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«Welcome to the fourth edition of the TIP Book! The Tufts Career Center is excited to provide you with internship profiles packed with helpful advice ...»

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I'm learning so much about the renewable energy industry (our company works in solar, wind and microgrid systems) and about start-up company culture. The most valuable thing I've learned is seeing how a company operates and cooperates between its many different teams. Because it is a start-up, our business model has been continually evolving. It's an exciting place to work.

What do you find challenging?

The technical details of solar, wind and microgrid engineering have been difficult to understand. I've also had to quickly learn the renewables industry business jargon (in the beginning there were so many words and acronyms I didn't understand). It also took me a while to figure out how to communicate -via e-mail, phone, Skype etc. -- directly and clearly with people.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Be a team player and ask lots of questions. It's ok to say that you don't know or understand something.

Join a team (e.g., logistics, marketing, public relations, engineering, legal, business development, etc.) that interests you most. There isn't a deadline for an internship at UGE; the company generally has interns year-round. Most interns come in the summer.

About the Organization UGE International (New York, NY) UGE provides the only comprehensive distributed renewable energy solutions with the necessary versatility, durability and energy security to be implemented across the range of challenging environments businesses and governments face. Solar and wind complement each other and together with storage technologies and remote monitoring systems address their needs at the nexus of energy cost, security and sustainability. We have designed and created the most durable and versatile wind turbine and are leading the industry in remote monitoring and control and power electronics. In addition, UGE has developed its proprietary site assessment and planning platform, which has allowed it to deploy solutions in over 80 countries around the world from its headquarters in New York.

Tufts Career Center | go.tufts.edu/careercenter | 617.627.3299 | Dowling Hall

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University of Colorado (Department of Immunology and Microbiology) | www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/departments/ImmunologyMicrobiology/rese arch/labs/RandRLab  Sophie Lattes (Biology, Environmental Science, 2018)  Research Intern  Part-time, about 18 hours per week  Unpaid What do you do as an intern at this organization?

I worked under a postdoc who was researching the role of dual reactive B cells in lupus for mice. I was able to do mouse bone marrow, spleen, blood, and teratoma tumor dissection and processing and then genotype those mice through PCR or blood typing and gel electrophoresis. I also worked on staining samples and analyzing results through flow cytometry.

How did you find your internship?

My uncle used to work with National Jewish Health so I gave him a resume and cover letter and asked if he could give it to his previous coworkers. It turned out that the lab that he used to work for had moved to University of Colorado's Anschwitz Medical Campus, so my resume was passed along to the new lab and they were able to find a spot for me.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I love the amount of practical experience that I gained. I went into the internship unsure if I would be able to actually participate much in the lab's research, but from day one I was given my own projects. I also liked the interaction between researchers within the lab. A major concern of mine in considering lab work as a career was that it would be socially isolating, as everyone has their own procedures that they are working on. However, what I didn't know is that there is a great deal of collaboration. Members continually asked each other questions and presented their progress at weekly lab meetings.

Additionally, the connections I made are very helpful. At the end of my work this summer the lab director offered to answer any career questions I had and welcomed me to work with them again in coming years.

What do you find challenging?

I found working in an immunology lab prior to taking a specific immunology course at Tufts to be difficult. I had to do a lot of background research just to understand the basics of what the lab is doing. I continued to read more papers about the work throughout my summer internship, but could never quite keep up with the jargon that the lab was used to.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Use any connections that you can find, even if they are remote. Try to contact specific places that you want to work and show them that you are interested in their work.

About the Organization The major focus of our work centers on understanding how B cells develop in the bone marrow, how immature B cells are selected into the periphery, and how mature peripheral B cells mount an antibody response. We are particularly interested in defining the nature of the signals emanating from surface receptors (i.e., antigen, chemoattractant and adhesion) that guide these cells through development and in an immune response. To address these questions we use molecular, cellular and genetic in vivo and in vitro approaches.

Tufts Career Center | go.tufts.edu/careercenter | 617.627.3299 | Dowling Hall

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What do you do as an intern at this organization?

I ran a computerized simulator for proppant transportation through a slot for petroleum fracking. Each of these runs would need to be set up through coding in the program CFD and DEM. When these runs were complete, I would analyze them in MATLAB and create graphs of them in Excel. In addition, I had to create an entirely new case where the proppant would travel through a split rock fracture.

How did you find your internship?

