Microbiology major Fatima Haidar ('19) spent her summer interning in Rabat, Morocco, at the largest public hospital in the city. I think interning abroad has granted me a wider perspective on healthcare, Haidar said. In the future, I'm interested in working for Doctors Without Borders in the Middle East, and this provided me with invaluable experience working in an Arabic-speaking medical setting. In her off time, she took beautiful photos, like this one.
Networking doesn't have to feel slimy. Done right, it can be about building authentic connections with people. Today The Hub worked with U-M alums to provide Summer Bridge Scholars a chance to practice starting conversations with new people. What would you say are the do's and don'ts of approaching a Wolverine for advice or mentorship?
Happy #nationalinternday! We're celebrating the contributions of U-M's LSA students interning in workplaces in the U.S. and abroad this summer. Visit the Hub to learn how you can find the right opportunity for 2018. (We're on the first floor of the LSA Building.)
As part of #MWACE, our internship coordinator Jennifer Mendez got a chance to visit @leoburnett's Detroit office. She learned what the ad agency looks for in its internship candidates. Their student talent comes from a wide range of majors, including biology and political science, Mendez said. The qualities successful interns share are great communication skills, an involvement in their local communities, and previous experience in the sector they're applying to, like social media, strategy, or account management. Stay tuned to this space for more info on companies we're connecting with for 2018 internship placements.
The Opportunity Hub helps you discover your path, then works with you to make sure you can walk it successfully by helping you find the right internship. @kleshem spent a recent summer at iHeartMedia in NYC, where she rotated through nine different departments as a national sales, marketing, and partnerships intern. Learning the in and outs of the entertainment and media industry helped solidify her interest in mass communications. Questions on how the Hub works for LSA students? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. 📷 @kleshem
For a liberal arts student, an internship is one of the best ways to discover the career you want to commit to, said Kierra Trotter, the Hub's director of student engagement. You're testing different work environments and finding the best fit for your future. U-M LSA students can connect with the Opportunity Hub to explore their possibilities; email LSAemail@example.com. 📷 Matthew Pavlovic in Portugal
What's an easy way to make a good impression during an internship abroad? Make an effort to speak in the local language—however awkward it feels. It's an important way to show respect for people as a visitor in their country, says Jenny Chuang, the Opportunity Hub's global internship coordinator. Acquiring the new words to express yourself is easier said than done, though. I suggest keeping a small notebook to write down phrases you’ll need throughout the day, including survival language and ways to talk about yourself (like your major, interests, and where you’re from). And Google Translate and Forvo are super helpful tools you can use on your phone. #TipTuesday
The LSA Opportunity Hub offers the College’s students a distinctly liberal arts approach to finding their path. “Students will get access to more than 1,800 domestic and international internships, find funding so that any student can afford to have an internship experience, connect with alumni mentors and employers, and receive coaching to prepare for life and career possibilities,” writes Dean Andrew Martin. Tap the link in bio to read more about his vision in the latest issue of LSA Magazine.
“I was not sure what to expect before coming to Macedonia. Here, I am constantly aware of my race in a way that I haven’t truly been since I was younger. I have not had any negative reactions at all (but not knowing Macedonian I guess this could be false), but the stares are numerous whenever I leave the apartment. Perhaps surprisingly, however, instead of making me self-conscious or uncomfortable, for the most part, it constantly makes me reflect on how homogeneous Macedonia is and how little exposure there is to anyone different from them … My experience here so far has simply made me think about how nice it can be, personally, when I am surrounded by people who are not like me, when I can learn from people and help them learn from me as well.” Tap 👆🏾the link in bio to read more about Diarra’s internship experience in Macedonia this summer.