Internships: hype or helpful?

By: Alex Hambrick Email
By: Alex Hambrick Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Unemployment rates here and around the nation are still hovering around eight percent, but the numbers are much worse for those between the ages of 18 and 25. Some current college students are looking to internships to fill out their resumes.

"It was just a learning experience, and now I can say I've done this," said CMU student Kelly Hill. "When I put it on my application, they will be like 'OK she actually knows what she's doing.'"

Fifty-three percent of college students who graduated in 2011 are unemployed or underemployed. One CMU professor is a strong supporter of the internship program.

"Otherwise an employer will say you look really good on paper, but it's all classroom experience," said mass communications professor Dan Flenniken.

The Center for Labor Market Studies says students with humanities and liberal arts degrees will have a tough time for the next decade, as they are the most common being earned.

"Unemployment issues are largely because students are not going into the fields that are hiring, like the sciences; engineering for an example," said local PBS Producer Greg Mikolai.

A recent business report stated it is important for those on the hunt to stay connected to their chosen field through volunteering, workshops or even post-graduate internships.

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