The Career Services Internship Program is an academic program to incorporate real world experience and learning into the student's college academic experience.
- The program is a partnership among the student, their faculty supervisor, the employer, and DeSales University- represented by Career Services. Each partner has a responsibility to be honest and ethical. Each student represents not only him or herself, but also his/her academic department and the university. Conduct and performance should be of the highest standards.
- Internships give students educationally-related work and learning experience that integrates theory learned in the classroom and with practical application and skill development on the job, and contributes to the development of personal and professional maturity and ethics.
- Internships give employers the opportunity to assist in the student's development, supplement their workforce with emerging talent, and enhance their long-range recruiting efforts by evaluating students' potential for employment at graduation.
Why doing an internship now will pay out later?
"Taking the risk for an opportunity is worth the reward. I chose to move away from home for the summer (2012) and worked at The Hotel Hershey to gain experience that you could not gain in the class room. Get out there and expand from what is inside your comfort zone, or what may be easy. It really can help your potential for your career both in the immediate future and the long term." - Andrew Kalafsky, '13 (hired full time at The Hotel Hershey)
"My internship gave me a whole new outlook on the open doors that are available to me. I feel like I got to explore a whole new culture in NYC, and now, my dreams and big planning are centered around my Rachael Ray internship. And, if nothing else, it's a great conversation starter!" -Eliza Martin, '11 (pursuing Culinary Arts with hopes one day of having her own Food Show)
The top 5 skills employers are seeking in new hires are often acquired through internship experience
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Job Outlook Survey 2011:
- Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside an organization
- Ability to make decisions and solve problems
- Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
- Ability to obtain and process information
- Ability to analyze quantitative data
Benefits for students:
- Enhance students' educational experience with real-world career-related work experience.
- Develop skills and knowledge applicable to their career fields.
- Explore, through on-the-job experience, the career options related to their academic work, and to verify interest in those career options.
- Increase students' maturity level by exposure to the professional work environment.
- Build credentials to enhance their opportunities at graduation for employment or admission to graduate school.
Benefits to employers:
- Provide pre-professional personnel who are relatively less expensive than professional staff, but are effective and highly motivated.
- Good public relations on the campus when internship students have positive experiences with your organization.
- Opportunity to try out prospective future employees through the framework of internships. However, there is no obligation to offer an internship student employment at graduation.
- Increased possibility that students will remain in the local community after graduation.