8 great reasons why Brooklyn College students should intern
The statistics from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)and the Internships.com 2012 Survey, clearly show why it is essential for college students to do at least one, and ideally multiple internships, before they graduate. Here are 8 reasons why internships are important:
- Your competitors are completing internships
Approximately 37% of Brooklyn College students have interned according to the CUNY 2012 Student Experience Survey, whereas nationally, 67% of 2012 college graduates have completed at least one internship (Internships.com 2012 Survey). Brooklyn College students graduate at a disadvantage when competing with those who have internship experience.
- You can earn money: While about half of internships are unpaid, the Magner Career Center has made a concerted effort to increase the number of paid internships in our database. In addition, did you know that through the generosity of alumni, the Magner Career Center gave away over $130,000 in 2013 to students who were completing an unpaid internship? There are also many great external internship stipend programs available, as well.
- Best chance to gain entry into prestigious companies: Internships are often the way our students get their foot in the door of prestigious organizations (e.g. this past fall Deloitte took 4 out of 8 Brooklyn College internship applicants while none of the full time applicants received offers).
- Internship programs are used as a pipeline for full-time positions: Nearly 60% of students interning get job offers from their employer (NACE 2011), a finding supported by a more recent survey that stated 69% of companies with 100+ employees offer full-time jobs to their interns (Internships.com 2012 survey). 86% of surveyed companies use internships to recruit college students for future employment (NACE 2011).
- Need to build experience earlier on in your career: 48% of students land their first internships BEFORE their junior year. We have seen a trend where prestigious organizations such as Google are trying to reach students earlier for internships through programs targeting freshmen and sophomores. So not only is getting a full time job more competitive, but getting an internship your junior year is as well. Students need to begin building experience earlier on to gain entry into top internships.
- Networking often leads to a job: We often hear that it is not what you know but who you know. The Dept. of Labor states that 69% of jobs are obtained through referrals or by a contact. By interning students begin to build their professional network within the industry and field.
- Clarify your career goals: Interning allows you to determine whether the career you are pursuing is right for you. Without working in the field, it can be difficult for a student to really know if they will be happy.
- Employers want you to have experience before they hire you: Employers indicated that 62% of their new employees had internship experience of some kind (NACE 2011). 66% of employers state that a strong interview and relevant work experience are the most important factors in their hiring decisions (Internships.com 2012)
What Steps Should You Take to Complete At Least Two Internships By Graduation?
- Register with the Magner Career Center through the Career Tab on the portal (portal.brooklyn.cuny.edu) for access to internships.
- Review our Internships 101 material at tinyurl.com/intern101 which has all the information you need from finding an internship to funding your unpaid internship.
- Attend events such as career panels, job and internship fairs, and employer information sessions by registering for events on the Career Tab of the portal (portal.brooklyn.cuny.edu).
Have a question?
Contact the internship team at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 951-5696.