Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 16, 2015
It does depend on where you are at in pursuit of your degree. If you still be will back for another year of school, then focus on an internship. But if you are in your final year, go ahead and pursue both. To answer your core question, yes, you can obtain a good entry level job without an internship, but the key is differentiation. Since you would not have the internship, you will have to identify something in your background that differentiates you from other candidates. For example, leadership skills is something that most companies really focus on. If you have demonstrated leadership skills, restructure your resume so that there is more emphasis on this skill and how you aquired it, and less focus on your work experience. The best way to gain leadership experience is through on-campus, community, church, or other volunteer activities.