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Jim Size
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Joined: Aug 10, 2010
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hello everyone,
i need one more year to finish my studies and i would like to know if it is a good idea to sign for a summer internship in a company.

courses i have finished: Java, data structures, DBMS, algorithms and a lot of mathematics,
since my major is CS & mathematics
i have also worked with a research team for developing a biometric software(in Java).

can you suggest me some companies that i probably should fit in?

any help would be great.
thanks

Henry Wong
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Jim Size wrote:
i need one more year to finish my studies and i would like to know if it is a good idea to sign for a summer internship in a company.


It is actually a no-brainer. Imagine going to job interviews (when companies visit during your senior year); all your classmates are going to talk about what they learned and other stuff. In your case, your other stuff gets to be actual experience.

Furthermore, some companies actually pays summer interns, while others use the internship to decide whether to offer full time jobs. In fact, you should have been trying out internships years ago.

Henry


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Jim Size
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well i had no idea for internships and thats why i posted, so i can learn...

secondly, how can someone apply for a internship when he is on his 2nd year of studies?
when you are on your 2nd year of studies you have done so few courses...

thanks for your helpful reply.

edit: do you really learn stuff about the work or because of the little time that you are going to stay in job they don't really give you informations about the work etc.

Campbell Ritchie
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Of course you will learn about their work. Some of it will be confidential, however. You will learn as much as you put the effort into learning.
Henry Wong
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Jim Size wrote:secondly, how can someone apply for a internship when he is on his 2nd year of studies?
when you are on your 2nd year of studies you have done so few courses...


Internships are based on relationships between your school and companies -- so your question is specific to your school's internship program.

For my school, at the time, I don't think there was an official internship program. So, in my case, it was a summer job -- and after my sophmore year, I worked as a turbo pascal programmer over the summer (and actually offered to stay on working hourly on weekends and in-between classes).

Henry
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You've probably taken a few programming courses by now. When I interview interns, I see whether they have learned from those courses and appear to have a desire to learn on the job.

And many internship have you doing real useful work. As I put it "we're not running a charity"; the goals are to get work done and maybe get a good entry level employee in a couple years. We almost always had our interns accomplish more than the time spent training them.


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Jim Size
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Joined: Aug 10, 2010
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thanks a lot for your replies.

can you please give me some company-names that probably i should fit in ?
because i am not studying in america and my university can't really help me.
if you got any information from previous experience with a company it would be great if you can share it (for summer intern of course).

i don't know if its eligible to talk about the "names".

the problem is that i don't know which companies are good to begin with on this step of my career.

thank you.
Campbell Ritchie
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I am afraid it probably isn't possible to give recommendations about companies. Sorry.
Pat Farrell
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Internships and the longer-term "co-op" are great deals for both the company and the student. As others have said, you get real world experience, its priceless. It makes you tons more employable. You learn a ton on the job, and can make some real money.

Even better, if you like the company, and they like you, in nearly all cases, the company will make you a job offer. While all your buddies are sweating interviews, you can relax.

I was a co-op, and got hired after my BS by the engineering firm that I co-op'd with. I got out in one of the biggest recessions in 50 years (at least up until this past one). I had a nice job at a great firm.

Highly recommended.
chris webster
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Talk to individuals at your university to see if they have contacts with people in industry - former colleagues/students, professional contacts etc - who might be able to give you some advice on internship opportunities or simply talk to you about your plans. Go along to your local Java User Group or other informal IT groups, join your national IT professional association as a student member and check out their local meetings or online groups for advice and ideas. Try contacting local companies who might be doing work in your area of interest.

Also, if you can afford to work for free or minimum wage, don't rule out small companies (or even charities): they may not have formal internship programs, but they are often much more flexible than larger organisations and may be very happy to use your cheap skilled labour for a couple of months, and you'll learn a lot about the real world of IT in the process.

Getting work experience during your degree is a great idea and will certainly help you later on, and it's a great opportunity to build up your own contacts in the industry.

Good luck!


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Jim Size
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thank you all for your help!

it really helped me.

Jim
alex yarm
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Actually got my first job through a summer internship during my university studies. Great opportunity if you can find one. I harassed a particular guy for three weeks before he gave in and let me have the internship
 
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