Around the World in 85 Days: UMSI Student's Summer Internships in Singapore and Uganda (plus more!)

My name is JJ Pionke and I spent the Summer of 2012 going around the world. This is my story.

When I first came to SI, and learned that I would have to do a Summer internship, I knew that I wanted to go abroad. I've been abroad before and I've deeply missed being overseas. As soon as I got to Ann Arbor, I met with UMSI's Career Development Office(CDO) for some ideas. I made up a boilerplate introductory email that I could modify easily from one organization to another. I also made up a spreadsheet to track who I was sending email to, when, and if there was a response. I then hit iTrack through the UMSI website and started combing through any country that had entries related to Library Science in some way. Since I had time before school started in September, I started researching organizations and sending out email right away because I knew that I was going to get incredibly busy in a very short time.

I eventually sent email to around 50 organizations and heard back from about 20 or so. Most of them were just declination of interest, but a few were genuinely helpful where they recommended other organizations or countries to try. I got a yes from the National University of Singapore (NUS) pretty quickly and worked with them on and off for the next several months through the planning stages of the trip, including what I would be doing and so forth. NUS is listed in iTrack but all the other details of my trip had to be worked out on my own, like housing. I got very lucky in that the woman living kitty corner from me was from Singapore and she was able to put me in touch with a friend of hers that was willing to rent me a room for a very reasonable price for the month that I was going to be there.

The NUS internship was only 160 hours and to make the full 6 PEP credits, I needed 200 more internship hours. I felt pretty good that I had already landed one internship so quickly and as a consequence I backed off on my internship hunt for the other 200 hours. Don't get me wrong, it was still in the back of my head and I kept an eye on international announcements from CDO, UM's International Center, and The Record for stories of people's past Summer experiences and potential opportunities. CDO hosted an interest session for international internships which included a panel of students that had just gotten back from the world. One of the panelists had spent her Summer in Uganda cataloging at the Uganda National Archive (UNA) and there was a high probability that the same job would be open again. The professor in charge of the project was also in attendance. The presentation impressed me and afterwards, I told the professor that if I could get funding, I would go. He and CDO gave me a list of scholarships to try for. Scholarship applications are due anywhere from December to March so it felt like I was writing them forever. I applied to 8 scholarships. Then there was nothing to be done but to wait.

My second semester zips by. At the very beginning of April, I was starting to get nervous because I had heard nothing about scholarships and an internship that I thought I had landed, backed out, so I was still looking for 200 hours. Literally in the span of 24 hours, I had not only a second internship, this time at the UM Bentley Historical Library, but a scholarship to go to Uganda, which meant a third internship and now I was going around the world! In terms of the Bentley, I was there for a class orientation and the Head of Reference, Karen Jania, and I started talking and she offered me the 200 hours, unpaid, but that I would be able to create a physical and online exhibit on GLBTQ history in Michigan/Ann Arbor/University of Michigan. Because of the way my time got structured, I landed up spending 2 weeks in the Bentley before getting on a plane and then another solid week when I got back with the rest of the time being made up either online and on my own or coming into the Bentley in between classes as the Fall semester started. The exhibits turned out great! Back to my story, so now I had the 200 hours I needed to fulfill the rest of the PEP requirement and I was going to Uganda and Singapore!

Once I had confirmation of getting the scholarship from the African Studies Center, I kicked logistics into high gear. The timing of my trip/Summer worked out like this: May at the Bentley, June at NUS, July - beginning of August at the UNA, middle of August in Europe, Chicago for one week, the Bentley for one week, and then school starts. There would be no time to come home between Singapore and Uganda. After comparing prices, it was cheaper to purchase a Round The World plane ticket. These tickets work principally on a few tenants: you have to go in one direction around the world and you have to do it under so many miles or you have to pay more, also, you have one year to do it. If you have the money and the time, these tickets are worth it because you can easily add destinations with a minimum of hassle or monetary fuss. I sat down with a calendar and mapped out where I was going to be, when, and then started filling in the holes like hotel rooms. I also added side trips to Thailand and Malaysia when I was in Singapore. To finally fly home, I flew from Entebbe, Uganda to Brussels, Belgium and then made my way overland to Amsterdam, Netherlands to catch the flight to Chicago.

I also had to figure out packing for the trip. I took one suitcase, one laptop bag, and one nylon backpack for day trips. I kept my suitcase under 50lbs the entire trip. Once I added Uganda to the mix, I had to go to the travel nurse at the UM Hospital. She very kindly squeezed me in and then vaccinated me to within an inch of my life. I swear that I will probably never have worse than a cold for at least the next 3 years.

As I continued to work on logistics, and then spend my two weeks in the Bentley while couch surfing at a couple of friend's houses, I was awarded a second scholarship from SI. I was also notified that the professor in charge of the Uganda project had a grant and he was going to be able to give me some funding from that to help offset costs. All told, between the two scholarships and the grant money, Uganda was completely funded. I paid for Singapore out of pocket through loans.

To get to Singapore, I would board a plane in Chicago and then have a 2 hour layover in Tokyo. Total flying time was 22 hours. What really happened was that I got on a plane in Chicago and then sat in the plane at the gate for 5 hours and then we took off. It wasn't an auspicious start to the trip, but throughout, I kept my good humor and zipped my way through a couple hundred pages of the first book of a trilogy. Keeping good humor when doing a major trip like this is important and I knew that, so is having enough patience to fill a swimming pool. I got very lucky that my contact in Singapore waited for me even though I showed up at close to 4am instead of just before midnight.

My time at NUS was delightful. I spent the month engaging in various discussions about information literacy. In the end, I also gave presentations on preservation, library integration in course management software, and on a search tool used by MLibrary. I created an information literacy digital package for the librarians and I also participated in a disaster planning table top exercise. Singapore was a delight. The food was amazing and I had a lot of fun listening to so many languages being spoken around me. A big negative of the trip was the heat. I completely forgot how hot Asia is in the Summer. I felt like I was melting.

In the first days of July, I got on a plane and flew to Johannesburg, South Africa where I had a 5 hour layover. By this point, I had finished the first book in the trilogy and was now very well into the second one which I had picked up in Bangkok, Thailand. I finally got to Entebbe, Uganda just as the sun was going down and very luckily was met by my roommate and a taxi driver.
Uganda is an amazing place. It is completely different from everything that America is. The red dust is in everything. Produce like mangoes, finger bananas, and avocados are cheap and plentiful. I've never drunk passion fruit juice that was so delicious. This is all juxtaposed with grinding poverty and poor infrastructure. That said, my time at the UNA was awesome. It was a lot of hard work but my team and I cataloged a collection that was in 169 boxes and was comprised of 6900 files. I had wonderful conversations with the archives staff about archival policies in Uganda and I helped them develop user policies. I also did computer maintenance and set up an environmental monitoring system. In the 5 weeks that I was in Uganda, a friend of mine also visited and we were able to go on safari together. We saw hippo, giraffe, elephant, zebra, all sorts of antelope and so many different types of birds, I couldn't count them. My time in Uganda was fun, frightening, and awe-inspiring.
In August, I got on yet another plane and headed towards Brussels, Belgium. I helped an older couple find their seats. While we waited for the rest of the plane to fill, she asked me what I thought of Uganda. She stated that I must see Entebbe as a slum. I told her that Uganda is a place that has to be taken on its own terms. From an American vantage point, Entebbe does look like a slum but from a Ugandan's point of view, Entebbe is a thriving and prosperous city and that is exactly how I saw it. She thanked me for my honest answer and then we were away to Europe.

I spent a day in Brugge, a day in Brussels, and then 3 days in Amsterdam seeing amazing art and enjoying good food and reliable internet access. After 5 days in Europe, I boarded a plane for the final time to take me back where my journey began.

My trip by the numbers:
25,500 miles traveled
$12,000 approximate total cost
1680 pages read on planes in a trilogy in which the 3rd book has yet to be printed (ARGH!)
90 hours spent flying
85 days spent abroad
6 countries (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Uganda, Belgium, Netherlands)
3 scholarships/grants
2 international internships
1 world circumnavigated
My name is JJ Pionke and I spent my Summer fulfilling a dream.

Posted by kkowatch on January 04, 2013 at 02:33 PM | Comments (0)

Summer Internship at University of Ghana’s Balme Library in Accra, Ghana, Africa

Hi! My name is Amanda, and I spent part of this summer interning at the Balme Library at the University of Ghana. For the months of May and June of 2012, I interned at the Balme Library at the University of Ghana.

During my time there, I had the opportunity to interact with
a variety of library staff to learn about how the library operates. Benefitting from a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Balme Library has recently undertaken a number of innovative library projects, including the creation of both a Knowledge Commons and a Research Commons, the development of an online collection of scholarly University of Ghana publications, and a new digitization initiative. To support the library’s new digitization efforts, I
helped develop various scanner documentation and workflows. I was able to present my own knowledge of digitization to a group of university faculty, staff and students. Along with my fellow intern, Stacy Maat, I provided an overview of the digitization process and best practices and introduced some real-life examples of how digitized materials are being created, stored and used in different contexts.

My experience at the Balme Library gave me a practical introduction to several emerging library trends, including digitization and the development of digital repositories. My time at the University of Ghana also provided a unique perspective on librarianship in an international context. From interacting with faculty, staff and students, I was able to understand the impact of the library and its services on the university community. Not only did I learn how to provide access to digital library materials, but I also learned why this is so valuable.

My internship in Ghana was made possible by international internship grants provided by the University of Michigan African Studies Center and the School of Information.

Posted by kkowatch on December 03, 2012 at 12:44 PM | Comments (0)

Summer Internship at University of Ghana’s Balme Library in Accra, Ghana, Africa

Below is the first of a series of blogs that will be shared by UMSI students who participated in summer 2012 internships abroad.

My name is Stacy Maat and I spent a month of my summer at the University of Ghana’s Balme Library in Accra, Ghana, Africa. In February 2012, I received an email from the Career Development Office which contained a few internship opportunities at the University of Ghana. One of the positions listed was called Staff Development and Training for Digitalization of Collections and Historic Documents (iTrack ID #719979). Despite the typo, I emailed Ms. Gifty Boakye at Balme Library, and copied in Kelly Kowatch. It was not long before I realized that I was able to work in Ghana.

