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Hi,
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I have a question in regards to how work experience is counted up. First, I am in a business where to start out everyone does seasonal fully paid internships for a couple of years. Are these positions counted in my full time work experience tally by admissions committees?
Second, when schools list the everage full time work experience in their class profiles are they adding in the work experience that people bring in after they are accepted but before they are enrolled? Depending on when one applies this can add a another whole year to their work experience number.
I appreciate this forum and would enjoy any feedback.
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Ususally schools count full-time work experience from the time after you graduate. However, very few schools have hard and fast cut-offs such as "You must have at least three years of experience." While they may like five full years of experience, they will definitely consider all of your experience if you have something like three years of full-time experience plus a couple of years of highly involved internship. They're less interested in counting years and more interested in finding people with interesting, valuable experiences.

For those stats, I believe that the schools publish the ages / work experience levels of their entering classes, not their applicants. So yeah, to compare yourself to them, add a year to what you have now.

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