Baruch Students Land Internships and Get a Jump on Jobs
Working in prominent firms throughout New York City and beyond
Getting a foot in the door is one of the most effective ways for students to land a job. And, the best way in is through internships. According to a 2015 National Association of Colleges and Employers survey, employers reported converting an average of 51.7 % of their eligible interns into full-time hires. That’s good news for many Baruch students who have been working this summer in firms from PricewaterhouseCoopers to Spector & Associates as part of the College’s highly successful internship program.
“Internships are important for the overall development of a student,” says Baruch’s Michael Kalish, Associate Director of On-Campus Recruiting & Internships. “It helps students to ultimately find employment and roles that best suit their interests, skills, and values. Baruch’s location is a huge benefit given that we are situated a few miles from Wall Street and just down the street from midtown Manhattan.”
According to Kalish, Baruch students reported that they had secured 975 internships during the 2014-2015 academic year. And more than 700 internships were reported in the first half of the 2015-2016 academic year alone.” Kalish reports, “Those numbers are still growing.”
Here are a few Baruch Students speaking about their experiences as interns this summer.
Minutes from Grand Central Station
Simbi Akkani ’18
Simbi Akanni ’18 held a summer internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) near Grand Central as an International Tax Services – Quantitative Solutions Intern.
“I was responsible for supporting my team on various engagements. My main tasks included reviewing international tax forms and creating binders and deliverables,” says Akanni, a junior majoring in Accounting with a minor in Communication Studies. “This internship exposed me to the pros and cons of corporate America. It also helped prepare me for any career path I decide to take as a result of constant intense training.”
Akanni interned for PwC twice before – once in the Internal Firm Services (IFS) department following her junior year of high school, and again during the summer of 2015 as an IFS Human Resources Intern.
“My technical capabilities, business, and global acumen, and whole leadership in general have been developed. As a result, no matter where I end up, I’m confident I’ll be successful.”
From Flatiron to Wall Street
Troy Thompson ’16
Not long after graduating from Baruch College with a major in Corporate Communications and a minor in Political Science, Troy Thompson ’16 started a 12-week internship at Spector & Associates – a public relations agency by Wall Street.
“Baruch played a significant role. Besides being home to the Museum of Public Relations where I had originally met Shelly Spector, the founder of the agency and the museum, I made a habit of visiting the STARR Career Development Center every semester to both fine tune my resume and to get advice. So by the time I had an interview I was already confident and well prepared,” says Thompson.
During his internship, Thompson says he was responsible for drafting feature articles, press releases, pitches, media advisories and creating media lists. He supported outreach for companies operating within data and analytics, defense, healthcare and industrial technology.
Road Trip to Virginia
While Baruch connects students to prominent internships throughout the Big Apple, opportunities don’t stop with New York City. Aleksandra Ryshina’18 spent her summer at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Organization in Virginia.
“As a Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow I strengthened my leadership skills while working on a social service capstone project,” says Ryshina who’s majoring in Political Science and English. “Throughout the program, the fellows and I were required to research and develop an action plan to put forth an organization that will help strengthen our community back home.”
This was Ryshina’s first internship and she gives credit to Baruch’s STARR Career Development Center for helping her land the gig.
“I discovered the internship through their weekly newsletters sent out by my pre-law advisor Tina Coco. It helped prepare me for my career because I had a chance to speak with prominent people in all kinds of fields – politics, medicine, sales, and journalism.”
Easy Access to Internships
Students can search for internships on Baruch’s online job/internship system called STARR Search, or through other websites and sources.
“Our Career Counselors can work with students through one-on-one appointments or walk-in sessions,” says Kalish. “We also hold internship seminars monthly and encourage all students who express interest in internships to attend.”
Baruch students have interned at prestigious firms such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Ernest and Young, Viacom and the MTA.
According to Kalish thousands of Baruch alumni working in the New York area have paved the way for Baruch students. “They’re frequently the ones who come back to recruit on campus,” he said. “In a world where the importance of networking is ever increasing, the fact that we have so many local alumni accessible is a major advantage for Baruch students.”