Internships have always been viewed as a great way for students to put concepts learned in class into practice and develop practical skills that cannot be taught in a classroom. However, what was once viewed as a nice-to-have is now becoming an integral step towards achieving post-graduate success. More and more employers say that having real-world experience on your resume is crucial to getting a job in today’s ever competitive job market.

Consider these staggering statistics:

  • According to a recent study for Michigan State University, ninety percent of new hires will have had work-related experiences prior to entering the workforce and some companies said that they would not even consider a candidate who lacked internship experience.
  • In the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2010 survey, more than 75% of employers said they prefer candidates with relevant work experience while 16% said they prefer any type of work experience, relevant or not.

That’s why Blackboard has joined forces with Intern­ships.com, the largest marketplace for internships, part-time jobs and entry-level positions serving college students, to deliver an integrated, career-oriented experience within the Blackboard Learn™ platform. The free Internships.com Building Block allows students to search Internships.com’s database of over 55,000 postings and apply for internships and jobs across the U.S. through a new My Career tab or directly from the My Institution homepage.  They can also access Internships.com’s vast career-related resources to create resumes, prepare for interviews, and utilize assessment tools to determine which jobs are right for them. There is even a Facebook integration that allows students to repurpose their social networks as professional networks.

Internships.com "My Institution" page search module in Blackboard Learn

"My Institution" search module in Blackboard Learn

With the unemployment rate for those aged 15-24 years rate hovering around 18%, students must take advantage of every opportunity to improve their chances of getting hired. The Internships.com and Blackboard integration allows institutions to expand and diversify on-campus job search and career development options, as well as improve employment outcomes, for their students.  It’s a great resource and one more way for institutions to help students prepare for success beyond the classroom.

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