BEVERLY, Mass. - The semester-long internship is one of the essential pieces of Endicott's experiential learning model which includes two 120-hour internships, a semester-long internship, and senior thesis. In essence, it gets undergraduate students career ready with a loaded resume geared towards whatever their postgraduate endeavors may be.
One of the members of the Class of 2018 for the Gulls women's ice hockey program - while balancing strength and conditioning programming, captains practices, official team practice, and the start to her 2017-18 campaign - has completed her semester-long internship. Alicia Steeves (Chelmsford, Mass.) gave us an insight into her experience working in her desired profession through our new question and answer series.
Semester-Long Internship: Congressman Seth Moulton's District Office in Salem, Mass.
Previous Internships: Thomas E. Smith Foundation, iRobot Corporation
What inspired you to pursue an internship at this organization or what inspired you to go into the specific industry in which you are working?
I decided to pursue this internship opportunity because I saw it as a chance to learn first-hand how the government functions on a day to day basis. Additionally, Congressman Moulton has created a culture of service in his career and within our team and it truly shows in the work we do. Above all, this internship gives me a platform to try to help people and to make a difference.
What were some of your most meaningful experiences on the job and what did you learn?
One of the most valuable parts of this internship is it has given me the opportunity to have in-depth discussions with full-time staff members, including the Congressman's Chief of Staff, and Congressman Moulton himself, about how they started their careers and how they have progressed to their current position. The people I work with are willing to let me pick their brains so I have tried to be a complete sponge and absorb all of the information and learn from the experiences they have shared with me.
How did your internship help clarify your postgraduate career pursuits?
This internship has strengthened my desire to pursue a career where I have the ability to help others. I enjoy going into the office every day because I know the work I am doing is making an impact on people's lives. Specifically, my experience at Congressman Moulton's office has helped to solidify my desire to go to law school so I can further my education and continue to pursue a career that will allow me to have an impact on people's lives.
What advice would you give students that are either just starting the internship program at Endicott or students that will be going on semester-long internship?
The one piece of advice I can offer to students who are starting an internship is to make connections with the people you work with. The relationships you are able to form with both your fellow interns and the full-time employees will be incredibly valuable to you in the future.
The Endicott Experience feature aims to highlight the entirety of the student-athletes' experiential learning journey throughout their academic careers. The student-athlete at Endicott is afforded the same opportunities as the general student population at the College as it relates to internships, study abroad, and postgraduate career pursuits. This philosophy mirrors the mission statement of the College which every student is encouraged to take intellectual risks, pursue scholarly and creative interests, contribute to the community, and explore diverse career paths. Read more Endicott Experience features by navigating the links below.
INTERNSHIP: Fall 2015 | 2014-15 Internships | Fall 2016 Semester-Long | Gulls "Learn By Doing" On Winter Break | 442 Student-Athletes Complete Internships During 2016-17 Academic Year
STUDY ABROAD: Studying Abroad as a Student-Athlete at Endicott | James Dwyer Focuses on Opportunities Abroad in Switzerland with Les Roches Global Hospitality | Endicott Student-Athletes Study Abroad in Asia | Holly Erbe Studies Abroad in London, Paris, Amsterdam | Andrea Courtemanche Gains New Perspectives Through Study Abroad Trip |
ACADEMICS: Emily Sharpe and Eric Owens Balance STEM and Sport at Endicott | Kendra Walters, Creating Her Own Happiness Through Art at Endicott
CAREER OUTCOMES: Internships Lead To Career Outcomes | 2015 Graduates Find Immediate Success in Job Market