The Future Looks Bright for HR
The future of internships has never looked brighter.
According to a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, looking at projected internships and hiring practices in 2012:1
- Employers expect to increase hiring for internships by 8.5 percent in 2012.
- Of new college hires, 40 percent will come from internship and co-op programs.
- The overall conversion rate for turning interns into full-time hires hit an all-time high of 58.6 percent in 2012.
Without a doubt, solid internship programs provide a competitive edge for students and serve as vital, high-touch recruiting strategies for employers.
That's why the Human Resources Management program at Georgetown University works diligently with its business partners to place students in meaningful internship assignments. And it’s why our program provides students with the latest information and resources on internship opportunities with organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Amnesty International, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and GE – to name a few.
Intern experiences for our students are carefully selected to ensure that:
- Knowledge is applied in a practical business setting.
- Confidence is built in a business or organizational setting.
- Networking relationships are built and nurtured.
- Significant job achievements are gained and recorded for demonstrated success.
For employers, hiring interns from our program provides:
- An effective way to manage workflow, improve HR productivity and accomplish other business goals and objectives.
- Students, from a top-ranked institution, with cutting-edge human resources management skills, practices and resources.
- Opportunities to network with, influence and assist in the development of program students.
- A new source of leading HR talent that is grounded in experiential learning and ready to add value to your business or organization.
- The chance to support our students – the future of HR – in their drive to gain new experiences, develop skills, make connections, strengthen their resumes and further apply their knowledge in the field.
"The faculty, staff and students are all well connected at Georgetown University," said Chandni Patel ('12). "Companies often reach out to our program with job opportunities and internships."
The difference between Georgetown University and other Human Resources Management programs is the emphasis on critical thinking and being able – through detailed analysis – to demonstrate how HR contributes to business value, said Chris Ortiz ('11). She added that the program works hard on behalf of students to link them with internships, jobs and other career-building opportunities.
"The program is geared towards delivering applicable knowledge and that resonates with employers," said Ortiz, who landed an internship and now works as a director of HR for a non-profit social services organization. "I was able to immediately take what I learned in class and apply it to my work."
"This program stretches you," concluded Masharn Austin ('13), who interned at Amnesty International and is now an HR specialist with the organization. "For me, it’s an experience I'll look back on as playing a large part in my career success."
1 National Association of Colleges and Employers. (2012). 2012 Internship & Co-op Survey. http://www.naceweb.org/intern-co-op-survey/