I think you have you answer right here. Education, that you're likely paying big bucks for, is more than just in the classroom. The school offers those connections and internships to its students as part of the education. What's the point of getting the degree if you can't use it? I don't think the opportunities are just an "advantage" you you believe they're a requirement to get into the field after graduation. It sounds like its actually a necessary part if you're degree.