Students Tell All: Previous Internship Experience
This fall I spent the semester in Washington D.C. interning at the Council on Environmental Quality in the Executive Office of the President. It was amazing to able to be in Washington D.C. for the 2012 election, the city was so alive and on edge to see who would win. I was able to learn skills that one can not learn in a classroom and get a sense of what I did and did not like about working at the federal level of the U.S. government. I was also fortunate to be able to go to Washington D.C. through The Washington Center, where I could live, learn and make unforgettable friendships. If anyone has an interest in politics or policy, it is extremely valuable to your future career to intern in Washington D.C. and make as many connections as possible.
My name is Lisa. I am a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Major in Earth Systems and a Minor in Geology. In the Summer of 2012, I applied for an internship with the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. The Lunar and Planetary Institute is a research institute that conducts planetary science research under the leadership of staff scientists, visiting researchers, and postdoctoral fellows for NASA and the planetary science community. Throughout my internship I worked with my mentor, Dr. Carlton Allen, the Astromaterials Curator, at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Together, Dr. Allen and I studied the Gale Crater on Mars, the site of the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover mission, using remote sensing data and ArcGIS to determine whether there are any analogous areas to the central mound within a 1,000km radius of the crater. This internship has allowed me to hone my skills, especially those in my field of study, practice public speaking, experience composing a scientific research paper, and perform actual scientific research with experienced, brilliant, and like-minded people. The internship has also given me the courage to start something from scratch and, with hard work and diligence, see it through to the finished product. LPI/NASA has invited me back to Houston this spring to present our scientific findings at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. In the future, I plan to attend graduate school to continue my research of Mars and the Gale Crater, and to see where Curiosity takes me.
This past summer I interned with the New England PGA (Pro Golf Association). I worked as a Tournament Operations Intern on the junior tour and professional tour events. I worked in a team to determine tournament decisions and rulings to ensure a successful event. As a sport management major, I really valued this experience as it helped me develop skills of communication, teamwork, and leadership.
I am a senior, a Departmental Honors English major, and a current intern at the University of Massachusetts Press. As an intern, I have assisted with duties, such as identifying key review media for review lists, producing news releases, processing book review requests, uploading and updating online content, and maintaining a marketing and promotion database. I also helped with the processing of annual Juniper poetry and fiction competition submissions. My internship at the UMass Press has given me a comprehensive knowledge of the publishing industry, and has given me the confidence and the required experience necessary to enter the publishing industry.
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