Palm Beach Atlantic University knows that an internship is important and beneficial for their students’ future career. An internship helps integrate classroom knowledge and theory with practical application and skills developed that can only be found on the working field.
To that end, the University will launch DIVE (Discovering Internships as Vocational Exploration) at its first Internship Expo on Tuesday, January 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Mahoney Gym in the Greene Complex. The Expo will bring 80 employers to campus who are looking to hire, train, motivate and retain young professionals in their perspective fields. DIVE describes the University’s commitment to equip students with meaningful vocational experiences throughout their academic career in order to launch them professionally at graduation.
“These experiences provide hard and soft skill development for students regarding future employment,” said Kimberly Ladd, director of Career Development. “Our office also provides a variety of workshops for students to be prepared for what’s next.” Part of that service includes workshops that help students develop a professional social media presence using LinkedIn, as well as mock interviewing, graduate school application processing, and job searching using PBA’s career management system called Handshake. Throughout the year, they also host recruiting events for employers such as Career Fairs, Meet the Firms Nights, Info Sessions, and Tabling Opportunities on campus.
Though all students and alums are welcome to network at the event, those students who are particularly seeking internships for spring and/or summer 2019 should attend the Internship Expo. According to Ladd, they should dress professionally as if going for a job interview, and bring multiple copies of their resume as well as samples of their work, if applicable (graphic design, art, etc.).
“Employers are looking for a demonstration of professionalism,” explained Ladd. “They want students who will be committed to the internship and who want to learn.”
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported that employers offer full-time employment to 67 percent of students who intern with their organizations. Furthermore, surveys suggest that the chances for an intern to secure a job after graduation increases if they can display relevant internships on their resume. “The benefits of completing multiple internships as an undergrad are so important; it is hard to overstate,” concluded Ladd.
For more information regarding the Internship Expo or internships in general, students may contact Kimberly Ladd.