Why Internships?

Why Pursue An Internship?

Internships often an invaluable step toward focusing career goals and preparing for life after college. Barnard's location in New York City provides a distinctive advantage for students looking to intern during the academic year, given the proximity to an enormous supply of non-profit, corporate, and governmental organizations.

Through internships, students gain work experience and develop skills and an understanding of different work cultures. Students also develop valuable contacts or mentors from internships and possibly obtain offers of full-time employment upon graduation. When applying for full-time positions, employers often expect students to have gained experience from internships, part-time jobs, and campus activities. In addition, there are certain fields where it is essential to gain hands-on experience in order to be competitive for future full-time employment opportunities.

Please read more about the Beyond Barnard Internship Program, which provides funding to offset the cost of unpaid internships.

How do I find an internship?


Beyond Barnard posts internship, job, as well as volunteer opportunities at Handshake.  It is important for you to check regularly to review opportunities, and to ensure that your profile information is correct.

On-Campus Recruitment (OCR)

Attend Beyond Barnard's Opportunity Fairs, and interview on campus with top employers for some of the most competitive internships available. 

Workshops and Career Advising

Internship search workshops are held by Beyond Barnard to discuss strategies on how to search for internships and how to market experience to potential employers.  Please log in to Handshake and check under the “Events” tab for the time and locations of these workshops. It is also a great idea to meet with a Peer Career Advisor or make an appointment with a Career Advisor to learn more about resources and get help focusing your search. 

Newsletters and E-Mails

Beyond Barnard provides information on the latest internship opportunities in our weekly newsletters, social media, and periodic e-mails about specific internship opportunities. 

Funding For Internships

Students engaged in unpaid internships are eligible to apply for an the Beyond Barnard Internship Program.  Please consult the funding opportunities section of our website for information on funding resources for your internship.