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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 nine-month commitment from January through September. Because F/ASIP can only accommodate a small percentage of the freshman class, we look for students who are willing and able to commit to full participation to the program.
Although the amount of time required for seminars and assignments are appropriate for the number of credits awarded, F/ASIP is still a time commitment that requires effort. In addition, students will need to dedicate time to their internship search.
In light of this information, consider the following before participating in F/ASIP:
- Am I able to commit to the program from January - September?
- Am I able to commit to completing assignments on time?
- Am I in solid academic standing or should I focus my time and effort on my academic courses in the spring semester?
- Am I willing to dedicate time outside of F/ASIP seminars to my internship search?
- Will I communicate with the F/ASIP staff if I have any challenges along the way and will I seek out assistance as needed in my internship search?