Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Internships Prove Valuable in Poor Job Market

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Internships Prove Valuable in Poor Job Market

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PRINCETON, N.J.

In today's poor employment climate, it takes more than a college degree to get a job, according to CollegeJournal.com, the Wall Street Journal's Web site for career-minded college students. A recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 42.4 percent of employers said they expect to cut college hiring.

Tony Lee, editor in chief of CollegeJournal.com says that internships are essential for students who want to make their career dreams come true. Even though internships are temporary and typically low- or nonpaying, they're still valuable assets on a resume.

"Internships help you build professional experience, and that's important because you can prove you have 'real world' skills," Lee says. "With an internship on your resume, it shows you have a commitment to your field and that you've invested time and effort to get ahead of the learning curve."

Many new college grads are uncertain about what careers to pursue. …

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