Internships: Take Second Place

By Dr. Cheryl Minnick, Ed.D, Internship Coordinator & Career Advisor

Legendary Green Bay Packers coach, and five-time Superbowl winner, Vince Lombardi once said “There is no room for second place – there is only one place in my game and that is first place.” While that sentiment may hold true on the football field, second place can still be considered a winner in the academic world. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), internships are considered the #2 way to launch a career. In fact, 60% of 15,715 college seniors in a 2012 NACE survey reported that their internship positions turned into real job offers. Even though networking may take the seven pound, 22-inch Vince Lombardi Super Bowl first-place trophy, when it comes to launching a career, completing an internship is a close second.

The findings of this report reflect the statistics of this campus as well. This month, a report launched by the School of Business Administration at The University of Montana found that 42% of December 2012 business school graduates obtained a job offer through networking referrals through friends and/or family members. Twenty-one percent of graduates used their internship experiences to land full-time job placements.

Why are internships so valuable in launching careers you may ask? Well, internships offer hands-on experience in the field working on professional-level assignments and building relationships with professionals on the job and in the field. Because the majority of job vacancies are never advertised but sourced and filled by referrals, internships and relationship building (aka, “networking”) are complementary career promoters.

Keeping our eye on the ball is important in football and in career development too. Super Bowls come and go, but most of us only get one chance to compete for our dream careers and internships are definitely a game winning play!


Educational Seminar for Leaders on Professional Ethics- February 7,2013

People face complex ethical challenges every day. However, many do not have the training to effectively deal with these intricate decisions. The Four‐Way Test, used by Rotarians, is a proven framework for ethical decision making. It can also be used to guide effective leadership in family, business, and the community scenarios.
Is It The Truth? is a half‐day ethics seminar presented by The Rotary Club of Missoula Sunrise. It emphasizes the core tenets of the Four‐Way Test and is designed to engage leaders of all ages in how to address ethical dilemmas in their daily lives. This seminar will also feature motivational speaker, Jerry Traylor. Due to the generosity of sponsors, event costs are covered for all participants. Sponsorship and individual donations are encouraged from professional participants.
This event will be held at the Missoula Wingate Hotel on Thursday, February 7th from 7:30am-1:00pm. To register for this FREE event, email or call 406-360-0596. For more information, check out

Summer Research Internship at the University of Virginia


The Early Development Lab, directed by Dr. Angeline Lillard, is looking for exceptional undergraduate students for a summer internship in cognitive development. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors. Successful applicants typically have at least a 3.3 GPA in psychology, and have completed or are currently taking courses in developmental psychology, statistics, and research methods. This internship experience has been designed to provide exceptional undergraduate students an opportunity to gain experience conducting psychological research in a child development lab. Students do not need to have previous research experience to be competitive applicants; in fact, students from liberal arts colleges and smaller universities are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline is March 8th. Apply today!