For college students, the stress of being qualified for a job is significant. Because there are more than 15 million Americans out of work, there are a number of qualified individuals who are still not finding positions. People with less experience will have to compete against seasoned veterans who were casualties of the recession. One way that college students look to gain experience is through internships. While some schools require doing an internship in order to graduate, some students do this on their own time in hopes it will make them a more desirable job applicant.
While some students have the luxury of having a paid internship, others are finding that they're the ones who have to shell out money, according to KansasCity.com. Some of the more desirable internships at notable companies are attained through a service, which can cost students upwards of $10,000. However, some students, as well as their parents, believe that this is what it takes to build a good resume.
With many of these services, students are given a place to live in the city of their placement. Some academic officials believe this could be a good fit for individuals who are looking to try something new, as it takes away the stress of securing an apartment.
"We haven't had that many pay for internship programs," Eileen Kohan, executive director of the career office at the University of Southern California, told the news provider. "But if they're doing it for the experience of living in another city or experiencing a profession, I can see why not having to negotiate housing and food in a strange city would be good."
According to HULIQ, students entering the job market should stress the experience they gained while on internships, as it will make them more attractive to potential employers.