Meet Paige

Major: Psychology, with a minor in Communication Studies
Graduation Date: May 2018
Hometown: Aldie, VA
Interning at: Center for Career Planning, CNU
How did you find your internship?: “My roommate, who was an intern for the Center for Career Planning during the 2016-2017 academic year, told me about this internship!  She knew it would be a perfect fit for me and was so excited when I decided to apply.”
Memory/something learned in first week: “Surprisingly, internships are not as scary as they sound!  Having never worked in an office environment, I was apprehensive about being the first face anyone saw when walking into the Center for Career Planning.  Luckily, most people recognize that I am young, new to the position, and still learning, so they laugh with me when I make mistakes or stumble over my words.  From my first day, my supervisors made it clear they are here to mentor me and help me grow, not yell at me and tear me down.  What a relief!”

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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Introducing our Summer Bloggers

Hello Captains!

We hope you are enjoying your summer! We are excited to introduce our summer bloggers who will share about their internships throughout the coming weeks. Check the Summer Interns tab for regular updates from

  • Rob Smith, interning with the Washington Redskins
  • Paige Long, interning with the Center for Career Planning (CNU)
  • Ashley Apruzzese, interning with USAA
  • Nassir Criss, interning with Skopenow in NYC
  • Grace Tchouaffi, interning in Washington, DC
  • Harris Franken, interning with the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Kayla Clark, interning with Martha Graham Dance in NYC

They will be posting about what they are doing, learning and experiencing – so exciting stories await!

Blog for the CCP

Attention students! Do you have an exciting internship this summer and want to share your experience with your fellow Captains? Sign up to be a Summer Blogger for the CCP by contacting Sarah Hobgood at


The CCP is Open All Summer!

CCP Summer

The CCP will be open as usual this summer! Call or come in to make an appointment for a resume review, to talk career options, or to just get general job search advice! We’ll help you get a jump-start on your next semester and get you on the right track for your dream internship or job.

Tips for what you can do over the summer to get ready for next semester:

  • Network on LinkedIn and build your profile!
  • Reach out to alumni in the field you’re interested in to schedule an informational interview and learn what it’s like to have the career you’re dreaming of!
  • Schedule out when you’ll be applying to internships, grad schools, and post-grad jobs so you’re not stressed during the school year to get applications in on time.
  • Check out CNU Career Connect and find a job for the fall semester on campus or in Hampton Roads.
  • Make an appointment with the CCP!

Good luck with finals and finish out the semester strong, Captains!