Internships & Experiential Learning
It’s been a little over a week since Pope Francis visited Philadelphia, and I still can’t stop replaying scenes from those two days over and over again in my mind.
I was in the vicinity of Pope Francis’s incredibly moving speech at Independence Hall. I teared up when he closed with an Our Father in English, and nearly again when he waved and drove by where I was camped out in Franklin Square, to watch the speech on a Jumbotron.
I was there when he drove up and down the Ben Franklin Parkway just after twilight’s waning,
Searching for a summer internship can be a daunting task. You can send in dozens of resumes and applications and only hear back from a handful and from that handful only interview with a few companies. With the career fair coming up and so many companies visiting campus take time to ask a few of these questions to get a better sense of how their internship program works and how you would fit in to all that.
What would my typical day look like?
You are going to be spending your summer here.
The Philadelphia Service Immersion Program (PSIP) at SJU is a program I hold near and dear to my heart, and not just because it saved me a few hassles moving into my freshman dorm a few days early.
The early move-in program takes small groups of incoming freshmen to a service site in Philadelphia for three mornings straight (while using public transportation!)– the same site every day. In the afternoon, groups explore various fun places in Philadelphia, meet professors who take them on a tour of a Philly neighborhood, reflect on these experiences,
– The Beatles, ‘Paperback Writer’
…Well, not exactly a paperback writer; more so a music journalist.
And that’s precisely how I’ll be spending a good chunk of my summer, thanks to an internship I’m doing with REBEAT magazine, an online publication centering around “mid-century music, culture, and lifestyle.” If you know me (or at least if you’ve taken a glance at my bio) you’ll understand how excited I am about this opportunity.
The last thing I expected to do this summer was find a suitable internship position;
Since I decided to become an accounting major, I have always contemplated if I should become a certified public accountant. I am now a senior and I have decided that I want to obtain my CPA license.
Accountants get their CPA license to work in public accounting. After CPAs get their experience, they do not have to stay working in public accounting firms. Whether they stay in public accounting or work in private business, they are trusted to provide financial advice for businesses.
I was hesitant to make the decision to become a CPA because I was not entirely sure if I wanted to work in public accounting.
When you get to college, you are constantly told to get involved and be active. Many students do not understand the importance of this advice. Not only do you make friends for life, you may also get some unbelievable opportunities. I am a part of two clubs at Saint Joseph’s University: Radio 1851 and the Sports Marketing Club. Through these clubs I have been provided with not only great experiences, but also unbelievable trips that I will never forget.
Most recently I traveled with the Sports Marketing Club, as well as with Dr. Lord and Professor Tryce,
Finals. Projects. Presentations. Essays. Desperately trying to raise grades. Graduation. Living with your parents again.
All of those things are what Lana del Rey was referencing when she sang about Summertime Sadness, right?
The end of a semester is bittersweet in college. The conclusion of fall semester is bitterly cold but also enriched with the sweetness of Christmas and a month break from school. As spring semester comes to a close, students are teased by warm weather one day and hail the next. But the idea that a summer of warm nights, beach trips,
– David Bowie and Mick Jagger, ‘Dancing in the Street’
Ah, summer: a time for frolicking in the sunshine, relaxing by the pool, road-tripping with friends (and, if you’re anything like Jagger and Bowie, dancing in the street.)
So where does work-related stress fit into that mix?
Whether it be from parents, from society at large, or even from yourself, there is a great deal of pressure placed on us as students to find a summer job. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, however, being that the months between May and September typically provide students with more free time than we know what to do with;
I always have anxiety over turning in my resume and cover letter to an anonymous hiring manager over the Internet. Some times certain companies and organizations have you fill out a questionnaire about your work ethic, experience, and skills.
I was filling out a job application the other day when I stumbled across this question: “You often do not get the credit you deserve. – Do you Agree or Disagree?” Honestly, I have no idea what to answer. If I agree then I sound like I am egocentric or so self-seeking that I feel as though I deserve a parade every time I do something right.
If you ask any college junior, “What are your plans for the summer?” Their first response is “a summer internship.” Finding the elusive summer internship reflecting a specific field of study can be difficult. For many students this struggle begins in early January, when all take to the Internet searching for the perfect position. The search cannot only be tedious but down right frustrating. You are not only competing with other majors from Saint Joseph’s, but students who attend Penn, Drexel, Temple, and other universities in the area. This becomes a struggle for many of us in the SJU community;