Check out these helpful internship tips from former PCAS:
So you’ve found the perfect summer internship, but how do you know if your internship is going to provide you with what you need if you’re not sure what type of experience it is that you want, or if you haven’t established any goals to know what you hope to accomplish?
The most amazing internship experiences are those that prepare students for the work they hope to do after graduating from Midd.
How to Choose Your Goals
From the folks at wayup.com in their article, “How to Set Great Internship or Job Goals” (read the full article here):
Setting the best, achievable goals for your internship or entry-level job largely depends on knowing what you want, what you’re capable of, what your role will enable you to reasonably do, and what the company is trying to do. When setting your goals, it’s important to ask yourself a few key questions.
First, ask yourself why you accepted this internship or job. This should help you figure out what you should try and learn from it. Understanding your own personal motivation for taking the job should help you set a good personal learning goal.
Second, consider what the company is trying to do. Your goals should benefit you and the company. If your goals don’t align with the company’s goals, then your efforts likely won’t have any impact on the company’s success and you won’t be able to demonstrate your value to the company.
Third, ask yourself what type of impact you’d like to have on the company. What would you be most proud of achieving?
Fourth, examine the responsibilities of the role you have at the company and determine what your role will enable you to achieve. If you’re a sales intern, you probably won’t be super successful at helping the company achieve their engineering-related goals.
Internship Goal Examples
- Social media marketing intern – Grow Twitter followers by 25% by the end of summer.
- Software Engineering Intern – Learn Ruby on Rails and deploy 1 new feature by the end of summer.
- Anyone – Have coffee with 1 full-time employee each week.
Once you have your goals set, it is helpful to track your progress. A good rule of thumb is to check in on your status one time dimension below the scope of your goals. For example, you should check on any monthly goals every week.
Do what you can to make the most out of your summer internship. Make friends with your coworkers, take lots of notes, go above and beyond to help where needed, and always act professionally. This will make you stand out and hopefully gain some contacts within your field, which will hopefully lead to some job prospects!
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is growing rapidly, and they are looking for a Data Center Manager Intern to join their expanding Infrastructure Operations team.
They are looking for college students with high-potential to obtain more experience in people management, strong technical understanding and vision to take AWS Data Center Operations to the next level. A successful candidate will have experience creating/devising strategies, mentoring people in all levels, sponsoring projects and proposing technical solutions.
Amazon has multiple Data Center Manager Intern openings in Ohio, Virginia, and Oregon for candidates that will be graduating between December 2019-June 2020 in a relevant Technical Field.
Check out this Funded Internship – deadline extended to 5/15!
Develop “Rise and Walk” walking groups throughout Addison County.
The local Addison County RiseVT Program has 3 broad goals:
- To increase physical activity, especially walking
- Increase access and education around nutritious foods
- Foster a sense of neighborliness among residents, decreasing isolation
As part of their quest to increase physical activity, especially, walking, among residents, RiseVT is introducing “Rise and Walk”.
Research and develop .5 and 1.0 mile and 2.0 mile walking routes and produce Rise and Walk Map for each community by considering:
- Safety of walking routes
- Feasibility of walking within the community, with or without added safety measures
- Difficulty of route
- Readiness of communities to host walking initiatives
Student may work in conjunction with the Addison County Regional Planning Commission to research individual Town Plans, and with the Middlebury Recreation Department.
Intern must have access to reliable transportation. Hours are 30 per week. Start/end dates of internship are flexible.
Learn more about the position in Handshake. Deadline extended to 5/15!
Facebook University: Engineering Bootcamp. Facebook offers this 8-week program to rising sophomores from underrepresented communities.
Google Summer of Code. Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development. Students work with an open source organization on a 3 month programming project during their break from school. Deadline April 9.
Google. Google has many opportunities for undergrads, like summer internships, AdCamp, and others at locations in the U.S. and abroad. Deadlines vary. In addition to regular internships, Google offers Google Engineering Practicum Internship, a 12-week program for first and second year students.
Microsoft University Internship. Microsoft has a large summer internship program.
IBM Research has opportunities for undergraduate researchers in several locations in the US. There is a research internship particularly directed at undergraduate women.
NASA. NASA has lots of opportunities for summer internships and semester internships across many science and engineering disciplines. Deadline April 1.
MassTech Intern Partnership matches Massachusets residents with firms in the tech sector within Massachusetts. Deadline March 31.
Code for America provides internships where students work on technical projects as a public service, often working with local governments that lack the resources to hire a professional technical staff. These internships are unpaid, so eligible for summer funding! Deadlines vary.
Code2040 particularly targets Black and Latinx technologists and their allies, helping them find internships with top tech companies and providing mentorship, leadership training, and network development.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory offers internships in high-performance computing, particularly addressing security needs.
Nvidia pioneered a supercharged form of computing loved by the most demanding computer users in the world — scientists, designers, artists, and gamers.
VMware provides virtualization and cloud infrastructure. They offer internships in the the US, India, China, Bulgaria, Ireland, Canada, France, UK and Denmark!
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a summer program for students in grades 2-12. They have both Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant opportunities.
Id Tech Camp offers summer camps across the country for kids and teens in science and technology.
As you are no doubt anxiously waiting to hear about summer internships so you can complete your summer funding applications (read more about CCI’s Summer Internship Funding Applications – remember the deadline is April 14th) Consider checking out this helpful Muse article by Sara McCord.
You know that you’re capable of being a top-tier applicant (that’s why you’re here!). You’re the type to take your career ambitions into your own hands—build your network, do your research, rock the interview, and write an awesome thank you note.
But then it’s the hiring manager’s turn, and you have to shift gears from proactive to patient. Isn’t there anything you can do?
The short answer is, making the switch from “full steam ahead” to “wait and see” mode is the most important step (but more on that later). Read the full article here.
Check out Sara’s other articles on:
- 5 Follow-Up Emails That Scare Hiring Managers (and What to Write Instead)
- Why There’s No Such Thing as a “Sign” You Did or Didn’t Get the Job
- How to Stay Sane When Waiting to Hear Back About a Job You Really, Really Want
Conversely, if you’ve applied to more than one internship and don’t know what to do when you get a pretty good internship offer, but you’re still hoping for a call from your dream company, check out this article on How to Delay an Internship Offer Deadline by Lily Zhang at The Muse.
SULI Program Overview
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.
The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories/facilities.
Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms.
Learn how to apply. Application deadline 3/29 at 5:00 pm ET.