2018-01-17 17:46:45 - Feature
Students and alumni know Coe College's superb education, urban setting and stellar internship opportunities offer a tremendous bang for your buck. The Princeton Review knows it, too.
Coe College has been included in the 2018 edition of "Colleges That Pay You Back" and earned a spot in the publication's elite list of Top 25 Best Schools for Internships. Coe ranks 23rd on the list among prestigious institutions like Pennsylvania State University, Harvey Mudd College and the University of Notre Dame. Coe is the only college or university in the state of Iowa to receive this distinction.
These honors come as no surprise to those familiar with Coe. Internships completed by students during their time at Coe often turn into job offers. In turn, 100% of students are either employed or enrolled in graduate school within one year of graduation.
"I was fortunate enough to work at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, in the anesthesiology department the summer before my junior year. Although I am a public accounting major, I was still able to gain many valuable skills such as enhancing my critical thinking and attentiveness to details," Greg Linton '18 said. "My supervisor gave me high praise for my ability to excel at Mayo Clinic. He even recommended I become a medical doctor and pursue a master’s in business administration. I think that speaks volumes to the importance of a liberal arts education. I would not have had this internship if I did not attend Coe College."
"My internship experience at Planetary Resources showed me that I have the capability to take on a problem I may not think I am prepared for," said Dahlia Baker '18. "I used what I learned at Coe to problem solve in the real world."
Coe's location in the heart of Cedar Rapids provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates. Among them is Rockwell Collins, one of just three Fortune 500 companies in Iowa.
The Princeton Review also notes Coe’s tight-knit relationship with alumni. "Once one Kohawk goes and finds success somewhere, they make sure to bring others along with them," the publication states.
It credits Coe's Center for Creativity and Careers and the Alumni Mentoring Program, which sets up one-on-one mentorships between alumni and current students, with providing excellent opportunities to prepare Kohawks for future success."We are pleased that Coe has received further recognition as a national leader through the college's inclusion in this Princeton Review publication," Coe College President David McInally said. "It is particularly gratifying to see that Coe received special recognition for facilitating outstanding internship opportunities for students through the Center for Creativity and Careers, which enhances the value of a Coe education."