Any modern day American college student will say the whole internship process is a pain. You not only feel like you’re being pressured into getting a real job before college even ENDS, but you also have to repeat the application process every year. Couple that stress with finals and midterms, and you’ve got plenty to worry about already during the school year. This year was my first year at taking a shot at this whole process, and due to my annoying struggle in the last few months, I decided write about a few good tips for getting summer jobs (this is late, I know, but it’ll be useful when you need to REPEAT this whole process again next year).
To start off, I’ll quickly recount my own internship search process this year. After thinking I was lucky and “getting an offer” with a security technology company, I was thrust into a job scramble after they lost their government contract along with 2.7 million dollars, and were forced to drop me as an intern.
All the way up until June I applied for any jobs I could find that fit engineering. Online applications, nervous phone interviews, and way too many cover letters were an unfortunate daily routine. That is, until a friend of mine managed to get me into contact with an HR representative at my dream company: Tesla Motors.
Thinking I had a slim chance, I was surprised when they offered me an interview. Then, thinking I was underqualified, I overprepared for the interview and…somehow…made it through the hour and a half hour technical question process. I ended up getting a job offer with the exact department I wanted (systems integration) and boom, I had a job with a company I worshipped.
Now I get the opportunity to bike over to the Tesla headquarters everyday, walk pass the supercharger stations at the entrance, glance at the beautiful Model S cars in the garage, and head to my desk.
That said, I’ve been incredibly fortunate this summer, and I want to impart as much wisdom as I can to incoming students and underclassmen at Tufts. Tesla’s been amazing so far, and I want everybody to end up in their happy place during summertime. Here are my best bullet points of wisdom I can give to all you Jumbos:
That’s a good portion of the advice I’ll give for right now. I’m sure I’ll try and write another post on this very soon, and maybe next time I’ll actually write it when people are looking for jobs. Until then, enjoy your summer, your job, or whatever else you may have going on.
Oh, and get excited for August! See you in a few months Jumbos!