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Internship Advisory Council

This Council was formed to advise Biola’s Center for Career Development on activities related to internships and work experience. The second annual meeting is slated for August 2013. The Council is comprises alumni professionals, faculty, student leaders, and Career Development staff representing a wide spectrum of job functions, industries, and work experience.

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2012-2013 ACTION ITEMS, 6/27/12 MEETING

  1. Obtain a place on agenda at the Council of Instructional Deans Meeting (basis is Biola’s Aspiration #4: Produce graduates well prepared for their professional careers). Discuss integration of career preparation in each major. (Lead: Jeanie Jang – conversation with June Hetzel, Larry Strand & Doretha O’Quinn)
    • Are faculty incentivized/compensated to advise interns in every major? How should Biola approach advising internships in a more far-reaching way? How can we create a systematic process for building internships into all academic programs? On the one hand, some faculty are compensated for an 8 hour a week student advising requirement, which could be used for internship advising; on the other hand, some faculty are not required to have 8 hours a week of student advising. And some faculty, such as in Sociology, have no incentive whatsoever to invest their time on students’ career development.
    • Career development workshops are currently optional. Propose that courses or programs require attendance at, say, 2-3 career development workshops/events.
    • Incorporate resume writing, networking, mock interviews, etc. into curriculum of each major.
    • Debrief internship experiences more formally, and document them in a systematic way.

  2. Job shadowing alumni. (Lead: Jeanie Jang – conversation with Rick Bee in Alumni Relations)
  3. Create database of employers with internship opportunities. (Fulfilled through Biolalink. However, Career Development is expanding its reach to alumni, parents, faculty [& internship coordinators] to increase opportunities & point more users to Biolalink; Lead: Jeanie Jang)
  4. Publish reviews of employers and internships – similar to Glassdoor.com. (Leads: Mark Matthes, Tiffany Lee, Tim Brandon)
  5. Publish stories of students/alumni with good intern experiences. (Leads: TBA. Ask internship coordinators to provide lists of students – Sandy Harden & Tiffany)
    • Market stories on websites, through UCM, etc.

  6. Visit intro level major classes with sophomores/juniors to announce specific internships in relevant major; job shadowing; demo Biolalink; highlight job list widgets by dept (Biolalink branded); this may replace FYS visits. (Leads: Sandy Harden & Tiffany Lee)

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To advise Biola’s Center for Career Development on activities related to internships and work experience.


• To address opportunities that can impact students’ career preparation.
• To identify curricular and co-curricular improvement opportunities that will better prepare graduates for the real world of work.
• To build relationships between Biola and organizations that may lead to internship and employment opportunities.

Relationship of the Internship Advisory Council to Biola’s Center for Career Development

It is the role of the Center for Career Development to enact policy and make suggestions to other departments within Biola University. The Advisory Council offers recommendations to the Center and provides information relevant to improving the quality of career preparation so that students are well equipped to enter their chosen careers. The Council members serve as a bridge between outside organizations and Biola University to promote constructive change.

Membership Composition

The Advisory Council will consist of a cross-section of employer representatives as well as students, alumni professionals, and faculty. The Director and Associate Director of the Center for Career Development will serve as members also. Members are volunteers who possess expertise in various areas of the career spectrum.


Term of membership is yet to be decided, but it will likely last anywhere from one to three years.

Moderator and Recorder

The Associate Director of the Center for Career Development will serve as the moderator; the Administrative Assistant of the Center will serve as the recording secretary for each meeting.


The Council will meet one or two times per year. An agenda will be used and minutes of each meeting will be kept. Recommendations passed by a majority vote and reports from the Council will be submitted to the moderator for dissemination to relevant University parties. Members who are absent from meetings without reasonable cause from two successive meetings will be considered to have resigned their seats.

Voices of the Jobless: Working Far Below My Dreams

Reader response:

In high school, I worked two jobs, took college coursework, participated in ten student organizations, held prominent leadership positions and earned a 4.0 GPA. I was rewarded with a scholarship to a top twenty university and had the whole world ahead of me. In college, I studied Business. I was active in campus groups, had multiple internships and held a 3.9 GPA. After seeing many of my older friends obtaining great jobs with signing bonuses and benefits, I decided to graduate 3 Semesters early. This was May 2008.

