Here We Do: Students of Internship Plus (WQ22)

We know that not every student can afford to take an unpaid internship, which influenced our decision to establish the Internship Plus Program. This program awards up to $2,500 in financial assistance to students who have an unpaid internship opportunity and demonstrate financial need. Through this program, many students, like the ones below, have been able to gain important experience in their field of interest. Hear about it from them:

Haley Colegate interned at Arts of Life

My experience as an intern at Arts of Life consisted primarily of socializing with and assisting the artists in studio, as well as teaching weekly art history talks for virtual programming.

Choosing my favorite aspect of my internship is incredibly difficult, though I would have to say that forming relationships with the artists was definitely the most rewarding! For instance, one of the artists, Susan, sang to me a song that she had written about me, which brought a huge smile to my face. I have learned so much about each of their families, their passions, their pets—really anything that they wanted to share with me, I was happy to listen.

However, it was also hard at times. Sometimes artists would share very sensitive and upsetting events from their past with me. On one hand, I felt honored that they entrusted me with such information. However, I couldn’t help but be saddened by what I was told. When these sorts of topics came up, it helped test my skills with trauma responses and how to provide a safe place for artists to share.

As someone who is on track to become a therapist with a specialty in art, this internship at Arts of Life was a perfect fit for me.

I got to see first-hand how the creative process builds relationships, encourages independence, and provides a sense of fulfillment in these artists.

My experiences there also helped me to talk to other facilitators who worked there, many of whom are artists themselves. Meeting new people with similar interests/ career goals as myself is always beneficial.

In terms of advice, I would first recommend only interning at a place that you feel truly passionate about. If you don’t enjoy the work, the value of your experience greatly diminishes. Fortunately, Arts of Life combined two of my passions, which are special needs advocacy and art!

Without my Internship Plus award, I would have had a much more difficult time getting to and from my internship. Arts of Life is located on the west side of town and, without a car, was pretty hard to access by public transit. I am so grateful that I was chosen as a recipient, and I hope that this award will continue for others in the future!

Kendrick Bryant interned for RUN Sports

For my internship, I worked remote from home for a company in New York called RUN Sports. My official role working in the company was a mobile game developer/software engineer, and my work mostly focused on being the programmer for a mobile game.

Some of my responsibilities were handling the user interface, gameplay, and animations. What I enjoyed most about my internship were the people I got the opportunity to work with within the company. Everyone was very dedicated, enthusiastic about the project and remained motivated while working on the project to the end.

Some of my biggest takeaways from this internship were time management. During my internship, me and my group created meetings separate from our boss just so we could stay organized, and we created deadlines for ourselves to make sure we had extra development time. Everyone made sure that we accomplished our tasks ahead of time and this allowed us to have a very smooth development process.

This internship helped me get closer to achieving my career goals as it gave me more experience within the industry, more experience working with other people, and new tools to help me progress in my field.

My advice to other students would be, if you’re searching for an internship, find a project that you’re sure that you’re going to be passionate about. A lot of people get an internship, but then lose their motivation and get burnt out. If you find something that you’re passionate about, there will be less chances of you getting burnt out and bored of the project.

Being an Internship Plus award recipient impacted me positively as my internship was unpaid and required a lot of time and energy which would’ve gone into my part-time job. Receiving this award allowed me to focus more on my internship, my education and my career.

Malena Petronijevic interned at FashionBar Chicago

My internship at FashionBar Chicago in the Water Tower Place has given me the opportunity the gain a better understanding of the technical work a company needs to function efficiently. Not only did I get a finer idea of my management style, but also what I value in a work environment.

I engaged in many different parts of a business including marketing, finance, and management. Over the past few weeks I have been able to book designers for our upcoming April and October fashion shows, access and post on our TikTok and Instagram accounts, and manage mass communication emails. One of the most important and enjoyable learning lessons has been gaining a better understanding of entrepreneurial perspectives and how to eventually build something of my own.

Tony Long, my supervisor and the CEO, has structured all lessons with a common theme of applicability outside of FashionBar Chicago, which I have genuinely appreciated. My biggest takeaway in this internship has been learning about applicable work knowledge. Whether that was email etiquette, developing professional relationships, or setting boundaries, being able to learn about these rules in a work environment was very insightful.

