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Students benefit in various ways from spending their time as interns whether it’s in the summer or throughout the year. Hanson cited the following as among those benefits:


• Real-world work experience and validation that they are going for a degree in a field they will enjoy working in


• Understanding of what it is like to work at Intel and hopefully a confirmation that we are the place they want to grow their career


• A broad connection of professional contacts in their area of study


Asked how often internships at Intel lead to full-time jobs at the company, Hanson said it varies each year, but “approximately 40–60 percent of our college grad hires are former interns.”


The multinational beverage and food company PepsiCo is another firm that gives college students internship opportunities throughout its operation.


“PepsiCo uses interns by having them support frontline supervisors in analyzing and/or creating processes to improve loading/operating productivity and line efficiencies using the Lean Six Sigma approach,” said Marcus Williams, operations manager with PepsiCo.


Asked what PepsiCo hopes students gain from their experiences, Williams replied, “Hopefully an opportunity to work for one of the, if not the, greatest companies in the world.”


PepsiCo, which generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2014, is driven by a food and beverage portfolio of 22 brands that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, and Tropicana.


“PepsiCo is an ever-changing and innovated company that prides itself in developing young, promising talent into future leaders,” said Williams.


Interns are paid at PepsiCo and work at various plants and offices, with some plants bringing in three or four interns for the summer, according to Williams.


In a 2013 Business Insider article, a Goldman Sachs managing director offered the following tips to turn a summer internship into full-time employment: being a good team player and going the extra mile. Common mistakes interns make are not writing down information, forgetting the information when needed, and failing to ask enough questions so that they understand the job and company.


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