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You can begin exploring the different internship opportunities available through the Brooklyn College Internship Program as early as your Freshman Year (second semester).  An internship gives students the opportunity to gain work experience in their desired career while pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.   Not all work experiences are internships. An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent (source: National Association of Colleges and Employers).  NACE has developed guidelines as to what describes a legitimate internship.  Here are 8 great reasons why you should do at least 2 internships before you graduate.

Planning to intern in 2021?.

Due to the urgent need for proper health precautions in employment settings during COVID-19, CUNY has informed the campuses that student internship-seekers should be performing their new roles in remote-only format, in most, if not all cases. For those instances where an exception can be made, a waiver is required to ensure the employer has substantive plans and procedures in place to keep staff (including the interns) protected against the coronavirus. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they or the employer provide documentation of the employer’s safety protocols (risk mitigation) and waiver must be submitted to the Magner Career Center prior to the student commencing work.  Students should ask their internship employer to send the documentation about their safety protocol to intern@brooklyn.cuny.edu Students who do not submit the waiver are assumed to be participating an a fully remote internship. If a student chooses to participate in person internships they obtained on their own or before documentation is received are participating at their own risk. The need for this documentation includes all internships that require any “travel” and such student cannot perform it 100% remotely. Students applying for part-time or full-time employment should be vigilant in their assessment of positions that require in-person work during the ensuing pandemic. In addition to doing their due diligence in ascertaining an employers risk-mitigation, students should contact the Magner Career Center to discuss safety concerns regarding a potential employment opportunity. The student understands that the ultimate decision to perform any in-person work during COVID-19 is theirs to make and that such work may present unique health risks

How Do I Find an Internship?

  1. Attend the Job Search 101 Workshop to learn about resume writing, interviewing and how to search for jobs

  2. Review our Internship 101 Materials.  If you have any concerns about an internship posting or have started an internship and have concerns, please contact the internship team at 718 951 5696 or intern@brooklyn.cuny.edu

  3. Attend one of our internship employer panels and our Brooklyn College Job/Internship Fair (October and March) 

  4. Review the Resume Quick Reference and then get your resume reviewed by meeting with a career counselor in 1303 James Hall during drop in hours.

  5. Search for internships by useingHireBC, Brooklyn College's specific internship and job opportunity database. Accessible through the career tab on WebCentral and review our list of additional search sites

  6. Research programs that provide paid internships or stipends: Magner Career Center internship stipend and External Internship Stipend Programs
  7. Prepare for networking events and information sessions where you will interact with employers and other professionals
  8. Before your interview review, the Interview Quick Reference and Dress for Success Quick Reference to ensure you are properly prepared.  Do research on the company on sites such as Vault.com and company website. You are also recommended to do a mock interview with a career counselor
  9. Review 10 Ways to Find a Paid Internship
  10. If you're considering an unpaid internship, you should review Top Reasons to do a Paid Internship and When to Consider Unpaid

If you can't participate in an internship due to work schedule or personal obligations you may want to build experience by creating your own project, freelancing, participating in challenges through mindsumo or parker dewey. You may have to think outside of the box but you can find opportunities that will help you build experience. Another idea is working with someone who has their own business since they may be more flexible.

What Should I do if I Secure an Internship?

  • Complete the Landed an Internship Form
  • If an employer offers academic credit as a form of compensation, students must get authorization from their academic department prior to starting the internship
  • If eligible, apply for an internship stipend in the Spring or Summer (prior to the semester you will intern) to help fund a non or low paid internship
  • After you complete the internship, email intern@brooklyn.cuny.edu if you have positive or constructive feedback about an internship.
  • Conduct yourself professionally by honoring the expectations and responsibilities of the internship. You are not only representing yourself but also Brooklyn College.  You are strongly encouraged to review tips on how to be a great intern to help you make a positive impression. A positive impression can lead to a job or a great referral.

Having issues at the internship?

  • Contact Miriam Loyd (intern@brooklyn.cuny.edu) if you have any issues at the internship site where you may need assistance (can range from minor such as a difficult boss to more serious such as discrimination/harassment). We ask employers to adhere to our guidelines when taking on an intern.  If the internship is unpaid and you believe the employer is not complying with the Department of Labor let us know.