Tag Archives: Science and Technology

How to Prepare Yourself Before the Start of an Internship

This is excerpted from from Penny Loretto’s article in the balance careers. Read the full article here.

One thing all students should consider before even starting their summer internship is “what do I need to do to become a successful intern?” Getting an internship is just the beginning, and it isn’t the most important part of the internship process. Sure it may have been tough finding an internship and getting an offer, but the truth is that the value of doing an internship is based mainly on how you decide to handle the internship based on what you have to offer. That’s right; the burden is on you to make the internship successful and to perhaps even turn your internship into a full-time job.

It’s not about the company telling you what to do; it’s about you showing your value through your own initiative, motivation, and personal and professional skill set. 


  • Read important literature and trade magazines about the field
  • Take time to review the company’s website
  • Get yourself a mentor

You may also be interested in watching these Internship Tips from Former Peer Career Advisors.

Tech Resources from the Folks at Google University

Coding Practice:

Polish up your technical skills by practicing some coding problems this summer. Google offers a Tech Dev Guide created specifically for students to explore and direct their learning. They also highly recommend Cracking the Coding Interview, LeetCode, and HackerRank to help get your coding skills into tip top shape!

Recommended Courses:

Taking courses such as Algorithms and Data Structures is highly recommended to help with Google’s coding interviews. If you have not taken these courses at Midd, or just want a refresher, Stanford offers a free online Algorithms course that Google loves! For a deeper dive, Pluralsight offers a two part course that shows day to day applications of algorithms and data structures.

Resume Tips:

Google has plenty of resources to help you polish up your resume this summer. Check out their tips for how to apply to Google.  It has everything you need to know from what they would like to see on your resume to how to prepare for interviews!

Multiple Positions Open with Fast Enterprises – One of Glassdoor’s 2019 Best Places to Work!

Congratulations on exploring your career opportunities with FAST and taking the first step to becoming a FASTie! A FASTie? Yes, a FASTie

FAST-ie \’faeste\ noun 1. an energetic, intelligent, enthusiastic person who works at Fast Enterprises. 2. a person dedicated to modernizing government technology to better serve the general public. 3. someone who is open to adventure and wants to experience new places around the world. 4. someone who enjoys collaboration with clients and camaraderie with teammates while solving business and technology problems.

Available positions are listed below. All application deadlines are Tuesday, 4/23. Click on the title and if the description speaks to you, take 5 minutes (seriously, only 5 minutes) to apply!

Software Engineer at Temboo in NYC

Application deadline Monday, April 22nd.

Temboo builds software that people are using to fundamentally change the world around us. Temboo is empowering people to build an amazingly diverse range of physical computing systems at the intersection of hardware, software, and human aspiration, and they want you to help them as they grow and scale.

As a software engineer at Temboo, you’ll work closely with their product team to design, implement, test, deploy and maintain new features. Your specific technical skill-set is less important to us than your all-around intelligence, problem-solving ability, and eagerness for new challenges.

Learn more in Handshake.

How to Establish Goals at Your Internship

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!

Data Center Manager Internship at Amazon

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.

Learn more about the internship in Handshake.