In order to actually go to Ghana, I needed to locate some funding for the trip. I had to quickly apply for funding from the African Studies Center and from the School of Information. After several weeks of waiting, I learned that I did not receive any funding from ASC, but was able to get most of what I need from UMSI. The next day I had to book my flight to leave two weeks later. There was a lot of running around that I needed to do in order to make sure I was ready to go: I needed to apply for a Visa, get all the necessary vaccinations and medications, buy lightweight clothes, and still figure out housing and arrival arrangements. As such, the two weeks between when I found out I had funding and the time I left were absolutely crazy.

Once I arrived in Ghana, things worked out really well. I landed in Accra, Ghana, and was greeted by Amanda Kauffman (also from UMSI) who had arrived a week and a half earlier, and Justice from Balme Library. Amanda and I were staying in the dorms (or as they call them, hostels) on University of Ghana’s campus.

The very next day, I met the head librarian at Balme, as well as senior staff members, and it seems like everyone in the library! I was also told that two days later Amanda and I needed to present a seminar on digitization in order to orient senior staff members on what it is, and what we were going to be doing during our time in Ghana. In order to prepare the presentation, Amanda and I relied on key readings from some of our uMSI classes, as well as some of our personal previous work experiences. The seminar went very well, with library staff taking notes and asking lots of questions.

The following week or so, I helped contribute to both the Digitization Workflow Policy and the Institutional Repository Policy for Balme Library, both of which were in draft form at the time. Balme Library is working to remain one of the top research libraries in the world, and in order to do so, they needed to establish clear policies on digitization and adding items into their institutional repository. These two policies help the library achieve it’s mission, as well as provides instructions and guidance to library staff members on what they need to be doing.

The remainder of my time there was more hands on as I was able to learn how to use several document, book, and microfilm scanners. I learned how to scan unbound documents using Inotec’s automatic Scamax M06 Digital Scanner. After learning how to use it, Amanda and I created a workflow document for the scanner, so staff members at Balme Library would be able to follow directions and guidelines when they need to scan a document.

I also learned how to scan a book using the Atiz BookDrive Pro and BookDrive Mini scanners and how to post-process the images using BookDrive Editor Pro software. How to scan microfilm and microfiche materials using the Mekel M200X scanner and post-processing of images using Image Mate for Presentation. Finally, I learned how to scan books using the Kirtas Kabis II automatic scanner with the post-processing of images using Kirtas’ Book Scan Editor Software. If I had been able to stay in Ghana for more than a month, I would have created workflow documents for each of these scanners.

My internship in Ghana was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. It is not everyday that you can take what you learn in class here in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and apply that and teach others in Ghana, Africa. The internship activities themselves were incredibly rewarding, but by going overseas for the first time and immersing myself in a completely different culture now gives me a defining experience that will set me apart from my peers when applying for jobs in a few months.

Posted by kkowatch on November 05, 2012 at 12:19 PM | Comments (0)

Summer 2011 Internship Experience

Another SI student shares on their summer 2011 internship experience:

I did my internship with Automated Data Processing (ADP) in Beijing, China. The office I was working focuses on information systems for auto mobile dealership services. ADP China office in Beijing has three organizational units: consulting unit, service unit and research and development unit (R&D). It was R&D unit where I worked.

I found this internship by employee recommendation. My work in R&D team mostly focused on algorithm design. Dealership services involve surprisingly complex work flow structures. Due to the nature of this business, individually customized solution has great importance for the running of daily business activities. One part of the work performed by R&D team is to figure out how to design solutions which are flexible to end users while maintain the integrity of business process. Complex algorithm is required for processes like pricing, though intuition to end user is a constrain that we worked to balance.

My take-away from this internship experience would be mostly about business process management, and of course, algorithm design for business processes. It’s an interesting experience to work in a technically orientated team but have to keep an eye on the business team sitting just next door. Collaboration between business units is definitely some place ADP China should work on in future. That’s also a place I would like to tap on in my work.

Posted by kkowatch on October 21, 2011 at 02:59 PM | Comments (0)

2011 Summer Internship Testimony

Several SI students were asked to share about their summer internship experience for the SI-Career Development Blog. Below is one student's shared experience:

In the first week of the winter semester, I saw on the school’s website that the Engineering career fair was approaching. I decided that I will attend this fair. I wasn’t sure on how to prepare for the fair. I knew I had to wear business formals since I have seen students wear them for the previous fair. I promptly bought a suit. I called up a few seniors and asked them for tips. The first thing they said is prepare your one minute pitch. I started preparing for the fair a few days before the fair. I got a list of firms that were coming and started reading their description and what qualities they were looking for in a student. However, there were no firms that were specifically looking for SI students. I looked up their website and saw if they had any positions that were relevant to my background. I prepared my one minute pitch. Revised it a few times and practiced in front of the mirror. On the day of the fair, I was overwhelmed by the number of students. I wanted to seem confident but not over confident. There was on specific representative of an organization I talked to told me that they don’t sponsor International students. I then realized that I had to approach firms that hired International students. But the way the firms were arranged was quite random. Then I heard that the CS and EECS building had the firms that were hiring students with computer science background. It made sense to go there first. So I started from there.

The organization where I interned in the summer was there in the career fair and dropped my resume at their table too. It was very hard for me to understand their business. After a few days I was called for an Interview and they gave me some topics to prepare on. I can recall the Executive assistant who made that call telling me that “I am trying to fit in all six of them”. I was quite nervous that I had to interview with six people. When I was preparing for the interview, it was very hard for me to understand who the nature of their business since when I went to their website it took me to customer facing side of the site and the about us section was not updated. The interview went on for almost 2 hours. I was called a few weeks later and was given an offer and I accepted it.

The first few weeks at the internship, I had to understand all the products and services of the firm and also understand every employee’s roles and responsibilities. It was a great way of getting to know people at the firm. I felt the firm is unique in the Industry; it provides support for Dealers to have an online presence since buyers spend a lot of time on the internet researching cars, car prices, etc. My role was not so much dealer facing but rather involves a lot of vendor relationship and also communicating with different consolidated subsidiaries of the organization. Half-way through my internship, I was asked to present on my work so far to the Executive team. This meeting is one of the most important meetings in the organization. The product development team will present their work and there are a lot of questions on the assumptions and other parts of the work. After some discussion around the presentation, the Executive team decides on whether the product needs to move forward or shelved. I was very nervous about this presentation. I sat with my mentor and my supervisor to get tips on what are the things that I need to cover. My supervisor asked me to sit in one of those presentations the previous week and I got a gist of what are the things that needs to be covered and also I now knew what questions I can expect. After my presentation, there was some positive response although I was faced with a lot of questions and comments. I felt good when a lot of people came to my cubicle later and told me that I did a good job. My supervisor wanted the project to move faster and so did I but there were a few roadblocks that I did not have control over. Although it slowed down the pace at which the project was moving, it gave me a great learning experience on how to deal with such situations if faced again.

The organization had a good balance of work and play. I should give credit to my HR. She planned a lot of events and fun outings for the team to keep up the excitement. The organization went through some structural changes and a new mission, vision statement was coined by the executive team. At the end of my internship, I was offered a Co-op and I accepted it. My internship has played a very important role in my career plans. I got very attached to the firm for several reasons. One is because they gave me an opportunity to lead the project which I think it pretty significant decision, especially for this project as it involves a lot of interaction with the partners. It shows that they have a lot of trust in my work and I wanted to keep up the same. During my performance appraisal, I learned from my supervisor that I exceeded expectations when it comes to taking initiatives. I met all other expectations. I try to think back on how I could have exceeded expectations in other factors and I am constantly soliciting feedback from my supervisor and my mentor. The other thing is that all my colleagues interact with each other as if it like one big happy family. The organizational culture and work environment is very important to be able to produce effective results. The organization is flexible but yet fast-paced. They also give employees to venture new things that employees are passionate about and incorporate employee’s feedback seriously. My internship experience has given me the platform to improve my understanding of Market research and Business Intelligence in the Industry.

Posted by kkowatch on October 15, 2011 at 10:19 PM | Comments (0)

2011 Summer Internship Testimony in Health Informatics

A current SI student shares on their summer internship experience:

I am interested in HCI application in healthcare industry and have taken a few classes related to the subject. I was intrigued by the numerous theories and principles described and decided it would be highly beneficial to have an opportunity to experience and validate my studies. I am particularly interested in the workflow dynamics and analyses and system design practices. I learned that one of the faculty has a contract collaborating with a local hospital and was recruiting people; I took advantage of the opportunity.

My internship’s objectives were to integrate and design a centralized database for the department. The department is a highly elaborate organization. Because of the dynamic nature of healthcare practice, the existing database practices need to be revised and improved. My role was a project manager: I performed needs assessments, business processes, and work and information flow analyses. I then took this data and collaborated with programmers to design an improved and more efficient database system.

I initially felt tremendously overwhelmed by the complexity of the organization. The environment is extremely fast-paced, almost to a point of being frantic, yet it is very well coordinated. There is the constant stream of medical terminology being used by all the personnel. In spite of this, I soon found myself being able to learn and adapt well to its culture and also found that I could be resourceful. I was very fortunate: the department’s personnel were not only professional, but friendly and supportive; I made several good friends.

This internship affirmed and fortified my interest in health informatics. Such interest includes implementing an information system, improving interface design for medical devices, and enhancing patient communication and social support. I truly believe the sky is the limit when it comes to the career possibilities for information scientists in the healthcare sector.

Posted by kkowatch on October 15, 2011 at 10:15 PM | Comments (0)

2011 Internship MSI Internship Experience

The below is an blog post from a current MSI student on their 2011 internship experience:

"I'm one of a few dual degree students with the School of Public Policy, and I was lucky enough to find my internship through a posting on a Ford School list serve. The internship description was a perfect fit for my pre-grad school work experience, and I sent in my resume and a cover letter on the same day that I saw the posting. In the opening sentence I wrote, "Not many people can say they are perfect for this job, but I honestly can..." and it was true. I really could.

I went on to detail my previous work experience, and how my course work at the School of Information and School of Public Policy had enhanced and added to my skills and interests.

Interestingly, although it wasn't advertised in the posting, it turns out that the woman hiring for the position was not only a UofM alumnus, but a dual degree alumnus from Ross School of Business/School of Social Work. She mmediately knew the value of a dual degree from Michigan. So I interviewed with her a few days later and secured the internship.