I have also become very proud of my growing confidence inside and outside of the business. FashionBar Chicago, as a business administration major, has allowed me to reflect on what I would and would not want to apply in my management style. I hope that I can continue to explore alternative work environments but now know I work well in smaller teams.

My biggest advice for students seeking internships is to build connections with your business as best as possible. I had the opportunity to volunteer for Chicago Fashion Week back in October and because of my attentiveness then, was able to intern for them! As I continue to grow and constantly express my eagerness to learn, I have even had discussions with my supervisor regarding a potential job offer.

Do not feel afraid to ask questions. Your willingness to learn the industry will be very noticeable and influential. In regards to the Internship Plus award, the award has significantly impacted my financial stability this quarter. In December, prior to the internship, I broke my ankle in a mall shooting by falling down the escalators. Regaining my physical strength while working at an internship for free has been a unique experience! Being able to leave my part-time job was an easier experience with the award. Additionally, receiving the award was an immense honor considering my grade level and experience.

Anonda Tyler interned at Lincoln Park Preschool

My name is Anonda Tyler, better known as Nonie, and to the students I observed and taught Ms. Nonie. On Tuesdays and Thursdays , the school that I did my fieldwork hours at was at the Lincoln Park Preschool.

The school is smack in one of the busy places in the city and is a private school. This school is a dream location to me because it is right across the street from the Lincoln Park Zoo, where we always went to walk when we took the children outside for fresh air. The zoo was perfect to share intimate and angelic experiences that helped me build bonds with students more closely.

The days where I went to visit were during the school day, and typically their hours for school are 9 to 3 o’clock, where they take naps at 1pm, then wait for pick up at 2pm. I stayed from 7 o’clock till 12pm on most days and managed to get over 17 field hours.

The grade I was working with were preschoolers, who were called the 3s and 4s group. I enjoyed most visiting the zoo, and this internship allowed me to appreciate the art of play in teaching and why it is important to include multiple mediums with fine motor skills and gross motor skills activities.

This award impacted me in a good way financially, because it is very hard for my family and I to pay tuition, so it alleviated a lot of stress with worrying about proceeding in this field that I am passionate about due to not always having the resources to support that dream.

Technology Internships for 1st and 2nd Year Students

Google Summer of Code

Spend your summer break writing code and learning about open source development while earning a stipend with the Google Summer of Code! Accepted students work with a mentor and become a part of the open source community. Many become lifetime open source developers! Google Summer of Code is open to post-secondary students, age 18 and older in most countries.

Google Engineering Practicum

This is a 12-week developmental opportunity for first and second-year undergraduate students with a passion for technology—especially students from historically underrepresented groups including women, Native American, Black, Latino, Veteran and students with disabilities. Google’s internship offers the opportunity to work on a software project alongside other EP interns and full-time Googlers, and gives you the chance to bridge the gap between academic understanding and practical professional experience.

Facebook University

Facebook University (FBU) for Engineers is a paid eight-week training program designed to provide mobile development experience to students who are historically under-represented in computer science.

The eight-weeks is broken down by three-weeks of mobile development training in either iOS or the duration of the program you’ll be paired with a Facebook Engineer who will serve as your mentor and guide you along the way.

Twitter Academy

Twitter Academy is a paid 12-week summer internship program designed for second-year students interested in gaining hands-on and real-life experience in the tech industry. Throughout the summer, interns participate in bi-weekly workshops and mentorship geared to sharpen your technical skills and cultivate your professional development. This program is for historically underrepresented (black, Latinx and/or Native American) students in Tech.

Amazon Future Engineer

A comprehensive childhood-to-career program to inspire, educate, and train children and young adults from underserved and low-income communities to pursue careers in computer science.

Explore Microsoft

This is a 12-week summer internship program specifically designed for students in their first or second year of a bachelor’s degree program and provides the opportunity to experience the main phases of the product development cycle: Design, Build and Quality. This program is designed to encourage your interest in in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline.

The Explore Internship is intended for students who are beginning their academic studies and would like to learn more about careers in software development through a learning program. Interns will gain group project experience working alongside other Explore Interns. Your on-the-job learning will be enhanced with mentoring, community building and networking opportunities.

Discover’s Sophomore Programs

Discover’s internship programs just scored amongst the highest in Vault’s 2018 Best Financial Internships. They help students accelerate their career after graduation with real-world, corporate experiences and the added perks of working for a top financial services firm, such as frequent opportunities to network with senior leaders and the chance to receive pre-graduation career advice from their managers and other industry experts.

