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Your Guide to Summer Internships

9 Apr

It’s easy for students to fall into the idea of having a completely work-free three months of summer. Of course you want to relax, but sometimes it hits the third week of summer and you’re already bored. What are you possibly going to do for three months? tom2 Summer break is the perfect opportunity for college students to get an internship. We’re not distracted by a full schedule of classes, club meetings, exams, etc. If the realm of internships is an entirely new world for you, here are some things to know: 1. Résumé If you haven’t yet, this is a good time to start cleaning up that résumé. You’re about to finish another school year, so add the clubs you’ve been involved in and show off your GPA! Finalizing your résumé is the first step to finding an internship. 2. Keep an Open Mind tom6 Think about your future career. Is it in an office? Is it outdoors? The purpose of an internship is to get “real world” experience in the field you want to go into. Remember to keep an open mind. If your dream is to be a lawyer, your first internship probably won’t have you pulling an Elle Woods anytime soon. My first internship in a law office had me shredding paper and filing, but it was still awesome to see day-to-day operations. 3. Consider Your Location – Tucson, Home, or Abroad? If you’re sure that you’ll be spending your summer back home, then look for internships in that city or town. If you happen to find an internship in Tucson and you’re scrambling for summer housing, many students who are leaving for the summer are subleasing their apartments. Residence Life also offers summer housing in certain residence halls. There are also options to have an internship abroad. Although I’m sure you may be able to independently find an internship abroad, many students go through the Study Abroad department on campus. It is probably too late to apply for this upcoming summer, but remember that this is an option next summer! Keep in mind that internships abroad typically cost money. 4. You Might Not Get Paid, But It’s Surprisingly Worth It tom3 My first internship wasn’t a paid position. Actually, my first paid internship is happening this summer. Don’t let that bring you down, though. That internship where I was shredding papers and filing all day? They’re the ones who led me to this paid position! I cannot stress enough how invaluable the connections are worth. You may be graduating some time soon and you never know who will be hiring when you graduate! 5. Finding an Internship tom5 There are many companies and organizations that specifically have internship programs. If you’re interested in public health, you can simply google “public health internships in Tucson”. Ask your friends who have been through internship programs. They’ll be able to tell you about their experience and give you tips. You can also ask your academic advisors. When companies are hiring interns, many of them reach out to academic advisors for majors that coincide with that career field. If all else fails, approach them! When I wasn’t able to find an internship program, I found a company that I wanted to work for and sent in my cover letter and résumé. They hired me! The hiring manager commended me for being proactive and going for what I wanted. 6. Internships Are Awesome. Have Fun With It. Even if you’re not being paid or you’re doing simple tasks, always observe what’s around you. I always loved looking at the work the lawyers in the office were doing and realizing that it was only a matter of years until I was as cool as they were. I don’t even care how uncool that sounded. Seeing how your career field operates every day just makes you that much more motivated to work your hardest because, believe it or not, that’s you in a few years. tom1 Happy Internship Hunting!


Adventure Is Out There!

7 Apr

If you are anything like me, you have high hopes and dreams of one day being able to travel the world and experience new cultures. However, every summer I find myself sitting on my living room couch snuggling with a bag of Cheetos while watching America’s Next Top Model reruns.


Summer can be a hit or miss vacation for some people; it can be two months of Netflix binge watching, adventures, or perhaps both. Experiencing college, I have realized that I am in need of adventure, which is why I have taken the initiative to apply for a summer study abroad program!

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Study abroad is an incredible opportunity offered by universities around the globe. This experience allows students to complete university credits while also immersing themselves in a new culture. I personally wanted to go to a country with a language I am unfamiliar with and whose culture is vastly different from my own: I chose South Korea.


Although I have yet to hear on my acceptance status, I know that if accepted I will have an experience of a lifetime. All too often it is easy to fall into a cycle of everyday stress. College is a stressful time, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Try new things and learn about the world that we have in front of us while you can!

Adventure is out there, Wildcats!



Summer Opportunities: Studying Abroad

9 Apr

The school year of 2013-2014 is almost at an end, and it’s been an adventure. Deep inside I know most of us are ready for the semester to be over, but unfortunately we still have four weeks of school left. We need to power through these last couple of weeks, and end the semester with a bang!

