Internships provide essential firsthand experience that helps students try out areas of interest and ultimately make more informed career decisions. They also allow students to show the strength of their liberal arts education in helping employers solve challenges that are relevant to them.
Employers, graduate schools, and professional programs now expect candidates to have at least two significant career experiences before they graduate.
That is why internships and undergraduate research are so vital — and why Colgate does so much to make them accessible. Colgate’s alumni and parent donors generously provide funding to help cover the costs of unpaid or underpaid summer experiences. And advisers in Career Services, along with faculty, help students navigate the entire process.
HOW INTERNSHIPS HELP
- Gain insight on career direction
- Test out different work settings and cultures
- Build résumé content
- Develop industry-specific skills to better qualify for jobs
- Practice the job-search process
- Shape a professional network
- Try out different team management and supervision styles
- Demonstrate interest to future schools and employers