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Giving Internships a Post-College Try

Nora Cook has her dream job. As a member of the “recycling police” for the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority in Walnut Creek, Calif., Ms. Cook, who graduated with a business economics degree from California State University East Bay in June, finds businesses that don’t recycle, educates them on the process and keeps track of their progress.

But Ms. Cook’s job isn’t the sort of full-time gig a recent college grad would be lucky to find in this economy. Rather, it’s a nine-month, 20-hour-a-week internship that she hopes will help her land a full-time position.

Internships — both formal, paid training programs and less formal, unpaid positions — have long been used as a recruiting tool and as a way for young professionals to get their foot in the door of an organization. Among graduating college students who had internships, nearly 70% received offers of full-time employment from their internship hosts during the 2007-2008 academic year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2009 Experiential Education Survey. Read more…


Publish date: April 25, 2009