Gap year Internship

Hired! Tal’s Meaningful Gap Year Internship

Ta'ls Gap Year Internship
Tal (on right) with Greg, the Founder of Inclusive Fitness

What a Gap Year! Tal is one of the most endearing students that we’ve ever had in our program. Reluctant at first to apply to college, Tal decided to seek a Gap Year internship. Not only did he ace his internship interview, he was beloved by his workplace mentor, staff, students and was HIRED! Tal found his inspiration, was accepted to college, and now knows what his major and career will be…..

This is Tal’s Story

When we first meet with students, we listen very carefully. Sometimes “reading between the lines” allows us to discover a hidden spark of interest that has the potential for enormous personal growth. That was exactly what happened with Tal.

As a high school graduate with a fantastic personality, Tal was a self-starter, already gaining practical experience working in a restaurant and gas station. A serious athlete into fitness and mountain biking, he ran track and cross country.

As we spoke, I was surprised by Tal’s response to one question. “What was the best experience you had in high school?”

Unlike other students’ responses, Tal didn’t mention debate, winning a tournament or acing his SAT’s. He spoke about working with a younger student who had special needs, helping him with his speech, even taking him for ice cream and miniature golf. Tal’s unexpected response was touching and reminded us of a recent article about Inclusive Fitness, the first gym dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for neurodiverse athletes of all abilities, including those with autism and Downs Syndrome. The center was founded by Greg and Kristina Austin, loving parents to Lucas, who is autistic. They saw first-hand, how exercise helped Lucas become more focused, relaxed, confident, active and able to do physical things with more ease. Not only is Greg a sought after trainer, he holds a BA in Psychology, MBA and advanced studies in neuroscience, making him the perfect mentor for Tal, who took on many responsibilities at the center.

Greg’s impression of Tal

Tal is absolutely fantastic! He jumps into anything and gets the job done. He’s always willing to try new things. He’s a pleasure to work with. Tal seems to have a natural talent for coaching and working with our unique and wonderful athletes. He’s starting to work toward his personal training certification and may explore getting certified to work with special needs athletes, as all of our coaches here are. We’re grateful that Tal is part of IF and love having him here. Thanks for connecting us!

After just a short time on his internship, Tal was officially hired as an employee. Loving his work there and inspired by the students and adults he worked with, Tal applied to college to continue on a professional path to work as an athletic trainer for neurodiverse people. Greg wrote a superb letter of recommendation, and Tal was accepted with a scholarship to Regis College. Ever the athlete, Tal plans to major in Exercise Science with a minor in Special Education. Not only will he run Cross Country and Track, he will be studying for his certification both as a Professional Trainer and Autism Fitness Instructor.

Not every student experiences a direct path to college. Career exposure can be an important step for personal growth as a student begins their college and career journey.

Summer/Fall 2021. What are our Students Excited About?

Our students are excited about:

Coding for a Harvard startup relating to healthcare/diabetes

Working with collections, vendors and content generation for a Boston fashion designer

Helping neurodiverse people and their families create healthy lifestyles through fitness

Learning about the film industry from the founder of a casting agency

Interning in government for their State Representative at the MA State House

Working for the CEO of India’s first leadership incubator that focuses on the professional development of Muslim Women.

Using their skills for a social media/marketing campaign to launch a new fashion collection

It’s so rewarding to establish internships for our students with such accomplished career mentors.

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Who are the Mentors Currently Guiding our Students?

  • The CEO of a dynamic startup that was accepted into the 2020 #MassChallenge cohort of 100 companies (from over 1,000 applicants world-wide). She is a former Wharton grad and management consultant.
  • Director of Events and Partner Relationships at a data-driven technology company that is leading a sports research revolution. She was formerly the director of events at the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office. The company founder is a Harvard MBA, Olympic Gold Medalist and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
  • The Communications Manager of a National Arts program that educates, inspires, and empowers youth through the arts and in-school performances. With a Masters from Emerson, he has years of experience in creative writing and arts administration.
  • The Director of Development at a non-profit that collaborates with the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families to connect potential adoptive parents with youth waiting for adoption. She has 2 decades of leadership experience at organizations including the United Way and the Ronald McDonald house.

An internship related to your talents and interests will help to confirm a future college major and create professional connections for the future.

Test Drive Your Career With A Fall Internship in Boston

Are you a recent high school graduate or college student seeking some real-world career experience? Or are you taking some time off to explore new opportunities through a Gap Year?

You may already be aware that an internship is a fantastic choice for those purposes. But perhaps you associate such an option exclusively with summer.

The fall, however, can actually be the ideal time to complete an internship—and the highly trained team here at Internship Connection is here to help you do so.

The Benefits of an Internship

An internship offers an unparalleled opportunity to advance your academic and professional future. It’s a way to test drive your career: to sample the waters of an industry and see how it appeals to you.

