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Abigail Taylor, Contributing Writer • April 16, 2024

Wofford’s Career Center is here to help

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Photo by Paulina Veremchuk. Curt McPhail, Executive Director of the Career Center, working with a student in the Career Center. Like Rebecca Parker, all members of the Career Center want to see students succeed by helping them with everything from resume building to internship searches.

When choosing Wofford over many other colleges in South Carolina or other nearby states, students are promised many amazing perks, one of these being the best internship opportunities. 

As summer approaches and students start to make academic or internship plans, many students have taken advantage of Wofford’s prized Career Center connections to land amazing internships all across the country. 

One student on campus is working at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. Another student is working for the United States Department of Energy. Another is volunteering at a food bank. Two other students are working in California for Onocyte, a company owned by a Wofford Trustee. 

Although a lot of students have taken advantage of the Career Center, others say they have never even stepped foot inside. 

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A majority of the students on campus that had never been to the Career Center stated that they did not know all the ways the Career Center can help students, and some did not even know the importance of internships. 

So, what is the importance of internships? 

Internships are a way for students to almost test out a particular career path to see if that career is something they want to continue to pursue. Arguably the biggest reason internships are so important to undergraduate students is that internships give students experience that future employers want to see. 

Regardless of the reason for pursuing or searching for an internship opportunity, the Career Center is here to help students find the best fit for their summer internships.

“To help students find internships, we start by asking about what a student wants to do after graduation,” said Rebecca Parker, Career Center specialist. “Ideally, your summer internship directly relates to your future career field (and) from there we either discuss doing informational interviews to learn about the types of internships that will best prepare you or we jump right into the three-part internship strategy.”. 

The Career Center not only promises to help students get connected to employers but also assists students with interview skills, resume building, connecting students to alumni and even provides interview attire.  

Parker emphasized the fact that, even with summer looming right around the corner, it is not too late to start working with the Career Center to find internships or work on things like drafting a resume. 

“There are numerous employers still hiring (and) the application for a summer internship stipend is currently available on Handshake,” Parker said. 

The summer internship stipend is a financial booster that the Career Center provides to help students make the most of their summer internship experience. This stipend is especially useful for those pursuing internships that are away from home, as it can be used for rent, transportation and other practical expenses.

If you have never been to the Career Center, it is located next to the Galleria. They currently have five full-time staff members, along with student ambassadors, who are all ready to help you in any way they possibly can. 

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