Career Exploration & Development
Week of February 25th, 2015
10 Best Sites For Finding an Internship
4. Your school's job listing site and alumni network (DU Link!)
9. Global Experiences
Internship Spotlight: Matt Koester ('15)
Name: Matt Koester
Major(s): Environmental Studies & Economics
Company/Organization: Adirondack Watershed Institute
Position Title: Watershed Steward
What were your day-to-day responsibilities?
Day to day responsibilities included monitoring boat launch sites for invasive plants, working with local New York Department of Environment officials, organizing and leading public outreach programs, and assisting in riparian ecology research.
What was one of the highlights of your internship? Any specifically exciting days?
Every Friday I helped a professor at Paul Smith's College collect samples from rivers across the Adirondacks. We gathered sediment, invertebrates, and salamanders to evaluate stream and river health in light of road runoff and climate change. Those days were the best because I was on the road with friends and got to see most of the Park. A couple times we got to canoe for the day, searching for invasives. Another cool part of the internship was living in an Adirondack town and becoming somewhat of a local- assimilating into new communities is a really dynamic experience.
What did you learn?
I mostly learned to relax and take things step by step. I was kind of expecting to live in a big city that summer, but it turned out the opposite. By enjoying the people and scenery around me and exploring as much as possible, everything turned out fine.
Did your liberal arts education contribute to your ability to excel in your internship? In what way?
In terms of the different roles I had to fill and the flexibility it took to travel around every week, Denison's liberal arts education helped tremendously. Denison enables students to learn how to adapt in lots of different situations. My background in environmental studies really prepared me.
As a student studying both Economics and Environmental Science, do you hope to merge the skills you have acquired through those disciplines and transfer them into your future career?
It's really up in the air right now. I've been applying to the whole range of options- environmental consulting companies, renewable energy firms, and conservation NGOs, as well as government jobs. Hopefully someday that experience will translate into environmental law or business degrees. The goal is to land something out West and explore that pat of the country for the first time.
Any advice for the internship seekers of Denison?
Do something you want to do. Something that isn't just a resume builder, but will put you in new paces with new challenges, and introduce new experiences. Go somewhere you hadn't considered before and work with people you hadn't thought of.
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This week's question:
"Where should I take my skype interview?"
For a skype interview, you should avoid being in any location where you could possibly be disrupted by friends or external noises. A quiet and private room will be the best environemnt for you interview. If you aren't sure you can find a good location, our CE&D office allows students to reserve one of our interview rooms. -- Grant
This Student Decided to Make A Video Version of His Resume...
Applying & Preparing For Your First Internship
First-year and sophomore students, this Forbes article is for you. Take a look at the steps to discovering and applying for your first internship. Here are our notes:
Finding Great Internships
February to April is a prime period of time for companies to recruit their summer interns. To start the process of looking for your first internship, try your best to answer this question: What am I looking for? Reflect on past experiences and try to envision what kinds of tasks you would enjoy doing. Secondly, you need resources to direct you. This is where the CE&D office can help! Come into our Intro to CE&D session (Mondays at 4:30, 218 Burton Morgan, Tuesdays at 11:30, 405 Burton Morgan) and find out about all the great ways our team can help you launch your professional life. We can point you to resources such as DU Link, our job listing site, which is created based on partnerships with companies across the nation. Moreover, you can do your own searching online for internships through sites like the ones referenced in the article below.
Preparing and Submitting Your Application
Once you have decided on the opportunities you are interested in, it's time to start the application process. Most internship applications will require both a resume and a cover letter. Our office can aid you in crafting these documents (stop in for quick-advising hours!). Furthermore, you may reference the CE&D handbook, or the document library via DU Link for examples of resumes and cover letters.
Application processes will require some form of an interview process, whether it be over the phone, Skype, or in person. Preparation is key to interview success. Our office offers mock interviews for students, in which one of our advisors will role-play an interview in order to acclimate you to some of the questions that may arise in the real scenario.
Following Up and Starting Your Internship
Following the interview, it is imperative to validate your interest and appreciation by sending a follow-up email thanking them for their time.
"Ask A Career Advisor" - Slayter 1st Floor
The CE&D office now has career advisors present on the 1st floor of Slayter during middle of the week to answer any of your career-related questions!
Here is the schedule:
Tuesday: Ankit Shah, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday: Kirsten Fox, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday: Michele Doran, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.