Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Internships Easy to Come by this Summer...Jobs, not so much

It was pretty quiet today in the Newhouse Career Development Center. Administrative Assistant Jim Armstrong says that most students are already set for the summer. But he says a lot of graduating haven't found jobs.

"In 2008, most, I think it was 95% of students, graduating students had a job, and that figure went down to 76% last year," Armstrong said, "and I think the reason for that is that a lot of them took unpaid internships."

Armstrong says that its become the nature of the business to enter into the field unpaid. He says the economy is better, but companies have realized that they can have the same staff without paying as much.
He says this helps younger students looking for internship opportunities.

"Students who are obviously less skilled but also willing to work for less are more valuable."

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