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Career Readiness: The Importance of Internships!

According to a survey conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, “four in five employers believe that completion of a supervised and evaluated internship… would be very or fairly effective in ensuring that recent college graduates possess the skills and knowledge needed for success at their company”.

In 2015, 63% of college students had participated in an internship, putting students without that experience upon graduation at a disadvantage when job seeking.

Why are internships in college so important?

  • Acquiring experience
  • Learning company expectations
  • Building your resume
  • Accessing reference letters
  • Gaining confidence
  • Networking
  • Meeting mentors
  • Getting hired

NOVA supports students looking for internships through the College Central Network (CCN). CCN is a database that allows employers to post internships and jobs and NOVA students and alumni to search and apply for those positions.

To learn all about CCN and how to use it, view this video:

Having difficulties logging into CCN, contact novacareerservices@nvcc.edu or 703-503-6305.

Interested in an internship for college credit?  Contact Pat Gordon at pgordon@nvcc.edu or 703-933-1851 for more information.

Having difficulty finding just the right internship in CCN, check these websites out:

http://www.internships.com/student                                                                       https://www.idealist.org/en/?type=ALL                                                                 http://www.experience.com/entry-level-jobs/internships/                       https://www.indeed.com/                                                                                               http://wiidc.org/

Sources                                                                                                                                     Colorado State University                                                                                           https://csuglobal.edu/blog/why-internships-are-important-and-how-to-find-one                                                                                                   Eastern Nazarene College                                                     http://blog.enc.edu/8-reasons-why-every-college-student-needs-an-internship