In July 2020, Hunter Hillel (a Jewish student leadership and education organization at Hunter College) in New York City employed Rubin Emerge, our signature learning platform.
The initiative, dubbed a “self-authored internship,” has provided 30 students with staff mentorship, professional support and career skills to ensure students are competitive in the job market upon graduation. The internship program occurred in separate eight-week cohorts in July-August 2020 and October-December of 2020.
Merav Fine Braun, executive director of Hunter College Hillel, incorporated Emerge to teach students writing skills (ex: email etiquette), networking techniques, resumes, cover letters, job interview preparation and more.
At the end of the fall semester, Braun reported that five of the 20 fall student participants had already secured jobs. Two students landed roles as consultants, two others as nurses and one as a technology engineer.
“Rubin Emerge has been a tremendous resource for our students and our team,” said Braun, who also treated the self-authored internship as a learning community. “During the pandemic, our students, who primarily live with their families across New York City, and live in the hardest hit areas of the pandemic in NYC, were craving skills building opportunities at a time when they felt physically stuck.
Emerge provides hands-on practice for critical life skills, and the 25% job placement rate one month after the semester ended proves that employers noticed our students right away. What’s more, our students feel empowered and emboldened to communicate and engage on a professional level regardless of their professional experience or year in college.”
Wherever Emerge takes root, good things happen. A student at the University of Alabama used the program to secure an on-campus job with “ESPN College Gameday” football TV special. Another student, this time at Michigan State, relied on Emerge to excel at a summer internship in a manufacturing facility.
Emerge teaches actionable strategies to look your best as you pursue opportunities. We want results for students as soon as possible, and that’s why we’re excited to see the job placement rate at Hunter College.