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As a parent, you can play a significant role in your student’s career development. That's why the Center for Professional Excellence at Elmhurst College invites you to join us as we support your student's career exploration efforts. We hope you'll encourage your student to become acquainted with the career education services available through the CPE.

One of the recurring themes in any entry-level job search is lack of experience. “Where do I get experience if no one is willing to hire me?” The answer is simple: Get an internship!

An internship offers students the chance to learn by doing. Under professional supervision, interns can achieve their own learning goals, without the responsibilities of being a permanent employee.

Students tell us that internships can:

  • Show you a career field from the inside
  • Help you decide if this is the right career field for you
  • Enable you to work alongside a professional in your chosen career area
  • Allow you to observe a workplace and see if it matches your expectations
  • Hone your skills and add to your knowledge base
  • Give you confidence in your own abilities
  • Provide opportunities to practice your communication and teamwork skills
  • Allow you to meet new people and practice your networking skills
  • Demonstrate that you have initiative, are reliable, and have a sense of responsibility
  • Provide a bridge between school and the professional world
  • Add value to your resume
  • Enhance your application to graduate school
  • Open the door to a job offer
  • Help you gain an advantage over other job applicants
  • Be fun and rewarding experiences

To learn more about Elmhurst College's internship program, see our Internship Guidelines (pdf). You can also browse Internship Sites to see a few of the organizations that have helped our students on their journey of discovery. For general information about internships, go to Jobweb. And if you still have questions, please contact us.

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