Student Spotlight

Each quarter, AIP likes to recognize a group of outstanding students who have excelled in their internships.

Spring 2016

  • Amara Tang

    Amara Tang

    Internship Organization and Department: City of San Diego, Public Utilities Department 
    Major/ Minor: Urban Studies and Planning    
    College: John Muir College    
      

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important lesson that I learned during my internship was how  beneficial it is to have skills that can develop good interpersonal relationships in the workplace. A lot of the times, I needed help to complete a task, and during those times, it was nice to have co-workers and supervisors who cared about me and were willing to help me. These interpersonal relationships soon developed into a culture of how I perceived my work environment and career satisfaction at the department I work for.  

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    The most memorable experience I had as an intern at the Public Utilities Department was organizing the 2nd Annual Employee Wellness Fair on June 1st. In addition to bringing in SHARP and other health-related vendors to provide health and benefit information, the fair was a space designed for employees to interact and engage with 1600 other employees whom they don't get to see on a normal basis. It was a fun event ranging from distributing giveaways, music, entertainment, and free food.  

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    My advice to other students (specifically graduating seniors) is to start applying for paid internships in December. For internships with the local government, it took about a quarter to secure. I applied in early December, interviewed in January, and then it took two months to process paperwork. Participating in AIP for Spring Quarter is the best time if you have the available electives, and even better if it is a paid internship. Then at the end of the internship, there may be opportunities for promotion once you graduate. After I graduated in June, I was offered to work in my position full-time for an entire year. 

    I also recommend you to work closely with your Faculty Advisor to write the research paper. I chose to complete the project which was a lot more fun for me because I was able to be more creative and use my skills to produce a piece that was unique but equivalent to the length of the research paper. 

    Would you recommend AIP to other students? Why?

     Yes, it's a great use of your time (work experience)!!!! I was able to take AIP for 8 units (working 22 hours a week at my internship), and I was paid by the hour. If you take it spring quarter of your fourth year (graduating senior), it helps you network and find employment opportunities after graduation. 

  • Diego Feliciano

    Diego Feliciano

    Internship Organization and Department: UCSD Department of Education
    Major/ Minor: Psychology/ Ethnic Studies & Education Studies
    College: Thurgood Marshall College

     

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    I found this internship to be very personal and empowering. I learned a lot about my own ethnic identity and the oppressions faced around the community I grew up in through the lens of Education. I would say the most important thing I learned was how to conduct research and professionally

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    My most memorable experience as an intern was connecting with my director on our project. Specifically, our long discussions about educational inequity. She truly opened my eyes on different approaches and I’m very grateful to be directed by such a bright and thoughtful person.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    I would say that 10 weeks is never enough so make sure to always question and try to have 1:1 (or even group meetings) with a faculty member or director. It is important to make your face known and to ask questions related to your intended career.

    Would you recommend AIP to other students? Why?

    Honestly, my AIP experience was the highlight of my second year her at UCSD. I was able to strengthen my professional, research, and educational background. To me it was most important to get connected with faculty who would provide themselves as resources in the near-future.

  • Jenny Nhan

    Jenny Nhan

    Internship Organization and Department: The Scripps Research Institute, Department of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
    Major/ Minor: Human Biology/  Human Development
    College: Eleanor Roosevelt College

     

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    During my internship, I learned the importance of developing strong communication skills. It was essential to present my research project in a confident manner, making strong eye contact and articulating with a strong voice. I was nervous in the beginning, but I learned to cope with it by preparing well and practicing my presentation numerous times with my mentor. 

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    Being able to approach science in such a unique, multidisciplinary fashion was the most memorable experience as an intern, because it expanded my breadth of knowledge in shaping research questions and discovering new solutions in my particular field of interest. When I was given the opportunity to present my research at the Experiential Learning Conference and the Biology Research Showcase, I was elated to share with the audience what my project was about. Their follow-up questions had demonstrated that my research mattered.  

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    Embrace this opportunity to network and form dynamic relationships with professionals and faculty members. You will find inspiration to become tomorrow’s innovator, researcher, or leader in your career goals. When you’re passionate about what you do, learning extends well beyond the classroom.

    Would you recommend AIP to other students? Why?

    I certainly recommend AIP to other students, because it is appropriately challenging and conducive to learning. One of the greatest aspects of this program is that no prior experience is required. Rather, AIP is intended to provide a foundation that enhances academic learning, personal growth, and skills development. 

  • Lauren Wong

    Lauren Wong

    Internship Organization and Department: Museum of Man Collections Intern
    Major/ Minor: Anthropology/ Literatures in English 
    College: Eleanor Roosevelt College      

     

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important thing I learned from my internship was to not be afraid to express your curiosity about the intricacies of their job field and to ask questions or for more opportunities to try different things. 

