By: 
Sandra Beckwith
Honoree: 
Endicott College

Internships have been a hallmark of the Endicott College experience ever since 1939, when the school, located 20 miles north of Boston, was founded by leaders who believed in a philosophy of “learning by doing.”

Today, students are required to complete three internships: two 120-hour experiences during the January or summer semester of their freshman and sophomore years plus a full-semester internship during the fall of their senior year.

The college supports the students before, during and after their internships with a number of initiatives designed to make the experience productive and rewarding for both the student and employer.

Preparation starts when each student is assigned an internship coordinator based in an academic department. The coordinator provides a number of services, including assisting in the search process and approving internship proposals.

In addition, freshmen and sophomore students are enrolled in internship preparation courses in the fall semester. Assignments include developing a LinkedIn profile and a list of potential internship sites.

National Trends Link

  • Nearly three-quarters of employers prefer to hire candidates with relevant job experience, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ “Job Outlook 2015,” a hiring forecast of new college graduates.
  • That study also shows that 60 percent of employers prefer that the work experience comes from internships or co-ops.

Students in the junior year internship prepare for the 12-credit senior internship by refining resumes, learning networking skills and practicing job interviews. Senior internships, overseen by faculty members, require students to work full-time for four days each week and to participate in weekly on-campus internship seminars.

The multi-disciplinary collaboration between coordinators, students, faculty and employers leads to outstanding post-graduation employment success. For example, in 2014 the overall career outcome rate for Endicott’s May graduates was 99 percent, while the national average is 80 percent.

In addition, three-quarters of those responding to the Career Center’s annual graduating class survey said their internship experience had a direct impact on getting a job.

“The fact that so many find employment through their internship experiences speaks to the connections they’re making and the quality of their work,” says Eric Hall, dean of the Internship and Career Center. “It validates the program preparation and the three-internship experience.”