After graduation, I began applying for my dream jobs. I started to get some responses, and then the economy tanked. I tried to follow-up with those who had expressed interest. No response. I extended my search to other cities and states and could not even get a phone interview. I then began searching for less than ideal positions. Not a call back to even be a Secretary. So, I became a bartender.

Eventually, I took an unpaid internship in a field I never imagined working in. There I was, Miss 4.0 Honors Student, working for free with freshmen and sophomores in college. After a year of promises that the position would soon become a paid one, I decided to move on. Refusing to move back in with my parents, I picked up a second job. Then one day, I got a call. The company I had interned for had recommended me for a position with another firm. I couldn’t believe it. Summer of 2010, over two years after I had graduated from college, I finally had a real full-time job.

Only this job was nothing that I would have ever wanted to do. I am still here to this day, only because I know how difficult it will be to find another. I continuously read articles about unemployed recent graduates and lend a sympathetic ear to my job seeking friends. I feel as if I am wasting my life, sitting here at this desk, doing trivial work and browsing news articles all day. When people tell me that I am lucky for having a job, I want to cry. How can this mundane existence actually be envied?! I do have a roof over my head and health insurance, but my optimism about the work world has been severely damaged. I did not work this hard in order to obtain this outcome. Serving people drinks was more rewarding than what I do at my full-time job, and it is killing me inside.

It is terrible that so many of our nation’s top youth are going through the same struggles. Some say that we should not expect things to be handed to us, and that we should just stop whining. That may be the case for some, but what about those of us who never expected anything? There are thousands of us who worked hard and did everything that we were supposed to do. We were told, “If you push yourself and work harder than everyone else, you will succeed.” We did not create the problems our nation is facing today. We didn’t vote for the politicians, we didn’t borrow too much money, we didn’t buy things we couldn’t afford, and we didn’t build the hopes and dreams of an entire generation, only to have them come crashing down.

To those of you unemployed now, go find an internship. Freelance. Volunteer. Do anything to make connections. If you are still in college and are not trying to get multiple internships before you graduate, you are a moron. Does it suck that you have to work for free? Yeah, it sucks and it isn’t fair, but that is the only thing you can do right now.

Source: The Atlantic, Sep 2011

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Write comments below, or click here to submit your own experience.

Top 10 Internship-centric Universities

The following 10 “national universities” produced the highest rates of graduates with internship experience in 2010 according to U.S. News and World Report:

Rank, School, % of graduates with internship experience
1 // American University (DC), 85%
2 // Colorado School of Mines, 81%
3 // Dartmouth College (NH), 72%
4 // University of Pittsburgh, 69%
5 // George Washington University (DC), 66%
6 // Florida Institute of Technology, 60%
7 // South Carolina State University, 60%
8 // University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 57%
9 // Pace University (NY), 57%
10 // University of South Dakota, 53%

The average percentage for “national universities” in 2010 was reported at 30.4% compared with the 53%-85% range of top 10 schools listed above. Biola University, also a “national university”, came in above the 30.4% average at 60% in 2010.

Another list of stand-out internship schools is the one below voted on by 1,500 peer institutions according to U.S. News & World Report. These schools require or encourage students to apply classroom learning in the real world through supervised internships. Listed in alphabetical order:

// Berea College (KY)
// Drexel University (PA)
// Georgia Institute of Technology
// Kettering University (MI)
// Northeastern University (MA)
// Purdue University–West Lafayette (IN)
// Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
// University of Cincinnati (OH)
// University of Maryland–College Park
// Wagner College (NY)

Sources: U.S. News, “…Most Interns,” 9/27/11; U.S. News, “Internships/Co-ops”; Biola’s statistics from the Center for Career Development

