Don’t Fear the Summer Internship

So you may be thinking, “What do I want to do this summer?” Maybe travel, stay at home, binge-watch Netflix, hang with friends, work — binge-watch Netflix. All of these things sound fun, relaxing, and promising, however, one thing that you might want to add to that list is the possibility of a summer internship. Summer internships give you the experience, knowledge, and connections necessary for you to achieve great success in your future careers.

Many, although excited, can also be intimidated by the prospect of an internship. The fact that you are thinking of, or applying to, an internship means that you are in fact growing up, and soon you will be off into the “real world” and away from college.

Don’t fear! This is a normal process for every college student regardless of whether you are a rising senior, junior, or sophomore (you can never start too early)! Instead of fearing the incoming factor of growing up, you should embrace it! You aren’t going to be the “top-dog” on your first day, first week, or first month of the internship. You won’t know how to do everything right from the beginning. You’ll forget things and have to ask questions repeatedly… but that’s okay. Internships are for learning and skill development.

All you can do is do your best, work your hardest, and embrace every opportunity ahead of you! Your future self will thank you for it!

We’re rooting you on! – CCP


Meet Nassir

Introducing another summer blogger, Nassir Criss!
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Nassir (right); CEO of Skopenow (left)
Major: Communication Studies, with a double minor in Sociology and Civic Engagement/Social Entrepreneurship; Passion is business and entrepreneurship.
Graduation Date: May 2018
Hometown: “I was born in Irvington, New Jersey, but I grew up in Richmond, VA. I can’t singlehandedly choose either because both had such a strong part in my life growing up.”
Interning at: Skopenow in NYC
How did you find your internship?: “I found my internship using an app that I have recommended to everyone I have talked to in the last few months. It’s called “WayUp” It was started by college students and young professionals, for college students and young professionals. It’s incredible and I encourage anyone looking to expand their professional career to sign up for it. “
Memory/something learned in first week: ” This week I’ve been doing a lot of data analytics. The position I was offered at first was actually a marketing and communication role. Things like writing blog posts, checking social media feeds, and developing enticing content for consumers was going to be my first job, and very much so closely related to my actual major. But the CEO also offered me another position as a business development analyst intern. I told him I wasn’t strong quantitatively and he said that having this challenge could really help me grow, but also add a dimension to my portfolio. So I decided to take it. This first week I’ve been working closely with my company’s software, and a tool called Pipedrive, to compile customer analytics and data and use that information to improve sales and outreach. So far it has been difficult, and very challenging, but I feel myself growing and learning, and that feeling has been quite rewarding.”
“The company I work for is a tech engineering and software company so everything they do is very ahead of the curve. For our company composites we took pictures and then had them digitized. If you check out this link, you’ll see the full company team all cartoonized!
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Summer 2017 Bloggers

Meet Rob

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Name: Robert “Rob” Smith
Major: Communication Studies
Graduation Date: May 2018
Hometown: Sterling, VA
Internship Site: Production Intern with the Washington Redskins/Redskins Broadcast Network
How I found my internship: “So I found my internship through a connection with the team. A family friend of mine knew someone who worked in the department and got me in the door. From there, I stayed in touch with the organization and eventually was given the position.”
Memory/something I learned in my first week: “One thing I’ve picked up on in the two weeks I’ve been here is that athletes aren’t as different as the rest of us think they are. They put their pants on every morning one leg at a time just like the rest of us. With that in mind, the first few days it was hard not being able to ask for pictures or autographs around the facility when I saw my favorite players.”