Gaucho Intern Spotlight: Featuring Career’s Internship Scholarship Program 2018 Career Catalyst Recipients!

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Learn more about the summer 2018 experiences of our three Career Catalyst recipients!

Student Name: Ashley

Expected graduation date: August 2018

Major(s): Environmental Studies

Organization Name & Internship Title: School for Field Studies, Applied Techniques and Strategies towards Sustainability Field Researcher

Location of Internship: Costa Rica

  1. Briefly describe a typical day at your internship, such as the type of training you received or project you worked on. Any highlights or favorite moments?

The best thing about my internship was that there was no “typical day”. There was a typical schedule in which we would wake up around 6:00 am (depending on if you had an early chore or not), and we would eat breakfast at 7:00 am, lunch at 12:00 pm, and dinner at 6:00 pm. However everything we did in between those times varied day to day. Sometimes we would have class, sometimes we would be on a field trip, sometimes we would be collecting data, and other times we were writing papers and preparing presentations. My favorite thing we did was when we went to the Monteverde Cloud Forest to study the different species in the rainforest ecosystem there. We also wanted to study the effects of ecotourism on tourists so afterwards we conducted surveys on multitudes of people in Spanish which really helped strengthen my skills in communication and public outreach. Both of these skills are vital for the job I want and have been extremely helpful in my search process.

  1. How did this internship or research experience help you to explore and prepare for your career goals? (i.e. consider the biggest take-away(s) or skills from the experience that will help you in the future; or valuable connections you made along the way).

This program really helped me expand my resume since it allowed me to gain more skills in data analysis, data collection, community outreach, and presenting. Most of the jobs I have been applying to are based around the ability to do community outreach and coming up with effective solutions to make a company more sustainable. Everything I did in Costa Rica was directly related to sustainability issues and all the skills I learned will definitely be applied to whatever job I do accept. It also helps that this program was internationally based since I was able to learn how to communicate in a new culture and a new language.

  1. In what ways did Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award help you to participate in this summer internship?

I am so grateful for this scholarship since it allowed me to be able to afford to go on this trip. Even though I still had to take out loans to be able to go, this award made my financial burden so much better and gave me the final push I needed to commit since this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I truly believe it is super important to do some type of internship or hands on experience because that is ultimately what recruiters are looking for when hiring new employees. Thank you again so much (Career Services) for giving me this opportunity!

  1. What 1-2 pieces of advice would you give to fellow Gauchos to help them find and apply to this specific internship, or a similar internship?

If someone were trying to look for an internship like this, I would recommend looking at your major’s webpage or speaking to your department’s advisor. I had never even heard of the School for Field Studies until I explored the Environmental Studies webpage. I had always thought that the UC study abroad program and Wildlands Studies were the only opportunities to travel but those programs did not fit my needs or wants. What I really liked about this program was that it was exactly a month long (which was not too long for me), it perfectly fit with my major and career goals (without being too outdoors-y), and there was an option to take a course over the summer (since I did not want to go during the school year). It also gave me the last 6 units I needed to graduate college. Although beware, because this summer program was only a month long, it was really intense since we had a lot to learn and do in such a short period of time.

Student Name: Arturo

Expected graduation date: June 2020

Major(s): English & History

Organization Name & Internship Title: Bet Tzedek, Summer Clerk

Location of Internship: Los Angeles, CA

  1. Briefly describe a typical day at your internship, such as the type of training you received or project you worked on. Any highlights or favorite moments?

A typical day at my internship would have me first heading to the Los Angeles Law library where I would help low-income individuals fill out a questionnaire so I could help them with their legal situation. I would then head to the Bet Tzedek office so I could prepare legal documents and then submit to the court on the behalf of a client. I would say my favorite moments involved my one-on-one interactions with the clients where I would answer any questions they had and, overall, provide legal aid to individuals who would otherwise have not have it.

  1. How did this internship or research experience help you to explore and prepare for your career goals? (i.e. consider the biggest take-away(s) or skills from the experience that will help you in the future; or valuable connections you made along the way).

This internship helped me explore and prepare for my career goals by allowing me to work in a professional legal environment where me desire to enter the field of law were only reinforced. In this environment I learned how attorneys should conduct themselves when it comes to serving their clients and interacting with the courts. My biggest take-away is that a good attorney is efficient and diligent when it comes to meeting the needs of their clients. Providing legal aid to low income individuals has also reinforced my desire to work in the public interest field of law as I have seen the great need there is from low income individuals for legal aid.

  1. In what ways did Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award help you to participate in this summer internship?

The Career Services’ internship scholarship helped me participate in this summer internship by allowing me to bear the cost of interning at a legal aid office without pay. Working in the legal environment, I needed to maintain a professional appearance. This scholarship helped me afford to buy professional clothing such as slacks and dress shirts that I was expected to wear when interacting with clients. The scholarship also allowed me to afford the cost of commuting from my home to downtown Los Angeles.

  1. What 1-2 pieces of advice would you give to fellow Gauchos to help them find and apply to this specific internship, or a similar internship?

I would advise fellow Gauchos applying to this internship or a similar one to first work on interacting with individuals in a professional manner. My internship had me talking with a lot of clients and answering a variety of questions so it was important that I was able to communicate with patience and understanding when it came to clients’ concerns. I would also advise fellow Gauchos work on their writing skills as my internship had me writing documents to be submitted to the court and clients.

Student Name: Yuna

Expected graduation date: Spring 2020

Major(s): Sociology

Organization Name & Internship Title : First 5 California; Governmental and External
Affairs Intern

Location of Internship: Sacramento, CA

  1. Briefly describe a typical day at your internship, such as the type of training you received or project you worked on. Any highlights or favorite moments?

I started every morning working on news clippings. This meant reading through major newspapers such as New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Sacramento Bee to find articles that were relevant to the focuses of First 5 California, such as children’s health and paternal leave. From there, I would be assigned various tasks to assist the Governmental and External Affairs department. Oftentimes, this consisted of looking up relevant statistics, researching previous literature on the topic, or finding what programs currently existed regarding the area of focus.

  1. How did this internship or research experience help you to explore and prepare for your career goals? (i.e. consider the biggest take-away(s) or skills from the experience that will help you in the future; or valuable connections you made along the way).

During this internship, I gained insight on the policy process and the role lobbyists and governmental organizations have on it. In specific regards to my career goal, I learned how families and children are represented in our state’s government. This was quite beneficial because I can use this new knowledge to better understand how to represent the children and families I plan to work with as a school psychologist when reaching out for government assistance or writing a letter of support for legislation.

  1. In what ways did Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award help you to participate in this summer internship?

This internship was in Sacramento, over 300 miles away from my hometown in Orange County, California. Without the Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award, I would not have been able to afford the costs of living while interning at First 5 California.

  1. What 1-2 pieces of advice would you give to fellow Gauchos to help them find and apply to this specific internship, or a similar internship?

If you are interested in policy, you are not limited to internships in the Capitol building itself. There are so many outside groups like lobby corps, government organizations, or non-government organizations that are directly involved with the policy process. This is exceptionally beneficial if you are interested in a specific area of policy because you can see the policy process in regards to your area of interest. The people you meet while interning in these interest-specific groups have an immense wealth of knowledge, especially since they are focusing in one area, and can be great mentors.

Thanks to our recipients for sharing all about their summers! To learn more about Career Services Internship Scholarship Program, check out our website: http://career.sa.ucsb.edu/internships/scholarship

 

 

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