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  • I decided to present to you guys because I’ve learned things that I wish someone had told me… In this class you will have presentations from companies - I’m here to give you the student perspective
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    • 1. Confessions of a Serial Intern Debra Lauterbach Senior, Computer Science How to find a job you love
    • 2. Topics of Discussion
      • Why should you do an internship?
      • How do you find an internship?
      • What is a typical internship like?
      • How do you decide between multiple job offers?
      • Other related topics….
    • 3. Internships…what are they good for?
      • Help you decide:
        • what qualities you value in a company
        • which area of computer science is right for you
      • Can often turn into a full time job
    • 4. My story…
      • 4 internships, 4 different companies
      2004 2005 2006 2007
    • 5. How to find an internship: Part 1 Getting your first job
    • 6. Getting your first job
      • Get relevant experience during the school year
      • Learn technical skills in your spare time
      • REU: Research experience for undergrads
        • http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu
      • Advice: Don’t be afraid to go to the career fair and start trying early
    • 7. National Institute of Standards and Technology
      • Summer after freshman year
      • Washington, D.C.
      • Speech recognition research
    • 8. Components of most internships
      • Presentations to learn about company
      • Technical talks
      • Intern social activities
      • Mentorship program
      • One-on-ones with manager
      • Project presentations at end of summer
    • 9. Intern Fun
      • Social activities
      • Sports leagues
      • During-work events
    • 10. Pros of working for NIST
      • Independent work
      • Not profit-driven
      • Smart and world-renowned co-workers
      • Cons:
        • Working for government
    • 11. How to find an internship: Part 2 Career Fair
    • 12. Career Fair Tips
      • Research companies ahead of time
      • Prepare for interviews
      • Advice: Consider applying to companies other than just those at the career fair.
    • 13. Interview tips
      • “Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job”
    • 14. General Mills
      • Summer after sophomore year
      • Minneapolis, MN
      • Business application development
    • 15. Pros of General Mills
      • Great work/life balance, diverse workplace, fun people & environment, lots of job perks
      • Cons: Eating TOO much free food.
    • 16. “Imposter syndrome”
      • Most internships will require technical knowledge you won’t have at first.
      • So, the most important things you have to rely on are:
        • Problem solving skills
        • General programming knowledge
        • Communication skills
        • Time management, leadership, initiative, etc.
    • 17. Deciding between multiple offers
    • 18. Evaluating Internship Offers
      • Is it an internship or a co-op?
      • Do I know what type of work I’ll be doing?
      • Will I work on my own project or with a team?
      • Am I interested in this area of the company?
      • Do I have to find & pay for my own housing?
      • Advice: Don’t necessarily accept the first offer you get.
    • 19. IBM
      • Summer after junior year
      • Rochester, Minnesota
      • Database optimization speed team
    • 20. Pros of IBM
      • Big company - able to move jobs within
      • Focus on innovation and patents
      • Big on open-source
      • Cons: Big company
    • 21. How to find an internship: Part 3 Networking
    • 22. Networking
      • Be proactive - get to know as many people in your field as possible.
      • Be genuine - make real connections and keep in touch
      • Know who you are, what you want, what you have - “elevator pitch”
      • Advice: Never burn bridges.
    • 23. Wells Fargo
      • Summer after senior year
      • West Des Moines, IA
      • Usability work
    • 24. Pros of Wells Fargo
      • Business side of computing
      • LDP - Leadership Development Program
      • Cons: Mostly MIS majors
    • 25. How to make the most of your internship
      • Don't always expect to do an big, innovative, creative project.
      • Don't be afraid to speak up if you have a problem.
      • Do arrive ready to work hard, because the summer is short!
      • Do get to work on time, and minimize slacking.
      • Do get to know as many people at the company as possible.
      • Do demonstrate leadership and initiative.
    • 26. What I would do differently…
      • Not take internships at companies I wasn’t interested in
      • Searched for jobs at companies beyond just the career fair
      • Taken more initiative on internship projects
      • Gotten to know co-workers better
    • 27. Evaluating a Company
      • Small company or large corporation
        • Public, private, governmental, for/non-profit
      • Location
      • Company culture
      • Job perks
      • Type of Industry
        • IT Services, Internet, Financial, Consumer goods
    • 28. Take-home lessons
      • Internships are important…start planning early so you can do one (or more)!
      • Internships are easy to find, and easy to get if you try.
      • Each internship program is different. Make the most of the opportunity.
      • Internships can turn into your full-time job - so choose a company wisely!