I received an email that was sent out to all the students in the Chemical Engineering department that regarded this opportunity to conduct research in Austin, TX. I also met with the administrator of the program when she came to visit Tufts.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I did research during my previous year at Tufts and I was born and raised in a town nearby Tufts, so I've never been able to get away from home. This internship gave me the opportunity to explore a new part of the country and meet lots of different people. Also UT Austin has a pool that looks like it belongs at a five-star resort, so it's been great going there everyday after work.

What do you find challenging?

Even though I've had exposure to computer programs like MATLAB and Excel before, there's still so much I didn't know about these programs that my job required me to know. It has definitely been challenging having to learn while at the same time produce results from these programs, but I know it will definitely serve me well in the future.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

To keep an open mind. This program was designed for students who wanted to go into Petroleum Engineering graduate school. Before this program, I did not even know someone could go to school for petroleum engineering, much less pursue it as a career. I still can't say what I plan to do after college, but from this internship I definitely have a better sense of what I would like and dislike for my future.

About the Organization University of Texas at Austin, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Austin, TX The Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (SURI) brings together innovative undergraduate minds from across the country to The University of Texas at Austin Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (UT PGE) Department to research hot energy topics with world-class faculty members.

Interns receive an insider look at graduate level work conducted at UT PGE, home to the #1 petroleum engineering graduate program in the country according to US News & World Report. In addition to participating in meaningful academic research, interns learn about the diverse areas of petroleum and geosystems engineering and build strong relationships with their cohort.

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Unum | www.unum.com  Jenny Allison (Psychology, Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies, 2017)  Business Operations Intern  Full-time, 40 hours per week  Paid What do you do as an intern at this organization?

Each Unum intern gets a project assignment at the beginning of the summer, which he or she is responsible for carrying out and completing over the course of 10 weeks. I was working with one department to address operational difficulties they had. I talked to over 30 people within the company to produce my final recommendations. At the end of the internship, all interns made formal presentations to the Unum executive team and passed our work into their hands for its implementation!

How did you find your internship?

I spoke with an Unum representative at a Boston career fair in January, where I had a preliminary interview. I signed up for the career fair through the Tufts Career Center, and I submitted my resume online in advance. I then interviewed in Worcester for the final round.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

It was amazing to work in a company so invested in my success. Not only did I receive tremendous support in my department, but I was able to meet high-ranking individuals across other offices via video conferences. It was also rewarding to produce a meaningful project for the business, one that I know they will use. Finally, it was great to work alongside other young people (there were 6 other interns).

What do you find challenging?

The work I was doing was complex and difficult, but I loved that! It definitely wasn't busywork. I think my challenge at first was gaining the confidence to pick up the phone and call people I didn't know at all.

But after doing that several times, it became easier, and I gained a lot of confidence in myself.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Be proactive; show that you have initiative in reaching out to people and following up. They want to find people who will work hard and bring value to the company, so show that you are prepared to do just that when you interview. Be prepared and be confident in yourself! As far as deadlines go, they seemed pretty flexible (other interns were given offers as late as May), but you can email the HR recruiter with any questions.

About the OrganizationUnumWorcester, MA

At Unum and Colonial Life, our mission is to help protect people financially when they are injured or ill and need it most. And in today’s uncertain environment, financial protection benefits are more important than ever. You can’t predict the future, but you can prepare for it.

Tufts Career Center | go.tufts.edu/careercenter | 617.627.3299 | Dowling Hall

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Viacom | www.viacom.com

• Allie Kendall (English, Communications and Media Studies, 2016)

• Content & Program Enterprises Intern

• Full-time, 30-35 hours per week

• Paid What do you do as an intern at this organization?

I prepare pitch sheets, correspond with international distributors, and research shows currently in production.

How did you find your internship?

Through the Viacom Careers site What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoy being able to work across all of the stations (MTV, VH1, CMT, MTV2, LOGO, Spike, TV Land) on both a national and an international level.

What do you find challenging?

The internship deals with a fair amount of legal affairs that I have had to pick up on without much knowledge of media laws.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Apply early and for multiple positions.

About the Organization Viacom New York, NY Content and Program Enterprises facilitates and executes international distribution and license deals with third party companies for both Music & Entertainment Group series and specials. We manage international all aspects of international distribution deals including pitching, sourcing and delivering materials, and maintaining the catalogue of content. We work closely with department manager in servicing the needs of international clients on new deals and assist in pulling series information, press materials, ratings, marketing materials, etc. on series in development and production.

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ViaSat, Inc. | www.viasat.com

• Daniel Kim (Computer Science, 2016)

• Software Engineer Intern

• Full-time, 40 hours per week

• Paid What do you do as an intern at this organization?

