The 4 Steps for A Freshmen Internship

The 4 Steps for A Freshmen Internship

Freaking out about landing a summer internship? This guide is for you!


Like most freshmen, I was very so utterly lost and overwhelmed when I started to look for internships in my spring quarter of my freshmen year. Safe to say it was a very rough beginning. My resume looked awful, I didn't know handshake (UCLA's career portal) even existed, and overall did not have a clue on what I wanted to do career-wise. Fortunately, with a lot of trial and error, tears, and the help of amazing mentors and friends I was able to catch a finance internship opportunity with an EB5 company. And here are the steps I've learned in this process:


It is never too early to apply to anything! In fact, most larger companies with freshmen internship programs close their recruiting cycles early on in winter quarter. Which is why these internships tend to be less competitive because most freshmen don't know about them! Which is why you should definitely apply early on.


For resumes, I found that the most effective way to create a professional resume is to ask for help from upper-classmen friends who have experience with writing resumes. Initially, I tried following resume formats that I found online but realized that they were very disorganized and in a less appealing format to recruiters. In addition to resumes, it is so important to have a professional looking LinkedIn as it is not only a way for you to find internships, but for recruiters to reach out to you.


I, unfortunately, did not find out about my school's career portal, Handshake, until after I found an internship. It is such a great method to apply to internships since companies are specifically looking for students at your school, unlike LinkedIn where people from all schools can apply.


As most freshmen come to realize in a panic, it's very difficult to find internships that want freshmen. This is why it is so important to attend internship fairs and recruiting events. Attending these events let your campus recruiters know that you're interested in their company so that even if they are looking for upperclassmen, they will definitely notice your name on a future application. Also, these people could potentially refer you to other firms which is what fortunately happened for me. At a UCLA careers event, I talked to a recruiter who was only taking sophomores and above that year who was great enough to refer me to the EB5 company that I ended up interning at.

At the end of the day, don't stress too much on landing a summer internship freshmen year. This should be a fun experience where you get to explore career opportunities so try to enjoy the rough ride!

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone


For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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