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 Tuesday, March 27, 2007 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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Career Services offers opportunities for students, faculty and staff
By Allison Sylvest

Looking for a way to enhance student learning opportunities? An internship might be the perfect option. There's a national increase of employers who are hiring interns, and the amount of paid internships is at 60 percent.

"All of our recent career fairs have sold out weeks in advance, and there's a waiting list to participate in future fairs," said Erin Doherty-Ratay, internship program coordinator for Career Services. "These employers have jobs and internships available – it's not about just being present, it's about actively seeking to fill positions."

Career Services annually receives 800-900 internship listings (about 10 percent of those are co-ops). Students can register through the website to see job listings and receive information to prepare themselves for work experience. Faculty and staff can assist students by making them aware of the many services and opportunities available to them through Career Services.

"We're happy to come to classrooms to give presentations that last anywhere from 10 minutes to the full period," said Doherty-Ratay.

There also are learning opportunities for faculty and staff on issues such as risk management, and the benefits of encouraging students and employers to complete internship learning plan forms, available on the website. These forms protect the student and give them a way to gauge their progress and evaluate their learning experiences. It's also a good way to rate employers on the opportunities they offer, and receive feedback on student hires. Informational seminars for faculty and staff on these and other issues are held once a semester, and are advertised on the website and through the Buff Bulletin.

What types of internships are students taking? Everything from engineering to business, journalism, music, education and fields within the arts and sciences. A new initiative, the CU Public Interest Internship Experience (PIIE), funds internships with Colorado public service agencies, which traditionally offer unpaid opportunities. Thanks to donations from Student Affairs, the CU Parents Association and the El Pomar Foundation's Youth in Community Service program, PIIE has funding to support internships through the coming year. This joint project with the Alumni Association also is preparing to launch a web page for students, employers and donors within the Career Services website.

The Just In Time Career Fair takes place April 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom. Encourage your students to attend, and to take advantage of Career Services preparation and job/internship opportunities.

For more information, contact Erin Doherty-Ratay.


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