Dickinson Students Offer Insight into Summer Internships (2022)

Students share internship experiences, advice

Internships help you explore fields, jobs and workplaces you’re interested in as youdevelop career plans and gain the skills and experiences for postgraduation success. They also can help you build your professional network, get ready for the workforce and identify the workplace types and cultures that work best for you. Sometimes, they lead to job tips and offers—or to connections that could pay off big down the road. And the more internships you have, the more you’ll know about the jobs and work environments that are out there and that interest you.

That's why at Dickinson93% of students complete an internship, research, externship, service learning or field experience course before graduation. Below is a dose of inspiration and unfilteredadvice from some of those students, who recently completed summer internships.

Kristen Beach ’24
Audubon Society of Rhode Island Nature Center and Aquarium

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Beach (environmental science)helped to lead volunteers with garden maintenance and planning, collected data for an insect inventory and updated educational materials. She particularly enjoyed helping out with animal care—especially feeding the seahorses.

Best advice: “Try to find an internship where you will be doing a variety of things. That way you can get a better idea of what your interests are."

Evan Bechtel ’23
Pennsylvania Geological Survey

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Bechtel (earth sciences) built a database of rock and mineral samples, prepared rock samples for petrographic analysis, worked on a surveyof sinkholes, digitized geologic maps and performed geologic field work.

Best advice: “Start hunting for an internship early. And as with any job, you only get out of it what you put in. Talk to professionals and show genuine interest in what you’re doing and more interesting work will come your way."

Lee Dunn ’23
Trophy Brewing and Young Hearts Distilling

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Dunn(), who plans to run his own distillery one day, prepped ingredients, loaded the fermenter, operated the still and worked with the team on all aspects of creating the product. He also traveled with his supervisor to meet with legislators and discuss alcohol-related bills,and he learned about day-to-day operations and related laws.

Best advice: "Don't be afraid to ask 'stupid' questions, and make as many meaningful connections as you can."

Juliana Gianni ’24
NRG Energy

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Gianni (environmental science), who learned about internship opportunityat NRG Energy from a 2016 Dickinson gradwho works there,interned in NRG'ssustainability and advisory-services department. Throughout the summer, shehelped toconvert the company’s vehicle fleet to 100% electric vehicles, performedcustomer analysis and market research, prototypedsolutions, and createda database. She says her prior internship with Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education helped set her apart from fellow applicants and empowered her to make a positive impact through her internship, beginning on day one.

Best advice:“The things you learn during an internship are unlike anything that you will find in a classroom, so I highly recommend applying for as many internships as you can."

Jack Drda ’24
Georgetown University College of Medicine

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Drda (biology) has served several patient-care internships at UPMC Central Pennsylvania hospitals. In summer 2022 he mixed it up as a research intern at Georgetown,where he analyzed liver tissues for cancer and stem-cell markers and investigated the mechanism underlying hepatocellular carcinoma. He also gave weekly presentations about the ongoing work.

Best advice:“Rejection happens to everyone—own it! Use what you learned to better your next application.”

Maritriny Galvez-Ceron '24, Claire Shearer '24and Daniel Yamoah '23
UPMC

Each of these students shadowed physicians and other medical personnel in various departments and gained valuable insight into the medical profession.Galvez-Ceron )particularlyenjoyed learning about obstetrics and gynecology. Shearer (biochemistry & molecular biology) plans to become a pediatrician, and especially appreciated the chance to work with pediatricians and the children they serve.For Yamoah (biology), who was raised in a small village in Ghana where there's little access to Western medical treatments, the highlight was working with underserved communities through the mobile-services unit.

Best advice: Pursue an internship! "This internship was very valuable and meaningful to me. Choosing a memorable moment is hard, because every aspect of thisfive-week program was significant," explainsGalvez-Ceron.

