NSU promotes student internships

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On March 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Don Taft University Center, NSU’s Office of Career Development will host an Internship and Job Fair to help students prepare for their careers.

Representatives from more than 50 employers will provide information at the fair about potential jobs and internships. Although each employer has their own specifics, students from all majors will find an opportunity for full-time or part-time employment and internships. Professional dress is mandatory and students should bring their resumes.

Career Adviser Emilio Lorenzo said the fair is a chance for students to use their skills to show off their professionalism. Although students are not guaranteed a job at the fair, Lorenzo said talking one-on-one with the representatives will bring about opportunities.

Career Development hosts internship and job fairs every year for students because they say internships are the key to being a stronger candidate for a job after graduation. Internships recruit people who are excited and willing to put forth the effort. If a student does the job well, some employers will offer to extend the length of the internship or offer a job.

Lorenzo said students should complete at least one internship by the time they graduate because they make students more marketable after graduating college.

“We’re trying to find what the best fit for you is and what you’re meant to do,” Lorenzo said. “This is something you should be doing in college and not waiting until after you graduate.”

According to a Gallup-Purdue University study in 2014, 71 percent of recent college graduates who had internships and/or job experiences during college were offered a full-time job after graduating.

Natalia Hernandez-Pryszlak, sophomore finance major, recently obtained an internship through the Office of Career Development and said it has helped her grow in her field tremendously. This is her second internship, and she said the internship has helped her develop critical thinking and other skills necessary for her career.

Hernandez-Pryszlak said that internships are just as valuable as education because it allows you to apply the theories you’ve learned to the practices you need to do.

“I feel more secure and a lot more driven to succeed in my career. I’m happier with who I am,” Hernandez-Pryszlak said.

Participating employers include Citigroup, Bankers Life, Florida Department of Revenue, GEICO, Modernizing Medicine, Inc. and JAFCO. To see the complete list of employers, visit nova.edu/career.

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