My child just completed their freshman year, how important is it that they have a career-related summer job or internship?

Employers normally seek students for internships starting sophomore year.  After you have just completed your freshman year, it is a good time to visit the CPaRC to learn about and prepare for career-ready skills employers seek from all majors, internship opportunities, and requirements available for sophomore students and beyond. 

Recommendations for after your freshman year:

  1. Meet with a career advisor/counselor aCPaRC to help with identifying interest’s area and employers
  1. Attend CPaRC job & internship fair in the fall and spring for all majors
  1. Networking and Informational Interviewing
  1. Get a summer job. Summer jobs not necessarily career-related can also help you build skills that will make you more desirable for future internships and employers. Here are the skills National Association of College Employers reports as most important to employers from all majors:
  • Leadership.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Communication skills (written)
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Analytical/Quantitative skills.
  • Technical skills.
  • Communication skills (verbal)

These are the types of professional skills you can build at any summer job. Make sure you keep a list of skills you learn throughout the summer and continue to add new ones as you gain more experience. This will add substance to your resume for when you do start looking for internships.