American Express

This is a 12 week Summer Internship Program at American Express. Whether you’re studying to get your undergraduate or graduate degree, as an intern in our New York, Phoenix or Ft. Lauderdale offices, you’ll work on important projects with leaders who will encourage you as you create your unique career journey.

McKinsley Sophomore Diversity Leaders Academy (SDLI)

McKinsey’s SDLI program is designed for second-year students to gain experience with consulting. Students will work in one of McKinsey’s offices for 10 weeks to help serve clients, build new skills and participate in social activities. Much of the focus is on learning and personal development.

Credit Suisse Americas Diversity and Inclusion Programs

Credit Suisse has specific diversity programs that offer diverse candidates (for example, students who are female, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino) the opportunity to learn about the financial industry and specifically, what it’s like to work at Credit Suisse. They offer both a Sophomore Diversity Program and a Women’s Mentor Program.

Morgan Stanley Freshman Enhancement Program

The Freshman Enhancement Program provides Black, Hispanic, Native American and LGBT+ students the opportunity to experience Morgan Stanley culture first-hand. Participating divisions include Wealth Management, Global Capital Markets, Investment Banking, and Sales & Trading and Research. They encourage students of all majors and disciplines to apply.

Selected candidates participate in a paid program at their offices in New York City before June and based on participant availability (exact timing of the program to be determined). The program includes valuable training, networking opportunities and exposure to Morgan Stanley professionals across businesses.

This Week’s Hiring Trends: Technology & Design

Updated 7/2/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Technology & Design career community. This week’s trends will focus on Software & Web Development. 

 This week’s Key Take-aways

    • Software & Web Development opportunities have dipped 22% compared to June 2019. We’ve seen a consistent decline in unique postings over the last week compared to last year. 
    • Java, Software Engineering, & SQL are the top hard skills shown in postings with these skills appearing 38% of the time in postings for Java & Software Engineering and 33% for SQL
    • Communications, Problem Solving, and Leadership are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 38% of the time, Problem Solving showing up 22% of the time, and leadership showing up 19% of the time in postings.
    • Software Engineers, Java Developers, Front-End Developers are the top positions posted. 
    • Make an appointment with your Technology & Design Career Advisor today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers!

 

 

Software & Web Development opportunities have dipped 22% compared to June 2019. We’ve seen a consistent decline in unique postings over the last week compared to last year. Java, Software Engineering, & SQL are the top hard skills shown in postings with these skills appearing 38% of the time in postings for Java & Software Engineering and 33% for SQL. Communications, Problem Solving, and Leadership are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 38% of the time, Problem Solving showing up 22% of the time, and leadership showing up 19% of the time in postings.

The DePaul Career Center is here to help you reach your career goals. Check out our Summer 2020 Programming Calendar to get information on programs to help your job search during a pandemic, upskill, and more!  Meet with your Technology & Design Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 


Updated 6/24/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Technology & Design career community. This week’s trends will focus on Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design. 

 Main Takeaways

  • Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design opportunities have dipped 26% compared to May 2019, however, the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases.
  • Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, & Adobe Illustrator are the top hard skills shown in postings with these skills appearing 58% of the time in postings for Graphic Design, 53% for adobe photoshop, and 49% for Adobe Illustrator. 
  • Communications, Presentations, and Detail Oriented are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 56% of the time, presentations showing up 41% of the time, and detail orientation showing up 31% of the time in postings. 
  • Graphic Designers (Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media),  Visual Designers, & Designers have the most opportunities with 4,246 total open positions in the Chicagoland area.  
  • Make an appointment with your Technology & Design Career Advisor today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers!

Opportunities in Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design have dipped by 26% from May 2019- June 2020, however the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases. Opportunities for Graphic Designers (Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media) are at 3,341; Visual Designers are 392, and designers are 513 for a total of 4,246 total open positions in the Chicagoland area. 27% of openings in Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design require 0-1 years of experience. Communications, Presentations, and Detail Oriented are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 56% of the time, presentations showing up 41% of the time, and detail orientation showing up 31% of the time in postings. 

When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, remember the importance of completing your Handshake profile so employers can proactively reach out to you!. Check out this article on ways to woo a recruiter. Meet with your Technology & Design Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 


Updated: 6/12/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Technology & Design career community. This week’s trends will focus on Database Administration & Network Support.