Lauren Herman ’23
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

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After serving a chemistry research internship at Wilkes University last summer, Herman (, environmental science) interned this year in cardiothoracic surgery research atCHOP—the very place where she’d undergone open-heart surgery as an infant. Herman shadowed physicians and nurses, watchedcardiothoracic surgeries, attended educational conferences, went on NICU rounds, helped patients move to new units and updated a database. She enjoyed seeing how her classroom work applies in a work setting, andCHOP already offered her a postgraduation job.

Best advice: Go forit."Whether they further ignite your passion or teach you that maybe you should be looking into other fields, internshipsare extremely helpful."

Louis-David Kakou ’23
UNESCO-Delegation of Côte-d'Ivoire

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Kakou(political science) wrotereports, attendedconferences, organizedevents, contributed writing forspeeches and performeddata analysis. He says the variety of work helped him pinpoint what he’d like to do professionally.

Best advice: “Internships are the bridge between academic and professional life. It is through these experiences that we learn better, we consolidate knowledge, and, above all, we begin to make decisions and developa vision of what steps need to be taken to achieve our goals."

Michael Loalbo ’23
Montana State University

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Loalbo(physics) researched quantum physics and material science through an internshiphe discovered through the National Science Foundation website. That work gave him greater exposure to job options for physics majors.

Best advice: “Find the internships that really interest you, and spend time creating strong applications.”

Julia Lynch ’23
Comcast CNBCUniversal

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This summer marked Lynch's () second as a Comcast/CNBC finance intern. Sheis nowapplying to Comcast’s CORE Finance Associate program. “I know a lot more about the field now, and I can apply the soft and hard skills I’ve gained here in any academic or professional setting,” she says.

Best advice: "Reach out to people to discuss your goals, interestsand skills, because you never know if it will open up a potential job opportunity."

Xenia Makosky '24
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

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Makosky(art history,Middle East studies)completed one of the nation’s most prestigious internships, whereshe put her writing and research skills to work, contributing to researchfor an upcoming exhibition on Sufism. Throughout the internship, she learned about the remote internship through one of her art-history professors.

Best advice: "Talk to your professors before, duringand after your internship. They know their fields and want to help you succeed. For example, go to their office hours! Send them emails about opportunities you find and things that interest you, and don’t forget to talk to your professors once you finish your internship. This will help you process your experience and think about next steps. Also, don't be afraid to apply for big opportunities.If you have worked hard on your application and are happy with everything you are submitting, then you should be proud of yourself. Take pride in your personhood and put yourself out there!"

Lauren Orefice ’24
Center for Italian Modern Art

Orefice (environmental studies) researched and wrote for grants and posted on the center’s Instagram account. She learned how nonprofits workand how to apply for grants, and she practiced her Italian-language skills while preparing to study abroad in Bologna this year.

Best advice:“Start applying for internships early in the year, and reach out to your advisor and the Career Center for support."

Alexander Rojek ’23
Office of the New Jersey Governor

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Rojek (philosophy)was an outreach intern in Gov.Phil Murphy's office—an opportunity he found through the nj.govwebsite. He archived data and communicated with advocacy groups through site visits and virtual meetings, and he archived data. Previously, he interned at the Office of the Mercer County Clerk, working on political campaigns through the New JerseyDemocratic Assembly Campaign Committee and in nonprofit administration through Leadership Cumberland.

Best advice: “Say 'yes.' Never assume a position or task is beneath you."

Katherine Schultze '23
Citi Global Investment Bank & Financial Services

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As a first-year, Schultze (international studies, Chinese) attended a Career Center event and connected with Dickinson Trustee Craig Weeks ’77. Weeksrecommended that she take part in a five-week virtual program with Citi, and she did. That led her to pursue a summer analyst internship with Citi. in Buffalo, New York, this past summer, working as part of asanction-screening team and getting involved withCiti's affinity networks and mentorship program. In between her Citi program and internship, she served a research internship at the U.S. Army War College. She hasalso worked in Dickinson's admissions office.

Best advice: "Attend campus events tolearn about different career paths. Network with Dickinson alumni, because this can provide you many opportunities to ask about their experiences in the workforce. Andbe proactive in your internship search. It helps to be prepared and it can alleviate some stress.”

