career fields related to their major
- satisfied with their current employment, and
- earning a higher salary
UNC Charlotte provides a high quality, high-value education. Taking advantage of experiential learning adds huge value to your education, makes you a more attractive job candidate, and reflects well on the University.
For current students of all majors and class levels hoping for a similar increase in marketability to future employers (and starting salary boost), the University Career Center will host its annual Experiential Learning and Part-Time Job Fair on Friday, Feb. 10, 1:00 - 4:00 PM in the Cone Center’s Lucas Room. The Experiential Learning Fair will provide students interested in obtaining an internship, co-operative learning experience, or part-time summer job the chance to meet and network with prospective employers. Organizations registered to attend include BMW Manufacturing Corporation, the Charlotte Music School, EMC Corporation, TIAA-CREF, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
The Experiential Learning Fair is also a great opportunity for companies seeking interns and summer employees to promote their brand to students early. Employers are encouraged to register quickly, as the University Career Center will advertise each organization’s attendance as soon as its registration is received.
Students should dress professionally and bring resumes to give to recruiters. The University Career Center will offer “pre-fair resume critiques,” as well as a special workshop on how to prepare for a job fair, during the week of Feb. 6. Resources that address additional strategies for finding internships can be found online, in the Career Resource Library, and via individual career advising.