Use Your Summer Internship

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After my freshman year of college I was hooked up by a friend of mine’s father, who also hooked up his son and another friend of ours, with a software development job at a company called Periphonics, later bought out by Nortel Networks. It was a good experience, working at a relatively large company (i.e. not a startup), but I always felt that the level of enthusiasm, sense of ownership and the desire to conquer simply wasn’t present at a large company… hence my joining a startup the next summer (that is now bankrupt!). Summer internships are about learning and having fun so…

If you’re moving towards a summer job, first you want to read this article by Ben Bleikamp about how you should skip the traditional summer internship (no longer available) and then, once you’re convinced your time is better spent doing something interesting (use an internship to explore!), consider taking on an internship with Noah Kagan. Noah’s offered a bounty of $50 to the referrer of his eventual peon, and if it’s me then tell him to give you the $50 so you can get a decent shirt and a couple beers.

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3 Responses to “Use Your Summer Internship”

  1. King Asa says:

    I think a internship in a field relevant to your major and desired future job are perhaps the most valuable experience you have when interviewing for jobs after graduation. I don’t think I agree with using an internship to explore unless you are a freshman or sophmore in college… I think you need at least one or two summers of actual relevant work experience to make you valuable to future employers.

  2. Matt says:

    Have to concur with King Asa. When I got out of college I was disappointed to discover that no employer was willing to consider the work I’d done before entering college. It was as if they thought I’d been mind-wiped, and had thus lost the skills built up in four years of running people’s computer networks. Getting relevant experience under one’s belt is critical, especially since most students will have loan collectors hounding them ’round the clock after graduation.

  3. J Walton says:

    An internship is valuable to your major, but I think it is EXTREMELY important to think outside the box. The most coveted internships are for the “selected” few with GPAs only few can obtain. Everyone else will either find another way to become an intern or quit. If you are still “searching” for an internship, the author’s suggestion to sell sites is a great alternative to make money and will be a great conversation piece in an interview. You have to sell yourself…no one else will!

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