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Tips for Pathway Experiences

Interested in having Pathways present for your student organization? Email pathwaysFREEMississippi to get it set up!
Pathway Experience Preparation Modules

Pathway experiences such as internships can provide you with opportunities to enhance classroom learning through practical experiences. These experiences allow you to gain career clarity and develop important transferrable skills relevant to the industry you are earning your degree in.
Use the internship as a springboard into the working world by making an effort to develop what employers call soft skills or career competency skills:
Communication Written and verbal
Critical Thinking/Problem solving Analyze, interpret and reason
Teamwork/Collaboration Build relationships
Technology Adaptable to new technologies
Leadership Assess and manage others to achieve common goals
Professionalism/Work Ethic Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior, punctuality
Career Management Identify strengths and areas for growth
Global/Intercultural Fluency Value, respect and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages
When can I do an internship?
Planning for an internship is appropriate at any time during your academic career. Job shadowing can be done as early as freshman year. Some employers require junior and senior students as candidates for internships, while others hire freshman and sophomores. These specifications vary by employer and by industry. Check with your academic department as some academic disciplines require an internship, practicum or student teaching during the last semester of senior year.
Internship Planning
Meeting with a pathways representative to discuss possibilities is beneficial for learning about the many resources on hand to research and locate your dream internship. 
Employer Websites
Career and Internship Expo, every semester
Part Time Job and Internship Fair
Networking with professionals
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Some internships are paid while others are not. Many times a student receives compensation but not enough to cover all expenses such as rent, travel, professional attire, etc. The Center for Pathway Experiences offers a competitive summer scholarship to help offset these costs.

Listen to what some students have said about our Summer Scholarship Program


Be recognized for participating in a pathway experience by wearing our beautiful teal colored graduation cord at commencement. During your last semester simply fill out the Reflection and Evaluation completely and plan to pick up your cord at cap n gown pick prior to graduation.

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Previous Internship Sites By Major

Accounting FDIC Financial Management Program Jackson, MS
Biological Sciences Bridgewater Psychiatry Gulfport, MS
Broadcast Journalism NBC/The Weekend Today Show New York City, NY
Criminal Justice Congressman Stephen Palazzo Washington DC
Dance The Ailey School New York, NY
English/History MS Department of Archives & History Jackson, MS
Forensic Science Harrison Co. Sheriff's Department Gulfport, MS
Hospitality/Tourism Sonesta Resorts Hilton Head, SC
Interior Design Veteran Affairs Biloxi, MS
Interior Design Inside Outside Kitchen & Bath Gulfport, MS
Kinesiology FGH Cardiac Rehab Hattiesburg, MS
Merchandising BuddyLove Clothing Label Dallas, TX
Merchandising Nordstrom Nashville, TN
Political Science Chwat Group Washington DC
Political Science The Urban Institute Washington DC
Public Relations Glover Park Group Washington DC
Psychology Camp Star Fish Rindge, NH
Theatre Berkshire Theatre Group Stockbridge, MA
Therapeutic Recreation Integrace Copper Ridge Sykesville, MD
Therapeutic Recreation Clinton Thera. Rec Dept Clinton, MS
Therapeutic Recreation Covenant House Georgia Atlanta, GA
Therapeutic Recreation MacNeal Hospital Berwyn, IL
Therapeutic Recreation Wesley Merit Health Hattiesburg, MS
Tourism Management Mother's Cantina Ocean City, MD 


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