What does a Summer Intern do?
Interns are high school or college students and recent graduates looking to gain experience with a company in a field that piques their interest and possibly leads to future employment. They work for a select amount of time in departments and locations to better understand what the job entails. Depending upon their placement and program, they perform various tasks, from shadowing staff, to administrative assistance, to tackling in-depth projects with fellow interns.
Interns need a well-written resume, transcript, and letters of recommendation to prepare and submit with their application. Depending upon where they apply, there may be additional requirements including PowerPoint presentations or writing samples. Because organizations might hire from the intern pool, it is in an intern's best interest to maintain a professional and friendly demeanor to establish rapport with appropriate team members.
Summer Intern Insights
“Everyone I worked with was super nice and super willing to help if I ever had any questions.”
“Everyone at Berkeley is overworked and really busy and probably won't answer your email.”
“Everyone was very friendly and I enjoyed the work because I knew I was helping people.”
“I had a summer to fill and good work experience opportunities were few and far between.”
“My manager was very encouraging and motivating and let me know when I was doing a good job.”
“Guillermo and James are amazing and intelligent people who really look to better you as a person.”
“I was honestly not expecting the SEC to be such a lively and fun place to work.”
“It was a pretty stable and consistent job that had a great balance between independence and cooperative assignments.”
Summer Intern Interviews
Summer Intern jobs
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a summer intern
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