U.S. News lists DelVal in the top 10 schools for internship participation
U.S. News & World Report published a list of schools where the most students intern and Delaware Valley College is on the top 10 list. The list, “10 Colleges with the Highest Rate of Student Internships,” was published online Oct. 22 and was based on information reported by schools about the class of 2012. Among Delaware Valley College’s Class of 2012, 100 percent participated in internships before graduation. The list is part of a regular series that helps parents and students identify schools that excel in certain areas.
Getting work experience before graduation is more important than ever for college students in today’s highly competitive job market.
Nationally, according to U.S. News, almost 63 percent of recent graduates will need more training after college in order to get the job they want.
Interning is often a key part of landing a full-time job. The National Association of Colleges and Employers surveyed more than 1,000 employers and found that, of those surveyed, 56.5 percent offered their interns full-time jobs last year. Of the 317 colleges and universities reporting data in U.S. News’ annual survey an average of just 37.7 percent of students interned at some point during college.
With experience being such a key part of making sure graduates are marketable, Delaware Valley College now focuses even more on this part of education. With the Class of 2016, the College rolled out a new Experiential Learning Program, which is a key part of the student experience. Starting with the Class of 2016, all students are required to participate in the Experiential Learning Program to graduate.
“The Experiential Learning Program (ExLP) is the cornerstone of a DelVal education and embraces a full range of activities and opportunities that give our students well-rounded experiences that can’t be found anywhere else,” said Dr. Benjamin Rusiloski, executive director of the College’s Center for Student Professional Development. “This approach prepares our students for a life of meaningful work, service and career growth. Integrating knowledge and experience, they’ll be prepared to put their skills into action as globally responsible citizens. One hundred percent of our students will gain real-world competencies through internships, career exploration, student research, study abroad, leadership programs, community service and civic engagement before they graduate.”
The program offers students that extra push to truly get the most out of their undergraduate careers.
Recently, DelVal students have participated in some highly competitive programs to meet their requirements.
Tatiana Tway ’16, was selected from a pool of undergraduate and graduate applicants at just 18 years old to help with HIV research at the Texas Biomedical Center’s Southwest Primate Research Center. She helped in a laboratory there during the summer 2013 program and wrote an op-ed for The Huffington Post about the importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking on challenging internships.
Another student, Abree Murch ’14, was selected for the Smithsonian’s highly competitive Natural History Research Experiences Program. Murch, while not required to participate in the Experiential Learning Program due to her class year, is part of the group of DelVal students who were required to get 500 hours of work experience in their fields before graduation.
She spent her summer working with the curator of Dinosauria, Dr. Matthew Carrano, in Washington, D.C., examining fossils to help determine if they are evidence of a new species.
The College rolled out the Experiential Learning program to put even more of an emphasis on the complete college career.
“We promise to prepare each Delaware Valley College student with both the knowledge and experience to tackle the most important issues of our time,” said College President Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan. “That has always been our focus, it’s what we’re known for and today, with the new Experiential Learning Program, we’re offering students even more in this area.”
This focus on experience as a graduation requirement pays off when students graduate.
For the Class of 2012, 86 percent of graduates reported employment or graduate school placement within 12 months of graduation.