Jim Ingersoll, a 24-year old senior in organizational leadership and supervision, knew he would need to distinguish himself from other students seeking a job in his field. His chosen path to what he hopes will be career success was an internship.
“The competition for a student first getting out of college is at its highest,” he said. “Most jobs are looking for not only a degree, but some sort of experience as well.”
Ingersoll was turned on to internships by a student presentation in one of his classes. His peer’s description of internships’ benefits sent him immediately to the Office of Career Development, where he researched various LaPorte County companies, finding an ideal — and paid — position as an area supervisor intern for Howmet Castings, an Alcoa company in LaPorte.
“This internship at Howmet has given me a chance to gain that experience I need to be successful and help me learn things that I can’t learn at school,” Ingersoll said. “It gives me a true ‘hands-on’ approach to business.”
Following graduation, Jim was hired full-time as the Production
Supervisor for Howmet Castings’ La Porte location.