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Wendy Slobodnik, coordinator of the Internships and Work Experience programs at City College. Photo by || Jack Remson || [email protected]

The Career Center and the Internship Program offers a wide variety of services that can help students transition from the academic world into the 21st century job market.

“It creates a path for students and gives them motivation,” said Career Center clerk Yolanda Ramirez about the importance of the Career Center.

Located in Rodda South, Room 147, the Career Center and the Internship Program, “are two of the best-kept secrets on campus,” said Internship Coordinator Wendy Slobodnik.

Employment statistics from the National Association of Colleges and Employers confirmed the effectiveness and importance of internships.
A NACE poll of graduates nationwide in 2009 revealed that 45 percent of interns obtained an employment position in the job market.

Among the graduates, 52 percent completed an internship.

“That’s a one in two chance of getting a job through your internship, which is remarkable when you consider what’s happening with the budget and unemployment generally,” Slobodnik said.

City College offers both unpaid and paid internships, according to Slobodnik.

“A number of students here have converted their unpaid internships to paid positions, and that’s what I am seeing as a trend in 21st century workplace,” Slobodnik said.

Qualifications for the Internship Program require the student to have a declared major and completion of two to five classes in that field, a cumulative GPA of 2.5, enrollment in the one-unit Work Experience 498 class, and the ability to spend four to 20 hours at the internship per week.
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“We actually have internships for just about every major on campus,” Slobodnik said.

Popular internships in specific majors include: accounting, business, sciences, education, journalism, MET, CIS, electronics, graphics, green careers, allied health, library tech, political science, social sciences and theater arts.

The Internship Program has about 400 students and about 150 active internships with more becoming active daily, according to Slobodnik.

Tatyana Kozycheva found an accounting internship through the SCC Internship Program.

“[It] helped me find out more about the accounting field and how it is working,” Kozycheva said.

Not only do internships facilitate securing a job, according to Slobodnik, they help students to “test the waters,” so that they are satisfied with their career choice. Internships also help build strong network groups and serve as a resumé builder, an important tool in the hiring process.

“In this kind of competitive job market, [employers] want the best of the best, and one of the qualifying factors is that you have experiential training,” Slobodnik said.

The Career Center and Internship Program are sister departments on campus that work together in providing services for City College students, according to Slobodnik.

The Career Center also offers one-hour workshops throughout the semester, to help with writing a resumé, offer tips, and career exploration.

The calendar workshop for events in March is posted on the Career Center board in front of the counseling office.

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