Businesses Look for Interns Willing to Work from the Ground Up

More than 45 companies participated in an Intern Fair at Alumni Hall.

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The IMU at winter in Bloomington.

Despite the economy, more than 45 businesses gathered in the Indiana Memorial Union with hopes of finding future employees.

Most students attending events like this spring 2010 internship fair prepare with hopes of finding a full-time job upon graduation. However, this year, due to the economic downturn, things may be a little different.

“Be prepared to find something that you think might be beneath you,” Sales Director of Eagle Pointe Golf Resort Jacob King said. “You know, I still clean bathrooms as part of my job and anybody that works at Eagle Pointe has to realize they’re not above anything and I feel like in general some of the student’s mentality is that by getting a college degree, that entitles them to something and it really doesn’t. You’ve got to work from the ground up and don’t be afraid to start in a minimal position and realize where it can take you.”

King says compared to past years, student internship numbers are going up while paid positions are going down.

“We’ve had an increase in unpaid interns because they aren’t able to find a paid intern,” King said. “We actually had more interns last summer than we’ve ever had at one point in time so I would say it’s increasing our numbers. You definitely have to weigh in what you’re going to get out of somebody who you don’t pay versus what you’re going to get out of somebody who you do pay.”

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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