August 6, 2012 5:43 AM
A summer job at a burger joint may benefit a student-sized budget, but internships offered through the Tulane Center for Public Service offer a whole lot more.
Nick Solari, senior program coordinator for internships, says that students are catching on to the benefits of working for one of the center’s community partners. More than 100 students are participating in the public service internship program this summer through positions with local community and governmental organizations, hospitals and nonprofits.
A few students took on out-of-state jobs in cities such as New York, Boston and Washington, D.C.
“Like in any internship program, students have the opportunity to explore potential career paths, enhance their professional networks, build new skills and boost their resumes,” says Solari. “As a public service intern, students also get the additional benefit of serving their communities and making a lasting impact.”
Solari explains that students aren’t guaranteed internships through the program but are offered resources to find and apply to places relating to their prospective careers.
Once students have passed the center’s screening process — which requires having a 3.0 GPA or higher — and completed the first tier of the university’s mandated public service requirement, they gain access to the use of the CPS On-Line database loaded with community partners who are interested in hosting a Tulane student as an intern.
While these internships may not contribute to that student–sized budget mentioned earlier — since all positions are for college-credit only — the opportunity to expand your network while gaining real-world experience is priceless.
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