Why an Internship is important:
Success starts with experience - an internship is a great way to launch a career, to learn, and to transform your life!
Even though an internship may not be required in your field of study, it is no doubt one of the most important things you can do during your college career. With the current downturn in the economy it is more difficult than ever for college graduates to find jobs. You must find a way to distinguish yourself from the thousands of other graduates who are competing for the same jobs. The best way to do that through an internship. During these tough economic times, nine out of ten entry-level hires have completed an internship, so it’s no surprise that over 80% of U.S. undergraduates are making it a priority to complete an internship by the time they graduate. A survey of internship supervisors revealed that 96% would be more likely to hire a recent grad with internship experience as opposed to one who did not.
You can find an internship on your own either locally in the Tri-State area, in your own hometown, or through your campus faculty advisors, but West Liberty University offers another unique opportunity that is available for students of all majors.
West Liberty University entered into a partnership with The Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars (TWC) in 1997 and continues to maintain that relationship today. The Program has even expanded to include study abroad in London, England; at Oxford University in England; in Sydney, Australia; and in Quebec City, Canada. To date this Program has enabled 56 of our students to live in our nation’s Capital and work in some of the most prestigious organizations and congressional offices in the country. Also, two students lived and worked in London, England during the summer of 2009. It has given all of them an unparalleled internship experience that is respected by employers nationwide, as well as the personal and professional development that will certainly contribute to their success in the future.
One of our alumni recently wrote: “My internship with The Washington Center (TWC) had a profound impact on my educational and professional careers. The experience of living and working in our nation’s capital taught me lessons that I continue to use on a daily basis. Personally, spending the summer in Washington D.C. opened my eyes to the rest of the world. I was exposed to all kinds of new information and ideas while attending TWC lectures and classes presented by some of the biggest names in American business, education and government. And professionally, I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today had I not participated in TWC internship program. I interned with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where I am currently employed as a Special Agent. It is a challenging and exciting career that has taken me all over the world, and it started with my TWC internship. Anyone looking to expand their horizons and get a head start on their careers should very seriously consider an internship with TWC.”
If you would like to see where a few of our students have interned and where they are now, check out the “Then and Now” page.