However, after we dominate finals guess what time it is?  SUMMER TIME! 


Summer can be one of the greatest moments ever, or they could potentially be one of the worst. Some people plan their break very carefully, while others just go with the flow. Some students take a couple extra classes, while others work throughout the summer. Regardless of how you plan your time off, I want to talk to you amazing people about studying abroad during the summer.


It is extremely important to plan ahead if you’re interested in studying abroad. The reason why it’s important to plan ahead is because the application process is quiet long, but don’t let that stop you!

The University of Arizona has a magnificent study abroad program. They have programs all around the world which provides you with many different options to choose from. If they don’t have a program that fits you, don’t to worry, they have highly skilled advisors to help you find one that is just right.


The study abroad program offers four main programs.

  • UA Faculty-led: Programs organized and/or taught by UA professors and staff.  Students take classes with other UA students.  Participants earn direct UA credit, which means grades received are calculated into the UA GPA. Students pay a set program fee, regardless of residency status.
  • Student Exchange: Students attend one of UA’s partner institutions abroad for a semester or academic year and attend classes with a mix of local and international students.  Participants pay the equivalent of UA tuition and earn transfer credit, which does not affect the UA GPA. Please note: space is limited in some exchanges, so apply early!
  • Direct Enroll: Similar to exchange, students attend one of UA’s partner institutions abroad with a mix of local and international students.  However, students pay the host institution’s tuition plus a UA Registration Fee.  Students earn transfer credit, which does not affect the UA GPA.
  • Third-party provider: There are 7 UA-affiliated third-party program providers (CEA, CIEE, DIS, GlobaLinks, IAU, ISA, and Semester at Sea) that draw students from all over the U.S. The experiences you gain from these programs can vary significantly by provider and location. In most cases, students take classes with other US students, but some programs also offer classes with a mix of local and international students. Students pay a set program fee, regardless of residency status, plus a UA Registration Fee.  Students earn transfer credit, which does not affect the UA GPA.

Very self explanatory right? If you have any further questions about these types of programs feel free to contact the Study Abroad office. Before you apply to a program there are a several steps you need to take. 

            Step 1 Attend a Study Abroad 101 Information Session: All students interested in studying abroad must attend Study Abroad 101, a one-hour session that is full of helpful information.

           Step 2 Create a Study Abroad ProfileDoing so will provide necessary information to our study abroad coordinators so they can help you select the program that is best for you.  There is no commitment at this point and it’s free to create a profile. 

           Step 3 Consider Your Program Options: Like I said there are hundreds of programs to choose from in approximately 60 countries which range from 4-10 weeks. Use the program search tool to help you narrow your search. If your looking for programs that best suites your Major/Minor check out a few on the Study Abroad for your Major/Mnior page.

           Step 4 Meet with a Study Abroad Coordinator: Once you have narrowed down your choices, meet with one (or more!) of the study abroad coordinators to get more details, and ask any questions you might have. You can book an appointment with them online

            Step 5 Meet with your Academic Advisor: Like I said early PLAN AHEAD! Talk with your academic advisor as early as possible about your intent to study abroad. One you’ve selected a program, you should meet with your academic advisor to make sure the program satisfies your academic requirement and keeps you on track for graduation. VERY IMPORTANT. 

          Step 6 APPLY!: Once you’ve have completed all these steps, you are ready to apply to your program. Apply by clicking the “Apply Now” button on your program’s page. However, keep in mind that each time you open an application, your Bursar’s account will be charged a $80 non-refundable application fee, whether you decide to complete the application or not. So be sure you’re ready!  This is also a perfect time to check Scholarship Universe for study abroad scholarships. 

I know this was a lot of information to take in, but once you’ve completed these six easy step you’re ready to launch into a summer of a lifetime. It is too late to apply for this summer, but plan ahead and apply for the Summer of 2015. There is a saying that has always stuck with me, and I hope that you find it just as motivating as I did:

“Those who study abroad wish they would of done it again, and those who’ve never studied abroad wish they did.” – Unknown

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