Strong Economy, Valuable Experiences
Feb 10, 2012Danielle Dingmann's internship paid big dividends.
After she graduated in 2010, Dingmann transitioned easily into a fulltime position in the same department as her internship at Doosan, the parent company of Bobcat. She is currently an HRIS analyst at the West Fargo, N.D., office.
"I already knew what I was getting into and the people I would be working with," she says. "It was nice not to have to worry about the job hunt during my last semester too."
Dingmann's story isn't uncommon.
The Fargo, N.D., metropolitan area, which includes nearby Moorhead and West Fargo, recently topped the U.S. News and World Report list of "The 10 Best Cities for Finding a Job."
That is good news for recent graduates from Concordia – and those looking for internships during their college experience.
More than 150 students completed cooperative education experiences during the 2010-11 school year. This number excludes nursing and education students who have required experiential learning.
Concordia's Career Center connected Dingmann with her experience at Doosan during the spring of her junior year. This internship lasted through the summer. The following fall, she worked nearly full time while completing her last semester at Concordia.
"I was paid well through the co-op, so I didn't have to worry about having a job too," she says. "It was all-in-one."
In 2010, 30 percent of Concordia graduates found fulltime jobs in the Fargo-Moorhead area, according to a campus survey of graduates that year. Many of these graduates, like Dingmann, found employment through completion of a practicum, internship or co-op.
Dingmann has enjoyed working in her majors of business administration and finance, having a well-paying job and being entrusted with large projects as a recent graduate.
"I enjoy the responsibility and the empowerment that I'm given," she says. "I work with some pretty big projects and systems used around the world."