99% of non junior year internships are bullshit and shouldn’t be required.
I'm an executive member of an on campus organization and we run interviews for one of our more advanced sections and we recently finished up our first round. We mostly try to recruit sophomores and younger for these positions so that they can hopefully be the future of the organization. We don't expect great technical knowledge from most of these students yet we've had to consistently lower our standards because it's just not there. They can't name valuation methods past the
Not to mention that most of these internships are unpaid grunt work for resume fodder - no student should be expected to work for free scrolling through excel data all day just so they can write "worked on M&A transaction" on their resume. Especially when someone who actually worked hard and self studied will end up with far more applicable knowledge.
So the question is, why is this still taken into account for jobs? I'm sure those reviewing resumes know that it's bullshit, yet it's still something asked about on every interview.