Navigating/ Finding Summer Internships

The Loeb Center was a great resource for me during the last internship search cycle. I remember having a meeting with Emily Tareila for guidance on finding opportunities. We spent a lot of time learning how to navigate Handshake and how to use it as a resource. She showed me a few tips on narrowing down the internship search with keywords and phrases. Emily also recommended I reach out to past teachers, advisors and mentors to scope out any other opportunities that may be available to me. This was a bit of a nerve-wracking endeavor, but it actually turned out to be a very useful piece of advice as it ended with me completing a ten-week internship at the middle school I attended: The Equity Project Charter School.

Before accepting my internship position at TEP, I applied to a few other internships for the summer. For those internships, I made sure I got a head start on all application questions and asked for recommendations from my professors ahead of time. This allowed me to have enough time to write multiple revisions of my responses and send in something I was especially proud of. Lastly, I made sure I had a very polished version of my resume to send to those internships. Attending Peer Career Advising drop-in clinics was the best way to get that done for me.

At the end of the internship application cycle, I had three offers from three different opportunities in three different cities. My decision about which offer to accept came down to three main factors: general excitement about the position, how it advanced my current academic studies and cost of living in that city. Being a member of the Charles Hamilton Houston Program was very helpful in reaching a decision. I was able to attend multiple workshops that guided me toward making the right decision for me. I received a lot of helpful advice from Victoria Wilson and was able to receive funding for my internship as well. In the end, I chose the internship at The Equity Project, and it was one of the most impactful experiences of my academic career.

By Cindy Rosario
Cindy Rosario Peer Career Advisor