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    The most memorable experience I had as an intern was when I performed object maintenance on the Aztec steles and interacted with the museum goers and when I assisted in taking down the Primates exhibit.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    The most important advice I would give to other students is to not be afraid to put yourself out there and personally interact with your co-workers and supervisor. The internship is an opportunity to take a step outside your comfort zone, learn how to network, and explore what it's like to work in that field.

    Would you recommend AIP to other students? Why?

    I would definitely recommend AIP to other students. It's a long process throughout, but it's worth it for the experience and the skills I learned. I learned many things while applying for AIP and during the internship, important skills that I know will benefit me in the future.

  • Sean Paknoosh

    Sean Paknoosh

    Internship Organization and Department: Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Molecular Genetics & Cardiovascular Disease
    Major/ Minor: Biochemistry/ Cell Biology
    College: John Muir College   

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    Throughout my internship, I accomplished many different scientific skill sets which I applied in the lab on a daily basis. More importantly, I learned to appreciate and value the scientific research process as a whole and correspondingly learned how to be patient and organized in order to achieve meaningful results. I gained an appreciation for scientific research and the scientists in the field which I never had before. 

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    The most memorable moments to me were the many times throughout my internship where I was able to apply what I had learned in many different biology classes in a real scientific setting. 

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    My main piece of advice would be to make long lasting connections with your coworkers. Once the internship is complete, the connections you made with others while working is going to be the most valuable part of your experience.

    Would you recommend AIP to other students? Why?

    I would definitely recommend the AIP program to others because it gives one a chance to apply their studies in the field and consequently learn from the experts in the industry. Likewise, it can give provide many job opportunities in the future and give a student a sneak-peek of how their future jobs are like.

Fall 2015

  • Paula Pham

    Paula Pham

    Internship Organization and Department: The Scripps Research Institute, Cell and Molecular Biology
    Major/ Minor: Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    College: Muir College 

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important thing I learned during this internship is being able to communicate with your PI and as well as lab members as they are able to help you stimulate discussions to conceptualize your ideas.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    The most memorable experience was when I made a mistake in my control for the experiment design, and as such I had to repeat two experiments again.

    Despite, it taking extra time, I learned the importance of having a good experiment design. Also, one of the last experiments I did on my last day of the internship, and that to me was a nice farewell as it was one of the last bit of work I contributed during this internship.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an  academic internship?

    To take initiative in their internship and also to not be afraid to contribute your opinions.

     Would you recommend AIP to other students? Why?

    I would recommend AIP to other students, as the time of the internship is a good overview for students to not only gain work experience, but also allow for students to think about their own career direction. This internship is one of the opportunities that have shaped my interests in pursuing a career in research.

  • Victoria David

    Victoria David

    Internship Organization and Department: Focuscom
    Major/ Minor: Political Science-Public Law/ Business 
    College: Sixth College 

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important thing I learned during my internship was the value of collaborative efforts in a professional environment. Networking is vital to success in any career, but it is especially important in public relations. 

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    The most memorable experience I had as an intern was working with the staff on crisis management. This involved writing press releases and working directly with clients. Learning how to shape the way the public views a story was incredibly exciting. 

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an  academic internship?

    I would advise students interested in doing an academic internship to find an organization that aims to provide them with hands-on experience. Each day at Focuscom I had the opportunity to work on a different task for a new client. I never felt as if I were doing busy work, everything was a learning experience. Furthermore, I would recommend reaching out to the most recent hire to the organization. This person serves as a great mentor, especially since he or she may have just recently graduated. 

    Would you recommend AIP to other students? Why?

    I would definitely recommend AIP to other students, because it gives students the opportunity to use their education outside of the classroom. Students get the chance to utilize existing skills and gain new ones. The overall experience is incredibly valuable.

Summer 2015

  • Bianca Devoto

    Bianca Devoto

    Internship: Sandia National Laboratories, Occupational Health and Safety
    Major: Public Health and Global Health
    College: Sixth College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important thing I learned during my internship was to speak up. If you cannot confidently communicate with your superiors about issues or changes in a project, it is very difficult to collaborate and complete a project efficiently

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    The most memorable experience I had as an intern was getting to execute my experiment/project. I had spent so much time beforehand preparing my experiment and the necessary calculations. So, when I could finally perform the hands-on work and start the data collection, it was really exciting.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    I would advice other students to be diligent but flexible. It is important to hold yourself to a high standard and to produce quality work. But, you also have to be able to ask questions and adapt to potential changes in a project.

