With summer quickly approaching you may find yourself wondering, is it too late for me to find a meaningful career experience? And the answer is, of course not! There are wonderful opportunities still available for you to gain experience this summer that would make excellent additions to your resume, as well as expand your mind and network. They might just look different than a typical internship or part-time job, however, the experience can possibly lead you down the career journey meant for you.
Participating in a summer program, registering for virtual workshops, and applying for externships are all valuable ways to gain exposure to people, employers, and career paths. Although you will not be paid, the experience can pay you in different ways. You’ll learn about a company, gain a new skill, grow your LinkedIn network, and show future employers you engaged in a meaningful career experience. Below are just some examples of opportunities that you may find worthwhile exploring. Registration is currently open.
If you’re interested in any of the opportunities that are talked about in this article, remember that you can still make virtual and phone appointments with Center for Career Development career coaches via Handshake all throughout the summer.
AT&T Summer Learning Academy
Live Events: July 12th – July 23rd, 2021
Are you interested in an externship that includes both training modules and talks by expert speakers? Then the AT&T Summer Learning Academy is perfect for you. The program focuses in the areas of personal development, business, technology, and has insights on life at AT&T and WarnerMedia. Once this program is completed students will earn a digital badge from Credly that they can include on their resume and LinkedIn profiles.
To learn more about this program from a student perspective you can read about an experience from fellow UConn student, Dina Haralabidis, here: AT&T Summer Learning Academy: An Alternative to the Typical Internship
AT&T B2B Sales Skills Series
June 11th, 25th, 30th, & August 13th, 2021
AT&T’s B2B Sales Skills series is a set of events meant to help you excel in the world of sales. The series consists of multiple events and has workshops on Developing Your Personal Brand, Demystifying the Sales Experience, Enhancing Your Interpersonal Skills, and What is Technical Sales. These workshops will teach you valuable skills that will aid you in your future sales endeavors. All events will be streamed live via zoom.
Sovereign Financial FPA Virtual Externship
June 7th – July 30th, 2021
Deadline to apply: June 4th, 2021
Sovereign Financial will sponsor UConn students to attend the Financial Planner Association’s Summer 2021 Virtual Externship program where you learn what it is like to be a financial planner from experts representing over twenty-five different firms. The externship includes assignments, sitting in on real financial planning meets, and how to plan for meetings. Upon successful completion, you will receive 180 hours toward the Standard Pathway for CFP Board’s Experience Requirement, plus eMoney certification and access to the Morningstar Advisor Workstation. You also will secure career readiness skills like confidence, skills, and connections needed to make decisions about pursuing a career in financial planning.
Slalom’s Salesforce Admin Certification Externship Program
July 1st, 2021 – 12 weeks
Deadline to apply: June 14th, 2021
Planning on taking the Salesforce Admin Certification Exam and would like to be guided by senior Salesforce Professionals to learn about the Salesforce Platform? Slalom Westchester/Southern Connecticut is looking for self-driven individuals with a proactive mentality that has a passion for learning new technologies and have an interest in immersing themselves into the world of Salesforce. Upper-level students interested in getting into the Salesforce Field, this opportunity will provide you with an overview on how to utilize/customize with the Salesforce Platform and help you to achieve the Salesforce Admin Certification by the end of the program.
By Christina Badini and Alex Manna