Experiential Education

Internships & CoOps

Experiential education is an integral part of the VSB curriculum. Every undergraduate student is encouraged to complete at least one business internship or CoOp experience as a means of gaining real-world experience and applying knowledge gained in the classroom.              

Participation in part-time or full-time internships and CoOp experiences provides students with valuable opportunities to:

  • Make the connection between business theory and practice
  • Gain insights into career interests and “test the waters” before committing to a specific career path or profession
  • Explore what it is really like to work in a particular industry or organization on a daily basis
  • Develop a competitive edge by having proven business experience to offer future employers
  • Earn a full-time job offer with an internship employer, as many organizations utilize their internship programs as a pipeline for entry-level hires

The Clay Center provides assistance to students around a variety of experiential education opportunities. The Rise to the Top: Internships & CoOps Educational Series informs students of available opportunities, prepares them to actively participate in the internship search, and provides appropriate support along the way.

 

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GoNOVAJobs is a web-based career management system through which the University Career Center and the Clay Center post internships, CoOps, full-time jobs, and summer and part-time positions available to students. All undergraduate students have an account. The username is the student’s full Villanova email (ex: jane.doe@villanova.edu) and the password is their banner id. Freshman accounts are created in October. Click here for full details on GoNOVAJobs.

Fast Facts

  • 72% of employers prefer to hire candidates with relevant work experience (Source: National Association of Colleges & Employers /NACE 2011 Job Outlook Survey)
  • 83% of employers used internship programs as a tool for recruiting entry-level talent (Source: NACE 2010 Internship/CoOp Survey)