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Internships Q & A

Q & A on Internships with Jennifer Maclaughlin,
Director of Internship & Career Programs

How does an internship help a student’s chances of landing a job after school? 

Internships are by far the most important factor that can help students to land a job after graduation.  An internship can give students relevant work experience that will help students to gain the skills necessary for a variety of positions.  In fact, many students receive job offers through their internship sites before they even graduate.  

What distinguishes Rockefeller College student internships from intern opportunities at other colleges and universities? 

At Rockefeller College, most internships are paid so students can fund their studies and living expenses.  Also, because Rockefeller College is located in the state capital of New York, students have access to many opportunities with state, federal, and local government, as well as nonprofit organizations, lobbying firms, and private industry.  During the summer between the first and second year of grad school, students have the opportunity to complete an internship outside of Albany in a wide variety of locations including New York and Washington, D.C.  They may even land an internship abroad.   

How does Rockefeller’s Office of Career & Alumni Programs work with a student to identify an internship that’s right for him or her? 

Every student is required to meet with me to discuss their career goals.  Throughout the semester, we discuss the potential field or industry that the student may pursue, such as education policy, public finance, etc, and then we identify some potential organizations that may be of interest to the student.  We work collaboratively to prepare application materials, and perfect interview skills.  I’m always here to answer students’ questions or address their concerns