Seton Hall has been named one of the Top 5 Universities for Undergraduate Internships, ranking fourth on a list compiled by The International Business Times. The online publication cited the 76 percent internship rate among Seton Hall's baccalaureate graduates in 2008 - 2009, the year that was studied. The university joins an impressive list of schools named to the Top 5 list, including the University of Pennsylvania, The Colorado School of Mines, American University, and Duke University.
Marketing major Vito Amato, who will graduate in May, knows first-hand the power of internships. In his senior year, he was hired as a full-time staff member at a major New York advertising agency where he started as an intern. As an associate at Kinetic Worldwide, Amato deals with clients like Marriott, Exxon Mobil and United Airlines daily.
"I came into Seton Hall not knowing what I wanted to do," Amato said. "The Stillman School of Business and the Career Center helped me find what was interesting to me and helped me get internships so I could plant roots in my career that led to a full-time job."
Career Center Director Reesa Greenwald says the Seton Hall difference is in its hands-on team approach in which the staff is assigned to specific schools and majors. In addition, the university's close proximity to New York City provides numerous internship and career opportunities for students."We have the luxury of being a relatively small school, and we get to know the students," Greenwald said. "We also know the employers and can make connections."
The Career Center's corporate partners are drawn to the university by the quality of its students.
"Seton Hall students are among the most prepared students I meet from day one," said Enterprise Rent-A-Car Talent Acquisition Manager Chris Fitzpatrick. "They come into the workplace driven and motivated, prepared with technical skills and soft skills, and able to thrive in a fast-paced, diverse and ever-changing professional environment."
Greenwald advises students to visit the Career Center as early as freshman year to get help with résumé writing and to start an internship search. Amato is glad he made time to stop by the center.
"I give all the credit for my current and future success to Seton Hall," he said.
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