Internships: A Bridge from College to Career
Internships are a valuable part of the St. Norbert College experience. They allow you to gain hands-on experience while developing career specific skills. Internships can take place anytime throughout the year and can be paid or unpaid.
Internships for St. Norbert College Students
Partnering with an impressive array of businesses, nonprofits and other organizations, the Career & Professional Development office posts hundreds of internships each year. There are good reasons why internships are popular and sought-after opportunities among our students.
Building on the Classroom Experience
A well-planned internship gives students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a real work environment. It creates a bridge from campus to career, and from coursework to professional practice. St. Norbert College helps students in all majors find meaningful internships; we collaborate closely with students and employers to develop mutually beneficial experiences with a strong educational component.
The Inside Track to a Career
In today’s hyper-competitive job market, there’s no such thing as “entry-level.” Students are expected to have proven experience and a demonstrated ability to succeed in the workplace. Successful internships signal to prospective employers that students are ready to hit the ground running and thrive in an organizational culture.
Students who apply after graduation to companies for which they’ve previously interned have an especially strong advantage. According to a recent National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey, 57 percent of employers offered full-time positions to their interns, and 86 percent of students accepted those offers. That’s a clear indication that internships work, for students and employers alike.
Now’s a Great Time to Get Started!
It’s never too early to start thinking about an internship. We can help. Here are some of the resources we provide:
- One-on-one meetings with career counselors
- Networking opportunities (about 75 percent of internship opportunities are found through connections)
- Hire a Knight, our St. Norbert College database of internship listings
- The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities’ database of paid summer internship listings at nonprofits in Wisconsin
- Resources for searching for internships
Give us a call or stop by the office. We’d love to talk with you about the opportunities!
Nichole Wierzba, a senior double-major in communication and sociology, is putting her classroom knowledge to practical use through her internship at the Volunteer Center of Brown County. As the communications intern and copy writer there, she’s gained experience in managing social networks, producing press releases, event planning and managing various print projects. This internship is Wierzba’s fourth internship during her college career. “You can never have too much experience – it will only help you start your career in the future. Perhaps more importantly, an internship teaches you about yourself. Through my internships, I’ve gotten a much better idea about what I like to do, what I don’t like to do, and things I will be looking for in a full-time position after graduation. Even as a senior, I’m not entirely sure what kind of job I want, but my internships have given me a clearer idea,” says Wierzba.