At Drake, the focus of Professional and Career Development Services is on professional development rather than placement. We believe this is perfect fit for higher education due to its emphasis on the learning process. This approach, ideally, begins your students first year and builds with each internship, research study, service project or part time job. Ultimately, this process culminates in seeking out and landing a job.
Internships are a crucial part of this process, allowing students to make informed career choices and to develop a sense of the work environment, industry, and company culture. Internships enable students to improve skills and develop new ones. Through internships, our students create a track record of accomplishments and demonstrated skills. Internships provide students with valuable hands-on experience. Upon graduation, students with these experiences are often more competitive when applying for full-time employment opportunities.
Encourage your student to be proactive in searching for an internship, it will pay off! This summer we have student interning at organizations such as Apple, KPMG, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Johns Hopkins, LinkedIn, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Iowa Department of Public Health, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and many more.
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