Internships critical for college students to gain edge in job market

The U.S. unemployment rate at 4.4 percent is at its lowest level in 10 years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are more than 6.2 million job openings. But just because there are jobs doesn’t mean that graduating college students are guaranteed work. One thing that can hurt graduating students’ chances of getting a job is the lack of an internship on their resume. Internships can demonstrate that students gained on-site and hands-on experience in their field of study.

Six ways to prepare for an audio internship

As El Paso native Khalid becomes more and more famous, interest in becoming an artist or recording the next superstar is rising. I cannot tell you how to become the next Khalid, but if you want to become an audio engineer (the person that pushes all the buttons and records the artist), as an audio engineering graduate and former intern, I can give you several tips on how to get started. 

1. Get educated

The first step to acquiring an internship is getting an education in audio engineering. Most studios (especially the more well-known studios) require some sort of formal education from an accredited college or technical school before even looking at an applicant. Depending on who you know, you might be able to get away with not going to school, but knowledge and skills are still required to be successful.

Army helps deployed soldiers cope with PTSD

When a soldier is deployed into a place of combat, dealing with separation from familiar surroundings and loved ones may be difficult. To get through the especially trying times, soldiers have an abundance of resources made available to them by the Army – both on base and while they are deployed. According to the 2016 “Army Posture Statement,” the Army has approximately 190,000 soldiers deployed to 140 countries. Business Insider, a news website, compiled statistics from various publications and reports that a large number of Army soldiers are spread across Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Poland. While deployed, soldiers experience many combat stressors such as seeing dead bodies, being shot at and attacked, and knowing someone who was killed or seriously injured. According to The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), almost 14 percent of troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan are likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and are at risk for other mental health problems. This percentage is similar to Vietnam theater Veterans (12 percent) and Gulf War Veterans (10 percent) who suffer from PTSD.