Internships are an effective means of gaining job experience, building a resume, and creating opportunities for future employment, according to several Towson University students.
The Career Center, in partnership with Student Affairs, hosted Internship Advice and A Slice at the University Union this past Wednesday. Participants enjoyed a slice of pizza while listening to a variety of fellow students share their internship experiences.
“Sometimes it’s hard to get a job without interning,” Stacey Jerome, Family Studies major said. “You have a chance to create a relationship with your supervisor which can result in a job or reference.”
Jerome interned for two years, working with children and adults with autism, before being offered a paid position. Prior to this internship, she had never interacted with individuals diagnosed with autism. This experience helped her to see how her support made an impact on their lives. It also gave her direction for her future.
Several other students shared their positive experiences, highlighting the importance of networking and volunteering.
Family Studies major Rachel Hungelmann found the event helpful but also admitted that the competition for available internships concerned her. Her lack of experience added to her fears.
“I never thought about interning before,” Hungelmann said. “I wish I put myself out there and that my teachers emphasized the importance of volunteering and going to job fairs.”
The Career Center offers free services to help students as they prepare for their future. The staff will assist with advising, interviewing skills, developing a professional image, as well as help in finding an internship that may lead to a paid position.