According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Approximately 60 percent of 2012 college graduates who had a paid internship during their undergraduate education received at least one job offer.
Employers overwhelmingly prefer to hire candidates with relevant work experience (71% according to 2013 NACE Job Outlook) or some type of experience even it not directly relevant to job at hand (~20%). Of these employers, nearly 60% favor experience gained through an internship or co-op. It is increasingly important for younger students to tap Career Center resources so they are aware of and ready to pursue one or multiple internships before their senior year.
The most popular major requested by employers recruiting via The Career Center continues to be “all majors”. Employers are interested in the skills a candidate has gained both in- and outside of the classroom. Top skills identified by employers recruiting at The Career Center in 2012-13 include: verbal communication, analytical skills, initiative, leadership, teamwork, strong work ethic.