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Module 7: Securing Internships and other Firsthand Experience. Agenda Identify reasons to earn and resources for earning firsthand experience in fields of interest, often called “informal learning experiences” Learn about RCC’s various internship/skills training opportunities

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Module 7 securing internships and other firsthand experience

Module 7: Securing Internships and other Firsthand Experience

Agenda

Identify reasons to earn and resources for earning firsthand experience in fields of interest, often called “informal learning experiences”

Learn about RCC’s various internship/skills training opportunities

Research Internet-based experiential learning sites.


95 percent of employers want their new hires to have experience, and nearly half of those prefer students get that experience through internships

NACE Survey, 2007, http://www.quintcareers.com/Quintessential_Careers_Press/Internship_Guide


Benefits of firsthand experience
Benefits of Firsthand Experience experience, and nearly half of those prefer students get that experience through internships

  • Students will earn more money with experience under their belts. NACE’s survey shows that those students with experience start out at 6.5% higher wages.

  • Students may be able to secure academic credit for their experience.

  • Students will get to “test the waters”, so to speak of their major area.

  • Students will develop excellent skills, useable in many future employment settings.

  • Students will develop a firsthand understanding of their field and a confidence for future interviewing and work

  • Students will expand their network of contacts.

  • Students will secure experience to create a richer resume.


Reasons not to seek an internship or skills training experience
Reasons NOT to seek an internship or skills training experience

It doesn’t pay or pays very poorly and you absolutely have to have income.

The assigned tasks are not instructional or developmental for you.


Resources for firsthand experience
Resources for Firsthand Experience experience

  • Instructors in your major area

  • Friends and Family

  • Career/Job Fairs

  • RCC’s Skills Training Office (Grants Pass: 956-7027; Medford: 245-7629).

  • RCC’s Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) Program (956-7095)


Resources at rcc
Resources at RCC experience

  • Occupational Skills Training

  • Internship Listing at RCC

    • http://www.freecollegeclassifieds.com/Oregon/GrantsPass/RogueCommunityCollege/Jobs/Internships/index.htm

  • Cooperative Work Experience

  • Workforce and Apprenticeship Training

  • Employment Skills Training

  • Professional Skills Training

    • Grants Pass at 956-7027 orMedford at 245-7629


Internet sites for internships
Internet Sites for Internships experience

1. MonsterTRAK

2. InternJobs.com

3. Internweb.com

4. Internships.com

5. Internships USA

6. Experience.com

7. Idealist.org

8. Internships Abroad


Evaluating skills training or internship sites
Evaluating Skills Training or Internship Sites experience

  • Research the Site

    • Learn as much about the site before committing.

    • This will help you decide whether a setting is a good fit

    • it will also make you a more knowledgeable interviewee.

  • Talk to Former Interns/Knowledgeable Others

    • They can tell you about the quality of their experience in this site.

    • Talk to RCC’s coordinator who may have kept a record of others' feedback or can provide you with the names of former participants

  • Carefully Read the Training Position Description

    • While many job training experiences exist to nurture developing learners, there are others which serve only to provide the employer with cheap (or free) labor. Make sure you are going to get what you need out of this experience.


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