Internships play a crucial role in the success of undergraduates at the start of their careers.
The Caltech Career Development Center has started a new program to connect firms with talented students. Alumni are a vital part of this effort.
Meet Aneesha Akram
Career Counselor for Internship Development and Advising
Tell us about your role at the Career Development Center.
The Career Counselor for Internship Development and Advising is a position funded by a group of Caltech alumni who believe that undergraduates benefit from a staff member in the Career Development Center whose focus is on helping students find internships and facilitating relationships with companies that can provide a topnotch summer experience for Caltech undergrads. In this role, I focus on developing relationships with employers to establish opportunities for undergraduates to obtain paid summer internships in STEM roles in industry and in business areas such as finance and management consulting. I work directly with students to help them in all phases of the process: creating a strategic search plan, preparing for interviews, and advising on issues such as finalizing the terms of an internship offer.
How do internships benefit undergraduate students and employers?
Internships impact an undergraduate student’s career development as they learn about an industry or field. Through internships, students have the opportunity to learn more about the practical applications of their knowledge. The hands-on experience students gain from an internship is unlike any classroom experience. Undergraduates have the chance to contribute to ongoing projects, collaborate with others, and learn from professionals through mentorship.
Additionally, employers are able to find and recruit the best talent from one of the top universities in the world. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship, where both employer and student are able to see if the company or organization is a good fit for their career goals.
How can someone offer an internship to a Caltech undergraduate student?
Whether your employer has an established undergraduate internship program or does not have a formalized internship program, contact me to learn about how your company or organization can get involved at Caltech to hire an intern.