Nearly 100% of employers indicate that they seek candidates with experience, especially relevant experience, according to a survey conducted last year by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
The University Career Center for Work, Service, and Internships’ Post-Graduation Survey of Class of 2012 also revealed the importance of relevant work experience for recent UNC Charlotte alumni. Those who gained career-related experience through experiential learning, such as an internship, while completing their bachelor’s degree were more likely to be:
- employed sooner after graduation,
- working in career fields related to their major, and
- satisfied with their current employment.
The University Career Center’s Internship Week puts the spotlight on the myriad of options students have for gaining quality experience. The week’s events include a Student Intern Panel, University Professional Internship Program (UPIP) Information Sessions, and employer spotlight events. Through workshops and one-on-one meetings, employers, including Target and TIAA-CREF, will be coaching students on how to effectively present themselves on resumes, at career fairs, and in the interview.
Internship Week culminates in the Experiential Learning & Part-time Job Fair, an annual event that provides students interested in obtaining an internship, co-operative learning experience, summer job, or other off-campus position the chance to meet and network with prospective employers. The Experiential Learning & Part-time Job Fair will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014, from 1:00 4:00 PM in the Student Activities Center (SAC). More than 50 organizations are expected to attend, and organizations already registered include Belk, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Coca-Cola, Corning, and Duke.
Students from all majors and class levels are encouraged to attend this free event. Students should dress professionally and bring resumes to give to recruiters. The University Career Center will offer "pre-fair resume critiques," as well as special programming on how to find and prepare for an internship, during the week of February 3.
This event 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.