The primary goal of my internship was to conduct an impact assessment study of a community lender in the San Francisco Bay Area. The results were to be written up in a conference paper for submission to the Federal Reserve, and also used in the strategic planning and marketing efforts of the organization, including in their social media outreach strategy. I was able to present the results of the impact assessment to the staff, and carry out the initial phases of the strategic planning process toward the end of my internship.

The primary thing that I learned about myself in the course of this internship was that the community banking industry is one that is a good fit for me, in terms of my previous work experience, course work at SI/Ford School, and my future career goals and interests. I also learned what a fabulous place the East Bay is to live and work, and I plan to direct my future job search there.

Posted by kkowatch on October 07, 2011 at 03:52 PM | Comments (0)

International Internships and Funding Information

From....Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson, University of Michigan International Center,

Note that we will be out of the office from Wednesday, December 23 until Monday, January 4th, but will respond to e-mails during break—feel free to e-mail us at

You should have your internship arrangements in place by the time you apply for funding, in order to be competitive…here are a few of the major funding sources through UM units, with deadlines. For some ideas for internship opportunities, please scroll down further!

Friday, Jan. 8—1:00-2:30 PM, Maize & Blue Room in SAB
A panel in January will feature some internship-abroad programs with upcoming deadlines. Will also include both student & post-grad opportunities), sponsored by the International Center and Career Center

See our overview article with tips for writing funding proposals at:

See the International Institute’s page for graduate student funding:

Thursday, Jan. 28—NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowships (scroll down):

Monday, Feb. 1, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (scroll down):

Monday, Feb. 15, International Internship Individual Fellowships (for all continuing students),

Monday, Feb. 22, Ginsberg Center’s Wallenberg International Summer Travel Fellowship,

Friday, March 6, Ginsberg Center Fellowships,

Monday, March 15, Center for European Studies,

Monday, March 15, Center for Russian & East European Studies,

IAESTE Engineering & Science Internships (for undergraduate & graduate students)
Monday, Jan. 11 deadline--Applications are now being accepted for IAESTE United States' 2010 internship placement program. Each year, IAESTE United States connects students in technical fields of study to paid internship opportunities in over 40 countries on six continents. Internships are usually 8 to 12 weeks in length during the summer, but programs can be extended for up to 1 year.

To be eligible to apply for an IAESTE internship, students must be enrolled in a technical field of study (engineering, science, technology, mathematics, architecture, etc.) at a U.S. university, be between the ages of 19 and 30, have at least sophomore level standing, and be a member of IAESTE United States (students can join as part of the application process). Graduate students and non-US citizens are also eligible to apply.

The deadline for students to apply is January 11, 2010.

Apply online:

Contact U-M’s IAESTE Local Chapter for more information—see:

For more information about the national IAESTE organization, see
(Peggy Wunderwald-Jensen, UM Germanic Languages Dept.)
(Find out more at the Jan. 8 Summer Jobs & Internships Abroad panel, above).
Jan. 15: CDS Schott Summer Internships (paid),

FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS: CDS offers unpaid summer internships in Argentina and Spain. Deadlines are in January.
Jan. 15: CDS Argentina Internships:
Jan. 15: CDS Spain Internships:
For more info on CDS, see:
...and contact Peggy Wunderwald-Jensen, U-M's CDS representative, at

AIESEC-UM INTERNSHIP & WORK ABROAD PROGRAMS (for both continuing and graduating students)
(Find out more at the Jan. 8 Summer Jobs & Internships Abroad panel, above).
Jan. 24 is the deadline for these internships offered worldwide. Most are paid.
AIESEC will hold information meetings in January.

BUNAC & IAESTE WORK ABROAD PROGRAMS (for both continuing and graduating students)
In case you are arranging your own internship and need a work permit, the BUNAC program offers work permits for Ireland, France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and an Internship in Britain option. Some programs (Ireland & Canada) have a deadline based on student status, i.e. graduates in summer 2010 have only until the end of the year to participate. Eligibility for the Australia and New Zealand programs is based on age.

No fixed deadlines, but apply two months before your desired date of departure: BUNAC USA,

IAESTE offers work permits in many more countries for students who have found their own internships; citizens of all countries are eligible in most cases:

Teaching English positions are some of the most-available opportunities. Here’s our overview:


PEACE CORPS (27-month commitment--apply ASAP to start by end of 2010)—
Jan. 15 --France Teaching Assistant Program of the French Embassy

Jan. 15—Fulbright Teach in Austria program,

Jan. 15—CIEE Teach in Thailand (for May departure),
Feb. 25—CIEE Volunteach in Chile (for May departure),

Feb. 28--Chilean Ministry of Education/English Opens Doors Program ( - Various deadlines depending on the duration of the program for which you are applying, but the first deadline is February 28th (for the 8-month program)

Feb. 28—IFESH International Fellows Program (in Africa),

March 15—CIEE Teach in Spain,

March 30--Spanish Government's Teaching Assistant Program

Beginning April 1 --EPIK, English Program of the South Korean Government (for September departure)

There are many options for internships with a volunteer-service focus abroad, especially in Africa, Asia, Latin America and some other regions. In fact, there are so many we recommend asking us for advice! Deadlines typically are February-March.

See our "Quick Reference" list of the 62 organizations that came to the International Opportunities Fair for more opportunities:

Happy holidays!
Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson, U-M International Center,, E-mail

Posted by kkowatch on December 22, 2009 at 09:41 AM | Comments (0)

Funding for Domestic OR International Community-Oriented Internships

I recently came across some opportunities for funding from the UM Ginsberg Center. See below... with the right community-oriented project, funding is available for both local and international internships/organizations!

Ginsberg Fellowship
The Ginsberg Student Fellowships provide University of Michigan students with an opportunity to make a significant contribution to a community in partnership with a community-based organization. Fellowships up to $1000 cover either Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter. The application process takes place in January and February. Please click on the links below for eligibility requirements and to view last year's application.
Read our Eligibility Requirements for Student Fellowships

Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Fellowship
The Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Fellowship for students who take part in a community service project or civic participation anywhere in the world, in the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg’s experience and contributions. Several fellowships will be made for summer 2010, each in the amount of up to $5000 to cover transportation, room and board, and local excursions made in connection with the project. One fellowship will be the Isabel Bagramian Summer Travel Award, given by Linda Bennett and Robert Bagramian in honor of Isabel Bagramian. At least one fellowship will go to an undergraduate student and at least one to a graduate student. The application process takes place in January and February. Please click on the link below for eligibility requirements and to view last year's application.
Download Eligibility Requirements and Application

Go the Ginsberg Center's Resource Page for other information.

For more information: Contact Ginsberg Center, 647-7402.

Posted by kkowatch on December 15, 2009 at 04:08 PM | Comments (0)

Do you know what SI students were up to this summer?

Do you know what SI students were up to this summer? Many of them were working hard in their PEP internships doing some pretty amazing things for some great organizations in the U.S. and abroad!

Did you know that these students have been conducting some pretty great presentations on their internship experiences at SI@Work over the past 2 months?

If you were unable to attend the SI@Work presentations and want to learn more, here’s a quick glance at a few of those experiences…

• Designed interface screens for NASA
• Worked on the Image Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Learned how to manage large-scale IT projects for a global management consulting firm in Thailand
• Worked on a digital preservation project for the Smithsonian Institution Archives
• Helped to improve search engine optimization for Oxygen for NBC
• Helped to improve the user experience at the Abbott Labs corporate library
• Worked for a fortune 500 company and global manufacturer of major home appliances
• Experienced what it’s really like to work in youth and teen services for a public library

Want more? Don’t worry, you can access all of the SI@Work presentations online at Search by Term/Year: Summer 2009.

Each student has created a one-page ePortfolio where they describe where they worked this summer, including goals/objectives and outcomes.

Under their names, you can click on their SI@Work presentation to learn even more about their experiences i.e., tasks/accomplishments, learning outcomes, valuable SI courses, critical skills, trends in the field, company culture, and the impact this experience had on their career goals. Some of these presentations take a minute or so to open, so please be patient.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the SI@Work presentations, please contact the SI Career Development Office at

Posted by kkowatch on November 06, 2009 at 02:33 PM | Comments (0)

IAESTE offers Internships Abroad

SI students have utilized the services provided by IAESTE in order to get internships abroad -- and they are paid! In fact, SI currently has one student working in China right now at Lenovo.

IAESTE United States has lots of exciting programs and activities planned for the 2008-2009 academic year. We hope that you will share this information with students and other faculty and staff on your campus. More information about these programs can be found below.
• Internship Program - opportunities for students to intern in more than 40 countries
• Short-term Programs - credit-bearing academic courses with international component
• IAESTE United States membership - available to students across the U.S
• National Conference - February 5-8, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland
• Host an international intern - recruit a researcher through our international network, expanding reciprocal opportunities for students at your institution
• Work Permit Service - assists students in obtaining work permits in 50 + countries

Internship Program

The IAESTE Internship program places university students into paid technical internship opportunities in over 40 countries within the IAESTE international network. Internships are usually 8 to 12 weeks in length during the summer, but programs can be extended for up to 1 year.

Applications for the 2009 cycle are now being accepted. To be eligible to apply for an IAESTE internship, students must be enrolled in a technical field of study (engineering, science, technology, mathematics, architecture, etc.) at a U.S. university, be between the ages of 19 and 30, have at least sophomore level standing, and be a member of IAESTE United States. Language skills are not required, but are preferred. Graduate students and non-US citizens are also encouraged to apply. The application deadline is January 10, 2009.

Short Term Experiential Program

IAESTE United States, in conjunction with its partnering universities, will offer four short-term experiential programs (online and in-person) during the spring and summer of 2009. Through these programs, students participate in a credit-bearing course that incorporates a corresponding international travel component ranging from 10 days to 2 months in length. The courses being offered are:

• Land Revitalization in the Global Economy (Hong Kong and Southern China, Spring 2009) - Deadline to register is November 21, 2008
• Earthquake Engineering: Istanbul at the Threshold (Turkey, Spring 2009) - Deadline to register is December 5, 2008
• EMPOWER: Engineering for a Sustainable Future (Brazil, Summer 2009) - Deadline to register is February 13, 2009
• IMPACT: Advancing Women in Engineering (Ireland, Summer 2009) - Deadline to register is February 13, 2009

IAESTE United States Student Membership

Student membership in IAESTE United is available for any student studying in a technical field at a U.S. university. IAESTE United States members receive a number of benefits, including:
• Access to IAESTE's internship placement program
• Invitations to our U.S. and international leadership conferences
• Networking opportunities with potential employers

For the 2008-2009 academic year, the cost of an IAESTE United States student membership is $25 and can be purchased online.
IAESTE United States National Conference

The IAESTE United States National Conference, February 5-8, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland, brings together students from the country's top science, engineering and technology universities, as well as professional members from many technical disciplines.

