The statistics from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the CompareCamp Internship Statistics, 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, 57.5% of college graduates of 2019 completed at least one internship (CompareCamp 2020). 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 $100,000 in 2020 to students who were completing an unpaid internship? There are also many great external internship stipend programs available, as well.
- 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 a pipeline for full-time positions: Nearly 70% of students interning get job offers from their employer (NACE 2019 Internship and Co-op Survey Report), a finding supported by a more recent survey that stated completing internships increases job offers by 16% (CompareCamp 2020).
- Need to build experience early: 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. 69% of companies have a formalized referral program where 26% of hires are recruited from (Kalido 2019). 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. Over 34% of graduates report that internships “significantly” shifted their career direction. (NACE’s The Positive Implications of Internships on Early Career Outcomes)
- Employers want you to have experience before they hire you: 60% of those surveyed indicated that they would be more likely to consider a candidate for full-time employment if he/she had completed an internship (NACE 2017). 57.5% of students who had experience with an internship received job offers. (College Recruiter, 2019)
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 email@example.com or (718) 951-5696.