Prepare for a Summer Internship Today!
What are you doing this summer? It’s not too early to start thinking about a summer internship! In fact, winter is the ideal time to begin researching positions and preparing for interviews—especially for some of the most competitive and sought-after internship programs. Read on to see how internships can give you an edge in today’s evolving job market!
Why Are Internships So Important?
Employers increasingly want to see experience in the new college grads they hire—and many companies end up hiring interns as full-time employees. Consider these statistics when evaluating the benefits of internships:
- 95% of employers said candidate experience is a factor in hiring decisions. (Source: NACE)
- 70% of employers offer full-time jobs to successful interns. (Source: NACE)
- Successful completion of an internship makes you 85% more likely to obtain employment following graduation. (Source: Monster.com)
In addition to making yourself more marketable to employers, internships allow you to:
- Test drive your career of choice before fully committing. You can also discover specific niches within the field that may appeal to you.
- Lay the groundwork for a higher salary as you develop skills, build motivation, and gain confidence.
- Understand how your college coursework is preparing you for today’s workforce.
- Make connections that can help you build your network and land a job in the future.
How Do I Apply for an Internship?
There are many ways to go about securing an internship, such as searching online job boards, making connections on LinkedIn, networking with people you know, or going directly to the site of the companies you’re interested in to visit their hiring section.
At RVCC, we understand the value of internships and offer guidance to students who are looking to secure one.
RVCC’s Office of Career Success & Experiential Learning assists individuals with preparing for the internship and job search process. The Office offers workshops each semester on resume development, effective interviewing skills, success tips, networking, and more. In addition, the office maintains an online database of job and internship postings.
Service Learning at RVCC
RVCC also has a nationally recognized Service Learning program that allows students to earn credits while serving their communities through partnerships with local organizations.
Every year, more than 1,000 RVCC students provide service to over 250 local community organizations within 85 different courses through our service learning program.
To learn more about Service Learning at RVCC, watch this video or contact Service Learning here.
Get Your Career in Motion: Apply for RVCC’s Summer Semester Today!
At RVCC, you need at least 12 college credits to apply for an internship. Taking community college summer courses is one of the best ways to rack up credits at a time when your schedule is likely to be less busy. RVCC’s summer college classes begin on May 22, so there’s still plenty of time to apply and register. There’s a second summer session beginning on June 12 and a third summer session beginning on July 10. Check out our academic calendar for more information.
Attend Our Spring Open House!
To get answers to your questions in person before registering for summer, attend RVCC’s Spring Open House. Held Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 10am – 12pm, the event allows you to learn about RVCC’s academic and career training programs, tour the campus, discover options for financial aid, and more!
About Raritan Valley Community College
Searching for a “college near me” can feel overwhelming given the number of state schools and private universities in the New Jersey area. RVCC offers more than 90 degree and certificate programs along with small class sizes, a vibrant campus life, and affordable tuition. It’s no wonder RVCC is ranked the #1 community college in NJ by both WalletHub and Intelligent.com. For further information on The College, visit www.raritanval.edu.