Boost@BerkeleyHaas Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to take part in an internship during their summers. An internship can be defined as a short-term position offering on the job training and networking in exchange for the work efforts of the intern. In many fields, internships are vital to gaining experience and exposure to fields otherwise inaccessible to those pursuing education alone. In other kinds of professions, an internship is an essential part of the requirements for gaining practical experiences leading to future jobs.
For our Junior and Senior high school Boost@BerkeleyHaas participants, the internship can be pivotal to discovering whether a field of study or a career seems a good fit or not. Often the best way to gain real-world experience is to see what a certain field is like from the vantage point of being on the inside. Participating students will get a leg up on their peers, an introduction to a field they may know little about and tangible experience that can influence their college and career choices. This one activity can be key to impacting a host of future decisions.
Students who intern increase their opportunities for the following reasons:
- To begin to explore what could turn into a future career path
- To gain exposure to possible fields without making a long-term commitment
- To get the practical experience required for entry into some fields
- To give Boost@BerkeleyHaas students a competitive edge in college and the job market
The summer internship program is an effort undertaken to again help set Boost@BerkeleyHaas students apart as they prepare for successful college careers. By entering college with these real-world experiences, it is more likely they can make better informed choices about the future. The Bay area internships typically take place in early June for up to 6-8 weeks. These are typically paid experiences (though not all were paid in the inaugural year) giving students much more than income. Gaining important skills like judgement, responsibility and accountability, students who intern are more likely to have a better understanding of how to actually contribute in a workplace environment. Many will have met deadlines, requirements and expectations in a workplace for the first time. These life skills can carry over into school, work and beyond.
To prepare for the internship selection process, our students receive instruction and guidance on resumes, attire and interviewing. They also receive coaching and advising during the summer while the internship is underway. At the end of the internship they receive evaluations and feedback from the employer and Haas staff to make performance improvements and to internalize strengths. By participating in summer internships, Boost@BerkeleyHaas students can make their final two summers in the program as productive as possible.
Special thanks to our 2016 summer internship providers:
- Anza Technology Network
- Child Family Health International
- East Bay College Fund
- Galileo Learning
- La Clinica Healthcare
- Lawrence Hall of Science
- Oakland SPCA
- Port of Oakland
- Psyched in SF Marriage & Family Therapy
- Rivera Partners
- Sacramento Better Business Bureau
- San Francisco Department of Public Health
- Start Some Good
- TS Wrobel Law Offices
For more information, please contact:
Devon Seward Howland, M.A.
Internship & Alumni Coordinator
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