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Cooperative Education & Internships

Sharon Castano • Henry Student Center • 570-408-2950 (T) • 570-408-7794 (F)

Students: SIGN UP FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK sessions
Download the full proffesional development week schedule HERE.

Employers: INTERESTED IN ATTENDING OUR INTERNSHIP FAIR OCTOBER 16th from 11-1 p.m. to gain interns for the spring and summer semesters? email sharon.castano@wilkes.edu Internship Coordinator today. Deadline is October 10th.

Professional Development Week Oct. 13-17th

Schedule of Events

Monday October 13

  • Resume Review @ Henry Student Center Miller Room 10 – 11 am – Presented by Student Development “Make your good resume GREAT”! Must bring your current resume.
  • Networking Netiquette For Your Next Job @ Henry Student Center 2nd floor Miller Room 12 – 1 pm - Presented by: Dr. Kathleen Houlihan “Using LinkedIn in your Job Search”
  • Intern Fair Intros & Follow ups @ Henry Student Center 2nd floor Miller Room 2 – 3 pm - Presented by: Student Development “What do I say to employers to get an interview?”
  • Resume Express @ Henry Student Center 2nd floor Miller Room 4 – 5 pm - Presented by: Carol Bosack
  • “Great resume guide to help start your creation, or a helpful critique of your resume”.

Tuesday, October 14

  • What careers are affected by Underage fines? Henry Student Center 2nd floor Ballroom
    11am-12 pm – presented by: LCB- Sponsored by: Student Affairs
  • Using Social Media for the Intern/Job Search @ Henry Student Center 2nd floor Miller Room
    11:30 am – 12:30 pm - Presented by: Dr. Kathleen Houlihan Note: Bring your tablet, smartphones, & laptops.
  • Professional Writing @ Henry Student Center Lounge 1st floor Conference room 12 – 1 pm – Presented by Melissa Howells, Student Development
    Cover letters, thank you letters, job/intern acceptance letters, job/ internship declined letters, sending professional emails to University faculty and staff and within the workplace.
  • Resume Review @ Henry Student Center 2nd floor Miller Room 2 – 3 pm – Presented by: Student Development “Make your good resume GREAT”!
  • Grad School TestingThinking of Going to Grad School? @Henry Student Center Lounge 1st floor Conference room 5pm-6pm Presented by: Career Services The Application Process. How Career Services can assist you with research, personal statements and test prep resources.
  • Benefits of Graduate School-
    How will my graduate degree help me get to the next level of my career?
  • Henry Student Center 2nd floor Savitz Lounge 5-6pm
  • Sponsored by Graduate Studies, Joanne Thomas
     

Wednesday, October 15

  • What questions do I ask employers? @ Henry Student Center 2nd floor Miller Room 11 am – 12 pm – Presented by the Cooperative Education office “These are the questions to ask in an interview that get you noticed”.
  • Networking Know How @ Henry Student Center 2nd floor Miller Room 12 – 1 pm – Presented by: Career Services “How to make a great first impression”!
  • Resume Review @ Henry Student Center Lounge 1st floor Conference room 2 – 3 pm – Presented by: Student Development “Make your good resume GREAT”!
  • The Mental Game @ Henry Student Center 2nd floor Miller Room 4:00 - 5:00 pm Presented by: Dr. Edward Schicatano “Goal Setting, Motivation, and Non-Verbal Rapport Building”
     

Thursday, October 16

Internship Fair @ Henry Student Center 2nd floor Ballroom 11 am – 1 pm
Meet employers looking to choose spring, summer or fall interns OR candidates for full time positions
See the list of companies attending the Fair. It is posted outside of Cooperative Education office,
1st floor Henry Student Center Lounge. Professional dress is important and bring multiple copies of your approved resume.

Friday, October 17

“Follow Up Friday” - On your own, be sure to send thank you emails or notes to employers you have spoken to during the week. (attend the Professional Writing session, on Oct. 14th for tips)


"Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand." - Chinese proverb

What is the value of an internship?
An internship cannot be quantified. I can only recommend making it your goal to graduate not only with a degree but with a resume that shows career related work experience and experiential education.
 
At a time when people of all ages are seeking employment, the one thing that will set applicants apart is experience. As a new graduate the only experience you have to offer is that of earning your college degree; and while that is vital, it speaks volumes to add experience to that degree.
 
As for the personal value, an internship provides an opportunity to clarify your career choice; take this opportunity to confirm your future! Sometimes it helps to hear from peers who have taken advantage of internship opportunities,
– Sharon Castano, Internship & Mentoring Coordinator

The goal of the Cooperative Education & Internship Office is to help you enhance your education with hands-on experience.

Co-op education is a process that formally integrates an undergraduate student's academic studies
with productive work experiences in a professional setting. The word "cooperative" signifies a mentoring relationship between  you, the employer and the University. The important thing to remember is that students (you) reap the benefits of this relationship.

Students find work experiences that provide learning environments and challenging work assignments that are related to their academic and career goals. The Cooperative Education & Internship Office, along with the employer and a faculty coordinator will monitor student work assignments as well as provide on-going mentoring.
 
What are the advantages of a co-op or internship?
Students in the program are able to:
  • see the relationships between course work and actual jobs,
  • meet potential employers,
  • gain employment references,
  • establish relationships with mentors,
  • use high-tech laboratory and computer facilities,
  • gain entry into companies that interest them,
  • improve job prospects, and
  • gain academic credits
    • 3 credits 15 hrs./week/150 hours
    • 6 credits 20 hrs./week/200 hours

 

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