Max Shannon ’24
Office of the Pennsylvania Governor

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Shannon (,international studies)was an intergovernmental affairs intern in Gov. Tom Wolf's office—a position he learned about from former internship bosses in the Office of U.S. Senator Robert Casey Jr.His 2022 internshipfocused on helping constituents and writing outreach materials about specific policies. Shannon had also previously served as a congressional intern in the office of Jim McGovern and an intern at the Center for New Americans.

Best advice: “It'simportant to have fun and create lasting bonds with your colleagues and form strong professional relationships."

Ben Warren ’25
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

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Warren (data analytics)used his GIS-software and Python skills as a data-analyst intern, working on site two days a week and working the remainder of the week remotely. He says that the experience of directing his own work within an office setting was perhaps even more useful than the technical skills he picked up.

Best advice: “If an internship program is going to provide an influential learning experience from which you're going to grow, then absolutely do it.

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Published September 12, 2022

FAQs

Why internship is important for students? ›

The first and most important advantage of pursuing an internship is that you get to integrate the knowledge and skills that you learned in the classroom with actual work experience. Internships help you in testing out the practical aspects of what you know and focus on how to do a particular job.

What makes Dickinson College unique? ›

The distinctive elements of a Dickinson education—a campuswide global awareness; commitment to sustainability; emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning; and providing a useful, 21st-century skill set that goes beyond graduation—are features that make the college unique.

How does an internship help your career? ›

By bridging the gap between learning and finding a career, internships can speed up the process of moving you toward your career goals. An internship allows you to try out a career in a low-stakes situation, helping you to make more informed decisions on what you want to do with your life.

What can you gain from an internship? ›

Here are some advantages of internships for students:
  • Job experience. ...
  • Research experience. ...
  • Access to a variety of tasks and departments. ...
  • Mentorship. ...
  • Help guide career goals. ...
  • Create a professional network. ...
  • Build a strong resume. ...
  • Secure good references and recommendations.

What skills can you gain from an internship? ›

Valuable Lessons and Skills You'll Earn in an Internship
  • Business Communication. Whether through emails, phone calls, or face-to-face meetings, an internship will see you communicating with others in your organization. ...
  • Networking. ...
  • Multi-Tasking / Prioritizing. ...
  • Working World Experience. ...
  • Punctuality. ...
  • Problem Solving.
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What is Dickinson College best known for? ›

Our innovative programs range from neuroscience to security studies, and our students develop intellectual independence and a passion for learning. Dickinson is known for its international perspective and provides more than 40 study-abroad programs in 25 countries on six continents and offers 13 modern languages.

What are Dickinson College students like? ›

Dickinson students are explorative, out-going individuals. The study abroad opportunities offered by the school are incredible and are readily taken advantage of by the majority of the junior class. Students at Dickinson work hard academically, but are also very involved with campus events.

Is Dickinson College well known? ›

Dickinson College is ranked #51 out of 210 National Liberal Arts Colleges. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

What do you hope to gain from this internship answer? ›

Be realistic and grounded in your answers

I am excited to hone my collaboration skills by working with others and to have the chance to see some glimpses into my future career path." It can also help to discuss your willingness to grow and learn as a professional when answering this question.

How do you answer how will this internship benefit you? ›

I have all the skills and qualifications listed in the job description, and if you hire me, I promise to deliver quality work throughout the tenure of the internship. I possess excellent communication skills, I'm a team player, and most importantly, I'm a dedicated worker. All I want is a chance to prove it to you.”

How do you think the internship will influence your future career plans? ›

Internships give you the freedom to try different career paths without being completely tied to them for an extended period of time. This is invaluable for every professional, learning about future options and searching for his/her dream job.

What do you wish to learn during the internship period? ›

New and improved skills and how to apply them

One of the most important things you can gain from an internship is newfound knowledge. This can include knowing how to fulfil tasks that are relevant to your desired career path and sharpening the skills that you already possess.

