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

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