As a software engineer intern, I assign to myself and complete programming tasks from a set of available tasks for our current software project.

How did you find your internship?

Jumbo Jobs What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I most enjoy the organized and appropriately rigorous nature of the coding work I am given.

What do you find challenging?

The most challenging work is learning and using a completely new tool needed for a task.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Always have something to work on!

About the Organization ViaSat, Inc.

Quincy, MA Bringing today’s communication services to people in virtually any location Our innovative wireless and other digital communication networks serve consumers, enterprises, and governments. A company that is always asking, “What’s next?” Our services and systems already enable some of the fastest, most secure, and efficient communications available, but we constantly look for ways to do things better.

Better for our customers and better for the world. With the ability to push the limits of what’s possible With our vertically integrated set of technologies, we can innovate at every possible point of the systems we create, to make big leaps in performance, speed, bandwidth economics, and security.

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What do you do as an intern at this organization?

As a member of the Enterprise Software Development team, I took on projects that serve the need of multi-parallel and high-volume requests from all of the business partners; built a new micro-service framework using the most cutting-edge technology; and dug into graph database using Cayley, leveldb, and Python.

How did you find your internship?

Lagou.com What do you enjoy most about your internship?

Doing the “real world” work.

What do you find challenging?

Everyday, there are tons of new things to learn.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Don't be afraid to present yourself as someone who just entered the world of technology and programming. Be a quick learner, and take responsibility for your work and bugs.

About the Organization Wecash, Inc.

Beijing, China Wecash is a big data company offering real-time credit analysis based on users' authorized information using machine learning and big data analysis. Wecash can be used in both financial and non-financial situations, such as online shopping with installments, car and house renting, job searching, and even friends making.

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Yeloha | www.yeloha.com

• Joshua Rubman (Environmental Studies, Mandarin Chinese, 2016)

• Intern

• Full-time, 40 hours per week

• Paid; Mostly funded through Mass CEC What do you do as an intern at this organization?

It’s a varied role in a startup environment. I develop marketing strategies, create original content for blogs and social media, translate and create content in Mandarin for a Chinatown outreach campaign, assess suitability of properties for solar installation, manage CRM systems, and conduct research on markets, technologies, and legislation.

How did you find your internship?

I posted my resume to Mass CEC's website. They reached out to me.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I like that the startup environment provides a great opportunity for experiencing a huge diversity of work: from minute tasks to planning future company direction, I've gotten to do it all.

What do you find challenging?

It's difficult to adapt to such a detail-oriented environment. Professional standards are quite high.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Treat it like your real, adult job. You need to provide value to the company as soon as you walk in the door, and continue providing that value until you leave.

About the Organization Yeloha Boston, MA Yeloha is the world's Solar Sharing Network™. Our mission is to unleash the benefits of solar energy to all people, regardless of where they live and their economic status. Solar Sharing removes the obstacles going solar once presented (including needing your own roof!), changing the way people generate and pay for their electricity. Yeloha makes it simple and attainable to save your money, support your local economy, and help save something else that could use your consideration these days: our planet.

Tufts Career Center | go.tufts.edu/careercenter | 617.627.3299 | Dowling Hall

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Zimbabwe Career Connect Program - Schweppes Zimbabwe | www.schweppes.co.zw

• Ryan Maponga (Electrical Engineering, 2017)

• Information Technology intern

• Full-time, 45 hours per week

• Unpaid but receiving Career Center Internship Grant What do you do as an intern at this organization?

I do daily checks on the status of the company’s servers early in the morning. I am working on the installation and configuration of a bio-metric check-in system.

How did you find your internship?

I saw a Facebook post in a professional group and from there just followed up on details.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I am learning relatively new things and I am surrounded by positive people!

What do you find challenging?

I manage a lot of expectations from my supervisor; however, that also pushes me to do more.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Just apply yourself. Sometimes you might find yourself without tasks, but that's the time to take initiative – while being aware of your role and what is acceptable to do, of course.

About the Organization Zimbabwe Career Connect Program - Schweppes Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited is a manufacturer and distributor of non-carbonated, still beverages under license from The Coca-Cola Company. The product portfolio currently includes cordials, fruit juices, bottled water and flavored drinks. These products are marketed under well renowned brand names: Mazoe, Minute Maid, Schweppes Water and Ripe ‘n’ Ready.

Tufts Career Center | go.tufts.edu/careercenter | 617.627.3299 | Dowling Hall

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Tufts Career Center | go.tufts.edu/careercenter | 617.627.3299 | Dowling Hall



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