April 12, 2008 : Rory Tyer
The statistics prove it: students who complete an internship during their undergraduate years average higher salaries, quicker job search times, and greater chances of upward mobility in their chosen career field than students who graduate and embark on the job search process without first testing the waters. Internships provide valuable training and networking experience, and employers have reported that they are more likely to consider an applicant with internship experience than one without.
While researching, applying for, and landing a successful internship might seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be. Liberty University’s Career Center is a well-stocked repository of help for any Liberty students with career- or job search-related questions. They’ve got the tools and the resources to help anyone who desires to complete an internship have a great and successful experience, from initial research to the first day on the job, and there are numerous internship meetings throughout each semester for the purpose of providing as much help and direction as possible.
To begin with, the Career Center website features a powerful Internship Search tool. This is the perfect place to begin narrowing down potential internships by your field of interest. The first ten or so links lead to Liberty resources, such as the LUnetWORK, which is a sort of help-wanted area in which employers post internship opportunities; the rest of the page contains numerous links to external internship search engines. This is a good place to spend some time looking around, especially if you don’t yet have a solid idea of what kind of an internship you’d like to complete.
The next place to go would be the Career Center’s overview of the internship application process, complete with a step-by-step breakdown of all procedures and deadlines. There are initial Liberty departmental requirements to be met, forms to be downloaded, signatures to be gotten and meetings to be attended. Don’t be discouraged, though. Read the application process through several times until you’ve got a good handle on what’s necessary for your internship to be approved, and start early. After all, it’s probably good to start unlearning the procrastination habits you probably picked up during freshman year; there aren’t many potential employers who value that sort of thing.
Completing an internship can only help students who have aspirations of entering the workforce post-graduation. Liberty University’s Career Center provides all of the resources and direction needed to make the process as smooth and headache-free as possible. Of course, a good dose of hard work and persistence goes a long way as well; but if you’ve got those under your belt, it’s very likely that you’ll find someone on the other end of the process who will be very eager to talk to you about finding a place in their workforce.