Chapman Students Take on Summer Internships

About 42% of graduating seniors leave college with an internship under their belt, according to an annual survey of 311 ranked colleges by U.S. News.

No wonder internships are so popular: they look great on resumes while giving students a chance to gain hands-on experience in real world jobs, sometimes even leading to a full-time job offer. (Extra bonus if it’s a paid internship!)

Some Panthers pack their internship experience into the summer months, working full-time while others are recuperating from the past academic year and recharging for the next one. Read on to see how four students are making use of summer 2018 with internships!

Jacob Chobanian

Internship: Legal Intern at California Resources Corporation

Year: Junior

Major: Political Science

Courtesy of Jacob Chobanian

Where are you interning this summer?

I will be interning for the second year in a row at California Resources Corporation (CRC), which is a publically traded oil and natural gas exploration and production company, as well as the largest oil and natural gas producer in California. I will be a paid legal intern, working mostly in the realm of regulatory related issues under the head attorneys.

How did you find out about this internship?

A family friend of ours works in this field.

What made you want to intern there?

Aside from the appeal of this position being my first “grown up” title in an office, I wanted to get a head start on what my career will hopefully be in the future.

What was the hiring process like?

Before this job, I worked at Six Flags, where I was accustomed to the more lax hiring process, but this was not the case when applying for this position. This internship required a few more forms as well as two additional interviews before my acceptance offer was sent out.

Do you have any advice for people looking for internships?

My advice is to remain proactive in the recruiting and hiring process. What I mean is to continue to reach out to companies by showing your interest and eagerness in waiting to hold a position in their company. Also, utilize “LinkedIn” as it can help companies sort through applicants quicker.

Madeline Chew

Internship: Lab Intern at Oregon Health and Science University

Year: Junior

Major: Biological Sciences

Courtesy of Madeline Chew

Where are you interning this summer?

I am working in a molecular genetics cancer research laboratory as a paid intern at the Oregon Health and Science University. I will be working with other lab members to run the lab’s ongoing clinical trials. This includes: screening eligible patients for the studies, consenting patients to the studies, phlebotomy certification to collect blood samples, and processing of blood samples and isolating DNA.

How did you find out about the internship?

The principle investigator of the lab lives in my neighborhood, so I contacted him directly asking if he had any positions available for undergraduate students.

What made you want to intern there?

Not only was the research lab relevant to my area of study at Chapman, but this particular molecular genetics lab is one of the most renowned labs in the field of cancer research.

What was the hiring process like?

After emailing the principle investigator, I went to his office for a one-on-one interview. For the first few weeks working in the lab, I shadowed different people working on different projects. Then, I had to go through intensive in-person and online training since I would be working with human patients.

Do you have any advice for people looking for internships?

Put yourself out there. Don’t be afraid to contact people advocating for your interest in an internship. Go for it, you have nothing to lose!

Madison Hanley

Internship: Marketing and Design Intern at Hedon Beer Brewing

Year: Sophomore

Major: Business Administration, Emphasis in Marketing and Graphic Design Minor

Courtesy of Madison Hanley

Where are you interning this summer?

Hedon Beer Brewing in Lake Balaton, Hungary. As a marketing and design intern, I will be responsible for a variety of tasks that target semester abroad students and American and British tourists. My duties will range from revamping their website, social media and merchandise while also planning special events.

How did you find out about the internship?

While studying abroad in Prague, I went on a weekend trip to Budapest where we met up with a family friend of one of my travel buddies. He and his business partner took us out to dinner and we got to talking about the grand opening of his tap room nearby. They expressed their need for graphic designers and I asked if they had an internship program.

What made you want to intern there?

I wanted to intern at Hedon Brewing because of the wide range of intern control and unique learning environment. I am grateful and excited to continue exploring the world all while strengthening my professional business skills.

What was the hiring process like?

After our dinner, I had an informal interview the next day and presented my resume. He offered me the job on the spot!

Do you have any advice for people looking for internships?

My best advice is to be adventurous! Until you put yourself out there and start up a conversation, you may never discover relationships that could land you a new friend, or even a job later down the line.

Amy Lam

Internship: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Intern at SLAC National Laboratory

Year: Junior

Major: Physics

Courtesy of Amy Lam

Where are you interning this summer?

I’ll be a SULI (Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships) intern at SLAC national laboratory operated by Stanford University. I’ll be working with a mentor doing research in Lithium-Sulfur batteries.

How did you find out about this internship?

I’ve known about the SULI program for a while. I also learned about it through the newsletters from APS (American Physical Society).

What made you want to intern there?

I’m thinking about applying to chemistry graduate programs after Chapman, so I wanted to explore the opportunities at SLAC. I want to get a sense of the different kinds of projects I could do in the physical chemistry field. Also, the physics research at Chapman leans more towards theoretical physics. I’m hoping to engage in more experimental methods, which is why I wanted to look for opportunities outside of Chapman.

What was the hiring process like?

The application for SULI was online. I answered a series of essay questions that highlighted my research experience and extracurriculars. Recommendations were also required by professors knowledgeable about my academic capabilities and work ethic.

Do you have any advice for people looking for internships?

Apply to many places. Programs are getting more competitive and impacted. Also, don’t get discouraged by rejection. The first year I was at Chapman and applied to summer programs, none of them accepted me, but now I have the opportunity to do research with scientists at a national laboratory! Use the time that you would have spent doing the internship expanding your portfolio or curriculum.

Anna Wilson

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