Connecticut College earns distinction for internship program

Telayah Sturdivant ’15 interned as a research and teaching assistant at Art Start, Art Start, a nonprofit that seeks to improve the lives of at-risk youth through art and music, in New York, N. Y.
Telayah Sturdivant ’15 interned as a research and teaching assistant at Art Start, Art Start, a nonprofit that seeks to improve the lives of at-risk youth through art and music, in New York, N. Y.

The Princeton Review has named Connecticut College among its top 25 “Best Schools for Internships.” Connecticut College is the only New England liberal arts college to earn this distinction.

The "Best Schools for Internships" ranking is a key component of the Princeton Review’s new book, "Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In," available now in book stores or on the Princeton Review website.

“Internships are a flagship of our comprehensive career preparation program,” said Noel Garrett, dean of academic support and director of the College’s Academic Resource Center. “We work with students from Day One, providing them with intensive workshops, training, job-shadowing and other career-oriented opportunities. When integrated with their academic experiences, these efforts result in internships that have a real impact on a student’s future and interns who have a real impact at the hiring organization.”

This comprehensive approach to career preparation earned Connecticut College an elite spot on Princeton Review’s top 20 list of “Best Career Services” last summer.

The four-year career program is an integral part of the Connecticut College experience, complementing the academic rigor inside the classroom and the broad array of leadership experiences on campus and in the local community. The College is one of a handful across the country offering students funded internships, which occur during the summer before their senior year at Connecticut College.

“After completing a series of career-preparation workshops and gaining expert advice from my adviser, I was ready for a corporate internship,” said Bettina Weiss ’15, who completed an internship last summer with The Madison Show at Sirius XM Radio, where she contributed to the daily radio broadcast through research, interview preparation, fact verification – and promoted the show through social media channels.

“My coursework and career training at Connecticut College had prepared me to excel in my internship, even in a field that I had never worked in before,” she added. “My experience at Sirius XM Radio exposed me to a side of journalism I had not considered before and has inspired me to explore opportunities in broadcast journalism.”

One year after graduation, 96 percent of Camel alumni report being employed or enrolled in graduate school. For more information about the success of Connecticut College alumni, visit the Career Preparation page.

In addition to lauding the career program, The Princeton Review has named Connecticut College as one of the 225 best colleges in the Northeast, one of 75 best value private colleges and one of the top 300 green colleges, based on environmental and sustainability efforts on campus.



February 6, 2015