The 11th annual IAESTE United States National Conference's theme, "The IAESTE Footprint: Engineering Your Impact" explores the ways that IAESTE members can choose careers that benefit the planet through sustainability and benefit the world through social consciousness and stability. Attendees take part in educational sessions and workshops designed to promote leadership, cross cultural understanding and technical career development. Topics for workshops include leadership in a global context, international opportunities for students and professionals, volunteerism, and much more.

Host an International Intern

The IAESTE placement service matches highly-qualified international students with technical placements in the United States. Through a network of over 80 countries, IAESTE recruits, screens and work-authorizes students to join US research groups. Hosting professors enjoy the benefits of expanding connections with top international universities while evaluating potential recruits for advanced degrees. As a reciprocal program, IAESTE's ability to provide international opportunities for students at US universities is contingent on the number of domestic placements for international students. Click here to apply for the 2009 program by January 1st.

Work Permit Service

If your students have located an internship overseas but need assistance obtaining the work permits for the country, IAESTE United States is here to help! Through the international network of IAESTE organizations, IAESTE United States can help students secure work permits for their international internships. More information about this service can be found here.

Mike Jackson
University Relations Manager
IAESTE United States/AIPT

Posted by kkowatch on November 20, 2008 at 04:04 PM | Comments (0)

Asian Internship Funding Resource


Description: The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends and internships for 18 young Americans to live and work in Asia each year. Dating from 1974, the program's purpose is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society. Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually every field (other than Asian studies) including medicine, the arts, business, law, science, environmental studies, and journalism. Placements can be made in the following countries in East and Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, China and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The annual selection of the 18 Luce Scholars is an unusually rigorous process. Each candidate must first be nominated by one of the colleges or universities participating in the program. The University of Michigan is one of 67 participating universities. These institutions submit to the Luce Foundation two nominees annually from among their graduating seniors, graduate and professional school students, or their recent alumni. For additional program information, visit the Henry Luce Foundation website.

Eligibility Criteria: The University of Michigan must nominate students for this award. Applications submitted by students directly to the Luce Foundation will not be considered. Students who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for nomination to the Luce Scholars Program. Candidates must be American citizens who have received at least a bachelor's degree and are no more than 29 years old on September 1 of the year they enter the Luce program. Nominees should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment.

Deadline: Monday, November 3, 2008. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Submission: University of Michigan students and alumni interested in applying to the Luce Scholars Program must submit an application form and additional required documents to the University of Michigan International Institute, 1080 South University, Suite 2660, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106. The International Institute is located on the 2nd floor of the School of Social Work Building at the corner of East and South University. Application forms are now available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file on the Henry Luce website. Go to

Review Process: Staff at the International Institute will review applications, and will invite the most promising applicants for an interview. All applicants will be informed of the results of the University of Michigan review by the end of the fall semester.
Nominated applications are forwarded to the Henry Luce Foundation in early December. The staff of the Foundation performs an initial screening of the nominees on the basis of both the documentation submitted and individual interviews conducted at convenient locations around the country in late December and January. Each candidate is interviewed (usually on the phone) by a member of the Foundation staff during this period. On the basis of this review, the staff of the Foundation refers no more than 45 finalists to three regional selection committees that make the final decisions.
Each of the selection committees is composed of five or six distinguished Americans from a wide range of professional backgrounds who serve as informal advisers to the Foundation in this regard. In recent years, these panels have met in New York, Washington, and San Francisco in late February and early March. Each panel meets with fifteen of the designated finalists. From that number, each panel identifies six Luce Scholars for the coming year.
The 45 finalists are chosen without regard to geography. The determination of the specific regional selection committee before which a given finalist is invited to appear is made by the Foundation primarily on the basis of proximity. Finalists' travel and hotel costs are paid by the Foundation.
The finalists are notified of the actions of the three selection committees within a few days of their meeting, and in no case later than the March 15. Consultations with the new Scholars about possible assignments in Asia begin immediately thereafter. Placements and support services for the Luce Scholars are provided by the Asia Foundation, an organization with field offices throughout Asia. The program begins in August and concludes the following July.

Campus Contact: Amy Kehoe

Posted by kkowatch on October 14, 2008 at 08:57 AM | Comments (0)

Internship Scholarship for Art Librarianship

The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for its annual Internship Award.

The ARLIS/NA Internship Award provides financial support for students preparing for a career in art librarianship or visual resources curatorship. The award grants $2,500.00 to the selected recipient to support a period of internship in an art library or visual resources collection.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2008.

For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website:

ARLIS/NA Internship Award Sub-Committee
Greta Bahnemann
Cathy Billings (chair)
Maureen Burns
Robert Gore
Rina Vecchiola

Posted by kkowatch on August 28, 2008 at 01:49 PM | Comments (0)

ASB Internship: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

More internship opportunities associated with ASB Sites:

National Museum of the American Indian Internships

Complete listings can be found at

The Internship Program provides educational opportunities
for students interested in the museum profession and related fields. Interns complete projects using the resources of the National Museum of the American Indian (nmai) and other Smithsonian offices. Internships are an opportunity for students to learn about the museum’s collections, exhibitions, programs, and methodologies and to meet professionals in the museum field.

There are four internship sessions held throughout the year. Each session lasts approximately ten weeks and interns will receive hands-on experience through a variety of assignments. Most assignments provide interns with museum practice and program development experience; some may be more research oriented. Interns are expected to work from twenty to forty hours per week. Some interns choose to find a part-time job to help pay for expenses during their internships. Internship application deadlines* and ten-week internship session dates:

October 10
Winter: Starting first full week of January

November 20
Spring: Starting third full week of March

February 6
Summer: Starting first full week of June

July 12
Fall: Starting last full week of September

Internships are offered at the following locations:
 nmai Cultural Resources Center in Maryland
 The National Museum of the American Indian in
Washington, D.C.
 nmai George Gustav Heye Center in New York

NMAI Cultural Resources Center
4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746-2863
Located just outside of Washington, D.C., the Cultural Resources Center houses nmai’s collection of more than 800,000 objects, representing indigenous cultures throughout the Americas. Internship opportunities are available in the Community and Constituent Services, Conservation, Collections, Photo and Paper Archives, Photo Services, Registration, and Technology departments.

National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street and Independence Ave., SW
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Opened on the National Mall on September 21, 2004, the National Museum of the American Indian is a major exhibition space for Native art and material culture as well as a center for educational activities, ceremonies, and performances. Internship opportunities are available in the Collections, Cultural Arts, Exhibitions and Public Spaces, External Affairs and Development (which includes development, public affairs, membership, special events, and product licensing), Graphic Design, Information Technology, Public Affairs, and Visitor Services departments.

National Museum of the American Indian
George Gustav Heye Center

One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

The George Gustav Heye Center opened in 1994 in the newly renovated Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in lower Manhattan. The Heye Center features temporary exhibitions and a range of public programs. Internship opportunities are available in Cultural Arts, Education, the Film and Video Center, the Resource Center, and External Affairs (which includes development, public affairs, membership, special events, and product licensing) departments.

Posted by kkowatch on March 13, 2008 at 11:32 AM | Comments (0)

ASB Internships: The Paley Center for Media

Another internship opportunity that resulted from SI's ASB program... this one is with The Paley Center for Media in New York City.

If you are interested in this opportunity, apply via the instructions provided, but please also let me know (

The Paley Center for Media
DEPARTMENT: Research Services

Description: The Research Services Department creates and maintains a wide-ranging archive of information on all aspects of television, radio, advertising, and communications. Interns help organize the extensive amount of information received daily and may be assigned to special projects as well.

Interns assist in the processing of this growing information archive by selecting, clipping, and photocopying daily newspapers and periodicals. They also help answer research queries from the Center's patrons and staff, documentary filmmakers, directors and producers, television networks, fact-checkers, and the general public.

Qualifications: A broad interest in television and communications and an interest in research methods. Interns should be very organized, able to work on several projects at once, and have knowledge of microfiche research techniques. A willingness to handle clerical tasks is required.


All interested applicants should send a completed application, résumé, and two letters of recommendation (either academic or professional) addressed to:

The Paley Center
Internship Program
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019

Additional internship descriptions and the appliction can be found at this link. I've also pasted the additional internship listings in the Extended Entry...

The Paley Center in New York invites qualified students to take part in the ongoing Internship Program, a structured and rewarding program designed to provide unique insight into the worlds of network, cable, and international broadcasting, as well as valuable experience in museum administration. Credit may be available through the student's school. This is not a paid internship.

Interns assist the Paley Center's staff members in nearly every phase of daily work, as well as on special projects geared to the student's skills and interests. Interns are assigned to specific departments for a semester or a summer. The departments include Curatorial, Library Services, Public Relations, Creative Services, and Research Services. At times, the Vice Presidents' Office may need an intern for a special project. It is recommended that applicants have basic clerical and word-processing skills, as well as any other specified knowledge required by the individual departments.

Listed below is detailed information on the nature of the internships within each department, including a description of duties, qualifications, and an application form. A completed application and personal interview (which may be done by phone in some instances) are mandatory for all internship candidates.


All interested applicants should send a completed application, résumé, and two letters of recommendation (either academic or professional) addressed to:

The Paley Center
Internship Program
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019

Click here to download the application (PDF format).

For additional information, please contact the Internship Office at (212) 621-6615.

Below are brief descriptions of the various departments and the qualifications needed to participate in our Internship Program:

DEPARTMENT: Curatorial: Television, Radio, and Advertising

Description: Responsibilities of the curatorial intern may include assisting department staff in completing paperwork for incoming donations, conducting research on programs in the collection, viewing and/or listening to collection programs for content, preparing clip tapes for public programs, and writing descriptions of programs for use in the Center's literature. Interns are also expected to help with basic administrative work. Past interns in the department have tailored their internship to match a specific area of interest within their academic background, professional skills, and career goals. Responsibilities can be designed to meet student needs.

