Why March Is The Best Time To Apply For A Summer Internship

March is the busiest and most crucial month for internship applications; here’s how to stand out and land a summer gig.

Why March Is The Best Time To Apply For A Summer Internship
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According to data by LinkedIn, more summer interns are hired in March than any other month of the year.

There were 70,000 U.S. internship listings on the professional networking site in February. If historical trends are any indicator, that number will likely jump above six figures during the month of March.

“It is the dead center of internship season; it is a crucial month,” says Lauren Berger, founder of Internqueen.com and author of two books on interning, including All Work, No Pay and Welcome to the Real World. “If you don’t have those materials ready, sit down this weekend, block out some time, give those materials a facelift, go over your resume and your cover letter, and make sure you’ve got some references ready to go.”

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6 Month Co-Op Offered by CHC Alum (January through June 2017)

This is the first year for a fantastic opportunity for CHC students ONLY!  Christian Minich, a graduate of CHC in 2012 is offering the below data analyst co-op opportunity.  It is available to all majors regardless of previous experience with databases or technical proficiency.  Christian wants thinkers who love to solve problems first and foremost.  He can teach you the technology you’ll be using to solve problems as part of a team.  I can’t over emphasize how cool this is and how much it will alter your professional trajectory should you do this experience.  Please review the job and email me if you have any interest in applying. 


Position: Clinical Data Analyst – Co-op

Company Description:

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has been the birthplace of many dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine. As the nation’s first hospital devoted exclusively to caring for children, CHOP has fostered medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved the lives of countless children. Today, that same spirit of care and innovation continues. That’s why US News and World Report named CHOP in a first place tie on its Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals for 2011-2012.


Job Description:

Clinical Data and Analytics team provides that information that CHOP needs to improve the lives of patients. We are responsible for empowering users with data across the institution, providing a unique blend of clinical, technical, and analytical expertise. We believe that analytics and data can improve outcomes, optimize processes, and reduce costs. We hire smart, curious people who can bring together clinical, operational, and financial data and deliver insights.

What you’ll do

  • Independently manage projects from beginning to end
  • Create new data sets and build reporting/analytical solutions
  • Analyze healthcare data for key insights and deliver a summary of findings

We’re looking for people who

  • Can learn new techniques quickly
  • Are able to synthesize a complex problem
  • Are curious and pursue many interests
  • Are enthusiastic about change
  • Are motivated by mission
  • Communicate clearly
  • Are a team players
  • Have, or want to have, knowledge of at least one programming language (optional)
  • Have, or want to have, a basic grasp of statistical concepts (optional)

Co-Op Start Date – Mid January through June (6 months)

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Wednesday Workshop for 9/21 – Achievement Fund

This week’s Wednesday’s Workshop for First Year Students will focus on the CHC Achievement Fund.

Every year the CHC funds student travel abroad, internships, undergraduate research, conference travel, and many other educational enhancements.  It is the single most important source of financial support available to students in the CHC.  But you need to how it works, who can apply, and how to apply. We will also discuss the relative value of different kinds of educational enhancements, so you can begin thinking of an experience that can help your reach your career and educational goals.

Upper class students are welcome to attend as a refresher.

Washington Center Internship Presentation in the Great Hall

A representative from the Washington Center will be doing a special presentation for Honors College students in the Great Hall on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 from 6-7 p.m.

Cook Honors College students have participated in the TWC every year for as long as I can remember. Please plan to attend if you are interested in pursuing an internship in the DC. There are generous scholarship opportunities available as a result of the affiliation between IUP and TWC, and Achievement Funding may also support your participation.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has 70 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.  Visit their website at http://www.twc.edu/.

Send me an email (kevinb@iup.edu) if you plan to attend, so I can track interest.


The Washington Center Presentation at CHC

Kathleen Regan from The Washington Center will be on campus Monday, September 19 at 6 PM in the Great Hall to speak to CHC students about internship opportunities in Washington DC.

If you have a time conflict that day, she will also be holding an information session at the HUB Susquehanna Room on Monday, September 19, from 4:30 – 6:00 PM.

Many Cook Honors College students have participated in an internship and educational offerings through the Washington Center over the past 16 years.  Scholarships and the Cook Achievement Fund are available to help defray the cost of the program.


The Washington Center

Achievement Applications Being Reviewed for Summer and Fall 2016

If you are interested in applying for financial support for study or service abroad, an internship, or any other academic enrichment for the Summer or Fall of 2016, now is the time to act. If you are unsure about something that interests you or just need help with elements of the application or essays, contact me at kevinb@iup.edu.

Deadline for Achievement Fund Applications:  February 22, 2016

 Achievement Application Components

  1. Cover sheet and Signature page
  2. Personal statement (the resources below are very useful)
  1. Proposal for how funds will be used.  This includes:
  • A description of what the enhancement experience will be
  • A justification for this specific experience, why it is the next thing you should do beyond the classroom
  • A breakdown of costs in table form
  • Explanation of other funding sources that you have applied for
  • Status of arrangements: Admission status, whether preliminary arrangements have been made, deadlines, dates for funding, etc.
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Four-year plan

Full-Time Internships for College Students in Pittsburgh!

UPMC Internship Opportunities

Our Summer Associates program is an 11-week internship that exposes students to real-world business opportunities.

In the clinical and research areas, we offer internships for nursing students looking for hands-on experience and students who wish to gain experience in biomedical research or neurophysiology.

  • Student Nurses: Check back soon!
  • Student Research Training Program
  • Clinical Neurophysiology Program: Check back soon!

    Summer Associates

    The Summer Associates Program is a highly competitive, compensated summer internship for college students interested in business or technology related areas.    Learn more

Achievement Fund Applications Now Accepted for Spring or Summer 2016

If you are interested in applying for financial support for study or service abroad, an internship, or any other academic enrichment that you can justify for the Spring or Summer of 2016, now is the time to act.

Deadline for Achievement Fund Applications:  October 19th, 2015

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ELI – International Programs (Intern/Volunteer Abroad)

ELI – International Programs



Whether you are a student, a professional, or a retiree, there is a wide world to explore, with endless opportunities to learn and contribute. Welcome to ELI International Volunteers, a non-profit organization that creates volunteer and internship opportunities for the globally-minded seeking a travel experience that goes beyond the ordinary. Since its founding in 2001, ELI has worked with thousands of participants from 41 countries, providing them an amazing array of programs.

No other travel experience can offer so much. Experience a new culture from the inside, working side by side with the locals. Whether you have a year to spare, or just 10 days, we have a program that’s right for you, priced to meet even the modest budget, and backed by outstanding in-country support.