Alex Delaney-Gesing
Features Editor

Internships are an integral part of the college experience. They provide real-world experience within a student’s field of study and prepare them to excel beyond the confines of the classroom. The expanding field of information technology requires an abundance of hands-on learning.

Lorain County Community College students are invited to attend the second annual Internship Fair on Oct. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Spitzer Room 207-208 on campus.

Open to interested engineering and information technology (IT) majoring students, the event is an opportunity for them to familiarize themselves with locally-based companies like Sherwin-Williams, ShurTech Brands, Hinkley Lighting, EMC Precision, Northeast Ohio Sewer District and many more.

Interested students must first sign up with CareerLink, an online search tool for employers, students and community members through the LCCC website. After signing up for CareerLink, students can submit their resumes through the database and receive approval from career services in order to be eligible to participate in the internship fair. Pending on approval of their resume, students will then be able to register for the fair and meet with potential employers.

Last year, the number of attending students was over 50. With 20 companies present, there was a 20% hire rate. The hope for this year includes more attendees among the student body. Participating businesses will be interviewing for part-time and full-time internship positions that begin in the summer of 2015.

“We want to give more students the opportunity to get in front of the organizations,” said Vernice Jackson, experiential education professional in work-based learning career services, “This gives the student actual time to talk to the employer rather than just pass the resume and keep going.”

The intent behind the internship fair lies in the ever-growing need for students with hands-on experience in their field of study as they venture out into the professional job market.

“Internships become very critical these days because employers want to see someone with first hand experience as well as education,” Jackson said.

The internships offered through LCCC at various businesses are all paid, not volunteer.  For certain majors, completing an internship counts as academic credit. With 90% of the companies paying higher than the standard minimum wage, the opportunity presented to students at the annual internship fair is one that shouldn’t be missed.

“The mistake students make is waiting until their last semester before they think about internships when really the best time to think about them is in the beginning,” said Jackson.

“The most successful students have a few internships under their belt. And with that experience, it opens the door to more choices.”

For more information regarding the upcoming Internship Fair or to sign up, email Career Services at internships@lorainccc.edu or call (440) 366-4076.