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Experiential learning for job seeking

Experiences beyond the classroom are often essential in securing a job in your field after graduation.  Research from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identifies employers place a high value on experiential learning as those seeking their first job.  Recent Albion College graduates say the number one resource they used to find a job was networking through an internship or prior job.

To read more from NACE -

Employers Seek Experienced Workers: Internship Experience Counts

Experiential Learning

You can gain experiences that enhance your education in many ways.  Course credit internships, paid work experiences, volunteer work, even summer jobs near the bottom of the office heirarchy can provide valuable exposure to the type of work you are considering as a career.  Experiential learning can assist you in determining what you like and don't like about a career and creat networks that are invaluable for graduate school recommendations and job opportunities.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers has information on commonly referenced formal experiential opportunities:

Internships, Co-ops, Practicums, and Externships: What's the Difference?


The Importance of Experiential Learning

Graduate schools often look to relevant experience during college years to demonstrate your knowledge and commitment to your chosen field of advanced study. Experiences beyond classwork assist you in connecting theoretical academics with the real world. Letters of recommendation from internship mentors may be key to acceptance into a graduate program.


Why Experiential Learning?

Experiences beyond the classroom are often essential in securing a job in your field after graduation.  Research from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identifies employers place a high value on experiential learning as those seeking their first job. Recent Albion College graduates say the number one resource they used to find a job was networking through an internship or prior job.

Read more from NACE:

Employers Seek Experienced Workers: Internship Experience Counts

Information for Current Students

Welcome, Students!

The Office of Career and Internship Center strives to help you answer the question, “What will you do with a liberal arts education?”

There is no one answer to this question, just as there is no one goal in life for all Albion College students. The Office of Career and Internship Center is available to all students to support you in finding your path through college that will lead you to your next steps in life. The professional staff will assist you as you find your passion and realize your full potential.

We Can Help!

Career and Internship Center staff provides services for students deciding on a major, looking for internships, preparing for graduate school, seeking a professional job, and life after Albion.

We look forward to helping you – whether you are a freshman or a senior. Make an appointment or come in during Walk-in Hours and work with us.

Experiential learning for graduate school

Graduate schools often look to relevant experience during college years to demonstrate your knowledge and commitment to your chosen field of advanced study. Experiences beyond classwork assist you in connecting theoretical academics with the real world. Letters of recommendation from internship mentors may be key to acceptance into a graduate program.

Internships and Jobs

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Handshake helps students and recruiters come together to meet, talk, and share opportunities. Create a profile and access thousands of jobs and internship opportunities in your areas of interest!

jobpursuit-logoJob Pursuit: The Interview Fair

Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Crown Plaza Hotel - Lansing

Job Pursuit is the annual job fair sponsored and hosted by a consortium of private, independent Michigan Colleges and Universities dedicated to the advancement of employment opportunities in Michigan. Visit the website through the above link for complete information, including a list of employers scheduled to attend the 2015 event (list of companies TBA as event gets closer).

Recommended Resources for Internships and Jobs

  • Coolworks.com - job and internship site for the adventurous student and graduate
  • Idealist.org - internship opportunities worldwide focused on non-profit organizations
  • Internships.com - Internships.com claims to be the world's largest internship marketplace bringing students, employers and higher education institutions together in one centralized location. 
  • Interninimichigan.com - Register with the new Intern in Michigan and get instant internship matches based on your individual needs. It's free to post internships and it's free to apply for opportunities.
  • Pure Michigan Talent Connect - Michigan Talent Bank connects you to postings on company websites of internship and job opportunities in Michigan
  • MI Internships - MIINTERNSHIP.com is an internship service provided by regional economic development partners led by Southwest Michigan First, Southwest Michigan's private economic development organization serving a seven-county region.
  • Michigan.gov/intern - internships with the State of Michigan in various agencies and departments
  • Mlive Job listings in Michigan listed with Mlive
  • NACELinkNetwork - National Association of Colleges and Employers web site for national job postings. Consistently, over 2 million jobs and internships geard toward college students.
  • Pathways to Equity - Improving women's access to good middle-skill jobs can help close the wage gap and improve women's economic security. The Pathways to Equity Initiative shows job changes that can improve women's economic standing and meet employers' demands for skilled workers.
  • Science Jobs and Internships - Comprehensive list from the Albion College Library
  • USAJobs - Government website where nearly all federal government jobs are posted.
  • ZipRecruiter - Great resource that is being touted as the best job search engine.

 

LinkedIn

LinkedIn Job Search - The world's largest professional network to build relationships and connect with opportunity. Use LinkedIn Job Search to harness the power of your network to uncover insights such as whom you know at a company, providing you an edge in your job search.
LinkedIn Internship Search - Same powerful tool as LinkedIn Job Search, but focused on internships.
LinkedIn Salary Search Tool - Good method for you to understand your worth as you enter salary discussions with employers.

 

General Internship Advice

In today's competitive job market, it is extremely important for you to obtain experience related to your career ambitions.  Employers will be asking you about your internships, part-time jobs, and summer jobs to assess your ability to perform in a full-time position.  Companies are now using internships as one of the most common methods to select new employees.  Albion College can help you with this process through your faculty advisor, your institute, and the Career and Internship Center. 

  • Use ALL resources available to you including all personal and professional contacts, the Career and Internship Center, and your faculty advisor.
  • Apply early and apply often to any opportunity that might interest you.  Do not turn down a job or internship that you have not been offered!
  • Be certain you have a quality resume and associated application materials before applying— the Career and Internship Center is available to assist you!
  • Use the Registrar's Internship Form to receive credit for your internship

Additional Internship Sources

Research and/or Fellowship Opportunities

Additional Career Resources

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