The job market has become increasingly competitive for college graduates entering the workforce. The business world is changing and technological advancements with the application and job hunt processes have challenged college grads to look for opportunities that will set them apart from the competition. Students at the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU’s West campus are taking advantage of internships, service learning opportunities, and job shadowing professionals in their fields of study to increase their real-world business experience and make them more competitive candidates in today’s marketplace.
We recently spoke with Paige Herbert, ASU New College student, about her Pac-12 internship experience that took place during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Herbert heard about the opportunity to work with the Pac-12 broadcast team through another student, Zayarie (Zee) Villafane. Both New College students were CALL mentors and offered the internships because of their communication aspirations. Herbert said, “There were a few remaining positions available and I jumped at the chance to work with the Pac-12 for the 2013 championship football game.” Paige is a devoted Sun Devil football fan and was thrilled to be able to work closely with the ASU athletic department. One of Herbert’s most memorable moments was holding the championship trophy with fellow student, Villafane. “Holding the trophy truly captured the spirit, pride, and tradition that I feel as a student of Arizona State University,” said Herbert.
Interning with the Pac-12 solidified Herbert’s decision to move forward with her soon to be double-major in sociology and communication studies. “I want more than a minor in communication studies, so I am currently in review for the approval to earn the additional communication studies major.”
Herbert plans to continue to volunteer for opportunities at ASU’s West campus that will set her apart from other graduates. Some activities include volunteering as a Camp Solera counselor, serving as an New College Peer mentor, working as a desk assistant in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advising Office, and returning for a second year as a mentor in the Communication and Learning Lab (CALL).
New College students and alumni are changing the world. Read more about some of our outstanding students like Paige Herbert, on the New College website.