Internships / Co-ops
An internship (semester experience) or a co-op (two semester experience) helps to give you the experience needed to obtain a full time job. Start by researching the careers you are interested in, then use SmealConnect (online job posting system) to review and apply to internship/co-op postings.
Employers consistently list internships and co-ops as the best source of new full-time employees and will look to hire from the intern pool before opening the position to outside candidates.
From the Career & Corporate Connections 2011-2012 Preliminary Recruiting Report*:
- 76% of students were paid for their internship or co-op experience
- Average weekly salary for an internship/co-op was $786
Average Weekly Salaries by Major Accounting $901 Actuarial Science $838 Economics n/a Finance $849 Management $602 MIS $805 Marketing $634 Risk Management $724 Supply Chain $730
assistance and other benefits (e.g. Actuarial Science majors frequently receive housing
assistance along with base salary).
42% of internships resulted in full-time positions with their internship employer - 88% of students hired for full-time jobs had at least one internship or co-op experience during their college career (based on 2012 Senior Survey data). You can average salaries for full-time employment.
*This information is accurate as of August 9, 2012. Final reports will be completed in December 2012.