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Nursing student Lindsey Patton reviews Antiretroviral Treatment Survey data with a colleague at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

The University is committed to graduating Horned Frogs who are especially qualified for today's tight job market. TCU's new Internship Scholarship Program is helping to maximize their competitiveness.

According to an extensive survey conducted by Internships.com and reported in Forbes.com in December, internships are a key factor in securing the all-important first professional position. "Employers get the opportunity to find the talent they need to help grow their business without relying on just a short interview," noted Stuart Lander, chief marketing officer at Internships.com. "You have a 7 in 10 chance of being hired by the company you interned with."

In response to employer expectations, TCU Career Services advises students to complete multiple internships before graduation. The Internship Scholarship Program, launched in summer 2013 with funding from the Legett Foundation and the University, is making it easier for students to proactively seek internships that align with their long-term career goals. The program addresses the dilemma of unpaid and low paying internships by providing scholarship funds to supplement their resources.

"Having the ability to choose the best experience rather than basing a decision solely on what a student can afford to accept opens up opportunities that in the past they could not consider," says Susan Sledge, employer relations manager with TCU Career Services.

During the summer, students completed internships in the nonprofit sector in organizations that ranged from the World Health Organization HIV/AIDS Division to the United States Marshall Service to The American Heart Association. In the for-profit sector, they benefited from internships with firms such as the Washington Redskins and Disney/Pixar Studios.

Awards totaled almost $300,000, with 153 students receiving scholarships that averaged around $2,000 each. Students from every TCU school and college benefited.

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