The start of the new year brought about a lot of new things, but also a new array of opportunities for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the launching of the 2014 Intern Campaign.

This brand new initiative, #InternNation, was established in conjunction with the Internship Program in order to engage students in the internship process and inform them of internship opportunities.

#InternNation helps students search for and apply for internships.

Many students participate every year in extremely competitive and well-known internships all around the country, working with prestigious and diverse companies ranging from Bloomberg LP to Michael Kors to Turner Broadcasting to Sports Illustrated.

Unfortunately, the majority of students remain unaware of these opportunities, and thus miss out on these internship options that provide experience and preparation for future careers.

Therefore, with the help and support of the Leadership and Professional Development Program, #InternNation was created to increase awareness.

Now, Liberal Arts and Sciences students can be better informed of the success of their peers in all different job industries, leading to more opportunities for students, even as early as freshman year.

“The overall goal of this program is to engage our students in the internship process,” said Danielle Tadros, director of the Internship program for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “We enjoy celebrating the success of past and current interns and hope to inspire younger students to pursue a variety of internship opportunities where they will be able to apply their liberal arts and sciences education to various fields.”

An internship is important for future endeavors in all careers. The #InternCampaign was designed to help people jump-start their careers.

Even for those students perhaps unsure of their major or what field they are looking to go into after college, the #InternNation campaign provides knowledge and information about the spectrum of options.

Internship advisors and faculty in the Office of Undergraduates in the College of LAS are available to assist students throughout the entire process.

OUS hosts numerous internship and professional development programs throughout the year.

On Wednesday the Pre-Law Society collaborated with the new #InternNation program to host the first #InternNation event in Dougherty Hall regarding internship opportunities in the fields of law, politics and government.

In addition, there are two upcoming BRIDGE events that will follow a similar pattern, providing informal meeting and networking opportunities for Liberal Arts and Sciences students to learn about jobs and internships of their specific interests.

The BRIDGE Society Nonprofit, Psychology, Counseling, Education and Social Work event will take place on Thursday, March 20 from 6-8 p.m. in Dougherty Hall, West Lounge. And the BRIDGE Society Professional Development Conference will be held on Thursday, March 27 from 3-8 p.m. in the same location.

There will also be an Internship Mentor program taking place on March 12 from 5-6:30 p.m.

“Knowledge is power,” Tadros says, “The more students know about their internship opportunities and what their fellow Villanova peers are doing, the more likely they are to pursue similar internship opportunities.”


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