May 4, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
Did you receive funding from CCI for your summer internship? If so, a reminder about a few requirements in the email from Cheryl Whitney Lower, the Associate Director for Internships & Early Engagement sent on 4/28/15:
Dear CCI-Funded Interns,
We are excited about your plans for your summer internship and look forward to working with you to make it the best experience possible.
In response to student feedback, this year we are not requiring attendance at internship pre-departure meetings, but rather we are providing tips on how best to prepare yourself for your internship. Know that we are here to support you, however, in any way we can. Here are some of our suggestions to get you started:
Read at least two of the three following articles selected by CCI’s Peer Career Adviser Adrian Kerester and CCI staff.
Make an appointment with the CCI adviser in your interest area to discuss how to make the most of your internship.
Contact your supervisor to ask how you might best prepare yourself for the internship so that you arrive at your site on the first day ready to “hit the ground running.”
Evaluate which skills you need to strengthen and view online modules at go/Lynda. From 2 minute videos to full courses, these modules cover a variety of topics. Here is just a sampling….
And so much more at go/Lynda.
Do some pre-reflection by answering the following questions in writing. This may help frame your experience and can set you up for a thoughtful dialogue with your supervisor when you first arrive at your internship or as you undertake your self-directed project.
- What is my purpose for doing this internship?
- What do I want to get out of this internship?
- Where do I want it to lead?
- What skills or knowledge do I want to learn during this experience?
- What steps can I take each day/each week to make sure I accomplish my goals?
- What do I anticipate might be a challenge for me at this internship? What can I do to overcome those challenges?
Check in with your answers once a week or once a month to see if your goals have changed, what you are learning, and what, if any, challenges you are facing. Again, being thoughtful and taking responsibility for your own learning will enhance your experience and be appreciated by your supervisor.
Learn more about your work style and interaction preferences—and how to read those of your colleagues—by taking the TypeFocus self-assessments: http://www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/cci/resources/middonly
Looking for housing? Don’t be overwhelmed—it can be much easier than it seems! Here are three great places to start:
- Join the Summer 2015 Internship housing group. Invite your friends to join, and start sharing ideas. Look for other people living where you will be this summer and group up.
- Check out CCI’s Housing Resources (http://www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/cci/resources/housing). Know of other resources not on there? Let us know so we can add them.
- Use your alumni network. Middlebury alums are found in all places, so joining an alumni group on LinkedIn or reaching out on MiddNet for suggestions might be a great place to start!
Thanks for acting as a great Middlebury ambassador as you go out in the world this summer. Not only will this serve you well, you will also be helping to “pay it forward” for future Middlebury students.