By Karley East
UWG Career Services is always looking for the most beneficial ways to help students in their future professions. That is why they have decided to partner with the Metro Atlanta Chamber to help students in their search for future internships. The partnership between Career Services and MAC is a new experience, but it is one that the university is excited about because they are one out of 23 universities from the Atlanta area that was chosen to participate. This partnership will provide students with opportunities to be engaged in diverse and educationally challenging internships.
“Internships have become key in today's economy and are becoming ‘the new interview,’” Keri Burns, director of Career Services explains. “Students face unprecedented challenges as they look to start their career, and graduating students with internships on their résumé have a much better chance at landing a full-time position upon graduation.”
MAC created a Business Higher Education Council to commercialize research from the local universities and colleges while also helping businesses in the community startup and have a continuous growth. Through a task force that was created a year ago, MAC has been able to discover and address the necessities for Atlanta companies. This has allowed them to create an incentive for students to stay in the region and seek internships, which are predominantly paid, that will give them an opportunity to apply their existing knowledge in a professional setting. The main goal of MAC and its new task force is to create 500 internship opportunities throughout various fields of business and to help students grow in their experiences.
Students can easily find these internships through the Intern Navigator portal that was set up to assist them in finding internships within the region. iNav creates an accessible way for businesses to post their openings and for students to see and respond to them. UWG students can access this portal through WolfWorks, which is an account system that is provided through Career Services. This provides students with easy access to see and apply for their internships in an efficient and convenient manner.
According to the Career Services’ website part of its mission is to “provide our students with the comprehensive research needed to attain their professional goals.” Through this new initiative, the department will be supporting students to enter into the business arena and learn new skills and talents they can take with them through their professions.
Keri confirms, “Career Services is committed to helping students become more proactive in their own career development, and we want to provide services, such as iNav, to help students connect with potential employers.”
UWG’s Career Services is located on the third floor of Row Hall, in the West Wing. They can be contacted through phone, 678-839-6431, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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