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Central State University turns student internships into career builders

Central State University turns student internships into career builders
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper on September 23, 2022

Central State University provides many opportunities for undergraduate students to acquire the tools and develop the skills to plan, launch, and manage a successful career.

The CSU Office of Career Services provides resources to help students evaluate their career options, plan for their future, and achieve success. They offer opportunities beyond the University by developing internship and externship opportunities, and workforce development initiatives by engaging a variety of diverse corporate partners.

“We are on campus to assist students with internship opportunities through external forums like informational sessions and Career Expos, as well as an online job platform,” said CSU Office of Career Services Director Karla Harper. Internships are required for a few majors but are recommended for all students. “We strongly encourage students to begin their internship journey by the end of their freshman year,” Harper said. Employers pay most interns, but some students earn credit for their experience, which is called a Co-Op. “The Co-Op is the experience that replaces subject matter that would be covered in a course. Approval via the student's advisor and chair of the department is needed in this case,” Harper added.
Just over two years ago, Central State President Dr.



Jack Thomas said at his inauguration, “We have so many future goals to accomplish, and I know we will have the courage and audacity to do it with excellence.”

Currently, in addition to the Office of Career Services, Central State University has established the Center of Excellence for Historically Black Colleges and Universities Corporate Engagement. According to Thomas, the purpose of the Center is to strengthen corporate partnerships through outreach, research, and development for student placement and talent pipeline development. "The vision is to identify and develop key partnerships that develop, expose, and place CSU students in a corporate environment,” he added.

Last week, Proctor and Gamble attended a celebratory event at CSU to kick off the second year of their partnership. P&G has undergraduate interns from the CSU Graphic Design program. CSU Associate Director of Marketing Robin Davis said, “the plan is to continue to focus on student portfolio preparation, preparation for the P&G Interview process, and opportunities to learn from the best in graphic design at P&G.”

“We engage a broad variety of affiliates and partners from across campus, industry, and the community – from local to global – in our efforts. Forty partnerships with companies like Nationwide, Procter and Gamble, Dominion Energy, JPMorgan Chase, Grange Insurance, PNC Bank, Disney, and Fifth Third Bank, the Center provides meaningful and transformative opportunities for students,” Thomas said.
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