Treat your internship like an interview for a future job – Many organizations that offer internships also offer job opportunities, thus, it is always important to make a lasting impression. If you are an exceptional intern, it is much more likely that the company would consider creating a position on their team for you! Internship supervisors often also serve as great references when applying to future internships and employment positions. Consequently, make sure to dress your best, stay on top of deadlines, and go above and beyond to demonstrate your work ethic!
At the same time, think of your internship as a possible future job – While interns and employees often have different responsibilities in the workplace, this summer can still be enlightening in determining your future. It will allow you to understand more about what role you naturally take on in a team setting and therefore, what kind of company or organization you would like to be a part of. It can also provide you with insight on what type of job you would like to have, for example do you prefer office work or a more hands-on work environment? Advice from mentors and our CCI advisors is always extremely helpful, however, personal experience is usually the best form of knowing which career path to choose.
Take initiative – If you’ve finished a project you were assigned to, it may be tempting to sit back and relax but try to fight this urge. It will make you a memorable and dependable intern if you show that you are motivated to have more responsibility. Another aspect to taking initiative is sharing any ideas for improvement that you may have. Don’t be afraid to speak up! Your employer will likely see this as you wanting to get more involved in the organization, which if that is the case, it would help you in obtaining an employment offer or furthering your relationship with the employer. But if you are also feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to be your own advocate and ask for extra time or assistance.
Ask questions – Asking questions will not only make you look more connected to the company, but it is also the best way to get the most out of your internship. Don’t ask questions just to ask them though, make sure that you are asking questions that are of use. By doing so, you express your interest in the work you are doing and the company itself. Being curious will also make you learn more than you would have if you did not become further involved.
Keep an open mind – If you are asked to complete a project or give a presentation, do not automatically turn down the offer because you do not have experience doing so. Take this as an opportunity to learn! You will get the most out of your internship if you get out of your comfort zone and attempt to develop new skills! Being accommodating is an extremely important tool in overcoming obstacles in everyday life so make sure to practice this in your internship as well!
Set goals for yourself – Take some time to think about which skills you already have and which you would like to develop. Internships are one of the best places to learn more about yourself and about your abilities. Given the length of summer internships, stay organized by making weekly goals for yourself. When you think of these goals, do not keep them broad, make certain that they are measurable to keep you on track. For example, rather than simply wanting to increase followers for a social media managing internship, plan to increase the number of followers on the account by 50 every week. Whatever the goal is, make sure to try and quantify it!
Network – Meet as many people as you can! The more you get to know the individuals you are working alongside with, the more they will know you and be more likely to make professional connections on your behalf. Oftentimes a reputable spokesperson is a major determining factor in whether a future organization will choose to offer a position to you versus another candidate. It is possible that one of the many people you meet will be your future employer or your key into graduate school someday, so always put your best foot forward!
Try to keep a balanced summer – While having an internship over the summer often does not leave you with a lot of time to do much of anything else, always remember to take breaks and enjoy your summer! Take in the beautiful weather, spend time with friends and family, make sure to de-stress! It will be hard to not worry about all that you have to do but remember that you have been extremely productive and reward your hard work from time to time!
Be proud about all that you accomplished! A summer internship is oftentimes much longer than internships offered in the winter, meaning that you are going to dedicate a great deal of time on projects and learning many different skills. As students we tend to downplay our achievements and all that we were responsible for during internships. It may feel pretentious to do so, but make sure to communicate all that you did on your future resumes and cover letters! You spent an entire summer developing your ability to accomplish certain tasks and you should be proud to show this off!
Maintain contact – The most important tip to networking properly is to make certain that you continue contact after the initial introduction is made. A company may not necessarily remember an individual intern simply because they interned for a summer, therefore, it is important to stay in touch. The best letters of recommendation are those in which the individual writing them truly knows the applicant. In order to do this, make sure to reach out at least once or twice a year to maintain these ties and keep your network updated.
The author of this article, Cindy Cardona ’22, is a Biology major and Sociology minor who will be attending veterinary school after graduation. Cindy is a Peer Career Advisor at the Center for Careers and Internships.
The CCI is committed to supporting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students in professional and career development including planning their careers, networking with alumni, and job and internship resources. Please note, that while these resources are being highlighted as part of AAPI Month, the CCI is here for students all year. We invite you to call, email, or stop in any time.
Use the scheduling tool in Handshake to set up a 30-minute appointment with one of our career advisors.
The following programs are funded opportunities that help you gain career experience. The opportunities can also allow you to access important professional networks that will help you with your job search when the fellowship or program is over.
Below are just some opportunities available for AAPI students:
Google BOLD Internship Program – BOLD interns join teams across Sales, Marketing, People Operations, and many others to identify challenges, collaborate on building solutions, and drive meaningful change for clients and users — all while developing skills and building careers.
Inroads– Since their founding, INROADS has been a leader in advancing diverse youth in corporate America.
Japanese American Citizens League – The fellowships provide the opportunity to work on advocacy at a national level through the National JACL office based in Washington, D.C.
OCA – Asian Pacific Advocates (Washington, DC) – Since 1989, the OCA Internship Program has cultivated future leadership for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community by providing students with opportunities to work in the public sector and learn about critical issues.
Seizing Every Opportunity (SEO) – SEO Career recruits and trains high achieving Black, Latinx, and Native American college students for challenging summer internships that lead to coveted full-time jobs.
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month– a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island). *from https://asianpacificheritage.gov/about/
Dive head first into improving your professional portfolio and get your headshot in Axinn on May 3rd @ 5-7:30 PM. Come dressed for success and get your headshot taken by a professional photographer. Running from class and don’t have time? The CCI wardrobe will be there to help with dress shirts, combs, and mirrors.
The CCI and SGA Student Affairs and DEI Committees have partnered to bring a variety of stations to help YOU personalize your professional brand. Visit our LinkedIn Review station, meet with a Peer Career Advisor to help with your resume, and learn about Middlebury’s Midd2Midd network. Join us for some music and charcuterie boards and try your luck at winning some prizes!
*This event is partially funded by SGA JusticeProjects.
The Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) is seeking a freelance video editor to assist our team with our MIDDVantage video series. The pay is $18 per hour, and we are looking for someone who is proficient in video editing that can take a zoom recording, add graphics, musical content, etc., and then return the final piece as an mP4 for us to upload to our YouTube channel. The individual should be comfortable with video editing software. All the footage has been recorded (via Zoom), so you would be editing existing content. This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in an ongoing relationship with CCI, as we have a lot of video content planned for the next year. We anticipate approximately 60 hours for the two upcoming series that will launch Fall 2022. As part of this project, we are also looking for someone to go in and pull out highlights from previously recorded interviews to create a commercial of sorts as well as various social cuts for promotional purposes.
It would be a bonus if you have any podcasting experience to help us decide if turning these into a podcast is a good idea! Please contact Nicole Veilleux (email@example.com) if you are interested or have any questions.
While these alumni may have majored in geology, they are all working in a variety of professional fields that will be of interest to students. They will be joining us to discuss their career paths and how their major made an impact on their careers after Middlebury.
They can help you answer the question, “What can I do with my liberal arts major or degree?”
The Geology Field Guide will feature an alumni panel and one-on-one chats. At these events, you will have the chance to connect with alumni, faculty, and other students.
Thursday, April 21
Time: 5:00 pm Location: Hillcrest 103 Click here to RSVP!
Friday, April 22
One-on-one chats with alumni.
Confirmed panelists include:
Cailey Condit ‘11 – Assistant Professor at University of Washington