About Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN)
The Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN) serves as a local talent pipeline connecting students to industry and community through internships, jobs, events, and programming. Founded in 2014 by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, with support from the City of New York, BE.IN’s mission is to foster cooperation among member institutions to broaden and enrich academic programs, encourage economies of scale through shared services, expand and encourage community service activities, and fuel economic growth by being a magnet to draw the best students and faculty to study, explore, live, intern, and work in Brooklyn. BE.IN also works to create a sense of community among the over 11,000 faculties and staff of our ten member organizations, connect the area’s 66,000 college students to internships and jobs, and help local businesses source the best talent to fill internship and graduate spots right in their own backyard – Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Education Innovation Network is currently made up of 10 member institutions:
- Berkeley College
- Brooklyn Law School
- Empire State College (SUNY)
- LIU Brooklyn
- Medgar Evers College (CUNY)
- New York City College of Technology (CUNY)
- New York University
- Pratt Institute
- St. Francis College
- St. Joseph’s College
BE.IN is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of college, university, and law school presidents. The day to day operations is managed by the executive director with the guidance of fourteen working committees and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Additionally, BE.IN is in the process of developing an external advisory committee led by Robert Walsh, former NYC Small Business Services Commissioner. The external committee will provide real-time feedback to BE.IN member institutions in order to influence curriculum development and career preparation.
Over the past year, BE.IN has contributed to the workforce development needs of Downtown Brooklyn’s innovation firms in multi-faceted ways, including, but not limited to:
- Worked with more than 230 innovation firms to recruit, vet, and placed students and alumni in jobs and internships.
- Provided member institutions with more than 6,000 job and internship opportunities available in NYC through our job board posting, outreach, and direct contact with firms.
- Connected innovation firms that are in need of talent to Downtown Brooklyn colleges and universities through meet-ups, e-communication, and resume gathering.
- Conservatively matched more than 1,000 students to jobs and internships.
- Management and oversight of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Internship Program (BTTIP), in collaboration with the New York City College of Technology and NYC Tech Talent Pipeline.
- Developed an internship template for small businesses and start-ups that BE.IN would coordinate and manage.
- Researched and disseminated available jobs and internships in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle.
Bridging the gap between Downtown Brooklyn’s innovation start-up firms and higher education institutions has been a priority for BE.IN. A vital piece of BE.IN’s mission is to advocate on behalf of innovation firms to further develop and enhance BE.IN student’s skills and capabilities to meet the needs of NYC’s growing innovation economy. This development includes recommended changes to curriculum based on employer feedback and increased professional development opportunities for students. In regards to the professional development of Downtown Brooklyn college students, BE. IN currently executes, or is in the process of executing numerous programs and events, including:
- BE.INnovative Symposium, a week-long entrepreneurship summit focused on connecting the creative, academic, and local industry communities with co-led faculty and industry panels, open office tours, and a mentorship hackathon that seeks to address major local issues.
- BE.INnovative Meet-ups that connect faculty, staff, and students to innovation firms for career and intern exploration.
- BE.INnovative Leaders, which provides students with leadership workshops, opportunities to meet elected and public officials, and to attend special events and programs.
- BE.INnovative Professional Development Workshop Series based on industry-specific feedback.
- BE.INnovative community service events and programs to increase student engagement in Brooklyn.
- BE.INnovative Boot Camps focused on entrepreneurship, creativity, and basic coding.
- BE.INnovative Fellowship Program to educate students about entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity and its intersection with traditional academic disciplines and industries.