Mason makes careers

Each week, Fourth Estate features a student or alumnus with a great internship or job to highlight the opportunities a degree from Mason can provide.

Avery Powell is a junior Global Aff airs major at Mason with a minor in Electronic Journalism. His ideal job is to become an on-camera correspondent with a network when he graduates. Avery interns for one of the most popular broadcast shows in the area, NBC’s “Meet Th e Press.”

How did you get this internship?

Mason students weigh the costs and benefits of unpaid internships

The days of hurried coffee runs and phone answering may be coming to an end for interns across America.

OPINION: Unpaid internships are something to avoid

Students, professors, columnists and social scientists are all talking about the rise of the so-called “new normal” is the unpaid internship.

Unpaid labor has always been in existence, yet, more than ever, the unpaid internship has taken a prominent position in American economic culture.  

According to the Association of Colleges and Employers, over 63 percent of the nation’s class of 2013 had an internship or “co-op” of some kind. Of those who had an internship, 48 percent worked without monetary pay.

Government shutdown threatens federal internships

College students hoping to land an internship with the federal government this summer may face disappointment.

With both Republican and Democratic parties thus far unable to reach an agreement on the budget, current federal employees and even college students seeking employment with federal agencies face a possible government shutdown at midnight Friday. If a government hiring freeze is enacted, it would be the first such shutdown since 1996.

Hiring outlook positive as career and internship fair hits campus

New statistics show better hiring prospects for 2011 college graduates just as University Career Services plans to host a job and internship fair this week.

The statistics released last month by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, show that employers expect to hire 13.5 percent more new graduates from the class of 2011 than they hired from the class of 2010.