For Christian students, internships can turn into job offers

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For Christian students, internships can turn into job offers

When students studying at Christian colleges and universities participate in internships, they frequently gain valuable hands-on experience, skills in their field and course credits. However, for an increasing number of students, an internship can also lead to a job offer.

A new survey by Internship.com shows that, despite a struggling economy, 60 percent of companies with 100 or more employees said they offered full-time jobs to their interns. Additionally, 85 percent of employers who hired interns said doing so resulted in a positive experience.

Christian college students who hope their internship leads to a full-time job should be sure to focus on their work experience, as well as their academics. The survey shows that 66 percent of employers believe interview performance and relevant work experience are the two most important factors in their hiring decisions. This means that while it is crucial to secure high grades in college, employers tend to value work experience more than academics.

Of course, the need to develop solid work experience only makes the need to complete an internship that much more crucial. Fortunately for Christian college students, 53 percent of companies plan to hire more interns in 2013 than they did in 2012.

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