You can fantasize about one job or another, but you can’t know what it’s really like without diving in. As an intern, you can try a job on for size and start mapping out a nuts-and-bolts career strategy.

It’s rewarding whether you’ve got a narrowed-down field of interest or not. Perhaps you’re drawn to the healthcare industry, but also harbor an abiding passion for politics. Internships shed light on the day-to-day jobs available in those fields, and thus help steer you toward one or another.

On the other hand, maybe you’ve got your heart set on a career in environmental work, but don’t know exactly in what capacity. Non-profit group? State management agency? Interning helps you navigate to a position best suited to your inclinations.

Let’s not forget that internships can lead directly to paid jobs: Think of them as auditions!

Fall Internships

What are the benefits of a fall internship? For one thing, a position tends to be easier to land: You’ll have less competition than in the summer crunch, when out-of-town students can compete directly with Boston-area locals.

Furthermore, most companies tend to take on fewer interns in the autumn. This means fall interns can cultivate deeper relationships with their workplace environment and colleagues as well as tackle more tasks, thus broadening their skill sets.

Internship Connection Works With You

Internship Connection is dedicated to connecting students and recent grads with internship positions and helping them succeed there. We’ll help you focus your goals, design your resume, and prep for interviews; we’ll also be there throughout your internship as guiding support.

Contact us today and test drive your career with a fall internship!   https://internshipconnection.com/

Photo credit: City of Boston Archives

Fall Internships for Deferred College Admission

So you’ve been accepted but asked to wait a semester until January. What to do now?  We are hearing from many students facing this dilemma.
Why not get a jump on your peers and experience a fall internship in a career that you might be   thinking about?  You’ll start to make professional contacts, build your resume, hear about exciting meet ups and panels, and have much to offer in future class discussions. Finally, experiencing the workplace can help to confirm or eliminate your thoughts on a potential a college major.

Businesses and organizations welcome a student applying for a fall internship. Summer interns are back in college, so you are not competing with dozens of students for the same internship.

We have placed many college freshman on exciting one semester internships:

  • Travis was a recent graduate of Phillips Academy Andover was looking forward to starting Brown University. We place him on an internship related to engineering, computers and investments.
  • Camila and Claudia, twin sisters from a private school in Puerto Rico had been accepted to Babson as January freshman. We connected the girls to a wonderful fashion startup entrepreneur in the MassChallenge incubator.

Read more about more student experiences in our Gap Semester program: https://internshipconnection.com/programs/gap-year-internships/

Ryan Built Some Serious Cred At This Boston Sports internship

Ryan(left) built some serious cred at this Boston Sports internship.

Sometimes we hear from college students who are taking a semester off or thinking about transferring. In that case, an internship can help refocus goals and perhaps lead to a different career direction.

 

Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters- Taking Advantage of 3 Opportunities

 

Ryan contacted us after he differed his acceptance to Brown University. He hoped to gain some real world experience before college. After spending the fall semester at the University of Barcelona in Spain, taking 3 moths of language classes and traveling, he was ready to come back to Boston and was interested in a Spring semester internship.

Having read a great deal about a new and exciting company in Boston, and knowing that Ryan was somewhat of a sports fanatic, we matched him to an internship at Fancred. Fancred is a TechStars startup and a social network for sports enthusiasts.

At Fancred, Ryan was a quick study. He became the primary contributor for their blog on Tumblr, managed their official Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages and assisted in research and development of content on the site.

“I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience thus far. As an avid sports fan, working with an up and coming sports app is a perfect fit. The employees are enthusiastic and fun loving, which creates an environment in which I feel comfortable working in. The work has been engaging, challenging, and seems integral to the growth of the company. I can’t recommend this enough to anyone who loves watching sports, enjoys researching them, and also likes having fun around the work place.” — Ryan

Now that Ryan has experienced a startup, he has expressed an interest in gaining exposure to a bigger company for the summer.

Students Take Time Off From College With A Fall Internship

At Internship Connection, we are busy visiting our current students on their internships. In addition, since August is the time to start the process of snagging a fall internship, we have been taking many calls from students who are taking a Gap semester off from college.

As we speak to students taking time off, it’s evident that there are many valid reasons for taking a break. Sometimes students find out that during freshman year, the college they are attending was not the right choice for them. If a student is applying to transfer to a new college, a fall internship would be a very productive use of their time and could also enhance an application.

Other students, often during sophomore year are unsure what to major in. Experiencing the workplace often sends the student in a new and rewarding career direction.

What is our Process?

  1. We meet with each student either in person or via Skype.
  2. We help them update or create a business resume.
  3. We prepare them for their workplace interview using role-play.
  4. We establish an exciting fall internship in the field of their choice.

Our best advice – Start now!

It takes time to secure an internship. Don’t wait until fall to apply for a fall internship. While other college students are still on the beach, get ahead of the crowd in the process of securing your internship.

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