SUNY Oneonta Mass Communications Alumna Recruiting Interns: Summer Opoortunities Internship Fair 2012



An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students  the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent (NACE, July 2011).

Internships are a great way to gain experience in your field of study! Marketability for full-time employment increases when real-world experience complements academic learning.

The Career Development Center offers several resources for students who are researching and preparing to apply for internships. Students who are interested in obtaining an internship for credit should first talk to their department Faculty Internship Coordinator to find out what the protocol is for their particular area of study.

Though each department has unique requirements for earning credit through internships, the college has general requirements that apply to all students: To be eligible to participate in an internship, a student must have completed at least 56 credit hours, earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better and passed the College Writing Exam. For more information regarding the registration process and to access the college undergraduate internship application form, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Top 10 Reasons to Do an Internship:

1)   "Test drive" a career field with little risk.

2)   Apply what you've learned in the classroom to the "real world."

3)   Earn money! In some internships, you may receive compensation for the hours you work.

4)   Gain experience that you can highlight when interviewing for jobs after graduation.

5) Get a headstart on updating your resume and writing a cover letter.  

6)   Practice your interviewing skills.

7)   Enhance the "related experience" section of your resume.

8)   Make valuable contacts in your field.

9)  Land a job! In 2015, 51.4 percent of interns were offered full-time employment (as reported from the NACE Internship and Co-op Survey).

10) Increase your chances of keeping your first job. Where employees hold previous internships correlates to five-year retention rates. (NACE Internship and Co-op Survey).

For more information about the above or any of the programs and services offered through the Career Development Center, contact the Center in 110 Netzer, phone: (607) 436-2534, e-mail:


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