/ Asked by Mike
Should I be actively trying to get an internship or job in my related field of study before I graduate with a bachelor's? If recommended, how imperative is this?
Answered by Jillian, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Finding a full time job can be a daunting task, especially if you do not have any previous internship or co-op experience in your related field of study.  I would highly recommend obtaining as many internships or co-ops as you can to broaden your skill set.  Many employers will require a specific amount of paid experience gained during your college career to qualify you for full time employment.  Also, you may intern with a company that will then offer you full time employment post-graduation if you are successful in your internship.  It’s also a great way to network within an industry where you want to have your career.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Great question!  It is always a good idea to gain additional knowledge and experience through internships.  Being an intern with a reputable organization offers the opportunity to gain applicable experience which can set you apart from other candidates in your post school job search.  It can also open doors for you even before your much anticipated graduation.  How can it open doors? It is simple - many companies look to identify future talent from their past and present interns. 

Is it imperative?  Well, gaining experience through an internship or position within your field of study will give you an advantage, so it is certainly beneficial.  Check out the resources available through your school to identify and research opportunities.  You should already have a great network available to you through your educational establishment.
Answered by Jenny, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on Wednesday, October 2, 2013
It is very important to get as much experience as you can before you graduate.  Most companies do require a certain amount of experience to gain a full time position.  Having internships or co-ops in the specific field, on your resume would put you in front of those other graduates that are fighting for the same position.  Good luck!
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, October 7, 2013
This is a great question.  I would encourage you to find an internship in your related field of study.  Many career offices at universities work with companies to invite them on campus to conduct information sessions about the company and then they do on campus interviews.  I would suggest you work with your career office to see what companies will be on campus that are tied to your career field and post for interviews.  You can research the companies to see if the company is of interest and then interview for a position that would match your bachelor's degree.

Best of luck!
Answered by Kelly, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Friday, October 11, 2013
Great question! Internships provide a chance to get real experience in your field. It’s a great opportunity to build your skill set and prepare you for when you’re ready to enter the job force. Gaining the experience and building your skills will give you edge when applying for full time positions.
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