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Vermont Employer Highlight: NRG Systems

NRG Systems designs and manufactures smart technologies for a more sustainable planet. Thirty-five years ago, NRG revolutionized the way wind resource assessment was done. Today, this heritage of innovation continues. The company serves multiple stages of wind and solar energy project development and provide tools for atmospheric remote sensing applications. Its products are found in more than 150 countries. NRG’s goal is to manage a well-run, profitable company where employees feel good about coming to work every day. NRG’s passionate workforce comprises diverse talents and skills and seeks continuous improvement. NRG has been recognized with awards including the Wall Street Journal’s Winning Workplaces and Best Places to Work in Vermont.

Working at NRG Systems

While they are long-standing pioneers in the renewable energy industry, NRG Systems works hard to maintain a start-up spirit that inspires ingenuity, thoughtful risk-taking, and hard work.

They are always looking for people who share their vision for the future to join their team of innovators, problem-solvers, and go-getters.

Summer Internships

NRG offers summer employment opportunities as well as occasional openings during the academic year. Many students have worked at NRG and gained excellent skills and knowledge. It is a very competitive process, so they encourage you to be flexible and willing to take on diverse tasks. Summer positions are typically based on department needs. They encourage you to become familiar with their company through their website. They typically review resumes from February to April.

If you are interested in applying for a summer job, please send a cover letter and resume to: recruit@nrgsystems.com

Data Science/Machine Learning at People Tech Group

Application deadline 11/30.

People Tech is an emerging leader in the Enterprise Applications and IT Services marketplace. People Tech draws its expertise from strategic partnerships with technology leaders like Microsoft, Oracle and SAP and combines that with the deep understanding of its employees. With a strong focus on frameworks for information availability and analysis, People Tech has developed Centers of Excellence for each of its service areas, ranging from Cloud Applications to Mobile Solutions and Business Intelligence. Given this understanding and the expertise of its employees, People Tech has consistently delivered high value solutions and support to its customers.

As a Junior Developer, you are responsible for development, support, maintenance and implementation of a complex project module. You should have good experience in application of standard software development principles. You should be able to work as an independent team member, capable of applying judgment to plan and execute your tasks. You should have in-depth knowledge of at least one development technology/ programming language. You should be able to respond to technical queries / requests from team members and customers.

Genesis Software Early Career Program at Honeywell

Application deadline 11/30.
The Genesis Software Early Career Program at Honeywell is designed for people passionate about technology and its ability to improve the world. You will work following agile software development methodologies. You will assess new technologies and figure out how they can differentiate Honeywell’s products in the marketplace. You will help drive innovation through collaboration with colleagues utilizing varying technologies and domains. You will actively engage with domain authorities to develop creative ideas and solutions. You will have the opportunity for continued education.
  • Three 8 month rotations through Honeywell businesses and locations (Phoenix, AZ and Atlanta, GA).
  • Challenging projects and assignments focused on developing software skills.
  • Partner and network with leading software developers and business leaders through annual summits, international workshops and mentorship.

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Summer 2019 Technical Internships at SAS

Application deadline 11/30.
Are you looking for something more than just an internship? SAS is making a difference in people’s lives all around the world. SAS’ intern program gives you the opportunity to help create analytics software that turns data – about customers, operations, financials, and more – into insight. In over 140 countries, our customers use SAS to battle cybercrime, speed drugs to market, streamline supply chains, boost marketing and so much more. And you can do all of this in one place – their World Headquarters in Cary, NC.
During your summer at SAS, you’ll partner with some of the brightest minds in the world on business-critical projects, and you’ll have the opportunity to be immersed in their award-winning culture, grow your social and professional network, interact with their senior leadership, and share your contributions with the entire company.
Current openings in Handshake – application deadlines are all 11/30:

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Career Development During Thanksgiving Break

The experts at Koru have written a great article on 5 Ways to Kick Start Your Job Search Over Thanksgiving Break. Below is the edited version to fit Middlebury students:

Kick Start Your Job Search Over Thanksgiving Break

1. Don’t avoid the question, “What do you want to do after college?”

Seek it out. Talk to your friends and family to get advice and help. You’ll be amazed by how many people will want to help you achieve your dreams if you simply involve them. The more people who know you’re on the job hunt, the better.

And by the way, it’s OK to still be unsure of what career path or even first job is right for you. Again, talk to people about it. Seek advice from those who know you best.

Here are some helpful conversation starters to use over Thanksgiving Break:

  • I feel like you know me really well, and I’m interested in what you think I would be great at.

  • When you graduated from college, what were some of the things you considered doing?

  • You seem to love what you are doing. How did you end up in the field that you are in? Did you know this was what you wanted to do right after college?

  • I love ____, but I’m unsure of how I could use it after college. Do you have any ideas?

  • I’ve always loved ____, and I’m looking for some advice on how I can couple my passion for this into a career. What are your thoughts?

2. Start scheduling informational interviews, shadowing, and coffee chats for Winter Term.

Winter Term. Use it as an opportunity to get some new experiences or meet with people in an industry or at a company where you may want to work. You can start planning over Thanksgiving Break.

  • Set up coffee chats for 30 minutes with local alums from in companies where you may want to work. If they aren’t local, schedule a virtual chat.

