Friday, September 14, 2012

Intern Conversion

Welcome back students! I want to share with you some information.

For the past few weeks, I have been calling various employers to schedule them for on-campus interviews with students and campus career fairs. In my discussions with these employers, I am hearing some common themes.  One theme is that several employers are using the phrase "intern conversion" to full-time hires.  What does this mean? Well, if you intern and the employer really likes you they are going to make you a job offer before the start of your senior year! That is wonderful news, if your internship turns into a full time job!  However, on the flip side, that employer may not  actively recruit our seniors for full-time job openings because they hired most of their interns from the summer. 

As a result, it is really important that you pursue an internship, especially the summer between your junior and senior year!  In this extremely competitive economy, employers are looking to hire the best talent. If a student interns over the summer and does very well and employer really likes them it makes sense for the employer to extend that intern a full time job offer. This saves the employer a great deal of time when an intern has already proven that he/she can do the job and work well with the organization.

Good luck!

~ Fred Burke, Executive Director 

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