Qualifications: Strong research and writing skills, as well as professional office demeanor required. Candidates with a background in media or museum studies are desirable.


DEPARTMENT: Information Technology

· Answer telephone calls and e-mails from end users requesting technical support for desktop problems
· New PC installations and moves
· Log support calls into tracking system
· Hardware upgrades: memory, hard drive, CD-ROM, PCI cards
· Software installation of Windows 2K/XP, MS Office Suite
· Keep inventory of computer hardware and supplies

Qualifications: Good telephone and writing skills, ability to work independently

Days and Times:
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m.

DEPARTMENT: Library Services

Description: Interns summarize television and radio programs, and use the Center's and external reference sources to supplement information about programs listed in the Paley Center's Library Database. They add data about episode titles, series run, running time, and prominent production and cast credits, as well as nuances about program content. Interns also undertake significant research projects which lead to data updates for the Library Database.

Qualifications: Interns must have strong writing and analytical skills. Accurate computer skills are essential.


DEPARTMENT: Public Relations

Description: Interns assist the public relations department in all aspects of PR and audience development including organizing mailings and mailing lists, compiling information for press kits, updating press lists, writing press releases, and assisting the publicists in coordinating the media for all screenings, seminars, and special events. Interns assist the department in identifying marketing and audience development opportunities through various local outlets and via the Internet. Interns also interact with other departments throughout the Paley Center, including curatorial, special events, education, registrar, development, and others, in order to help the department achieve its objectives.

Qualifications: Strong verbal and written communication skills, creative thinker, good telephone etiquette, computer skills, and interest in public relations and marketing.


DEPARTMENT: Research Services

Description: The Research Services Department creates and maintains a wide-ranging archive of information on all aspects of television, radio, advertising, and communications. Interns help organize the extensive amount of information received daily and may be assigned to special projects as well.

Interns assist in the processing of this growing information archive by selecting, clipping, and photocopying daily newspapers and periodicals. They also help answer research queries from the Center's patrons and staff, documentary filmmakers, directors and producers, television networks, fact-checkers, and the general public.

Qualifications: A broad interest in television and communications and an interest in research methods. Interns should be very organized, able to work on several projects at once, and have knowledge of microfiche research techniques. A willingness to handle clerical tasks is required.


DEPARTMENT: Special Projects: Vice Presidents' Office

Description: This internship will occur on a project basis. Projects vary in scope and need and might not always be available as a choice for an intern.

Qualifications: Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to work without constant direction, good telephone etiquette, and knowledge of word-processing.


DEPARTMENT: Visitor Services
While Visitor Services does not offer an internship, we do offer the possibility of part-time employment and volunteer positions following a mandatory visit to the Paley Center and an interview process.

Description: The responsibility of a Visitor Services Representative is to assist the Paley Center staff in providing information directly to the public concerning both the Center's activities and television and radio in general. Visitor Services Representatives assist in all public areas of the Paley Center, including the Paley Center's screening rooms and theaters, library, and front desk, and they work closely with the Librarian in answering public inquiries concerning radio and television by using the Paley Center's collection and printed reference materials.

Qualifications: Employees must have good communication skills, a professional appearance, and a willingness to approach visitors. Previous customer service experience is preferred.


DEPARTMENT: Creative Services: Graphic Design, Web Design

Description: The Creative Services Department is seeking highly motivated interns to help lay out Quark templates such as ads, postcards, and pamphlets, scan photographs, archive files, make comprehensives, and perform general typesetting. We are also looking for individuals to assist with the programming and layouts of web pages: create Flash animations, update web text and images, and render illustrations. Your hard work will be rewarded with recommendation letters and an association with a prestigious institution.

Eligibility: Third- and fourth-year college students whose academic and/or professional experience combines graphic design and web programming are preferred. Communications-related and computer programming students are also eligible. If you expect to earn credit for the internship, you must include a statement from your school to that effect.

Length: February to April; September to December. Eight hours per day and at least two days a week.

Qualifications: Candidates should have working knowledge of hand-code HTML and related web technologies. Intermediate knowledge of Adobe ImageReady/Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Macromedia Flash.

To apply: E-mail your résumé and state in your cover letter the following: the days you are available, the maximum hours to which you can commit, and an area of general interest in your studies to the Design Director. Also, please submit three design JPEGs and/or at least two web URLs via e-mail. For this internship you do not need to fill out the general application. (No phone calls.)


DEPARTMENT: Creative Services: Editorial Assistant

Description: The Creative Services Department is seeking an enthusiastic intern to help in many aspects of production for a variety of projects, including website, postcards and flyers, and gallery spaces. Responsibilities include administrative support, copyediting and proofreading, making accurate corrections in computer files, help with photo research, assisting with galleries, and editorial maintenance of our website.

Qualifications: Candidates must be highly organized, have an excellent knowledge of grammar, and be able to pay close attention to details. Must be able to work on many projects simultaneously; knowledge of Quark, Word, and HTML is preferred.

To apply: E-mail your résumé and availability to the Managing Editor. For this internship you do not need to fill out the general application. (No phone calls.)

Posted by kkowatch on March 13, 2008 at 09:32 AM | Comments (0)

Post-ASB Internships... here they come!

I've been following up with the ASB sites to talk with them about internship opportunities. Many sites indicated that they were very interested in having at least one SI student back at their organization this coming summer to help them out with their organization's initiatives and programs. Here's the first of what I hope is many internship updates resulting from ASB. This is a result of our partnership with Cabrini Connections - Tutor/Mentor Connections in Chicago. You can also find this at this link and I'm going to post it on iTrack.

In late February an intern from the School of Information at the University of Michigan spend a week working with Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection. Here's a blog post about that internship.

We're now recruiting interns from different colleges and universities to support our information and collaboration strategies. Below is a description of this process. If you would like to intern with Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection in one or more of the work categories described below, just email and we can explore ways for you to get involved.

Role of Summer Intern with Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection

Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection (CC, T/MC) is a small organization with a big vision. We live this quote every day in the way we collect and share information intended to help build more and better tutor/mentor programs in low-income inner-city neighborhoods. We lead an innovative strategy that works on three levels:

• we mentor hundreds of organizations in Chicago and around the country that provide tutoring/mentoring services to thousands of inner-city and at-risk youth

• we mentor and coach business, philanthropy, media, and other institutions to help them be more strategically involved with mentoring programs that aim to help youth move from poverty to careers

• we mentor teens and volunteers at a Cabrini-Green area program called Cabrini Connections

While the Cabrini Connections is a single, site based tutor/mentor program serving 70-80 7th to 12th grade teens from the Cabrini Green area of Chicago, the T/MC has been developing a comprehensive marketing/distribution strategy to support the growth of volunteer based programs like CC in all high poverty neighborhoods of Chicago. Through the Internet, we are learning from people from around the world, while sharing ideas that can be duplicated in other cities.

The T/MC has been creating a library of tutor/mentor program information to support this strategy since 1993. It began piloting marketing/pr actions to draw attention to this information and encourage idea sharing and collaboration among tutor/mentor programs in 1994. However, the T/MC did not begin to integrate the Internet into its actions until mid 1997. Since then, the T/MC has developed a variety of innovate, Internet-based strategies to mobilize public involvement and to distribute essential resources into tutor/mentor programs in every poverty neighborhood of Chicago. A search on Google under the key words "tutor mentor" results in T/MC web sites appearing in the first listings.

Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection (CC, T/MC) seeks the support of interns from the School of Information to “quicken the pace of its progress?.

These interns will support project management, knowledge collection and analysis, programming, software and hardware acquisition and will help the T/MC stretch the application of these technologies in its on-going commitment to expand the availability and quality of comprehensive mentoring-to-careers programs in Chicago and in other major cities. T/MC will share its learning and innovation with its corporate and university partners and the non profit community, making them available to tutor/mentor programs, community networks, and education, health and human service networks, throughout the nation.

Depending on the skills and experience level of interns, these are projects that a summer intern might work on:

· On-line Tutor/Mentor Learning Network – Knowledge is the T/MC's greatest asset. We are creating an internet based learning and information sharing system that draws from the best technology of businesses that are already building “knowledge libraries? and creating “just in time? access for any user. Interns will help collect and organize this information, maintaining data already on the site, and creating visual tools to help users know what information is available to them, and why it is important to a city, a business or university, or an individual tutor/mentor program.

· Collaboration - The T/MC has used its knowledge of tutor/mentor stakeholders to create an information sharing system that encourages the transfer of good ideas from one program to many programs, while encouraging stakeholders to connect in face-to-face and virtual forums with each other, and with the T/MC's library of "best practice" information. T/MC has built social networking sites and seeks to add state-of-industry collaboration tools to its technology offerings, along with staff to facilitate the interactions of organizations and information. Interns with knowledge of social network analysis, or with collaboration and communications skills would work in this area.

· Geographic Information Services (GIS) – The T/MC has piloted the use of maps and charts to create a visual information system that speeds understanding of complex issues and leads to a more consistent distribution of resources to all places where they are needed. T/MC seeks interns to work with this GIS platform to create a library of maps that can be used by business, universities, volunteers and donors to decide where to get involved, based on the location of a program, or a poverty neighborhood, in relation to a business, church, hospital or university. Interns working with the GIS project will create map view on demand to map current events, such as media stories about inner city violence or poorly performing schools.

· Public Awareness/Volunteer Donor Response – The T/MC has grown from an idea to an organization that recognized throughout the world as a resource for tutoring/mentoring leaders. This is the result of an on-going public awareness strategy that uses the knowledge and maps the T/MC creates to draw visibility, volunteers and dollars to all neighborhoods where tutor/mentor programs are needed. Interns who can create on-line video, flash, and other visual communications of T/MC messages will create media for distribution via Internet channels to increase the number of visitors to the Tutor/Mentor Learning Network and draw an increasing number of volunteers and donors to every program in the Chicago area.

· EVALUATION - T/MC has piloted on-line documentation and journey-mapping tools that show the impact of a virtual network such as the T/MC, as well as the long-term impact of tutoring/mentoring on youth and volunteers who participate in such programs.

At Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection we've piloted this thinking on two levels. In 2000 we began to create an Organizational History and Tracking System (T/MC OHATS) to document actions the T/MC takes to achieve its goals. You can review this at . At you can review a new version of the T/MC OHATS with a METRICS page that summarizes the data being collected. We seek an intern who can work with this data to help create better understanding of the impact the T/MC is having.

A second version of the OHATS, focused on the student and volunteer journey in the Cabrini Connections program, SVHATS, was started in 2003. An intern might work with the current SVHATS to add automated information aggregation and reporting features. The initial SVHATS was developed by an intern during fall 2003. While he was able to build the information input systems, funds were not available to continue fine-tuning the system to encourage youth and volunteer use, nor to add the aggregation and reporting features, or survey features, that would enable staff and evaluators to more easily view the data in report form, thus increasing uses of the information for analysis and process improvement. We feel that in a one-week internship, some of these components could be developed and added to the system. SVHATS was developed as a web interface using Microsoft technologies that allow students and volunteers to document their interaction/experiences and day to day activities.

Interns working on this project should have competence in: Programming Languages: ASP (Backend), JavaScript (Frontend) Databases: Microsoft Access 2000 Editors: FrontPage 2000/Dream Weaver Images: Photoshop, Fireworks Server: IIS Server 6.0, Windows Server 2003 The technologies that it can be extended to include: Programming Languages: ASP.Net (backend), JavaScript(frontend) Databases: SQL Server 2005 Editors: FrontPage 2000/Dream Weaver Images: Photoshop, Fireworks Server: IIS Server 6.0, Windows Server 2003 GIS Technologies: Live maps (Microsoft), Google Maps This system is currently hosted by

Summary: The technology strategy of CC, T/MC is broad, and constantly being improved by the talent and time of volunteers who work with us. Within this strategy there are a variety of different information-based projects. Thus, potential interns can align their own interests, and skills, with specific parts of this strategy, and thus have a significant impact on the work of Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection, as well as on their own learning.

Posted by kkowatch on March 11, 2008 at 02:10 PM | Comments (0)

United Nations Internships

With the launch of the Information Policy specialization, I thought that it might be useful to post information on United Nations internships. Good news about this -- there are TONS of UN internships. I did a search and found a link to the NYC headquarters internship page:

There are many others that can be found on this website: Some of the internships on this page include departments such as the following:

Economic and Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
International Court of Justice (ICJ)
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Arusha
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), The Hague
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva
International Maritime Organization (IMO), London
International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington

Check it out! And if you are interested in the International Telecommunications Union United Nations internship that two SI students have participated in the past, you can find the application at

Questions? Contact me!

Posted by kkowatch on October 31, 2007 at 12:22 PM | Comments (0)

Part 2 - internship series (Columbia River Gorge Commission)

This is the second part of my series on my summer internship at the Columbia River Gorge Commission. To recap the last part, I leveraged the CiC, faculty, and a former student to find an internship through a program at Portland State University's Hatfield School of Government. I found myself in the middle of the Cascade Mountain Range at the Columbia River Gorge Commission (CRGC) in White Salmon, Washington.

In my initial discussions with the CRGC director I was oriented to a project the Commission had been trying (and failing) to launch for almost 15 years. After some management and personnel changes (and a budget increase thanks to global warming), the CRGC was prepared to give the project one more shot. The issue was this: what happens when Congress forms a new bi-state land use planning commission, details fuzzy logic in its legislation, and then requires no accountability for 20 years of policy-making? You guessed it, a lot of unproven, undocumented, and uneven policy. So, with the environment obviously changing in the Western US, people began to take notice and started asking this commission what their policies were actually doing to help. You could hear the crickets - the silence was unbearable. Someone needed to begin an assessment program of CRGC policies to ensure they were working the way in which was intended. That's when I was brought in.

The group had a pretty good idea of what they wanted to do, the just weren't sure on how to go about doing it. I wasn't given the full lot of details over the phone, but the work sounded interesting, and it appeared that the project had started a few months before. I was all geared up to start working with the project team (led by a high-profile consultant) and hopefully provide some help to them over the course of the summer. When I arrived, however, I quickly learned that I was the project team… and nobody had touched the project in 3 months. The big "uh oh" went through my mind right away. The lead consultant was in Australia finishing another project and wouldn't make it to Washington for 3 more weeks. The only person on staff who had been working on the project was completely bogged down with other work duties and hadn't been able to focus any time in my direction. Here I thought I was going to work day-to-day under a mentor and learn a handful of useful skills - but instead I found myself swimming in some deep waters, a bit alone.

But, I'm not an SI crusader for nothing. I quickly amassed all the information I could on program evaluation, the policies themselves, the culture of the commission, and the demeanor of the community. I began making plans and started writing up a survey to test the community values. I was able to squeeze some precious time out of my other teammate and pull together a proposal for the next 18 months. People were a-buzz, and then the consultant returned.

I made two mistakes those first few weeks: 1) I assumed people would just "get" SI methods; 2) I thought too hard about starting fresh and not hard enough about using the existing tools and information available. The consultant quickly pointed out to me that unless there was a name attached to the methods of rapid contextual design and that any results would be statistically significant, it wasn't worth the costs. While eventually I was able to shift perspectives, it was an important lesson: present new methods to unsuspecting associates cautiously and in a way that makes sense to them. And compromise. So I had to let go of the survey, but I could keep my working advisory groups and the majority of my work plan.

These lessons were initial setbacks, but with some perseverance, compromise, and humility, I was able to keep the project heading in the right direction and learn a few things along the way.

In Part 3 of this series I'll go over a few skills I learned and what I feel I missed. I'll also talk about how this prepares me for future decisions about work in related fields.

Posted by pkleymee on October 29, 2007 at 10:38 PM | Comments (0)

Part 1 - internship series (Columbia River Gorge Commission)

This is Part 1 of my series. If you attended my brief presentation for SI@Work last week you will have seen my slides and my portfolio online. Here they are for reference: - SI Internships.

I began my first semester at SI trying to uncover the true reasons of why I came back to school and then trying to figure out how those fit into the structure of school and more importantly, the life of an "information professional." While I realize we all at SI have an obligation to help the world come to terms with the meaning of "information professional," I'll spare the masses for now. Plain and simple, I wanted a new direction and I knew that it was going to have something to do with helping the public.

I joined the CiC seminar and student group to gain more exposure to organizations that cared about information services, resources, and access, and were helping communities and society in new ways. These ranged from foundations like Kellogg and Hewlett to nonprofits like NPower and the Acumen Fund to social enterprises like to businesses like and the Global Business Network. It was exciting to learn how so many different organizations were attacking similar problems together (often in collaboration) but from different angles. I searched all over the internet, scouring links to see what I might find. Coming from Dutch descendants, I was considering work in the Netherlands. As luck had it, Professor Paul Resnick introduced me to a man near Amsterdam that was working on a startup for hosting public podcasting. After a number of conversations and an offer to leave school early to build a proof of concept, I declined and went another direction. The last two months of my second semester meant more to me than the potentially exciting and frustrating work of lifting a startup off the ground. I pressed on.

I ended up finding another opportunity through a fellow classmate who had been through a program in Portland, OR the previous summer. He urged me to apply and I did. I applied to the internship program through Portland State University's Hatfield School of Government.

After being accepted into both their Sustainability Corps and eGov programs, I began my first of several conversations with the program director, George Beard. Over the month of April, George worked through my interests with me, brought numerous internship offers to the table, and eventually sold me on the program. He set me up with a regional governing body between Washington and Oregon called the Columbia River Gorge Commission. After a couple of discussions with their director, Jill Arens, I decided it was a great offer and I should take the opportunity to work and live in such a fantastic setting. My internship turned out to be a mix of three PSU programs: Oregon Performance Intern, Sustainability, and eGov. It sounded perfect for an SI student.

In Part 2 of this series I'll weigh in on perfection in an internship and how that just doesn't happen. Stay tuned-

Posted by pkleymee on October 10, 2007 at 10:41 PM | Comments (0)

internship series (3 parts) - overview

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to write a three-part series on an internship experience I had with a regional governmental organization in the Pacific Northwest of the US. To give you an idea of what to expect from this series, below is a quick overview of each part:

Part 1
I'll describe how I went about choosing the type of internship I wanted. This might be a no-brainer for some, but I began a long, introspective, and contemplative search period in the fall of my first year at SI because I was... confused. I'll cover my thinking through this period, my actual search process, and my end decision on an internship.

Part 2
In this section of the series I'll talk about my first days on the job this summer. I'll discuss some of the obstacles I encountered and how I circumvented them or dealt with them directly. This section will try to remain optimistic, so don't get too discouraged in the beginning.

Part 3
The final part of my series will be an attempt to answer the questions you may have for me: what did I learn; what SI skills applied to the work; what skills was I missing; and how does this inform my future plans at SI and beyond SI? I'll try to stay substantive here and less philosophical. After all, this was about 'practical engagement'.

If you're reading this blog entry, and have some questions of your own that don't appear to be covered, email me. Alternatively, you can comment after an entry and I'll do my best to respond.

Posted by pkleymee on September 18, 2007 at 02:08 PM | Comments (0)

How I found my summer internships...

While I hope many of you have already found your internship(s) for the summer, I wanted to provide some advice based on my internship search. While my search was relatively direct and only involved a few inquiries, I feel that there is one thing that made it easy: networking. As some of you know, I am primarily interested in government documents. While taking SI 579 Government Information in the fall, I met with the instructor during her office hours to discuss my interest in the field. During the meeting, she suggested that I contact Grace York if I was interested in an internship at any time during my studies. So prior to spring break I emailed Grace noting my interest in government documents and pointing out that much of the recent research on government document librarian training highly suggests an internship in a large government documents center. Within a few hours, I had a response that showed interest in my inquiry and an interview was setup. During this interview, Grace noted that the government documents center could only support a 3 credit hour internship. While I had some other possible locations in mind for the additional 3 credit hours, I asked Grace what she would suggest. She noted that a position as a map librarian intern or Numeric and Spatial data librarian intern would be a good match. She also volunteered to make additional contact with a few of her colleagues to scout out the opportunities. I later corresponded with Jennifer Green and had another interview/meeting to plan that part of the internship. At that time, Jennifer also implied carrying over my internship into the fall semester. While I'm not leaving Ann Arbor for the summer, I feel that the internships that I ended up with will be very helpful in securing a position after graduation. So if you still are looking for internships, consider talking to your profs or setting up a meeting with career service, they are bound to have ideas and connections regardless of your field of interest.

