Students Growing Outside Classroom

Students Growing Outside ClassroomPosted: August 11, 2011

Nearly 150 Gannon University students participated in internships and co-ops during the 2009-10 Academic Year.

Gannon University’s Center for Experiential Education recently prepared a report on the students who gained valuable, hands-on experience through various “field” placements.

The Center for Experiential Education facilitated the placements for the majority of the students.

Key findings of the Center’s report:

  • Nearly 30 percent of the students continued working in their positions after the initial placement.
  • The 142 students who secured placements worked for more than 80 organizations.
  • The students earned more than $691,000 total compensation.
  • Students worked an average of 15-20 hours per week and on average, earned $15.79/hour. Their compensation increased by $1.60 per hour compared to the year prior.
  • The Center for Experiential Education has been encouraging students to participate in two or three internships so as to better position themselves to find employment within their chosen field upon graduation. To that end, the Center continually seeks to develop new placement sites for Gannon students.
  • Placement sites during the 2009-10 Academic Year included the Achievement Center, the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority, Erie Art Museum, Erie Community Foundation, Erie County Department of Health, Erie Insurance, Erie Times-News, GE Transportation, Lord Corp., National Fuel, Pittsburgh Steelers, PNC Bank, Rehrig Pacific, Saint Vincent Health System, UPMC Hamot and Zurn Industries.
  • Students also gained experience internationally, with the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, RBC Capital Markets (Canada) and the Commercial Services department of the U.S. Embassy in Peru.