Internship Interview Days set for Feb. 12 and 19, March 18 and 25 at WCBA

Rikki Batson, senior marketing major, interviews with Andrea Scott, digital coordinator from WEMJ-TV during Internship Interview Day.

Rikki Batson, senior marketing major, interviews with Andrea Scott, digital coordinator from WEMJ-TV during Internship Interview Day.

Employers interested in hiring Youngstown State University students as interns are encouraged to participate in Internship Interview Days hosted by the Williamson College of Business Administration Feb. 12 and 19 and March 18 and 25.

“Securing an internship during college is one of the best ways to become a more marketable full-time job candidate,” said Christina Costello, associate coordinator of the WCBA Undergraduate Student Services’ Office of Professional Practice.

“Our goal is to make it easy for our students to get exposure to potential employers so they can increase their chances of landing an internship and, later on, a job. Appointments for interviews can also be arranged on campus at the employer’s convenience.”

Employers interested in hiring interns for Summer and Fall 2016 should contact Costello at 330-941-1884 or clcostello01@ysu.edu as soon as possible to allow time to review resumes and select interviewees. Organizations can interview up to nine students in one day.

Companies will benefit by identifying highly, motivated, qualified student interns; by providing extra staff assistance during crunch periods; and by obtaining assistance to complete special projects throughout the semester. Employers increasingly see their internship programs as the best path for hiring entry-level candidates.

Business students must be in junior standing or higher and meet specific prerequisites to qualify for internship status. Majors of study within the WCBA include: accounting, advertising/public relations, business administration, business economics, finance, human resource management, information and supply chain management, international business, and marketing as well as those pursuing certificates in nonprofit leadership, enterprise resource planning, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Employers increasingly want new college graduates to already have some career-related experience. WCBA students gain this experience through credit-bearing internships. Over the past year, 193 business students participated in the WCBA internship program, marking an increase of 43 percent.

The internships are often short-term, career-related opportunities that allow students to earn college credits and be paid. Students gain hands-on career experience in their major areas of study, which enhances their professional resume and makes them more marketable.