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Feb. 16, 2016
By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant
It’s never too early to begin seeking internship opportunities, and Northwest Missouri State University students have a new resource to provide advice on how to find them.
Travis Kline is Northwest’s new career development coordinator of internships.
Kline recently transitioned to Career Services after seven years as assistant director of admissions. Kline, a native of Maitland, Missouri, and a 2003 graduate of Northwest, takes the place of Rosalie Weathermon, who retired last year.
“It’s an opportunity to work with Northwest students, which is exactly what I want to do,” Kline said.
He recommends students start planning for internships as early as two trimesters before they wish to have an internship. The best time to apply is at least one trimester prior to the start of the internship.
Interested students also can explore Hire a Bearcat to find specific internships. Hire a Bearcat assists students with finding internships, jobs, interviewing and recruitment. It also provides employers the ability to directly interact with Northwest students and alumni.
“Industries are leaning more toward profession-based learning experiences,” Kline said. “The degree is not enough in some industries. Some require multiple internships now.”
Career Services offers information sessions and events each trimester, including “Mock” Interview Day, How to Find an Internship, an Education Expo and more. These events allow students, alumni and employers to connect with one another at Northwest.
Additionally, Career Services sponsors an internship photo contest each trimester. Students participating in internships, practicums, field experiences and directed teaching experiences may enter. A $100 Visa gift card is awarded to a winner each trimester.
“It gives students the opportunity to not only share their story, but get some money, which all students need,” Kline said.
At Northwest, 59 percent of students report participate in an internship before they graduate, according to the most recent data. By providing profession-based experiences for its students and valuable networking opportunities such as Career Day, Northwest also boasts a three-year average career placement rate of 97 percent for undergraduate students and 99 percent for graduate students. That means 97 percent of bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners are employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation.
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