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Long Island City, NY (August 26, 2016)—Attending a college or university is a critical step in life and increasingly important for landing high-paying jobs. And as the competition for good jobs continues to increase, internships help young people entering the workforce stand out from the competition, while enhancing their classroom learning. While some LaGuardia students took classes this summer, others worked at internships all around the world—boosting their résumés and enabling them to make connections that may help them land their ideal job upon graduation. “More than ever, internships open doors to careers and new opportunities,” said LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow. "Graduating students with internships on their résumé have a much better chance at landing a full-time position upon graduation.” One of the LaGuardia students who had an internship this summer is Yurie Amma, age 21, an early childhood education major whose goal is to work with special needs children. She spent the summer in Japan at Takinogawa Gakuen Social Welfare Corporation. "This internship was an amazing opportunity to apply the knowledge that I obtained at LaGuardia Community College to a Japanese school,” said Amma, who emigrated from Japan to the US in 2013. “This experience allowed me to improve my teaching skills while working in my native Japan—something I hope to do full-time in the future.” Hafsa Tahir, age 22, recently graduated from LaGuardia with an Associate in Arts in International Studies. Tahir, who grew up speaking Arabic with her family, participated in a scholarship program at LaGuardia designed to help heritage language speakers prepare to use their first language professionally. She spent the summer working in Amman, Jordan at Princess Taghrid Institute, a non-profit organization that helps orphaned and underprivileged youth enter the workforce, where she taught English and social media skills. “My internship confirmed that I want to pursue a career that will merge my interests in policy making, world cultures and global issues,” said Tahir.
An international student from South Korea, Juyeon Park, age 36, graduated from LaGuardia this year with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management. With help from a professor and from LaGuardia’s President’s Society, she secured an internship at a hotel near New York City’s Times Square. “My internship at The Chatwal New York hotel helped me realize that I had chosen the right career, and enabled me to establish valuable contacts that hopefully will lead to a full-time job in the future.”
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