What is the purpose of intern? ›

An intern is a trainee who has signed on with an organisation for a brief period. An intern's goal is to gain work experience, occasionally some university credit, and always an overall feel for the industry they're interning in. Internships may be paid, partially paid, or unpaid.

How would you describe a good internship? ›

DO-IT Ambassador: Here are some qualities of a good intern that my professors from undergraduate and graduate school believed to be important:
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Taking constructive criticism well.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Punctuality.
  • Effective communication.

How do you feel about your internship? ›

"I thoroughly enjoyed my internship this summer and now have very valuable experience under my belt. I know this will help when looking for jobs and needing references. I was dreading it in the beginning, but now I am so happy it was required. As much as the curriculum changes, I hope that class remains constant."

Is Dickinson College owned by Penn State? ›

It became a separate school 1890, although the law school and the college continued to share a president until 1912. The law school is now affiliated with the Pennsylvania State University.

Is Dickinson a fun school? ›

Dickinson is an excellent school. The professors are wise and caring. The student body is fun and engaged. You can do and be and become whatever you choose at Dickinson.

Is Dickinson good for computer science? ›

Dickinson CompSci Rankings

The compsci major at Dickinson is not ranked on College Factual's Best Colleges and Universities for Computer Science. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Is Greek life big at Dickinson? ›

Greek life at Dickinson is more prevalent than admissions would like prospective students to think. About 1/3 of eligible women (sophomores) join Greek organizations.

How hard is it to get into Dickinson? ›

Dickinson admissions is selective with an acceptance rate of 52%. Students that get into Dickinson have an average SAT score between 1190-1365 or an average ACT score of 27-30. The regular admissions application deadline for Dickinson is January 15.

How hard is Dickinson College? ›

Getting into Dickinson College is very difficult. Dickinson College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist. In 2021, Dickinson College accepted 52% of all applicants, around 2,776 of the 5,375 students who applied.

Is Dickinson the oldest college? ›

If you speak to any Dickinson student, go on a tour of the campus or sit in on one of the Admissions' houses information sessions you will be sure to hear the fact that Dickinson is the oldest college in the actual United States after being chartered in 1783, six days after the American Revolution ended.

What college is the Red Devils? ›

The Dickinson Red Devils football program represents Dickinson College in college football at the NCAA Division III level.
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Dickinson Red Devils football
LocationCarlisle, Pennsylvania
NCAA divisionDivision III
ConferenceCentennial Conference
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How is the food at Dickinson College? ›

Campus Dining Praised for Sustainability, Options

Dickinson has again been recognized as one of the top U.S. colleges for food by The Daily Meal. The restaurant, recipe and lifestyle website placed Dickinson among its top 75 colleges for food at No. 49. This is the fourth consecutive year Dickinson has made the list.

What skills do you hope to gain? ›

  • 1 COMMUNICATION SKILLS (LISTENING, SPEAKING AND WRITING) ...
  • 2 ANALYTICAL AND RESEARCH SKILLS. ...
  • 3 FLEXIBILITY/ADAPTABILITY. ...
  • 4 INTERPERSONAL ABILITIES. ...
  • 5 ABILITY TO MAKE DECISIONS AND SOLVE PROBLEMS. ...
  • 6 ABILITY TO PLAN, ORGANISE AND PRIORITISE WORK. ...
  • 7 ABILITY TO WEAR MULTIPLE HATS. ...
  • 8 LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT SKILLS.
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What skills and experience can you bring? ›

Here are some of the most constantly in-demand transferable skills.
  • Communication. Effective communication is essential in any role. ...
  • Organisation and planning. ...
  • Motivation and enthusiasm. ...
  • Initiative. ...
  • Teamwork. ...
  • Leadership skills. ...
  • Problem solving. ...
  • Flexibility.

What should I say in an internship interview? ›

We suggest making three brief points along the lines of: 1) your year of study and degree subject; 2) your career aim or what career you're interested in; 3) a hobby or interest that you pursue in your spare time. Similar questions: 'Why do you want to work here? '; 'Why should I consider hiring you?

