New Internship Opportunities
We know the workforce needs soft skills like creativity, critical thinking, and agile learners. It’s those very skills that liberal arts students at New Saint Andrews College excel in. As a massive study of today’s workforce says, “most of the current literature on the future of work underscores this growing need for human skills such as flexibility, mental agility, ethics, resilience, systems thinking, communication, and critical thinking.”
That being said, college graduates also need hard skills to be fully accepted into the professional world. The study cited above also states, “There are those who believe that the “hard” skills of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are most critical to the future, and those who believe the uniquely “human” skills of the liberal arts are the ones that will endure in the face of automation. We say, “both, and”: It is the integration of human and technical skills that will provide the best preparation for the future of work.” But with New Saint Andrews having a single liberal arts major, these hard skills are less likely to be developed.
Students are now taking advantage of the college’s internships to hone hard skills and graduate career-ready. While growing in specific skills—like Google Analytics, video editing, email marketing, etc.—they also absorb the ins and outs of a professional workspace. Sophomore Elise Goodwin said, “I’ve been interested in marketing for some time. This internship turned up as a perfect opportunity to get some practical experience marketing, spend some time in a work environment, and practice hard skills like web development.” It’s also a chance for students to vet their personal, vocational leanings, as sophomore Abigail Thorgensen said: “I’m interested in graphic design, but not positive it’s what I really want to do.”
The current list of interns, and how to apply for internships, can be found on the intern page.