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Freshmen/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP)
The Freshmen/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) provides MIT freshmen the opportunity to develop competencies in career exploration, communication, professional etiquette, and internship search skills. This graded seminar style course teaches first year students how to acquire internships for the summer after their freshman year and to complete them successfully. F/ASIP begins during IAP of the freshman year and continues throughout the spring semester. Internships occur the summer between freshman and sophomore year.
F/ASIP provides the opportunity to develop:
Self-Assessment and Career Exploration Skills
- Identify your interests, likes and dislikes; abilities, strengths, skills and talents; and work values/needs.
- Assess how your potential career options incorporate your interests and preferences, abilities and talents, and work values/needs.
Professional Etiquette and Communication Skills
- Demonstrate effective communication skills.
- Demonstrate and evaluate your ability to get along well with others and work effectively with them in groups.
- Recognize the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behavior in specific work situations.
- Demonstrate the ability to seek assistance (e.g. with problems at school or work) from appropriate resources including other people.
Job/Internship Search Skills
- Recognize that career planning to attain your career goals is a lifelong process.
- Describe how to develop a career plan (e.g. steps and content) and identify your short-term and long-term career goals (e.g. education, employment, and lifestyle goals).
- Demonstrate the ability to use different types of career information resources (i.e., occupational, educational, economic, and employment) to support career planning.
- Identify occupations that you might consider without regard to your gender, race, culture, life roles, or ability.
- Demonstrate the following job seeking skills: the ability to write a resume and cover letter, complete a job application, interview for a job, and find and pursue employment leads.
- Identify ways to be proactive in marketing yourself for a job.
F/ASIP Time Commitment
F/ASIP is a credit bearing program that has two parts. The first part of F/ASIP is SP.800 (3 credits) and it runs during the month of January and through the early part of the spring semester. It consists of online webinars, in- class instruction and homework assignments to help freshmen with their career exploration, internship search and preparing for their internship or research summer experience. The second part of F/ASIP is SP.801 (3 credits) and it runs from the summer to early fall semester. SP.801 consists of online webinars and reflection assignments to guide students through their summer internship or research experiences. In addition, the last part of SP.801 prepares students for the Fall Career Fair and launching into their sophomore year internship search.