As she barreled along toward her graduation date, the number of internship opportunities seem to evaporate. She interviewed but did not get the offers.
I suggested that she look for her own internship outside the University's pre-approved ones. Bella reacted as if I told her to bite the heads off of puppies.
I did not respond well.
I told her, that in my experience, "industry" wanted workers who solved problems and didn't passively sit on their dupa expecting others to rescue them.
Which she did not hear well.
Fast forward four months. Bella has an internship and I am having conversation with a fellow adult. This adult's professional life floats in that fuzzy sea between higher education and public-sector, government funded "services".
The fellow adult told me that I was absolutely, 100% wrong.
She said that Universities had "preferred relationships" with organizations and that recruiting new relationships made a lot of work for administrators. She said that Belladonna probably was told, with very strong language, to not find her own internship.
It was far more efficient...from an administrative standpoint...the fellow adult told me, for the University to create make-work internships for students than for them to get a real job in the private sector because that way they could ensure the internship aligned with the curriculum's requirements.
Reasons for internships according to Zip Recruiter
- Apply What You Learned in the Classroom in real-world application
- Discover What You Do and Don’t Like...test drive the car before you buy it
- Network With the Right People...develop contacts who can attest to your work ethic in a way Professors cannot
- Get the Experience Employers Want...47% of employers say candidates lack “hard” job skills and technical skills
- Develop Your Professional Identity...thriving with colleagues in the workplace is different than thriving with your college peers.
- Transition to a Full-time Position