"Experience with the degree is critical for making the most of a job search in any
economy. Students that invest in obtaining an internship or co-op position while pursuing
their program of study will typically find their resume at the top of the stack when
entering a job search upon graduation."
- Julie Goley, Director/Georgia Regents University Career Services
The use of internship programs to recruit full-time college hires is noticeable throughout
the for-profit, private sector, but is particularly strong among manufacturers; nearly
90 percent of respondents identified this as the goal of their internship program.
Why should you get career-related experience while obtaining a degree? Results of the 2008 Experiential Education Survey by the National Association of Colleges & Employers reflects the importance of internship and co-op programs in the college recruiting process. Findings from the report include:
- Employers are generally converting a greater percentage of interns into full-time employees than in pervious years. (Increased from 35.6 percent in 2001 to 50.5 percent in 2008).
- The percent of interns receiving full-time job offers as a result of their internships increased from 56.9 percent in 2001 to 69.6 percent in 2008.
- There is some indication that full-time recruits coming out of internship/co-op programs are "more successful" as employees than those drawn from outside of the internship/co-op process. A greater percentage of these recruits remain employees of their original firms after five years than do non-intern/co-op recruits.
INTERNSHIPS are typically one-time work or service experiences related to the student's major and/or career goal. The internship plan generally involves students working in professional settings under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals. Internships can be paid or unpaid, and the student may or may not receive academic credit for performing the internship.
Interning for Academic Credit
If you are looking for academic credit for internships, it is best that you check with your academic department to find out if and how you may obtain academic credit for internships. These regulations vary greatly by academic departments. Very few academic programs at Georgia Regents University require internships; however, GRU Career Services is a strong advocate for students getting the experience because we see the value of it daily in the employability of our new graduates.
Although GRU Career Services does not provide academic credit for internships, we meet with students who are seeking guidance in finding internships on their own or in conjunction with academic programs. We do offer listings of internships provided by employers that are both paid and unpaid. We also offer guidance for how to develop your own internship contacts and other resources to cultivate experience to coincide with education.
Cooperative Education offers:
- Flexible work plans
- Helps students to gain PAID, career related experience while in school
- PARALLEL CO-OP offers part-time positions in conjunction with school
- ALTERNATING CO-OP offers alternating terms of full-time work and school
- Positions typically last at least 2 semesters in length, with more than one third resulting in full-time job offers upon graduation.
- PAID internships for one semester are also available.
Eligibility Requirements for Co-Op
- A declared major with at lest 30 credit hours complete
- Enrollment in at least 12+ hours a term (9 hours for graduate students per term)
- An Overall GPA of at least a 2.5 (Cumulative or Adjusted)
- Transfer students must have at least one semester at Georgia Regents University in order to establish your GPA at the university
- Ability to commit to at least two work semesters in a Co-Op assignment while enrolled
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions for Co-op.
Volunteering for a non-profit organization is a less structured and less formal way to develop important career preparation skills and contacts. The GRU Career Services Department facilitates an annual Community Involvement Fair with the goal of connecting students with volunteer and internship employers. Review this list of Volunteer Employers to find an employer whose mission matches your degree or career interests.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
If you meet the requirements listed above, call 706-737-1604 to schedule an appointment with your Career Advisor in the Career Services Department to explore registration for co-ops and internships posted with our office.
Getting Involved With Research- Whether you plan on continuing your education in graduate or professional school,
or plan to enter the job market, performing independent research can help you get
there. Getting involved in research gives you the opportunity to learn valuable laboratory
skills, be responsible for your own project, and also what it means to be part of
a larger picture.
Job Shadow On-line - Shadow real people's jobs on-line to explore occupations in your field of interest.
Volunteer Opportunities- Volunteering is one of the best ways to gain experience in a field you are interested in pursuing. Many times, volunteer experience can be just as valuable as research experience.
Internship/Co-Op Information- An internship/co-op is any carefully monitored work or service experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience. Internships and Co-ops are excellent ways to build your resume and gain experience in your field of study.
Web Resources-Research and Internship Opportunities: Review a list of possible internship and research opportunities. Click on the website links for internship and research postings.
Internship Opportunities from other Web Sites
The About.com Internships Guide- is organized as a clearinghouse for any information the prospective intern might need, with original articles and links to other sources. Both basic and specialized information are available in one site, which is especially helpful for the college student who might not know how to begin the internship search process.
bigapplehead.com- has internships, entry level jobs, internship placement, New York Internships, finance, entertainment and fashion internships currently serving the New York City, Boston, and Washington DC area.
Biology Related Internships - The web site from the Rochester Institute of Technology has a tremendous number of links to summer internships across the country.
FamiliesUSA- is a national nonprofit organization, non- partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, they have earned a voice for health care consumers for over 20 years. Internships are in Washington, DC and paid.
Governor’s Intern Program - This program provides the "best, brightest and most ambitious college and law students with practical professional experience before they enter the working world."
InternshipPrograms.com - Database of internships all over the US and abroad in a variety of fields.
SERVEnet- This site is dedicated to matching volunteers with local nonprofit organizations. Includes polls, an interactive library, and newsgroups.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), in the United States Department of Justice, is seeking qualified candidates for the summer, fall and spring semesters. Application Deadlines: Summer Semester
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - internships for students and recent graduates interested in careers in art museums. Visit www.metmuseum.org - type “internship” in the search box.
Summer STAR (Student Training And Research) program is designed to provide biomedical research experience for undergraduate students with a desire to pursue a graduate education in biomedical sciences. The is a ten week summer program on the Georgia Regents University Health Sciences Campus.
U.S. Department of State offers an opportunity for you to get an inside look at the different types of positions and responsibilities available in foreign affairs. Some students work in Washington, DC, and others have the opportunity to work at an embassy overseas. Positions are both paid and unpaid, and many are available during spring, summer or fall.
The Washington Internship Program - This is a company based in Washington, D.C. that assists college students and college graduates with internships pertaining to various fields.
The Washington Center provides full-time, quality internships int he Washington, D.C. area for college students in all major fields. All program participants are guaranteed housing space and over 80% of participants receive financial assistance. Interest areas are: government and politics, environment, mass communications, international, nonprofits and law to name a few.
- Mark Tarr, COO of HealthSouth Corporation, will speak on "Navigating the Post-Acute Environment" Thursday, Aug. 28 at noon.
- All the Columbia County Teacher of the Year finalists are graduates of the Georgia Regents University College of Education.
- Brett Heimlich has received a prestigious Fulbright-Fogarty Award and will spend the next year in Malawi studying Sickle Cell Disease.