Foster City, CA (PRWEB) July 8, 2009
CollegeGrad.com -- the #1 Entry Level and Intern Job Site -- today announced that the 2009 Top Entry Level Employers survey indicates that Top Intern Employers will hire a little over 49,000 interns in 2009, a 2 percent decrease from the 50,000 intern hires in 2008. Keeping in mind the 2007-2008 increase of only 0.52 percent, this spells continued tough competition for internship opportunities.
"You must be able to communicate to an employer why you're interested in a specific internship, and why you would be a good fit for the position and the organization," Assistant Director for Experiential Education at Arizona State University, Susan Simmerman said. "Make a case for why an organization should invest in providing YOU with an internship opportunity."
Leading the Top-Intern-Employers pack, the survey projects that Walgreens will be hiring 5,650 interns. With second-ranked Southwestern Publishing projecting 2800 intern positions. General Electric plans to hire 2400 interns, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP will add 2300, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers will put 2279 interns on staff. Other firms adding significant numbers of interns in 2009 are KPMG LLP, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Lockheed Martin, Ernst & Young, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Intel, Target, and Microsoft. In addition to these heavy hitters, literally hundreds of other companies, large and small, are hiring interns for a variety of positions, both paid and unpaid.
"Many students who complete unpaid internships will tell you that the experience was invaluable in terms of the learning and connections acquired, while others who were paid were disappointed with the lack of meaningful work and opportunities provided," Simmerman said.
Students wishing to land one of these internships must put their best foot forward and stress the qualities employers are seeking: communication skills, both written and oral; good time management; strong work ethic; dependability; initiative; problem-solving skill; and coursework that is relevant to the position applied for. And those traits are just the basics. To truly stand out, an applicant must have a rich extracurricular resume.
"I am sometimes in awe of the amount of extracurricular activities I see on resumes," Career Counselor at Eastern Connecticut State University, Jill Rushbrook said. "Many college students are getting first-hand knowledge of what it means to lead others and work with team members whether it is on SGA, with Habitat for Humanity, or Rock the Vote."
Simmerman notes that even unpaid interns are costly to a company in terms of hiring, training, and supervising them. Not all companies are feeling the downturn on the same level, though, and many have so much faith in intern hiring that they are leaving these programs untouched.
"Despite current economic conditions, Lockheed Martin still feels it is strategically important to hire at our current pace from college campuses," Director of University Relations at Lockheed Martin Corporation, Leslie L. Chappell said. "As such, the corporation will continue to have a strong focus on entry-level recruitment for both full-time and intern/co-op positions, in order to build the pipeline of entry-level talent."
"Over 80 percent of our full time hires were converted from GE's population of interns and co-ops," Manager of Recruiting and Staffing Services at General Electric, Steve Canale said. "Care is given to matching assignments with student backgrounds and experience levels. Mentors are assigned and formal evaluations are given."
"Our interns do the same work as entry-level college graduates, so they will have a good sense of what it will be like to work here after an internship," Director of Campus Recruiting for the Americas for the accounting firm Ernst & Young, Dan Black said. "We offer one of the best internship programs in the country, providing opportunities to our interns through formal learning, varied experiences, and real time coaching from employees at all levels."
As evidenced by the testimony of these experienced college-level career counselors and company recruiters, an internship is both a way to get real-world experience in your chosen field and a method of making contacts that can lead to a permanent position. In today's tough job market, that can be the difference between launching a successful career immediately upon graduation or delaying employment for an indefinite period.
"Internships and co-ops have become not only a great experience for students prior to graduation, but have also become a critical median between recent grads and full time employment," CollegeGrad.com Director of Marketing and Public Releations, Adeola Ogunwole said. "Whether you are still in school or a recent graduate, treat your internship experience as if it was a full time job. Given the current market conditions, an internship experience may be a key point of entry into a full time employment with a company."
For more detailed information on internships and entry level positions with the top 200 hiring employers nationwide, visit CollegeGrad.com, the number one entry level job site on the Web.
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