Main Takeaways

  • Database Administration & Network Support opportunities have dipped 11.4% compared to May 2019, however, the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases. For example, on May 31, 2020  trends show a 0.3% decrease in postings compared to May 31, 2019, however, on June 1, 2020 trends show a 5% increase in postings compared to June 1, 2019. 
  • Opportunities for Systems Administrators, Network Engineers, Database Administrators have the most opportunities with 16,741 total open positions in the Chicagoland area.  
  • Employers, such as Dell Technologies, Fast Enterprises LLC, and Cisco are examples of top employers who reached out to DePaul students on Handshake within the last month. Make an appointment with your Technology & Design Career Advisor today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers!

According to EMSI, across the domain of Database Administration & Network Support, the number of active job postings dipped slightly from May 2019 to May 2020, however the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases. Systems Administrator, Network Engineer, and Database Administrator roles lead the pack in the number of opportunities available. In sheer volume, the number of opportunities for System Administrators was 6,108 total positions in the Chicagoland area, followed by Network Engineers with 6,012 and Database Administrators with 4,621. It is also encouraging to note that 17% of openings in Database Administration & Network Support require 0-1 years of experience, which is great news for 2020 grads.

When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, remember the importance of completing your Handshake profile so employers can proactively reach out to you!

  • Dell Technologies, Fast Enterprises LLC, and Cisco are examples of top employers who reached out to DePaul students on Handshake within the last month.
  • Additionally, there are over 900 employers with active postings who are looking to hire DePaul students right now!
  • Meet with your Technology & Design Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 

 

Tech Talk Interview Series: Careers in Data Science Recap

By: Lorne Bobren, Technology and Design Career Community Advisor

We recently spoke with four DePaul alumni all working in roles related to data science. The talk centered around their individual career pathways, what brought them to working with data, ways they stay on top of industry trends and how COVID-19 has impacted their industries and roles.

Panelists


  • Dorian Gray, Data Scientist/Statistician at Navistar
  • Matt Isaia, Electronic Resources Librarian at University of Saint Mary of the Lake
  • Sherry Wang, Senior Data Scientist at Cars.com
  • Brandon Allen, Senior Associate Director of Analytics at the University of Chicago

 

Resources Discussed


 

Full Interview


Who’s Hiring: Recruiting Trends in Technology & Design

COVID-19 has impacted nearly all industries across the United States economy. In the Tech & Design community (TD), many of the trends indicate a decline in hiring due to COVID-19; however, the trends in some sectors show continued hiring and others show increased demand. 

 

Big Tech Industry Continues to Hire


Big technology companies are still hiring. Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple are all hiring tech roles including engineers, data scientists, software designers, and cybersecurity experts. 

  • Facebook is hiring an additional 10,000 new workers this year, mostly in product design and software engineering. 
  • Google currently has over 3,000 open positions listed online. 
  • Amazon is looking to fill over 20,000 roles in technology.
  • Apple has listed new jobs in the past month including software engineers and product managers. 
  • Cisco Systems Inc. has pledged not to lay off any of its staff. 

 

Big Data & Network Security Jobs Are Still Growing


Before the pandemic, the data science industry was a growing sector of technology with a shortage of talent to fill these roles. The demand for data-oriented occupations and skill sets skyrocketed in 2019, with data engineers seeing a 50% increase in demand and data scientists seeing a 32% demand increase. While other sectors face layoffs, the Big Data & Data Analytics sectors are continuing to grow. 

  • Data Scientists growth expected.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency reports that cybersecurity engineers, cybersecurity risk management jobs, and information technology staff are “essential for continued infrastructure viability.”
  • The sudden shift to remote and distance work created a dire need for cybersecurity professionals to secure networks, technology, and personnel activity. On LinkedIn alone, organizations posted 261,545 cybersecurity jobs that need to be filled.

 

Startups Hit Hard by COVID-19


In light of the pandemic, many startups have laid off all types of workers including recruiters, IT staff, and managers. 

  • According to startup exec Roger Lee, a total of 280 startups have laid off 21,609 employees since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic.
  • Lyft laid off nearly 1,000 workers.
  • Airbnb stopped hiring. 
  • Bird, an electric scooter startup, laid off 30% of its staff.
  • Toast, based in Boston, laid off  50% of its entire staff, 10% of which were based in Chicago.

