"One piece of advice that I have for fellow students is to try to be as involved as possible on-campus and in the community. Not only do you have the opportunity to learn through your involvement in activities but you can also develop connections that can help you later in life." ~ CSIS Intern, 2019
"My advice to others is to put the hours in the library, it will pay off one day. Ask questions and never stop learning! Fail fast, and don’t have a static mindset." ~ CSIS Intern, 2018, 2019 (three internships)
“…always be looking for opportunities. Any experience you can gain in your field of study is valuable, whether that is an internship, job shadow, or an exploration day” ~ ACCT Intern, 2018
"My advice to fellow students is to be open to new opportunities because you never know where it may lead! I believe I grew the most this summer as I was so willing to try new things and learn as much as I could. I believe I will be more successful keeping that mindset as I begin my professional career." ~ Data Science Intern, 2019
"The main emphasis of an internship is on learning. The people you work with will not expect you to know everything when you first start your internship, so avoid putting extra stress on yourself if you do not know how to do something. Ask a lot of questions, and do your best to build personable relationships with all of your coworkers. The relationships you build are just as valuable as the experience you acquire." ~ CSIS Intern, 2019
“… do multiple internships. This gives you the opportunity to figure out what you want to do before you actually get to a full-time position."
"My advice to students is to not hesitate for a second when applying for internships. The value you get from interning for a company sets you up to be successful after college in so many ways. If there is one thing I learned this summer over last summer’s internship, it’s how important it is to put yourself outside of your comfort zone and to try new things. I can attest that by doing so you grow and learn so much more about yourself than by settling for a job that you are comfortable with." ~ Sales Intern, 2018 & 2019
“…always be curious and never stop learning. That alone will take you far.”
"The best thing you can do to get an internship, specifically in software development, is to work on your own projects. Make a game. Make a website. Have an idea for a complex application and follow through..." ~ CSIS Intern, 2017
"Apply to internships early, don't wait. The earlier you apply the higher your chances are for getting an interview, expecially with the bigger companies." ~ CSIS Intern, 2018
"Do not get discouraged if you don't secure an internship right away, stay persistent and keep applying. When interning do things that might be out of your comfort zone, don't be afraid to ask questions but also be confident in your abilities." ~ Marketing Intern, 2018
"During your internship take initiative and a leadership role. Challenging yourself to take on additional tasks and learn new things is a great way to set yourself apart from other interns." ~ Finance/Economics Intern, 2018
"Treat your internship like a three-month interview...because that is what it is" ~ Finance Intern, 2017
"The internship gave me a real world experience and tested my knowledge in an environment that can't be replicated in the classroom" ~ CSIS intern
"I was initially nervous about working in a corporate office, but now I feel very confident in my abilities and know that I will be successful in whatever I choose to do. I'm grateful for this experience and the way I have grown professionally. The friendships and connections I've made will last the rest of my life, and I'm eager to see what the rest of life has in store for me."
"...I was concerned that all of the time I have spent studying would not translate to a real-world setting but I am now comfortable in the fact that this has been time well spent."