Posted by raycw on April 04, 2007 at 10:11 AM | Comments (0)

Are you an early bird too?

Hi everyone--welcome to the new school year!
I've had a lot of questions from first years about getting a jump start on internship searches so I thought I'd share some information for what seem to be common questions.

Right now, most possible internship sites for the summer have just finished with this summer's interns so they probably aren't really thinking about next summer just yet. However, never fear! You can still begin to gather information to help you decide where you want to pursue an internship next year. Right now is a great time to search for information on company websites and to talk to people who have just returned from their internships.

You can see where other SI students just interned by picking up a blue sheet on the fourth floor of West Hall just outside the PEP office. If you see a location that looks interesting to you, email the student or come and ask us in career services for more information. Remember: locations don't really tell you much about what someone did for a summer. Case in point, I, myself, interned at the Detroit Symphony music library this summer. While I did some library work, it wasn't the primary focus of my objectives. Having already worked as a music librarian before, the daily operations were secondary to my main project which was more HCI-focused. I definitely had to know my stuff with special libraries and archives, but ultimately the analysis I did was about usability and electronic catalogues. So, the moral of the story here is to ask people what they did and see how creative different locations get with their interns.

You can get a nice overview of this summer's internship projects with SI@work which is coming up really soon--visit to see the event schedule. More information will be announced the closer we get to those.

Another issue I wanted to tell you all about is to be careful to not get distracted by having stars in your eyes by big and impressive names. While a lot of these big companies offer great internships (Google has a fantastic reputation, for instance), there is also a lot to be said for checking out "smaller" locations that might actually allow you get more experience. The moral of the story here is to diversify your internship searching and, when the time comes, applications. Apply for a few big ones if you're really set on the organization but don't get bent out of shape if it doesn't happen. Large organizations usually get lots of applications but sometimes the gems are found in the smaller organizations. Case in point, I turned down an internship in the motion picture archive at the Library of Congress. "What the heck were you thinking?!?" you ask. Well, my little grasshopper, I approached it like "shopping" (something my current grad school budget doesn't allow much of these days, sad to say). I "interviewed" my interviewers just as much as they interviewed me--maybe even more so in this case. When I repeatedly asked in different ways how I would be able to work on projects learning more difficult activities or helping to develop more complex projects, I found they could not give me a definite "yes." This tipped me off that the internship might be better for an undergrad because they were very honest and admitted that more than 50% of their plan for the position involved monotnous data entry and this didn't appear to be something they were willing to change for me.

By now, you have been introduced to the horror that is known as email spam, here at UM. However, take some time to really scan your subject lines and tuck away information that looks interesting. I created a folder last year called 'internships' and saved all sorts of emails that might come in handy later. Didn't use a whole lot of them, but I did reference quite a few.

So, think creatively! You can even try to create your own internship if you see a way to create a project in a company that does not list an internship program. Do your research this semester, and then before or after the holiday season start sending out introductory communications to see who might be interested.

I'll keep posting more tips for you as the year goes on. In the meantime, enjoy your fall schedule, crazy as it may be (trust me, I sympathize!). And remember to stop by 402WH if you need your resume reviewed, cover letter help, or want to discuss other things related to career services.

-maw :o)

Posted by maryaw on September 21, 2006 at 11:27 AM | Comments (0)

Microsoft: Anna Falkowska

Here is what Anna did to land her internship at Microsoft

I started preparing for my internship search at the beginning of the school year. I went to all the workshops I could (the ones on resume building and networking were especially useful). I practiced my networking skills by identifying alumni who work for companies I was interested in and sending them e-mails asking for information interviews. Most of them responded and were happy to talk to me about their jobs and companies. One person even checked with his boss if they had any internship opportunities for the summer.

I started actively looking for internships during spring break. I first dropped my resume into various resume books on iTrack. This led to interviews with HP, IBM and Pfizer. I then went through the many e-mails Joanna sent out regarding internship positions and identified the ones I wanted to pursue. I also searched iTrack’s internship listings, looking for something promising. I sent out some cover letters and resumes, but heard nothing.

Having gone to the College of Engineering as an undergrad, I knew about its February internship fair. A lot of big and well-known companies usually attend the fair, so I went to try my luck. Most of the companies I spoke with either had no positions fitting my interests (HCI back then) or never contacted me. I did manage to somehow impress the recruiter from Microsoft, because a few days later I got an e-mail asking me to interview with them on campus.

In the middle of March I started getting worried since I interviewed with at least four companies and sent out resumes to many more, yet no one was showing interest in hiring me as an intern. At that point I started asking professors if they would hire me as a research assistant for the summer. Then I got a call from Pfizer. And IBM. And Microsoft. All of a sudden I had three offers, and I chose Microsoft since the type of work (program management) best matched my long term career goals.

Throughout my internship search, I made good use of the career services staff. I would drop by their offices to tell them how I was progressing and to ask if I could be doing anything more to get a good internship. I would also talk to them about which companies would be a good fit for what I was interested in. They even helped me decide which internship offer to accept. Overall, I think SI provided me with a lot of resources and support throughout the whole process and I am pretty happy about how it all turned out.

Posted by choidh on April 20, 2006 at 04:19 PM | Comments (0)

Months of nothing, and then internship offer bonanza

I began my internship process in early January. This was for three reasons. First, I was (and am) specializing in HCI, and was anxious that my lack of programming experience would set me apart from other candidates seeking the same jobs. I felt a strong need to prepare for the process in order to distinguish myself from other candidates through better preparation. Second, I had never experienced a formal interview in my life. I felt that I needed to prepare early in order to polish my non-existent interviewing skills. Lastly, I had never written a resume before. I felt, (once again) that I needed to work at it if I was going to represent myself favorably against the competition.

The results of my preparation were not encouraging, at least initially. I went to every SI-sponsered pizza-party-job-search- powerpoint event offered this winter. I endured two mock interviews. I had several long, concerned discussions with a tailor about the right color of tie to wear to an interview. I met with Tonya at least 5 times in order to get my resume, coverletter, and interviewing skills in order. I went to the drycleaners. I even tried to critique my own body language (an appalling, fruitless task) by interviewing myself in front of the mirror. By March, I had painstakingly crafted coverletters to 10 internships I felt were enticing, including PARC, SAP, Honeywell, IBM, Oracle, and Pfizer. I had written a "strong" resume, honed several times over the months, and had been interviewed several times.

But nobody was interested. No one. By late March I had recieved no offers. Or rejection letters, even. I started to panic. I decided to go to the SI internship/employment fair, and talked to representatives from the top 10 employers there that interested me. I rehearsed my internship fair schpiel, did research on my target companies, and ironed my pants. At the fair, I talked to employers, (far easier this way than in formal interviews) distributed my resume, and asked how long it would be before I was contacted regarding employment.

Again, nobody was intereseted. By mid-April, I still had no offers. Or rejection letters, even.

And then, suddenly, I did have an offer. Early one morning MITRE (a company that had said they would contact me the next day about employment, and never did) called me offering a job out in Boston that is right up my alley and pays spectacularly. The next day I interviewed with Jewelry Television and was approached by their recruiter a week after. This week, I received 3 emails from employers I met at the SI job fair, including Organic and Enlighten, regarding internship opportunities. It seems that the internship process for HCI is famine and then feast, with many job offers arriving very late in the semester, most likely because recruiters don't understand why Michigan's school year ends so early.

I accepted the job with MITRE and have taken considerable relish in the task of writing chilly, polite, terse, apologetic-but-patronizing letters of rejection to employers that just don't meet my internship experience needs.

Posted by cwmatthe on April 20, 2006 at 11:40 AM | Comments (0)

Samsung, South Korea: Mario Baumann

I started my internship back in October by getting in contact with recruiters at some of the larger companies I was interested in working for, specifically Microsoft. By end of January, early February, I begin looking in other places, such as iTrack, and I have a list of other companies I wanted to contact. One day I received an email from Joana stating that a new Samsung DFE, at SAIT in YongIn South Krea had been posted. I read over the DFE, and the job description fit my abilities very well, so I went ahead and emailed the contact person my resume and a cover letter. He got back to me within 24 hours and told me to email the recruiter. He CC'd the recruiter, so she already had my cover letter and resume. When I wrote to the recruiter, I wrote an additional cover letter, expanding on how I thought my personal interests and experiences would help me at Samsung. I received an autoreply; she was on vacation. About five days after she was scheduled to get back, I still had not heard from her. Instead of emailing, I had her phone number from the Samsung website, so I called her up. After telling her why I was calling, she told me I missed the application deadline and she would not take my application. I told her about the DFE posting, and she told me to contact the person who had posted it, and if he was interested in me, have him contact her. I had his number too, from the DFE posting. I called him up and he tried to refer me back to the recruiter again. I informed him of my conversation with the recruiter. The first question he asked me is if I have any programming experience. I did, from my SI classes (Java and Complex Websites), but instead of answering the question, I directed him to my portfolio website so he could see my work, not just hear about it. He said he would get back to me in a few days. Within 30 minutes, I received an email from him stating that he had recommended me to the recruiter, and I was one of the 300 potential candidates for the position. He also mentioned I was high on the list due to my effort and enthusiasm. I believe this is because I made the long distance call to Korea, twice. Three weeks later I get an email from the contact person again, asking me if I could guarantee I would be willing to go to Korea, and if I have had any other offers yet. I informed him that Samsung was #1 on my list. He promptly wrote back with my unofficial acceptance letter, and said the recruiter will send me the official one with all the job details soon. He also asked if I was going to CHI, which I am, so we are going to meet there.

Long story short, I had almost given up by the time I was applying to Samsung. I had probably applied to 20 places between October and now, had a number of interviews, but no solid results. I was really excited about Samsung, because I have always wanted to work/study abroad. I decided to call Korea because I wanted to show them how interested I really was in the position, and it worked! Within 3 weeks of applying for the Samsung internship, I now have it. I am still waiting on the details, but I am finally able to just concentrate on school, just in time for finals, papers, and my 622 presentation,

Posted by baumannm on April 14, 2006 at 03:30 PM | Comments (0)

Oregon State Library: Buzzy Nielsen

As a dual degree student with the Ford School of Public Policy, my internship process began early in October. Ford School students are required to complete a summer internship to satisfy the program requirements. Thus, my challenge became to find an internship that blended my dual degree interests in library science and public/nonprofit management.

