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The Hechinger Report featured President Marvin Krislov teaming up with Stelios Vassilakis, chief programs and strategic initiatives officer at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, on the op-ed "OPINION: How targeted internships are helping students and nonpr

04/22/2021

The Hechinger Report featured President Marvin Krislov teaming up with Stelios Vassilakis, chief programs and strategic initiatives officer at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, on the op-ed "OPINION: How targeted internships are helping students and nonprofits get through the pandemic"

When the coronavirus reached America a year ago, it upended everything about how we live and work. For college students, it meant a quick shift to online classes and shuttered residence halls. It meant virtual commencements and canceled plans.

For many students, it also meant canceled internship opportunities. And that was a bigger problem than you might realize.

Internships can play as critical a role in a student’s educational and career success as their academic coursework, providing crucial opportunities to learn by doing and gain professional experience.

Perhaps even more importantly — especially for students from historically underrepresented groups — internships help build professional networks that can support them throughout their careers.

In addition, students overwhelmingly report that internships help them focus their career goals, national research shows. Paying internships often provide much-needed income that helps make college possible.

Read the full Hechinger Report article.