April 13, 2009
More than half of Rollins College students participate in internship programs during their four years. From on-campus internship opportunities to interning abroad, students have unique opportunities to learn outside the classroom through the College’s many internship programs.
|To meet a wide variety of employers, more than 300 students recently explored the annual Career Expo. Organized by the Office of Career Services, the Expo featured 56 employers spanning multiple industries.|
The College of Arts & Sciences Office of Career Services supports students in the internship pursuit. Assistant Director of Career Services Elizabeth Boggs estimates that more than 150 students are currently participating in internships for academic credit, while a larger number of students are engaged in internships simply for the valuable work experience. Regardless of the reasons for pursuing an internship, the Office of Career Services provides students with an array of benefits, from free subscriptions to online job databases to a unique academic internship partnership with American University in Washington, D.C.
“Many of our students are interested in government work and we have great relationships in this growing sector, particularly with the U.S. State Department,” Boggs said. “Recently, a diplomat from the department visited a number of our classrooms and gave presentations introducing students to what they can learn through a State Department internship.”
Students can learn more about available internship opportunities by attending the weekly workshops hosted by the Office of Career Services; making an appointment with the office staff; or visiting the office during walk-in hours Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Boggs offers a bit of advice to students currently searching for internships – not to limit their search to large companies. “While many of our larger companies offer great internship programs, students should not discount smaller companies that may provide a more personal experience,” she said. “It is very important to assess the tasks you’ll be asked to perform, as well as the skills you hope to acquire through the internship before accepting a position.”
The Office of Career Services for the College of Arts and Sciences assists students and alumni in their career development process, focusing on self-assessment, career exploration and career decision-making. The center provides a variety of services and resources including career counseling and planning, career information programs, experiential education and identification of employment opportunities. These services and resources are delivered in ways designed to reinforce the personal, social and intellectual development fostered by a liberal arts education. To learn more, visit www.rollins.edu/careerservices.
- Megan Licata (Rollins MBA, Class of 2010)