Summer internships are great opportunities for learning new skills and finding future jobs.
These 2018 Summer Internship stories not only prove how important summer internships are to build experience and begin to shape your career, but are great advice for anyone looking to find a summer internship:
Intern at Oakland Department of Transportation– Oakland, California
Mateo, Sustainability, and Built Environment, University of Florida
How did you find the internship?
On a Facebook Group called “New Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens.” There are people from all over the world that are interested in transportation and urban planning, and someone posted the internship opportunity on the page. It felt like a good match because I had worked as part of the Strategic Initiative team at Gainesville City Hall, had some knowledge about Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and I’m president of the Students for New Urbanism Club.
What is the best thing about interning in a different city?
Because I’m working with the local government and I’m not from California, I have an outsider perspective from what I’ve learned works in cities like Gainesville, and I get to learn new ways of thinking and planning. Also, having a summer job out of state means that, while you’re not working, you’re a tourist- you get to explore new places!
What advice do you have for others looking for similar internship experiences?
When it comes to careers in Urban Planning and Sustainability, I think the most important thing is to show that you are interested in the subject. Passion for problem-solving and being knowledgeable about what’s going on overrides more specific skills like GIS, which is not the case with other jobs.
Intern at SONY Pictures– Miami, Florida
Juliana, Finance, University of Florida
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned during your internship?
Seeing how changes in such a big company take place. They’re restructuring leadership and different positions, after combining two completely different areas. I’ve learned a lot from watching how that happens, everyone’s expectations, and the communication in the company- which you don’t get to see at school.
What advice do you have for future interns?
Networking. When it comes to internship and job opportunities, you should get out there and talk to people. Ask questions, show your interest in the field. Most opportunities come from the connections you make.
Intern at PEPSI Co.- White Plains, NY
Jose Luis, Industrial Engineering, University of Florida
How did you get this internship?
By talking to a recruiter at a career fair on campus. We had a great conversation and I showed interest in interning with them, and after reviewing my resume they called me back for an interview.
Why is this internship relevant to your major?
This internship focuses on Supply Chain, which is a very important part of engineering jobs. It’s great to work on consumer products that I’ve used all my life, like Pepsi and Lays chips, and interact with all the planning and engineering that takes place behind the scenes to get the products from our plants to our customers.
What advice would you give to future applicants?
Pepsi, like other companies, prioritizes your experience and leadership over anything else. They get a lot of applicants with good GPAs, but they’re interested in hiring the ones that also have something they’re passionate about outside of the classroom.
Also, if you want to set yourself up for a future job, don’t just do what you’re supposed to: take initiative and go that extra mile. It will say a lot about your work ethic and you’ll learn more.
Creative Leads Intern at Plus305 Agency- Miami, Florida
Marcos, Recent Advertising Graduate, Florida International University
How did you get the internship?
I was in my final capstone class at FIU. We had a project where we had the whole semester to come up with a 360 campaign to later pitch for a client, Air Europa.
Two of the judges on presentation day were from the client’s creative agency, Plus305. My group won the pitch, and after the presentation, the creative lead from Plus305 approached me and said he was impressed with my work and would like to talk about future opportunities. We met for coffee, spoke about my interests for the future and he offered me the opportunity to intern for them.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned?
Take a risk. I decided to take the internship and leave my job as a new business representative at an agency. As Tom Selleck once said: “risk is the price we pay for the opportunity.” Being with Plus305 has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of advertising, and I love it!