    Would you recommend AIP to other students?

    Yes, I would recommend AIP. AIP provides the opportunity to better understand the careers in your field of interest through first-hand experience. AIP allows you to learn valuable teamwork and communication skills in a workplace setting. It also opens up a network of professionals you can gain advice and learn from.

  • Codi Dantu

    Codi Dantu

    Internship: Gaslamp Events Management
    Major: Communication
    College: John Muir College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    There are two very important things I learned during my time at GEM, one was how to effectively communicate with my team and clients.Secondly, how to be detail oriented in my work, whether it was through constructing an email or through keeping notes of important details that needed to added in our client's database.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    The most memorable experience I had at GEM was when my boss took me to a marketing meeting with a client. I had the opportunity to sit in on a personal meeting and provide my input to help the client with their marketing strategies.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    1. Pay close attention to the dates of when you have to have your internship chosen by, as well as when the AIP paperwork is due. 2. Be proactive in seeking out the internship that you believe will best suit you and your career aspirations 3. Take time to do your research on the company, do not wait until the last minute to choose your internship program. 3. Try your best to apply what you have learned in the classroom to what tasks you are given in your internship role.

    Would you recommend AIP to other students?

    I would most definitely recommend AIP to other students because not only do you receive class credit but you learn valuable practical knowledge by being in the workforce. Synthesizing what you have learned in the workforce to what you are being taught in school is also very rewarding. The ability to relate theoretical knowledge to your role in your internship can be quite fulfilling in that you feel as if what you are learning in school can be related to your future career. Lastly, this is a chance to network and add your newly gained skills to your resume to give you a better chance in finding a job upon graduating!

  • Kevin Spiekermann

    Kevin Spiekermann

    Internship: Arytha BioSciences
    Major: Mechanical Engineer
    College: Earl Warren College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    Doing an AIP for Arytha gave me valuable lab experience by improving my organization, troubleshooting, and critical thinking skills. I learned to carefully plan my experiments before I ever went to the bench in order to minimize errors and improve my efficiency. I also learned how to analyze the procedure and data so I could optimize the experiment to improve its accuracy and precision. I find error analysis quite useful and am glad that working at Arytha developed that skill.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    My favorite part about interning for Arytha was its proactive learning environment. My coworkers’ enthusiasm shined while they worked, and their willingness to provide guidance and share their knowledge helped increase my productivity, created thoughtful discussions, and fostered a positive working culture.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    I’d recommend that other students participate in an academic internship so they can explore areas related to their discipline. Doing so should yield valuable experience and knowledge about their major and help them decide what subjects they may want to focus in.

    Would you recommend AIP to other students?

    Yes, AIP helped me get more out of my internship by providing opportunities to reflect and write about what I learned. This allowed me to be more organized as well as work on my presentation skills. Overall, AIP provided a productive experience that helped me better connect with my internship manager and coworkers.

  • Sarah Krueger

    Sarah Krueger

    Internship: Monarch School, Nonprofit Management
    Major: Sociology
    Minor: Public Service
    College: Eleanor Roosevelt College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important thing I learned was the importance of saying yes, even if I am nervous or unsure. I've learned that my personal success, as well as the success of my community, is dependent on my willingness to try new things, work with new people, and see things from a different perspective.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    As an intern at Monarch, nearly all of my most memorable experiences were when I was working directly with the students. Witnessing the effect of the work my supervisors and colleagues were doing to create opportunities for them was truly life changing. Seeing smiles on faces, and witnessing hope in the eyes of the students allowed me to connect the work I was doing to the mission of the organization. I realized that I was striving for something greater than just my own success.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    Don't be afraid to ask questions at your internship site, and really put yourself out there as someone who wants to learn and do more. At first I was nervous, but as I became more comfortable with that work I was doing, I began to delve deeper in my understanding of the work and expand my responsibilities. I asked tons of questions, and the reaction from my supervisors was always 100% positive!

    Would you recommend AIP to other students?

    Yes! In fact I would recommend it for more than one quarter if possible. My three quarter internship allowed me to really build relationships at my internship site. I was able to verify my passion for my career path and expand my knowledge of my field while gaining important hands-on experience before having to enter the "real" professional world. It was truly an invaluable experience! 

  • Svetlana Minassian

    Svetlana Minassian

    Internship: London Alley Entertainment, Production Office
    Major: Communication
    College: Eleanor Roosevelt College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    Teamwork. Being an undergraduate student means working alone on most, if not all of your assignments but during my internship I had to adapt to an environment that called for a great amount of collaboration.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    Going on set as a production assistant for a Coca-Cola advertisement. That was my first time on set and it was absolutely chaotic but thrilling!

