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Monday, September 27, 2010


By Timothy Borland STAFF WRITER
Published: Monday, September 27, 2010
Updated: Monday, September 27, 2010
The results of a recent survey suggest that over 27 percent of employers plan to hire interns this fall.
These interns have more to gain than just job-related experience, as 52 percent of these companies are likely to hire interns as full-time permanent employees.
While these statistics seem promising, a new study reveals a growing trend of professional employees with 10 to 25 years of experience competing for the same entry-level internship opportunities normally reserved for graduates.
CareerBuilder conducted the survey among 2,534 U.S. hiring managers May 18 - June 3, 2010.
“The last 18 months have reshaped internships as more than an experience-builder for college students,” Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder, said. “Now they’re also a way for experienced workers to explore new opportunities. … Internships can act as an extended full-time job interview and potentially lead to more opportunities.”
Established professionals are feeling the need to invest more energy in their careers in order to survive the current economic recession. Flexibility has become crucial to success.
Often, an entry-level position at a highly desirable business results in a long-distance job with a minimal paycheck. Young graduates must be prepared to remain ahead of the pack.
While these trends may be appearing nationally, most USA graduates will be interested in knowing the availability of jobs and internships in the coastal community. Holly Woodall, associate director of Career Services and overseer of the Cooperative Education and Internship Program at USA, works to help students gain the skills they need in order to achieve their future career goals.
“Competition among internships is contingent upon the economy, but USA has had very successful placements of students in internship opportunities. I have not noticed a local trend among established professionals,” Woodall said.
“In any market we encourage students to be proactive,” she said. “The campus resources available at Career Services can help students with the job search process by helping future graduates construct a resume, learn how to network with employees and develop an effective career plan.”
Career Services is located on the second floor of Meisler Hall on USA’s main campus.

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