I began by meeting with Joanna Kroll at SI and Tiffany Wallace at the Ford School. They gave me some valuable advice on how to proceed with my search, including what proved most beneficial for me: use my own contacts.

Needing a combination of libraries and public policy, my first thought was the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. They accept interns to help provide reference and research help to Congress. I emailed the internship coordinator, checking back with her several times. Unfortunately, CRS was not accepting interns this year due to a restructuring.

CRS got me interested in serving as a reference library intern in a policy environment. I looked into other internships at NPR, CNN, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Environmental Protection Agency libraries. I applied to NPR and CSM. The idea of working at NPR particularly excited me, and I put a lot of time and thought into writing my cover letter to make myself sound interesting. Alas, it was all for naught.

While disappointing, this rejection spurred me in March to take Joanna and Tiffany's advice. As it so happens, I know the Library Development Program Manager at the Oregon State Library. I emailed her to see if they had a place for a motivated library grad student, and they did! Although OSL does not have a formal internship program, they worked with me to design an interesting and useful internship for both of us. This summer, I will be researching Oregon library law since its beginnings in 1901. The result will be a digital archive of current and historical laws and policies affecting Oregon public libraries.

In closing, I must reiterate Joanna and Tiffany's advice: use your own contacts to find internships. Even if your contact's organization doesn't need an intern, they might know somebody who does. Plus, cold-calling may give you an opportunity to shape your future internship and make it very relevant to your goals. You never know what could happen!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.

Posted by menielse on April 12, 2006 at 08:18 PM | Comments (0)

Pfizer Informatics Internship: Amy G

Even though I meant to start looking for an internship in the fall, mid January was when I started looking in earnest. I knew I wanted to stay in Ann Arbor for the summer, but I wasn't confident that would be possible so I didn't look at Ann Arbor positions exclusively. The first position I applied to (through iTrack) was for Pfizer and a I got an interview with their recruiter who was at SI for the day.

My interview went very well, and I think a lot of that was luck. The interviewer had the same undergraduate degree I had (Industrial & Operations Engineering from U of M) and we'd even had some of the same instructors. Having this in common, as well as a previous internship of mine he found very interesting facilitated the kind connection you really want to have during an interview. During the interview he suggested that I consider an internship in the Pfizer Kalamazoo location doing work that related more to my undergrad engineering degree than my current HCI studies; I said I would consider it but reiterated that I would like to stay in Ann Arbor.

I didn't hear anything for a while, and in the meantime I applied for a few other positions, one at U of M and several in California. In early March though the Pfizer recruiter called me, and after a week of playing phone tag I was offered a position (at Pfizer in Ann Arbor) early Friday morning on St. Patrick's Day. (I was actually at the bar, so it was a pretty good day). Even though I was very happy to have an offer, I wanted to wait and see if there was anything else that would come across my plate. However, Pfizer wanted a response within 3 days of them sending the paperwork, so I accepted the position.

Since then I've had a few responses to other applications asking for interviews, which I have turned down. It's a little hard each time because you wonder if maybe you should have made a different decision, but overall I am really happy with how it all turned out. Like I mentioned before, a lot of it was the luck of having a connection with the recruiter.

Posted by agrude on April 08, 2006 at 07:37 PM | Comments (0)

My Internship Process: Tonya McCarley

I started my internship search in Fall 2005. I started early because I knew my circumstances would limit my opportunities. The geographic location I could search for an internship needed to be local to Southeastern Michigan and Northwest Ohio. In November I met with Joanna Kroll to ask for tips and suggestions. My homework from her was to identify a Top 10 list of employers. She was able to give me contact information for most of these employers.

I had all of these great expectations for that list. Unfortunately, I didn’t do much with it. There was the end of classes, project due dates, the holidays. Wow, it was January already! I started my new job with Career Services then. I continued to try to contact a few of the employers on my list. I also scoured the posting to iTrack, attending employer information sessions, and placed my resume in many resume books.

I had one interview with Pfizer (#10 on my list) in late February. At the time, I felt pretty confident about my opportunity there. I didn’t hear anything from Pfizer, so I continued on with my search. I continued my search process: try to make contact with my Top 10, scour iTrack, look on company websites, and attend information sessions. For the SI Employment Information Fair, I identified another Top 10 list. I strategically stopped at those tables to discover internship opportunities. I walked away with 1 really good opportunity with the UM Public Relations and Communications for the Health System department and a few others.

By now, it’s early April. I feel like the UM PR & Comm group is going to call me, but I’m really frustrated. I thought this year’s internship search was going to be easier. Feeling sorry to myself, I complained to Joanna. She asked me if I had heard from Pfizer. I said “no, but other people have.? She asked if I had followed up with them. I said, “no.? “What are you waiting for?? she said. I sent an email that morning to the contact at Pfizer inquiring about my status. He emailed me back within 20 minutes asking for my contact number. Within the hour, he contacted me and made an offer. In addition, I notified the UM PR & Comm Group of my offer and now I have an interview with them.

The moral of the story is that finding an internship is a PROCESS. You can’t just rely on one avenue, but need to formulate a strategy using all of your resources.

Posted by mccato on April 06, 2006 at 03:49 PM | Comments (0)

Canton Public Library: Emily Smith

Emily has shared her experience in obtaining a public library internship.

I'm one of the first semester SI Students that just started this January. I attended a tour of the Canton Public library early in the semester (thanks to our ALA chapter). When it came time to think about internships my goal was to get as much experience as possible this summer to see what type of information science careers I like and what I don't like. I figured I'd love to try a public library and see if that's a direction I want to head in. I applied for the AADL PLA position and also contacted the director of the Canton PL to see if they had any positions available for the summer. The director confirmed they did and asked me to come in to meet the Children's library staff (the area where the internship is based). After a discussion about my goals for the summer and what she was looking for in an intern I was offered the position.

I'm so excited to be able to sample what I think I'm interested in doing when I graduate. I’m hoping my experiences this summer will help me determine which classes to take in the next 3 semesters too. I'm only working 20 hours a week so I have time to take on another internship or two (hopefully in a University library setting to round out my experiences).

The lessons I learned from getting this internship is, like David and Tonya keep telling us, to make a list of where you think you might like to work and then network with those companies/libraries to see what they might have available. The CPL didn't post their internship since they prefer to recruit through networking/students they know, so this is also a good example of using your existing connections at SI to get an internship. One other item I noticed is that most library internships are 20 hours a week or less, so don't stress out about finding a full time job. I think it's a great opportunity for us to try several different experiences (maybe a mixture of paid and unpaid too). I also have a second summer coming up so I'm not worried about setting up my internship as a DFE (and I haven't taken 501 yet either).

If you have any questions, please let me know! ( Good luck everyone! -Emily

Posted by choidh on April 06, 2006 at 02:05 PM | Comments (0)

Proctor and Gamble: Amy Anderson

For those interested in LIS internships, here is how Amy got here internship at Proctor and Gamble.

My internship search started with a little research. I looked for job postings that I found interesting on SI's career board and all the various librarian-friendly sites. I noted skills that might appeal to promising employers. Through the alumni board, I arranged an informational interview with a fellow tech-happy librarian in the corporate world, and I discovered more about my field and the day-to-day of various jobs. Then, I worked on getting some of the right skills - through classes, DFEs and on-campus jobs. Judy gave me some helpful advice on improving my resume during the fall resume rally. I started applying for jobs in February and March. I only applied to a few, but I tailored my resume for each one. During ASB, I found a contact at the LC that eventually yielded an internship offer (unpaid).

The perfect job appeared on SLA's job board just before spring break. It sounded like a great fit, but I didn't hear anything until April (and I didn't even answer the phone, since I was watching my best friend give birth). The next week, the phone interview went great - but, again, I didn't hear anything right away. Right when I was about to give up (just a week later), I got an e-mail. My HR contact was out of town, but my supervisor wanted me to know that they wanted to fly me out for an interview. Since I was the only one flying out, I knew that I had a pretty solid chance of getting the job. I flew out during finals week, and they gave me an offer that afternoon. I accepted immediately and asked if I could use their printer to make a copy of the 503 final (posted that morning) to take on the plane ride home.

Posted by choidh on April 06, 2006 at 02:02 PM | Comments (0)

Mudd Library, Princeton University: Jen Sharp

Here is some helpful advice from Jen Sharp about ARM internships:

Hey everyone,

This summer I will be interning at Princeton University's Mudd Library. The Mudd houses the University Archives and the Public Policy Papers.

A few months ago I made a list of all the internships I was interested in and noted all the deadlines on my calendar. Somehow, though, the date I wrote down for the Mudd internship was actually two weeks beyond the deadline. I discovered this error less than a week before I had to have all the materials in, and was contemplating not applying. I wrote to the Mudd asking a couple of questions and ended up having a good email conversation with the person who would eventually hire me. Turns out he and another person on the hiring committee are both SI grads. They both also worked at the Bentley, as I do. I decided I had to go for it. Luckily my resume was already in good shape. All I really had to do was write the cover letter. Tonya was awesome and read it over for me even though we were on break and she wasn't technically working.

Amazingly, the search was really was that simple. The most difficult part was getting one of my professors to actually send in the recommendation she promised she'd write (it got there two weeks late). Soon after I had a half hour phone interview. A week later I was offered the position.

Finding jobs/internships is all about networking. I'm sure the connections with SI helped me out. Either way, I can't wait to get started!

Jen (

Posted by choidh on April 06, 2006 at 01:54 PM | Comments (0)

Internship & Job Strategies

Welcome to the SI Career Services Blog!

To help everyone in their internship and job searches, Career Services is launching this blog to create an online community to share our strategies and success stories. Any SI student is welcome to post their story to this blog. The goal is to be able to provide a resource for everyone this year and for students in the following years. Even if you haven't achieved success yet, please share your story. Finding an internship or a job is a process and we want to share that process with everyone. By sharing strategies, we can learn new ideas, try a new approach, and even be reenergized!

Posted by mccato on March 31, 2006 at 02:35 PM | Comments (3)