  • Check out Handshake to search what internships are out there. What sounds interesting? What locations have a lot of opportunities?

  • If you are home for Winter Term, ask your family and friends for opportunities to come in and shadow them for a day.

3. Teach yourself job skills, pad your resume, and learn something fun.

You are what you do. As you get closer to graduation and start having more conversations with employers, you will quickly realize that experience is worth infinitely more than a perfect GPA.

Take advantage of your college break to learn something outside of your comfort zone or something that you are curious about but would never have time to do during school. There are amazing free resources out there for just this purpose. For example, know you are into marketing? Why not take a free course on Google Analytics? Interested in product management? It is helpful to understand basic coding. Done some creative work? Share it and learn more about great design on Behance.

Here’s a list of our favorite resources:

  • Code Academy — Basic to advanced coding skills.

  • Inbound Marketing Certification — Learn all the keys to running successful inbound and content marketing campaigns.

  • Lynda — Classes and courses on everything from excel, adobe products, and photography.

  • Udacity — Online courses developed and taught by leaders at tech companies.

  • Creative Live — Free online courses taught by creative experts.

You’ll blow people away by telling them you snagged self-taught Photoshop or Ruby on Rails skills over Thanksgiving Break.

4. Polish your resume.

When applying for opportunities, your resume, cover letter, and application materials are your first impression. These documents will help you land an interview, so it is important to detail your experience and accomplishments clearly and concisely.

While there is no one right way to write a resume, there are guidelines you should follow to convey a positive, meaningful message. Additionally, for each position you apply for, you should write a new cover letter that is geared toward that specific job and company/organization.

To get started:

  • Review the Resume and Cover Letter Guide for all majors and industries. This guide outlines suggestions for formatting, organization, and content and can walk you through the process of creating either document. Included is also a list of action verbs.

  • Utilize the list of Core Professional Competencies to highlight the skills you have gained during your experiences

  • View resume samples here

5. Polish your LinkedIn Profile and your social media brand.

Most of the students or recent college grads think that they are in good, or at least decent, shape on LinkedIn and social media. Few actually are.

Spend a couple of hours on your LinkedIn profile. It’ll pay back big time. Here are a few key things to look at:

  • Summary — This is your chance to tell people about your passions, skills, and goals. Things like this often don’t jump out on a resume, so your summary is a great opportunity to share them.

  • Job history — Worried your summer working at the hot dog stand won’t cut? Don’t. Put it down. Less than glamorous job experience shows that you have grit.

  • Study abroad — If you studied abroad, make sure to include it on your profile. Studying abroad shows you are curious, able to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, and have the ability to understand different cultures.

When you’re through, Google yourself. What shows up? While having a strong LinkedIn profile is important, make sure that your past social media behavior does not damage your online brand.

6. Take a break, have fun, be yourself.

Spend time relaxing and celebrating with family and friends. After giving your all these last few months, you deserve it.

Data Science Fellowship at Institute for Defense Analyses

Application deadline January 31st.

The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for-profit corporation that operates three Federally Funded Research Centers (FFRDCs). IDA’s Systems and Analyses Center is located in Alexandria, Virginia and is comprised of eight research divisions providing objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise, and conducts related research on other national challenges.

The IDA Data Science Fellowship provides recent graduates a unique opportunity to develop and apply data science skills to important issues in national security. Data Science Fellows will investigate the ways newly available ‘big data’ methodologies contribute to national security and gain experience developing advanced data science tools. They will use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on challenging real-world national security issues. In a collaborative team environment, perform data manipulation and statistical, econometric, predictive, descriptive, and other quantitative analyses to answer national security-related research questions. Fellows should expect to learn while creatively contributing to interdisciplinary project teams.

Fellows will have an opportunity to work research questions in areas such as:
  • Appraisal of current DoD investments in a broad range of areas: from human factors to autonomous systems, from materials science to nuclear weapons effects, from social behaviors to quantum computing;
  • Analyze and research questions on DoD personnel, military readiness and efficacy, and organizational efficiency topics;
  • Assessment of federal agency information and computing architectures that support data science applications (i.e., large, distributed data sets and computational assets);
  • Application of data exploration, text analytics, forecasting, statistical inference, simulation to areas of military personnel, manpower, and acquisition of DOD weapon systems.
Over the course of the three-year program, fellowship experiences will include:
  • Involvement in workshops and discussions on relevant topics
  • Mentorship from members of the IDA research staff
  • Training on specific analytical methods and tools
  • Attendance and presentation at select professional society meetings

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Research Assistant at the Nathan Kline Institute

Applications are currently being invited for a 2-year Research Assistant position with the NKI-Rockland Sample Research Program (NKI-RS) at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) in Orangeburg, NY.

The NKI-RS is focused on understanding the impact of psychiatric illnesses on developmental processes utilizing innovative MRI-based imaging approaches to characterize brain maturation across the lifespan. Additionally, the NKI-RS is dedicated to the support of open data-sharing initiatives, such as the 1000 Functional Connectomes Project and the International Neuroimaging Data-sharing Initiative.

Applicants should have a B.S. or B.A. in psychology, neuroscience, biology, social work, or related scientific fields. The ideal candidates will have prior human subject research experience, strong interpersonal skills, strong written and oral communication, and the ability to work as a member of a team as well as independently. Technical skills are a plus, but not required.

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