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Career Development Services
Bldg B, Room B120, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7399
Fax: 847-622-3055
careerservices@elgin.edu
Hours:
M 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; T-Th 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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Internships

Internships let students test their new skills in real work environments. They create the first successes of exciting careers. And they thrive on partnership between ECC and local businesses, benefiting both the student and the employer.

Students

An internship is an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge with hands-on work experience within your chosen program of study.

Benefits include:

  • Gaining valuable work experience
  • Having an edge in the job market
  • Smoother transition into a job
  • Confirmation that this is the right career for you
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to apply classroom knowledge
  • Confidence builder

Permanent employment is not guaranteed at the end of an internship, however, many employers use internships as a way to train and evaluate future employees. A National Association of Colleges and Employers survey of U.S. employers with interns found that 67 percent of those interns were given job offers after their terms were complete.

Employers

An internship is a monitored work experience in which a student has an intentional learning goal that is consistent with his/her classroom experience and career goals.

  • Includes a "learning plan" that is structured into the experience
  • Promotes academic and career development
  • Balances the intern’s learning goals with the specific needs of the organization
  • Can range from one month to one year in duration
  • May be part-time or full-time
  • Could be part of an educational program
  • May be carefully monitored and evaluated for academic credit

Benefits include:

  • A cost-effective program
  • Recruit highly qualified and motivated students
  • A chance to observe and evaluate potential employees
  • Serve as a positive role model for new professionals
  • Support student success

For federal guidelines to help determine whether your intern should be paid download WHD fact sheet.