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    You are backed by a prestigious research institution, utilize that! Go beyond your single informational interview, conduct more than one, go in depth. Ask questions that are for your assignment but that also genuinely interest you.

    Would you recommend AIP to other students?

    Yes, definitely! Regular internships are great for your resume and experience in general but an internship with AIP does that and allows you to immerse yourself in any facet of your industry.

  • Trpta Bains

    Trpta Bains

    Internship Organization and Department: Ionis Pharmaceuticals - Antisense Drug Discovery - Oncology
    Major/ Minor: Microbiology 
    College: Eleanor Roosevelt College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important thing I learned was to be proactive, resourceful, and organized to ensure that I knew the background information pertaining to the science, mechanisms, and techniques employed in the research field.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    The most memorable experience was being able to learn from, and connect with my supervisor and the other scientists at the company.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    My advice would be to put in your best effort, and you will get an excellent learning experience.

    Would you recommend AIP to other students? Why?

    I highly recommend AIP as it an excellent platform to set career goals for yourself and achieve them at an organization related to your major. It is also a great way to see if you would like to pursue a particular career.

Spring 2015

  • Trang Pham

    Trang Pham

    Internship: The Scripps Research Institute: Pearson Center for Alcohol and Drug Addiction (UCPA)
    Major: General Biology
    College: Earl Warren College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important thing I learned was to always have patience and perserverance, especially in a laboratory setting. You start with one question, and once you collect data, you now have ten more questions to answer. Research is a long process that is definitely worthwhile, but it does take patience.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    My fondest memory was when I was finally able to get perfect cuts using the Cryostat. It is a machine that cuts frozen tissue, but because of humidity or other conditions, the tissues would keep curling. It was a moment of euphoria and triumph when the tissue stayed flat!

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    To future AIP students, I think the best thing you can do is take every opportunity your internship offers and try to learn as much as you can. There are a lot of knowledgable people with a lot of experience in their particular field that offer priceless information for your future. Make connections within your internship, as this opportunity may be a great stepping stone toward your future career.

Winter 2015

  • Keili Fernando

    Keili Fernando

    Internship: La Jolla Playhouse
    Major: Communication
    Minor: Theatre
    College: Sixth College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    Creativity and teamwork are invaluable.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    The most memorable experience I had was when I attended the opening performance and the opening night party for The Darrell Hammond Project. This was the first time I helped out with planning an event of this scale. I focused on meeting press, posting on social media, and taking photos. It didn’t hurt that there was delicious food, beautiful decorations, and lots of energy too. It was definitely a night to remember.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    Do not be afraid to challenge yourself and show that you really care about the purpose of the company. Do everything with passion and effort; employers will take notice.

  • Alec Bahramipour

    Alec Bahramipour

    Internship: San Diego Superior Court (JusticeCorps)
    Major: Political Science & History
    College: Thurgood Marshall College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    I learned to listen effectively and provide accurate legal information to self-represented litigants, whom often struggled to navigate the complex legal system. Listening carefully was always the first and most important step in helping these litigants resolve their legal disputes. Through my internship, I promoted equal access to justice, while practicing and improving my listening skills.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    At the Hall of Justice, I helped an elderly man properly respond to an eviction lawsuit. After his court hearing, he returned to the Hall of Justice and thanked me profusely for my help. He explained, on the verge of tears, that he had kept his house and was no longer worried about moving into a homeless shelter.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    Learn as much as you can, whenever you can, from whomever you can. Be confident enough to try, but humble enough to ask for help.

  • Mary Guyer

    Mary Guyer

    Internship: Kazmi & Sakata Immigration Law Firm
    Major: Political Science
    College: John Muir College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important thing I learned was to not be afraid to ask questions. The only way you learn how to do better is to ask questions on how to do better.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    The most memorable experience I had in the Winter was when I submitted the completed case for a client; I filled out and completed all of the paperwork and wrote the legal documents that would supplement/explain the evidence in the case. It was amazing to be able to say I submitted a case to the USCIS.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    I would say that you should definitely go for it! It was a really amazing experience for me to do the internship, and you should try your hardest to use this experience to get a feel for what you want to do for your career; it's a really eye-opening experience that can help you out a lot in several parts of your life.

  • Zenaida Cartwright

    Zenaida Cartwright

    Internship: Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, Dermatology
    Major: Literature
    College: Earl Warren College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important thing I learned during my internship was the importance of knowing my audience and focusing my writing accordingly. 

