National Intern Day, which falls on July 30, was founded in 2017 by the organization WayUp to celebrate and call attention to interns and the great work that they do for companies throughout the country. On their quest to gain professional experience, interns learn to step into leadership roles and have the confidence to enter the workforce after graduation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), after administering a survey in May, discovered that 22% of employers had removed internship offers.
According to indeed.com, “many graduates and students are finding it difficult to make plans a few weeks or months ahead,” which also has an impact on locking down an internship for those positions still available. Knowing the value of an applied learning intern experience, many organizations have gotten creative to provide opportunity and keep students engaged from a distance. Throughout SUNY, a number of student interns remained vigilant throughout the pandemic to continue with their internship experience, as detailed by the reflections shared with us below:
One of the many facets of a SUNY education that helps our students secure a job after graduation is helping them find experiential learning opportunities. Despite the many challenges posed by COVID-19, our students are still able to gain hands-on learning experiences through on- and off-campus internships, better preparing them to make a smooth transition to the workforce and taking the first step on their career path.
Julie is a Communications Assistant at SUNY System Administration.