U.S. Internship Programs

Amazon, Various Locations: Program Descriptions
Anthropologie, Various Locations: Position Openings
Apple, Various Locations: Program Overview
Carter Center, Atlanta, GA: Program Description
Chevron, Various Locations: Program Overview
CIA, Various Locations: Program Descriptions
Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO: Program Description
Coro, Los Angeles, CA, various locations: Program Descriptions
Direct Relief International, Santa Barbara, CA: Program Overview, Application
Disney Parks, Anaheim, CA and Orlando, FL: College Program, Professional Program
Disney/ABC TV, Burbank, CA and New York, NY: Program Description
Earth Rights Institute, Santa Monica, CA and Scotland, PA: Program Overview/Application
Facebook, Various Locations: Position Listings
FBI, DC and Various Locations: Program Description
Fermalab – Dept. of Energy, Batavia, IL: Program Description
Food First, Oakland, CA: Program Overview, Application
Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, CA: Program Descriptions
Greenpeace, Various Locations: Program Description
Intel, Various Locations: Program Descriptions
Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Various Locations: Program Description
International Justice Mission, Washington DC and Various Locations: Program Description
Kennedy Center, Washington DC: Program Description
LA Times, Los Angeles, CA: Program Descriptions & Application Procedures
Macy’s, Various Locations: Program Descriptions
Mattel, New York, NY: Program Overviews, Apply
McGraw-Hill, Various Locations: Program Descriptions
McKesson Healthcare, Various Locations: Program Overview
Microsoft, Various Locations: Program Description
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA: Program Description, Agreement
National Science Foundation, DC and Various Locations: Program Description
Nat’l Telecom & Info Administration: Program Description
NBCUniversal, Various Locations: Program Descriptions
Nestle USA, Glendale, CA: Program Overview
Nestle Purina, Various Locations: Program Overview
Nike, Beaverton, OR and Various Locations: Program Description
Nordstrom, Various Locations: Job Search
Olive Crest, Various Locations: Program Description
Oracle, Redwood Shores, CA: Program Overview
Pacific Life Insurance, Newport Beach, CA: Program Overview
PacSun, Various Locations: Job Search
Petco, San Diego, CA & Various Locations: Program Descriptions & Applications
Project Concern International, San Diego, CA: Program Overview
Smithsonian, Washington DC: Program Description
Sony Pictures, Various Locations: Program Descriptions
Target, Various Locations: Program Descriptions
Toms Shoes, Santa Monica, CA: Program Description & Application
Udall Foundation, Washington DC: Native American Congressional Internship
US Dept. of Agriculture, DC and Various Locations: Program Descriptions
US Dept. of Commerce, DC and Various Locations: Program Description
US Dept. of Health, DC and Various Locations: Program Description
US Dept. of Housing & Urban Devp., DC and Various Locations: Program Description
US Dept. of Interior, DC and Various Locations: Program Descriptions
US Dept. of Justice, DC and Various Locations: Program Descriptions
US Dept. of State, DC and Various Locations: Program Descriptions
US Dept. of Transportation, Washington DC: Program Description
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington DC: Program Description
Washington Internship Institute, Washington, DC: Programs, Application Procedures
Wells Fargo, Various Locations: Program Descriptions
Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, Multiple Locations: Program Overview
World Vision, Los Angeles, CA and Various Locations: Program Description

Summer Jobs & Internships

Do you have a summer job or internship lined up yet? If not, it’s time to get a move on! The earlier you begin looking, the better. To help you get started, here are a few of the most recent jobs & internships posted to BiolaLINK.

  • Elementary Grade 6 Teacher at Grace International School
  • Web Developer Intern
  • College Ministry Coordinator
  • Online Media Producer
  • Legal Assistant Intern at Public Defender’s Office
  • Marketing & Communications Assistant Intern at the Department of Child Support Services
  • Junior High Ministry Leader
  • Finance Intern

To learn more about these and other positions, make a BiolaLINK profile.

There are countless websites where summer positions are posted daily. But many students begin to apply three or four months in advance so they go quickly. Don’t be shy! Here are a few other sites to check out: Internships.com, Christianjobs.com and Jobsearch.com.

Which websites have you used in the past to find a job?

One Day, One Job

When looking into jobs and internships, turn to your hobbies and interests. Love food? Consider writing for a foodie blog. Always on top of the latest technology?  Consider joining a software start-up. Fastidious follower of grammar in your personal journal?  Consider online editing jobs.

“But,” you may ask, “Where can I learn about organizations offering cool jobs or internships that match my interests?” Check out onedayonejob.com. They profile 1,100+ companies offering entry-level jobs to recent college grads.

Take stock of your interests, read blurbs highlighting some fascinating organizations, and start researching how you might start getting work experience in an area of choice.  You may even discover a type of work that you’ve never imagined…