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Career services will prepare the class of 2021 for internships before they arrive on campus.


Posted 04/21/2017
Posted by Sophia Olsen


Students sign up to learn more about internships at an "Internship Satellite Office" in the library.

Students sign up to learn more about internships at an "Internship Satellite Office" in the library.

Jordan Arruda '16 landed his dream job at Stanley Black & Decker with two internships on his résumé.

Jordan Arruda '16 landed his dream job at Stanley Black & Decker with two internships on his résumé.

Yavana Ganesh '20 is currently interning at the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She got the internship through a job fair.

Yavana Ganesh '20 is currently interning at the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She got the internship through a job fair.

Kate Darcy Hohenthal, developed the "Career-On-Boarding" program and trained students to enroll others.

Kate Darcy Hohenthal, developed the "Career-On-Boarding" program and trained students to enroll others.

The University of Hartford’s incoming Class of 2021 will be put on the path to career-ready success before they take their first class. A new Office of Career Services program called “Career-On-Boarding Pre-First Semester,” will help incoming students set up LinkedIn profiles and create résumés before their first day of class.

“With this approach, students are already prepared for career events in the fall, when many employers are looking for summer interns,” says Kate Darcy Hohenthal, assistant director of experiential education and student engagement in Career Services, who developed the program.

Sixty-four percent of UHart’s recent graduates had internships while here and 92 percent of our 2016 graduates are employed, in graduate school, in the military, or volunteering. This new program could push those percentages even higher.

Just how important is an internship in helping college graduates get jobs? For Jordan Arruda ’16, a finance major in the Barney School of Business, it was priceless. He landed his dream job in Stanley Black & Decker’s Leadership Program in Finance after completing two internships.

The Career-On-Boarding Program was piloted with 50 students in the Class of 2020 and more than half of them met with potential employers and attended résumé boot camps during their first semester. In just her second semester in college, Yavana Ganesh ’20 landed an internship with the Connecticut Office of the Arts in Hartford, Conn.

“Internships are an amazing opportunity to learn by trial and error before you go into the real world,” says Yavana, who is pursuing a double major in chemistry and politics and government in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The Career-On-Boarding Program is open to more than first-year students. Hohenthal has trained more than a dozen students who host pop-up “Internship Satellite Offices,” around campus so students can learn more about internships. “The idea is to meet students where they are,” she says. In just six months of operation, nearly 400 students have signed up to learn more about internships through the satellite offices.

The innovative Career Services program is already impressing prospective students. “I think it is a very unique program. I like that they are preparing students early on,” says Tiona Martin, a high school junior from Berlin, Conn. who visited and is considering attending the University. 

Students sign up to learn more about internships at an "Internship Satellite Office" in the library.

Students sign up to learn more about internships at an "Internship Satellite Office" in the library.

Jordan Arruda '16 landed his dream job at Stanley Black & Decker with two internships on his résumé.

Jordan Arruda '16 landed his dream job at Stanley Black & Decker with two internships on his résumé.

Yavana Ganesh '20 is currently interning at the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She got the internship through a job fair.

Yavana Ganesh '20 is currently interning at the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She got the internship through a job fair.

Kate Darcy Hohenthal, developed the "Career-On-Boarding" program and trained students to enroll others.

Kate Darcy Hohenthal, developed the "Career-On-Boarding" program and trained students to enroll others.