Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Big Internship: The next best thing to the job itself

In the movie, The Internship, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn amused us as two unemployed, old school salesmen interning at Google and competing for real jobs against genius 20-somethings.  The movie was silly and entertaining yet depicted perfectly the reality that an internship is the next best thing to the job itself.

The Reality

A tough economic environment means students and recent grads face unprecedented challenges as they look to launch their career.  The Big “I” gives Anderson students the chance to get the skills they need, build a significant professional network, and start out in the job market with a polished resume and plenty of interview practice!  By completing one or two internships while working toward a degree, Anderson students can significantly impact their chances of landing a professional career that utilizes their education and individual skill set.

Hiring Decisions

When it comes to hiring business students, employers consistently describe the ideal business candidate.  Recruiters tell us they are looking for students who have been involved on campus, preferably in a club, with a leadership position or two. Professional polish and good grades are important, however, the most valuable section on the resume is work experience, which, for a college graduate, most often comes in the form of an internship. 

In the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ 2014 Job Outlook survey, 96% of employers said that relevant work experience is the most important factor in their hiring decision.  Another national survey conducted by revealed that 66% of employers believe interview performance and relevant work experience are the most important factors —far more significant than strong academic performance.  Furthermore, the research says that 70% of companies made full-time job offers to their interns.

Practically speaking, it might seem unreasonable to even consider an internship when life is already overflowing with personal, educational and work-related responsibilities. Great news -- according to Anderson’s 2012/13 Graduate Exit Survey, 71% of BBA and 74% of MBA internships are paid opportunities! And that’s not all:

• Average wage for BBA internship is close to $14/hour
• Average wage for Master’s degree candidates ranges from $17 - $20/hour

January 30th BBA & MBA/MACCT Internship Fair

Anderson students have proven that keeping an open mind, attending Career Services events and networking with recruiters can land any student an internship and change their career trajectory.

On Thursday, January 30th Anderson students will have the opportunity to meet with local and national recruiters in the Jackson Student Center to network their way into a summer internship opportunity.  In 2013, over 70 internship opportunities were available for Anderson students. The 2014 Internship Fair is shaping up nicely; employers from Sandia National Laboratories and New Mexico State Personnel Office, to National Electric/Nicor, Array Technologies and Colliers International will be sending recruiters to connect with Anderson School of Management BBA and MBA/MACCT students.  The BBA Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the MBA/MACCT Fair runs from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

View a list of employers attending the Summer Internship Fairs - BBA | MBA/MACCT.

Career Services will host two Internship Fair Prep Workshops.

Register online today for the prep workshops scheduled for Tuesday, January 28th in GSM 302.

BBA Internship Fair Prep Workshop
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Register today at

MBA/MACCT Internship Fair Prep Workshop
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Register today at

Don’t miss the 2014 BBA and MBA/MACCT Internship Fair!  Your participation will open doors to new opportunities, allow you to meet community business leaders and help you build your confidence as you transition from student to professional.

Natalie Mead is the Career Services Manager at the Anderson School of Management.  She is passionate about professional development and the opportunity to connect the talented pool of Anderson students with employers and recruiting partners.  Click here to contact Natalie.

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