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EDINBORO ON CAMPUS

INTERNSHIPS PROVIDE SKILLS AND CONFIDENCE TO PUT GRADUATES AT THE HEAD OF THE PACK EU student Sheila Ngu, fifth from right, and fellow PennDOT interns

Hands-on, real-world experience is tough to beat but

often hard to get. In a difficult job market, experience can mean the difference between jumping straight into an entrylevel position in your dream career field or spending longer than you hoped waiting for the right thing to come along. Providing excellent internship opportunities is a priority for Edinboro University, and the stories of student success in the workplace have been overwhelming. “Interning provided me with a level of hands-on experience that could never be obtained in any classroom,” said Nathan Miller, a Geosciences graduate who interned with Fairview Township, Pa. “It gave me the opportunity to hone my technical skills as well as my professional skills by working side-by-side with co-workers to accomplish common goals.” Miller had two internships with the township, in the summers of 2011 and 2012, before obtaining a full-time job there as an assistant planning and zoning administrator following his December 2012 graduation from Edinboro.

An internship also led directly to a plum first job for Kelly Byers, who received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Forensic Accounting in May 2012. “For me, my education and my career went handin-hand. I gained confidence that not only did I understand the concepts that were taught to me in class, but that I also possessed the skills to make that knowledge useful,” Byers said. “Without that internship opportunity, I am fairly certain that I wouldn’t have the career I have today.” Byers is now a forensic investigations EU alum Kelly Byers and business valuation associate at Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Co. in Erie, Pa. While some Edinboro University majors require an internship, cooperative education, student teaching or research experience, students in many programs elect to pursue an internship to augment their educational portfolio. Every major has one or more designated internship directors to assist students with identifying opportunities and coordinating credits. (continued on next page)

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January 2014 Edinboro University Magazine