These days, it’s more stressful than ever to have a child in high school or college. As a parent, you hope she’s performing well in class, participating in extracurricular activities, and productively navigating the ever-complicated social sphere. That gives you (for better or worse) plenty to worry about, but such concerns aren’t the only ones you and your son or daughter grapple with: There’s also the question of the future. Can he get accepted to a good university and a course of studies that engages his interests? Can she find a well-paying job in her field upon graduation from college?
For high-school and college students at the cusp of higher education or the job market, an internship can be a powerfully transformative experience. Interning places them in a real-world position so they can gain direct experience in a field that interests them as a potential career. In a good internship, they’ll master both basic workplace and industry-specific skills while also significantly boosting their attractiveness to colleges and companies. An applicant who can reference a reputable internship complementing her occupational goals sets herself dramatically apart.
Ben was interested in both technology and business
Internship Connection has helped steer countless young people onto rewarding career paths. Take Ben Prawdzik, for example. As a sophomore at Phillips Andover, Ben was interested in both technology and business, and got in touch with us to test the professional waters. We found him an internship with Wayfair where—working directly under the firm’s vice president of technology—his assignments included everything from delivering new computers to company employees, to setting up workstations, to writing code.
He sat in on many departmental meetings, spent a day at the company warehouse and listened in on customer calls. “My position at CSN Stores really allowed me to see how the different departments (tech, customer service, finance, HR, PR, creative, logistics, and administration) all worked as one company to achieve larger goals.”
Now enrolled at Yale, Ben was able to apply what he’d learned through the Internship Connection program to land further interning opportunities at the Ragon Institute at Mass General Hospital and then Shell.
Lindsey Berg was intrigued by public relations
Ben’s focused, accelerated path isn’t unusual among Internship Connection participants. Lindsey Berg, for example, hooked up with Internship Connection as a freshman at Ithaca College intrigued by public relations. We helped her find an internship doing PR for a variety of different clients at Marlo MC in Boston. A few summers’ worth of interning led her to a fulltime brand-marketing job with PMK*BNC Los Angeles, a leading marketing communications firm in the entertainment and lifestyle industry.
Amanda Korff was interested in the television and communications fields
Amanda Korff, meanwhile, was a high-school student interested in the television and communications fields when she came to us. We placed her in the news division of a cable-television station, where she learned her way around cameras and sets. Like Ben, that experience helped Amanda pursue several other high-end internships in the industry as a communications major at NYU. She’s now working at No. 14, a celebrity partnership agency.
In a Boston Globe interview, Amanda’s dad, Robert, reflected on the value of his daughter’s Internship Connection program.
“It was well worth it,” he said. “It’s hard to put a price on something like that when you’re talking about your kids.”
Mike wanted a mentor and an introduction to business
The mother of another of our students, Mike Spiro, said this about his experience interning with the CEO of Big Fish Communications:
“It was Mike’s first experience in the adult working world, a great introduction to business; he developed responsibilities and relationships with his mentor and colleagues and gained information for his future.”
Mike, who engaged in several more internships while attending UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management, is now a senior associate in business strategy at Vistaprint.
Climbing the ladder of success starts with seizing the first opportunity
There’s a science to landing a truly fulfilling and beneficial internship, and that’s where Internship Connection comes in. We offer an array of specialized programs for Greater Boston students in both high school and college, and they all lead to guaranteed internships.
We’re there for students throughout the entire internship process: We help them define their career goals, shape their resumes, prepare for interviews, and connect them to the best internship positions for their ambitions. We also keep in touch during the internship and help our participants best capitalize on their experiences.
Consider the immense value of an internship experience—it’s one that can set a student firmly on the right trajectory in life, after all. We’d love to talk to you about the possibilities.
There’s nothing more rewarding for us than connecting students with opportunities that advance their education and careers, and we take real pride in our track record.
Get in touch with us today if the tried-and-true Internship Connection approach sounds like something your son or daughter could benefit from—we’d love to work with you!