How do you write an interest statement for an internship? ›

I am dedicated, energetic and enthusiastic. I place a high value on quality and I thrive in team environments. I would love the opportunity to contribute my best to your organization. I would appreciate the opportunity to expand on my qualifications with you in person.

Why this internship is important for you how this is going to make a positive or negative impact on your life or career? ›

Internships provide exposure to the real world

You can learn how to apply the knowledge you have acquired during an internship to your future workplaces. In addition to this, it is an excellent learning curve for young graduates and students while meeting new people and making connections in the professional world.

What advice would you give to future interns? ›

Advice for Future Interns
  • There can be Multiple Right Answers.
  • Shortcuts waste your time and everyone else's.
  • It's a marathon, not a sprint.
  • Don't overthink, don't over ask.
  • Closing Thoughts.
6 Oct 2021

How do you continue to grow and develop as an intern? ›

Steps to learn and grow from your internship
  1. Set clear goals for the internship. ...
  2. Always follow through. ...
  3. Own mistakes and fix them. ...
  4. Make new connections. ...
  5. Identify a mentor. ...
  6. Practice collaborating with others. ...
  7. Seek out growth opportunities. ...
  8. Keep a journal to track experience.

Why are internships beneficial? ›

Internships are beneficial because they help develop your professional aptitude, strengthen personal character, and provide a greater door to opportunity. By investing in internships, you'll give yourself the broadest spectrum of opportunity when seeking and applying for a job after college.

Why this internship is important for you answer? ›

It exposes you to real-world experience – Internships offer you a peek into the environment you wish to work in someday. As you intern for a company, you get hands-on experience of how things work in an office environment. Also, you get an idea of what job role you would like to choose when you join a full-time job.

What is the main objective of internship? ›

The objectives of a student participating in an internships or co-op are to: Explore career alternatives prior to graduation. Integrate theory and practice. Assess interests and abilities in their field of study.

What is the purpose of intern? ›

An intern is a trainee who has signed on with an organisation for a brief period. An intern's goal is to gain work experience, occasionally some university credit, and always an overall feel for the industry they're interning in. Internships may be paid, partially paid, or unpaid.

Are internships useful? ›

This knowledge will help you in your job hunting in the future, giving you an better idea of the types of jobs you want – and perhaps more importantly – the types of job you don't want. Of course, taking on an internship helps you learn about the work environment, but it also helps you learn about yourself.

What are your expectations of a summer internship? ›

Common intern duties and responsibilities include performing clerical tasks, doing research, creating presentations and shadowing employees. When hiring an intern, look for ​​career goals that align with tasks the candidate is expected to accomplish, experience working in a team environment and a strong work ethic.

What excites you about this internship? ›

I am a fresher and I really want to get the experience of working. I can put my full hard work and show my skills properly. I can give new innovative ideas via my skills and creative mind. If I get the chance to do an internship with your company, then I will share my innovative ideas with my seniors.

How do you write an interest statement for an internship? ›

I am dedicated, energetic and enthusiastic. I place a high value on quality and I thrive in team environments. I would love the opportunity to contribute my best to your organization. I would appreciate the opportunity to expand on my qualifications with you in person.

What do you hope to gain from this internship answer? ›

Be realistic and grounded in your answers

I am excited to hone my collaboration skills by working with others and to have the chance to see some glimpses into my future career path." It can also help to discuss your willingness to grow and learn as a professional when answering this question.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of internship? ›

Advantages & Disadvantages of Internships
  • Improved Hiring Potential. Practical work experience makes you more marketable to employers. ...
  • Real-World Learning Opportunities. Employer value any meaningful real-world experience you can get while earning your degree. ...
  • There Are Financial Downsides.
1 Dec 2021

What are the challenges faced during internship? ›

4 Common Challenges Interns Face
  • A Steep Learning Curve. Students and recent graduates put in a lot of time studying, learning, and preparing for their careers; however, the true challenge comes once all their knowledge is put to the test in a real-world situation. ...
  • Menial Tasks. ...
  • Lack of Feedback. ...
  • Little or No Pay.
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