Internships shape future careers

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Internships shape future careers

Career Coaching & Professional Development office; located opposite the Bush Science Center.

Career Coaching & Professional Development office; located opposite the Bush Science Center.

Temiloluwa Adeyemi

Career Coaching & Professional Development office; located opposite the Bush Science Center.

Temiloluwa Adeyemi

Temiloluwa Adeyemi

Career Coaching & Professional Development office; located opposite the Bush Science Center.

Temiloluwa Adeyemi, staff writer

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The Columbia College Center for Career Coaching & Professional Development guides students in the exploration of career paths through internships that match their career goals.

“An internship experience sets an applicant apart when applying for jobs,” Lauren Fleming, senior public relations major, said. Also, students get to experience the internal programs of a company, such as how they operate and what software is used. Fleming currently is a public relations intern at FLOCK and RALLY, a public relations firm in Columbia.

Acquiring an internship experience gives students a preview of the field they want to establish themselves in. “Identifying what areas students would like to explore and being proactive about the process is important,” Jen Hunsicker, director of C3PD, said.

Here are some essential tips from Hunsicker and Fleming:

  • Have a mentor ( career coaches are available to all students)
  • Familiarize yourself with the company’s website
  • Get information on the internship description
  • Explore different ideas
    • “Do more than one internship if it can fit in your schedule,” Fleming said.
  • Contact someone at the company
  • Be proactive
  • Build your resume
  • Plan internships around your schedule
    • Most companies start hiring about two to three months before the internship start date since companies are not run on a semester basis.
  • Be confident

Students should frequently check the My Career tab on Koala Connection. It has information regarding careers, graduate school and professional development. Also, there are career and internship opportunities there, as well as information on job fairs, workshops and job-related events.

C3PD has resources available to prepare for internships. These resources are Kuder assessment, mock interviews and resume and cover letter reviews. Kuder assessment is an online application that helps students assess themselves to know which career path is best. To take this assessment, students will be asked for an activation code provided by Columbia College when registering; students can request the code from C3PD.

C3PD sponsors an application called C2Success, powered by Purple Briefcase, which helps to connect students with companies and assists them with their career paths.

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