At Tesla, they’re solving the world’s most important problems with talented individuals who share their passion to change the world. Their culture is fast-paced, energetic and innovative. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with office locations around the world, they work to build an inclusive environment in which everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, age, or background, can do their best work.
They have a number of opportunities listed in Handshake. Below are a few we thought our STEM students would be interested in:
Your Professional Network Is Bigger Than You Think – Here are the CCI’s Networking Tips!
Networking: What Is It?
Simply put, it’s reaching out to people with whom you share a connection to learn new information. Sometimes that’s about internships and jobs, majors and careers, but sometimes it’s about where to find an apartment in a new city—or a great restaurant, or a place to get your hair cut. We are all “networking” all the time!
Your share a connection to Middlebury with 7,500+ alumni career volunteers. They want to hear from you about your career aspirations and challenges. They also want to know what’s happening on campus: you’ve got something to offer them as well. Below are some tips to help you make the most out of these valuable exchanges.
Check out the 5-Minute Career Clips (online workshops) for a brief step-by-step guide to conducting a networking conversation.
Check out these examples of how to write an e-mail introducing yourself to a Middlebury Alumni volunteer.
But first, make it count!
Before you make that contact or attend a networking event, be sure that you are practiced and confident in your networking skills.
Know yourself: your competencies and relevant skills. Know what you
want to learn about: which industry or career area interests you.
Why Network? Three Compelling Reasons
1. Most job opportunities (70 percent) are uncovered through networking: More jobs are found this way than through the “want ads,” or company websites, or even through online job-listing sites. Although you’ll want to use all of these channels in your job search, your time is best invested in networking and developing personal connections through your growing network.
2. Most job hunters don’t know enough about the jobs they are pursuing: Networking to gather this information enables you to better articulate why you are a good “fit” for the job—and this makes you a more competitive candidate.
3. Hiring is risky and expensive for employers: If you are referred to an employer by someone that person knows and trusts, then you are a “safer bet” and a more attractive candidate.
Your Two Goals for Networking
Gather “insider” career information and advice from people who work in the career area or company that you’ve targeted as your interest.
Gain referrals (connections) to other people who can also provide career advice and information.
Before You Start
Identify your career-related interests, skills, and values to establish a meaningful discussion with your networks. The list of Core Professional Competencies will help you identify the skills you’ve developed as a liberal arts student.
Identify appropriate contacts in the industries and/or companies that interest you, using MiddNet, professors, family, friends, etc.
Networking Does Not Mean Asking for a Job!
Networking is an essential part of your job-search strategy, but asking directly for a job is not effective networking. This is true for a number of reasons:
To ask directly will likely be off-putting to your contact, who might feel put on the spot. Unless the person knows you, why would she be willing to risk her reputation by referring you to a job lead? On the other hand, nearly everyone is willing to share information and advice with you. Ask for, and learn from, the information and advice offered you—and if the contact is impressed with you and your conversation, and if she does know of a job lead, she may then be inclined to share that lead with you.
If you ask directly for a job and if the answer to your question is “no,” then the conversation becomes a dead end. This misses the opportunity to create a connection with the person or to gain other referrals to other potential contacts.
Limiting your networking connections only to those contacts whom you think may have job leads for you, severely limits the number of connections you can make and hampers your ability to gain important information and advice about the industry, field, or company that you are researching
One of the most exciting chapters of your Middlebury education can be participating in an internship! An internship provides an opportunity to explore your interests and gain experience — you might follow a personal passion, connect to your academic work, volunteer with a not-for-profit organization, or confirm your interest in a particular career path. No matter your interests or what you decide to pursue, CCI is here is help you dream big and accomplish your goals.
Finding the right internship is an exciting process. Most students find their internships through online databases, our cohort internship programs, or create their own through networking. Consider where you’d like to be and what kind of organizations you are interested in and then get started!
Here are CCI’s Top Ten Tips for finding or creating your own internship!
Check out CCI’s seven Career Path Pages for internship news, resources, and industry-specific databases and internships.
Learn about CCI resources and how to start your internship search with a Peer Career Advisor at Quick Questions; no appointment necessary. PCAs can also help you create or edit a resume and cover letter; first check out our guides, sample resumes, and other great tools and resources on the CCI web site.
Research industries and organizations that are of interest to you and then build your knowledge base and make connections by networking with over 7,500 alumni on MiddNet – our database of alumni who have volunteered to offer you career advice and information about their career field or industry. LinkedIn will offer you opportunities to connect with 30,000 more alums!
Tell your friends, parents, professors, and everyone you know and meet that you are looking. You never know when a conversation will lead to more information, a contact, or a great tip. Get the scoop on our networking page.
Important: please note that Middlebury does not grant credit or transcript notation for summer internships, so DO NOT accept an internship with an organization that requires that you receive credit or transcript notation.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program Competition
The SURF Program is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission. Since 1993, SURF students from across the country have had the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology in one of the world’s leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners.
Over the course of 11 weeks, SURF students contribute to the ongoing research of one of the six NIST facilities which are the Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL), Engineering Laboratory (EL), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), and Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) (which now includes project in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology). The SURF Program is administered at the Boulder, CO and Gaithersburg, MD locations.
Applications are required to be submitted through USAJOBS.
Note: Only U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents are eligible to participate in the SURF Program.
The application process has changed. Students can now apply to the 2019 program without the assistance of their universities.
Potential applicants are also invited to participate in an upcoming webinar scheduled December 19, 2018 or January 10, 2019. Please select the a date for registration information.
The Office of Science / US Department of Energy is pleased to announce paid research internship opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for the Summer of 2019. The application system for the 2019 Summer Term Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program is currently open, with all applications due by 05:00 PM Eastern Time on January 10, 2019.
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program places students from 2 and 4 year undergraduate institutions as paid interns in science and engineering research activities at DOE national laboratories and facilities, working with laboratory staff scientists and engineers on projects related to ongoing research programs. Appointments are for 10 weeks during the Summer term, are open to US Citizens and US Lawful Permanent Residents, include a weekly stipend, reimbursement for one round trip domestic travel to the participant’s host DOE laboratory, and possibilities for a housing allowance. More than 850 internships are sponsored annually.
Application is made online. Full program information and descriptions, including links to the online application system, are available here.
Interested in designing a mission to the Saturnian moon Enceladus? Check out this year’s Caltech Space Challenge competition!
It is a prestigious 5-day event held March 24-29, 2019 in which undergraduate and graduate students from all around the world compete in designing a space-related mission. The 2019 edition of the Caltech Space Challenge, called Encelanders, is inspired by the recently ended Cassini mission: searching for traces of life on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The participants will be asked to develop a mission concept based on a network of small landers to explore the sources of Enceladus’ geysers.
Students from a broad range of backgrounds are sought out to apply: from engineering and science, to graphic design and business/project management. More information can be found at their website: http://www.spacechallenge.caltech.edu/as-participant/ and they encourage all interested students to apply!
All expenses while at Caltech for the event are paid, and a partial to full (depending on the cost) travel reimbursement will be issued.
The online application form will be available at their website starting on October 1. Please consult the application instructions below for an overview of the required application documents. The deadline to submit or edit your application is December 1, 2018. All incomplete applications after this date will be discarded.