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Tips to Finding a Tech Internship

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Tips to Finding a Tech Internship. The session answered the typical questions students have like when they should start looking for an internship, where they should look and how to get that first interview. The panelists also shared tips for preparing for the interview.

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Tips to Finding a Tech Internship

  1. 1. Copyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights Reserved Tech Internship Panel LaShana Breland, Front End Developer SFDC Admin @ 2U Marianne Cocco, Global Onboarding Manager @ CA Technologies Stefana Muller, Founder LIWiT, VP @ Datagrid Systems
  2. 2. Copyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. Copyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights Reserved What We Do...
  4. 4. Copyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights Reserved Our Panelists Marianne Cocco Global Onboarding Manager + Former Campus Recruiter @ CA Technologies LaShana Breland Front End Developer, Salesforce Administrator @ 2U Director, LI Women in Tech Stefana Muller VP, Business Development @ Datagrid Systems Founder, LI Women in Tech
  5. 5. Copyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights ReservedCopyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights Reserved Tips to Finding a Tech Internship When should I start looking? Where should I look? How do I get an interview? How do I prepare for the interview? Adapted from blog by AlexeyMK http://alexeymk.com/a-brief-guide-to-tech-interns hips/
  6. 6. Copyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights Reserved When? Summer internship application season begins in fall of the year prior! ● Many companies get budget for internships early and start posting opportunities in the Fall. ● Other companies wait until January to begin posting opportunities. ● Internships are typically filled by April for a May/June start. September 2016 January 2017 April 2017 May 2017 August 2017 1st Wave 2nd Wave Hiring Start End
  7. 7. Copyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights Reserved Where? Good News: Almost every company (tech or non-tech) needs software engineers. ● Bigger Companies - High GPA, Good Performance, ● Smaller Companies/ Startups - Initiative, Cool Projects, Volunteer Experience ● Mass Application/ Summer Programs - VC firms - hackNY fellows, Andreesen Horowitz, First Round Capital, True Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Fellows, Bane's StartUp Academy, NYC Turing Fellows, InterviewStreet and InternMatch ● Look beyond your campus offerings. Competition is less in the general populace. ● Apply Directly - find companies and go to their career page ● Focus on Tech Hubs - Bay Area, NY/Brooklyn, Boston, Austin/Dallas, LA, Philly
  8. 8. Copyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights Reserved How? It’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know. ● Build an Online Resume and Portfolio + Build a LinkedIN Profile ● Referrals are key - upperclassmen, TA’s, employees, investors ● LinkedIN - find the recruiter, find the hiring manager, guess the email address, get in front of them ● Attend Conferences & Meetups - network! ● Volunteer - prior experience is important ● Build a clear resume and cover letter - no, it doesn’t have to be 1 page! ● Go directly to company page to apply APPLY, APPLY, APPLY!
  9. 9. Copyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights Reserved Preparing for the Internship ● Learn about the company - read their investor goals, learn about their organization, learn about their founder, pre-interview other employees ● Sign up for their service (i.e. Dropbox, Snapchat, etc.) and come up with ideas to make their service better ● Follow them on Social Media ● Practice for a Technical Interview - write code on a whiteboard, have someone do a mock interview with you, read Gayle McDowell’s “Cracking the Coding Interview” ● Train by interviewing at companies you’re not as excited about
  10. 10. Copyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights Reserved Panel Discussion Questions & Answers
  11. 11. Copyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights ReservedCopyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights Reserved Join Us! Visit LIWomeninTech.comLI Women in Tech is open to all tech students and professionals
  12. 12. Copyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights Reserved Tweet Us! Marianne Cocco @Marianne_Cocco @CA_Careers LaShana Breland @ShanaBreland @LIWomeninTech @2Ucareers Stefana Muller @StefanaMuller @LIWomeninTech @DatagridSystems
  13. 13. Copyright © Long Island Women in Tech, All Rights Reserved Thank you!

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