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College students look to internships to better job prospects

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School may have just started for college students, but for those nearing graduation - the pressure is starting to hit to be prepared to get a job. And school officials say students who graduate with a paid internship on their resume have a much higher chance of getting a job than students who took an unpaid internship, or did not take an internship.

 

Sam Kragel has been working in the Knapheide IT department for about a year now, and he says he has plenty of important work to keep him busy.

"Usually just replacing computers, general administrative things, the fixing of things that tend to break either in the shop or in the office," he said.  

He says working for a company like Knapheide looks great on his resume as he prepares for a career after graduation.

"The work ethic is always a big thing, and that can always be improved, as well as the technology skills, so that's always an important thing." 

Now that most internships are paid positions, demand has grown, making the selection of interns extremely competitive and those students who land an internship have an advantage on landing a full-time job.

"Those students who have a paid internship can find a job two weeks after graduation, seventy percent of them are hired," says Schleppenbach. 

Doctor John Schleppenbach coordinates internships for students at Quincy University.  He says companies in Quincy have a great relationship with the university to place interns and give them the best experience possible.

"Who sees that they are doing legitimate, good work. We're not having students go out to a company to do trivial assignments that they don't learn anything, they have to be learning something." 

Kragel says it's a competitive job market out there - and he wants to put his best foot forward.

"It's always important to have work experience before you graduate, especially at a company of this level, and always needing experience." 


 

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