It’s no secret that an internship can be a huge step forward for your education and your career. According to a 2014 report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers reported on by US News & World Report, less than 40 percent of the graduates who received a job offer before graduation did not have any internship experience (or a cooperative work-study program).
It is through applied learning opportunities that SUNY creates an advantage for students, working so hard to connect these students to opportunities. From working with non-profit organizations to provide relief services worldwide to finding an opportunity with a global tech leader, the range of opportunities for students to connect to are quite large. In the past we have written about the steps to landing your dream internship. Now it’s easier to do than ever, thanks to InternShop.
InternShop is a new database developed through a collaboration between SUNY and The Business Council of New York that matches students with meaningful paid internships in their field. Match your interests to your curriculum and find the experience that could take you to the next level. Through the spring of 2016, this new tool will be available exclusively to SUNY students, followed by expansion to other Business Council schools and universities. All you need to do is create an account and fill out your information and the positions in your field will come to you!
The connections are formed between the student and the business directly, but students may also be able to receive school credit from these internships by reaching out to a professor and registering their internship as a course at their school.
SUNY is committed to bringing applied learning to scale, at all of our 64 campuses. Chancellor Zimpher formally announced the InternShop database at her 2016 State of the University Address, saying “We know that there is simply no better way to learn than by doing, which is why SUNY is committed to offering every student an applied learning opportunity as part of our completion agenda.”
So what are you waiting for? Join the InternShop and start finding the jobs and experience you need to maintain your edge.
Kay is a student assistant with the SUNY Office of New Media. She is a University at Albany undergraduate working towards a double major in English and East Asian studies with a double minor in communications and film.