U.S. News Puts Delaware Valley University in the Top 10 for Internships

Jan 25, 2018

U.S. News Puts Delaware Valley University in the Top 10 for Internships

Courtesy: Josh Weldin. Josh Weldin ’19, a turf management student, will start his internship with the Philadelphia Eagles in May.

U.S. News & World Report has again recognized Delaware Valley University for experiential learning, placing it on its list of “10 Colleges Where Students Usually Get Internships.” DelVal’s inclusion on the January 2018 “The Short List: Colleges” posting follows its listing in 2013 as one of the "10 Colleges with the Highest Rate of Student Internships” by U.S. News. 

The U.S. News Short List, separate from the overall rankings, magnifies individual data points. The Short List provides students and parents with a way to find undergraduate programs that excel in the specific areas that are important to them. At all of the schools that made the U.S. News Short List for internships, at least 95 percent of students gain real-world experience before graduation. At DelVal, 100 percent of students are required to gain experience outside of the classroom to graduate. 

“Delaware Valley University is a school that has always valued real-world experience,” said Dr. Benjamin Rusiloski, vice president for academic affairs. “To make sure students are prepared for the workforce, we partnered with employers to create the Experience360 Program. The Experience360 Program has become a leading example of a program that aligns education with the demands of the workforce. We believe it is so effective because employers had a hand in crafting it.”

According to a recent Gallup News post, “recent graduates (those who graduated from 2002-2016) who had a relevant job or internship while in school were more than twice as likely to acquire a good job immediately after graduation.”

In DelVal’s survey of graduates from the Class of 2016, 90.7 percent of respondents indicated a career outcome of either employment, continued education, service work or military service within a year of graduating. 

Lindsey Schick interning at the aquarium

Courtesy: Lindsey Schick. Lindsey Schick ’16 interning as an undergraduate. Schick now works in her field as a rainforest biologist in Texas. 

Lindsey Schick ’16 found that interning as an undergraduate helped set her up for success in her job search. 

“DelVal and the Center for Student Professional Development helped me make my resume strong,” said Lindsey Schick '16, a zoo science alumna who is now a rainforest biologist at Moody Gardens in Texas. “Having that experience at so many different types of places definitely helped me to bring a wide variety of skills to an employer.”