 

Rise of Telemedicine & Tech in Healthcare


The pandemic has caused hospitals and doctors to think differently about how they serve patients. Many have embraced virtual doctor’s appointments through telemedicine. This rapid shift in medicine means more hospitals and doctors are hiring IT staff and telemedicine companies have increased job opportunities.

  • There is a demand for big data jobs in healthcare to help track COVID-19. 
  • Development of COVID-19 contact-tracing tool will need IT staff.
  • Increase in mobile health apps due to telehealth will require more IT workers.

 

For those within the TD community, it is more important than ever to stay current on industry trends and to ultimately follow the demand: track who’s hiring and who’s not and cater your search to those experiencing growth.

 

6 Non-Tech Roles at Most Tech Startups

By: Lorne Bobren, Technology & Design Career Community Advisor

A recent study by Glassdoor found that nearly half of all job openings at tech companies are for non-technical roles. So, if you are craving that startup environment but don’t know Python from PHP, that’s ok!

In looking at the job functions listed below, be aware that there is often crossover between different roles. For example, sometimes the title of Project Manager is used interchangeably with that of a Product Manager. Use these categories as broad entry points that will help you get started.

Business Development

Do you consider yourself a people person? There will always be a strong need for sales and business development in the startup community. This could mean brokering a deal with another business to make your company’s product more widely available or pursuing leads to connect with new clients.

  • Business development could encompass both inside sales (phone and email communication), along with outside sales (face-to-face meetings and networking)
  • A good salesperson doesn’t need to know how the product works, but they should know the product thoroughly in order to answer questions and alleviate potential concerns from a new client.

If you can build trust and personal relationships through your interactions, you’re well on your way to being successful in business development.

Product Management

A product manager is often in charge of designing the overall look of a product. Typical duties include:

  • Wireframing to mockup a product’s appearance,
  • Designing user flows or journey maps to show how an end user may move through a service or site
  • Communicating with engineers and designers to create updates
  • Collaborating with marketing to determine the best way to introduce a new product or updates to a customer

While a product manager won’t be the one doing the coding, they should be tech-savvy enough to understand the limitations and possibilities of what the software development team can do. 

Project Management

The project manager ensures accurate planning and forecasting throughout a product life cycle. They oversee the project to make certain that it comes in on time and on budget. They often act as a buffer between company executives and the development team. A good project manager knows how to oversee and communicate with multidisciplinary teams, manage resources, has excellent negotiation skills, and is proficient at strategic planning.

Customer Support/Account Management

Once new customers have been acquired, they are usually handed off to the customer support or account management team. Working in customer support means making sure that the client stays a client.

  • A good account manager (or customer support specialist, user evangelist, customer advocate, etc.) will frequently touch base with clients to ensure they are satisfied with their experience.
  • The account manager may also be involved in product training, troubleshooting, dealing with policy issues and collecting feedback.

Customer support staff play an integral role in improving a company’s product because they are the most in tune with customer needs, wants and concerns. They should also be intimately familiar with the product so that they can easily relay any information or help the customer is seeking.

Community Management

A community manager’s duties may vary by organization but their primary role is to help customers feel appreciated and connected to the product, the company, and each other. As the name implies, this person is responsible for growing and cultivating an organization’s community. This can be done via managing social media, creating blog content, organizing events, and motivating users to give feedback.

In a small company, both community management and customer support may be run by the same person.

Marketing and Public Relations

Marketing and PR overlap heavily, and they may be in the same department depending on the size of the company. Since a marketing budget in a startup will be much smaller than at a large firm, you’ll need to be strategic and creative. An expert marketer is also a strong writer who can put together engrossing and succinct ad copy. What’s key here is the ability to break down complicated ideas and technical jargon in ways that are easily digestible for your target audience. Marketing departments can help articulate essential questions for a tech firm: Who is your target audience? How does the product or service help them? Are they even aware they need it?

 

The Career Center will support you in a variety of ways including connecting you with employers through networking events and job fairs as well as providing individual career advising. Many students visit us for mock interview practice, feedback on resume and cover letter writing, and to ask questions about navigating the job search process. We can also help you explore how your interests, values, skills, and personality fit into different careers.

Schedule a career advising appointment on Handshake today!