June 15, 2021
“Optimize Your Internship” was presented by Alaina Levine of Quantum Success Solutions at the 2020 AIChE Annual Student Conference. An internship is any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession. Internships benefit organizations by providing an inexpensive way to audition talent when compared to full-time positions. They allow organizations to actual observe whether a student fits into the corporate culture. Internships benefit students by giving them real world experience, diversifying what they are exposed to, and providing technical and business skills that they may not have had exposure to otherwise. They also provide ideas and inspiration for personal career goals and aspirations by exposing students to what engineers do on a day-to-day basis within the company. Outside of the technical benefits, internships build professional networks in a way that is simply impossible to achieve by being a student alone. Students get the chance to work with and for the people who may be hiring them after their graduation.
Before taking an internship, ask yourself the following questions:
In order to be successful in an internship, you will need to:
You can leverage your internship by:
By: Clayton Dickerson