How I Got My Summer Internship: Networking Tips!

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Celeste, Internship, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC, Women In Engineering

It’s the beginning of April, and the crunch to get an internship is really hitting hard. This is the time where most people are finalizing their summer plans, and I was still applying to positions and doing interviews! I was pretty stressed, but then I got a call from an unknown number. I picked up, and was told “We would love to hire you as an Intern at Engie!”. I’m soooo excited to even get a position, and I’m especially excited to work at this company in particular. In this post, I’ll tell all of you how I got this position!

First, I went to the Viterbi Career Fair in the Spring. Before the Career Fair, though, I searched out Viterbi Career Gateway Portal for the companies that were coming to the Fair and I found Engie! Engie is an energy company that redesigns systems in school districts and federal buildings in order to make them more efficient and sustainable. I was excited by this, so I went and spoke to them at the Fair. The line was short, as the company is less well known, and I had a great conversation with the representative because I had researched them before and taken notes.

After the Career Fair, I followed up with the Engie rep that I had met and he promised to pass my resume off to the hiring managers! A few weeks later, when I hadn’t heard from him, I emailed him again and he was able to send me a job posting for an internship that he thought would fit my interests. I applied, got a phone interview, and got the job all within two weeks!!

On the topic of internships, I recommend going to the Career Fairs that Viterbi puts on, because meeting someone in person is sooo important, and using the Career Gateway to help you learn about the company! I also recommend keeping up with the representative. Keep emailing them! They won’t get annoyed, and they will remember you.

I’m so excited to work in Pasadena, CA this summer as a Project Delivery Support Intern for Engie, and I know I got this opportunity solely through the networking tips I gave above!

About the Author

Celeste is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering. She loves the beach, hanging out with kids, and listening to Bon Iver. Click above to find out more!

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