Looking for a Job after Graduation? Washington, DC is #1

Posted on October 2, 2012. Filed under: Career, College, Internship, Jobs | Tags: , , , |

Students have an opportunity to greatly increase their odds of finding a job after graduation by participating in college-sponsored internship programs.  This is primarily due to the added value to their resume along with the networking connections made in their field.

However, students in MSU’s Washington, DC Program have more than that working in their favor, especially if they wish to stay and find work in the DC area.

Since the economic downturn in 2008, 93% of Michigan State University’s Washington, DC Program students found full time jobs after graduation because they wanted to stay and work in Washington, DC.

This statistic shouldn’t be surprising in light of a 2012 Indeed Job Market Competition report (http://www.indeed.com/jobtrends/unemployment) that declared Washington, DC as the U.S. city that provides the best odds of landing a job.

Washington, DC is ranked #1!

Among the top 50 most populous cities in the U.S., DC has a 1:1 ratio of open jobs to people looking for jobs. Compare that with the popular post-graduation destinations for many Michigan State students: Chicago at #43 and Detroit at #47.

Potential DC Program students should take note that this impressive placement rate of 93% is due to a combination of variables that not only include the favorable job market in Washington, DC, but also the professional development emphasis embedded in this uniquely comprehensive program. Students are connected with a rich MSU alumni network in the DC area that possesses a demonstrated desire to help out a fellow Spartan. In addition, the level of determination of each individual student cannot be discounted.

Here is what a recent MSU graduate had to say about MSU’s DC Program:

If I had not completed an internship through the DC Study Away program I would not have known how to even start navigating my future career in DC. The program offers a great introduction to the city, numerous professional opportunities and resources, and the chance to meet people who could change your life. Being part of this program during my senior year of college was the best choice I made in undergrad. The program laid the foundation for my career.  Kerry Harris, Spring 2011 and Summer 2011 DC Intern, now working in Washington, DC.

If DC isn’t for you, consider the rankings of these other metropolitan areas where MSU offers internship programs:

#4        Boston

#15      San Francisco

#26      New Orleans

#45      New York

While Boston also ranks high on this list, it is a summer internship-only program that does not include the intentional professional development opportunities that are part of the DC program.

The Washington, DC Program is the only study and internship program offered each and every semester. Many students wisely choose to spend their final semester as a DC intern so that they can job search while participating in the program. This is an excellent strategy!

So, if spring is your last semester and you are concerned about the unemployment reports that are splashed all over the news, consider applying to this program.   Spring application deadline is October 15th.

To learn more about MSU’s Washington, DC Program click on the Washington, DC tab on the top of this page. From there you can sign up for a webinar on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 4pm.

If you cannot attend the webinar, contact our office at 517-432-4541 to schedule an appointment.


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