Studies have shown that job applicants who have internship experiences on their resumes are 14 percent more likely to be hired than applicants who do not – a significant boost in employability. For that reason, Winston-Salem State University has placed a strong focus on developing partnerships with businesses and foundations to create internship opportunities for its students.
“At WSSU, we understand that high-impact learning opportunities such as internships are critical for developing those essential skills that prepare students to succeed and lead,” said LaMonica Sloan, Career Development Services director at WSSU. “As we developed the 2016-2021 strategic plan, we listened to our partners – businesses and other employers – to make sure that our graduates were prepared to join and lead their institutions.”
Sloan said the university learned that employers want a workforce that has more than just the basic skills to do the job. They want employees who engage thoughtfully with issues and contribute significantly to society. They want colleagues and partners who have those intangible yet essential skills – critical thinking, creative problem solving, adaptability, and interpersonal skills.