NEW YORK — Samsung Electronics says it is redesigning the summer internship. Bypassing work plans and coffee runs, the “Mini-Internship” is a shortcut to one of the key benefits of a traditional program – access to industry leaders. Hosted at Samsung 837, the company’s flagship digital store in the heart of the Meatpacking District, the series will feature speakers like Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee, Iron Chef David Burke and NBC’sToday show host Billy Bush.
The program, with support of the Meatpacking Business Improvement District, aims to help local students bolster their career preparation by offering a fun, alternative way they can get an interactive and informative experience. Speakers from a variety of fields will share their personal stories of their journeys to success, lessons they learned along the way and advice they have for young people. In an open forum, students will be encouraged to ask questions and engage in discussion. They will also hear from Samsung executives. Students who attend all sessions of the speaker series will receive a certificate from Samsung Electronics America to show they took part in a career preparation program.
In general, internships can provide students with invaluable work experience as well as access to industry leaders. Recent studies show that college seniors who have participated in an internship also have a better chance at landing a first job by graduation. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 57 percent of students from the class of 2015 who participated in an internship or cooperative education program received at least one job offer by April 2015. Only 37 percent of students who did not participate in an internship or co-op received at least one job offer.
“We believe in our mission to provide young people with opportunities to enhance their education,” said Andrew Bowins, vice president of Corporate Reputation at Samsung Electronics America. “Access to role models who could become mentors can be a critical step into the workforce.”
For more than a decade, Samsung’s Hope for Children initiative has focused on providing access to healthcare and technology education, especially STEM education, for youth in underserved communities. The Corporate Citizenship team has developed and partnered on education programs that aim to provide students nationwide with skills and experiences that can be useful to them as they continue their education and eventually join the workforce. In addition to Samsung’s in-office internship program, the Mini-Internship is a continuation of the company’s commitment to education during the summer months.
The speaker series will be held every Wednesday from July 20 through August 31, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 837 Washington St. in New York, NY. Open to the public, reservation preference will be given to members of Samsung’s partner organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Children’s Aid Society.