In a survey out from Marketplace and The Chronicle of Higher Education, employers said what matters most to them actually happens outside the classroom.
“Internships came back as the most important thing that employers look for when evaluating a recent college graduate,” says Dan Berrett, senior reporter at the Chronicle. “More important than where they went to college, the major they pursued, and even their grade point average.”
Loras students pursue internships during the academic year as well as during the summer. Internships take place in Dubuque, across the U.S., and internationally. You can see student comments from the Loras College Center for Experiential Learning Facebook page about their summer internship experiences.
As a summer intern, I am with the AM sports talk radio station 670 The Score in downtown Chicago. The station covers all Chicago professional sports teams. The best highlight so far this summer was covering the Chicago Blackhawks road to the Stanley Cup throughout the NHL postseason. The environment around the studio was filled with excitement throughout the playoffs! And then of course a great benefit of living in Chicago for the summer was being able to attend the Blackhawks victory parade after they had won. It was an unbelievable experience!
My summer internship is with Colony Brands in Peosta, IA. I am an assistant fulfillment supervisor at a factory that is over 600,000 square feet. Though this was very overwhelming at first, my co-workers have made the transition to the internship very enjoyable and fun. One of my most memorable experiences so far has been interviewing employees for temporary positions. At first I thought this would be easy because I have been interviewed plenty of times, but it was different sitting on the other end of the table and actually interviewing an applicant. This experience was a great learning opportunity for me.
Jon Moore (’15) (Dubuque, Iowa)
Mike Burnett (’14) (Loves Park, Ill.)
As a summer intern I am with the City of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa. One highlight I have had so far is learning the office culture and adjusting myself to the work load. Working 40+ hours in the office is a completely new experience for me but I did not find any major trouble adapting to the system. My coworkers are highly professional and responsible -as well as welcoming and friendly- individuals, and that makes everything significantly easier for a newcomer like me.
Hung Dao (’14) (Ha Noi City, Vietnam)
This summer I am an intern with Camp Adventure Services in Yokosuka, Japan. The highlights I've experienced are the various traveling opportunities to places like Kyoto, Tokyo, and even Hiroshima. I have been enjoying this experience so much because I have learned a completely different culture. Most importantly, I have enjoyed this internship so much because of all the amazing children I work with every day. It's an experience of a lifetime, and the kids make it completely worth it.
Allison Kula (’16) (Ryan, Iowa)
As a summer intern I am working with Lead America at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. One highlight I've had so far would have to be the experience working with High School students from all over the United States. At Stanford, I prepare and deliver lecture on public speaking, critical thinking skills, college preparedness, leadership, and professionalism to High School students.
Henry Song (’14) (Seoul, South Korea)
As a summer intern, I am with Great River Technologies in Dubuque, Iowa. One highlight I've had so far would have to be the experience of conference meetings as well getting to meet my co-workers in another way other than being co-workers. I am having a blast. I am currently working on a big project where I am creating web pages and components using html coding for a Spanish class in Prince Georges Community College.
Alex Rodriquez (’14) (Chicago, Ill.)
Would you like to host a Loras student as an intern? If so, contact Faye Finnegan, Internship and Career Services Coordinator at email@example.com.
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