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    My most memorable experience was finding out that a medical appeal letter that I had helped write was accepted by the insurance company, so a child's surgery would be covered. I really felt like I made a small impact and was able to see visual proof of that. 

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    For future AIP students, I would encourage you to not be afraid to try internships out of your expertise and comfort area. It's these types of experiences that allow you to expand your skills and grow as an adult entering the work field.

  • Vrinda Sant

    Vrinda Sant

    Internship: The Scripps Research Institute- Cancer Biology Lab, Immunology Department
    Major: Bioengineering -Biotechnology
    College: Eleanor Roosevelt College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    At the Cancer Biology lab, I learnt cell biology techniques and fluorescence microscopy and how to use them for drug discovery for stopping metastases. The most important lesson I learnt during my year long internship is the value of determination and patience in medical research. When you are researching, there are several times that you don't get the results you expected. At this point it is important to make a wholehearted effort to analyze the situation and consequently make progress.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    My most memorable experience came towards the end of my internship when I compiled all the information and experiments from my project into a final presentation. I felt a great sense of accomplishment to see how far the project had reached despite all the diversions and hurdles. As an undergraduate, being assigned a project to work on single-handedly was a great responsibility and so the progress made me feel a sense of academic achievement. Of course, this would not have been possible without the highly skilled and compassionate mentors at the DerMardirossian Lab.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    I think that participating in an academic internship is a crucial part of our education. It helps us apply the skills learnt in the classroom in ways that coursework doesn't allow. Therefore, during the course of the internship it is important to have a professional and flexible outlook, open to opinions and ideas. AIP is an excellent educational opportunity that brings together all resources that help you define the career specialization you want to pursue. 

Fall 2014

  • Audrey Maier

    Audrey Maier

    Internship: Mingei International Museum
    Major: Art History
    College: Roger Revelle College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important lesson I learned was the value of flexibility. Many times I was working on a project, but it needed to be abandoned to complete something which was more time sensitive. In addition, every day I went into the Museum I was assigned a different task which necessitated learning and honing new skills. By being flexible, it really allowed me to take in and learn from all of these different experiences without getting caught up with other projects that were in the background.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    My most memorable experience was the first time that I went into the museum's collections and got to handle art objects. I experienced a feeling of awe at being so close to these fantastic artworks. After seeing art on slides or on walls at a museum, being able to handle them is a powerful experience.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    One piece of advice which I found to be valuable was to get to know as many people in the workplace as possible. Sometimes it can seem intimidating to meet people other than your direct supervisor, but even making small talk with the ladies at the front desk or volunteer coordinator can teach you a lot about different opportunities and aspects of the workplace.

  • Patricia Dewi

    Patricia Dewi

    Internship:Genomatica, Inc.
    Major: Chemistry
    Minor: Business
    College: Thurgood Marshall College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important thing I learned during my internship is gaining direct hands-on experience with protein biochemistry and enzymology techniques (screening, purification, and characterization of enzyme candidate), as well as exposure to all aspects of a biochemical industry setting (communication, social, and teamwork skills).

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    The most memorable experience I had as an intern was attending team's happy hour, annual lunch, as well as company's annual Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas celebrations. Also, playing table tennis with my mentor after final presentations.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    I would strongly recommend participating in an academic internship during their undergraduate career. Besides it better preparing students for industry setting and building network, AIP has an excellent program that ensures its students learn the most out of it. I would advice being positive and open-minded in any opportunity. Attitude might just define the academic internship experience.

Summer 2014

  • Michelle Wang

    Michelle Wang

    Internship: GILT Groupe, Sales and Business Development for Gilt City
    Major: Cognitive Science, Human Computer Interaction
    Minor: Business Minor
    College: John Muir College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    I learned the most about what I want to pursue for my future career. I also learned how to work and communicate effectively with potential clients and coworkers.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    My most memorable experience was when I helped host an event put on by Gilt City SF with La Marca Prosecco with the Business Development Team. I was part of the partnership process, and also the event planning, which was a really exciting experience for me! I got bottles of free Prosecco, which never hurts! Another memorable experience was learning about the ins and outs of what goes into partnerships, and generating leads at a company I have followed for a long time. I love GILT, and working at GILT was a dream come true for me!

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    My advice is if you’re a student, you should find one summer, at least, to participate in AIP. Even though it’s an unpaid internship, the experience outweighs the negative of not being paid for a summer. These connections and skills I have developed this past summer are forever, so if you’re on the fence on doing an academic internship, I say try it out! You still get academic credit, which is always good. There’s a lot that can come out of an academic internship. I focused mainly on the relationships with the people I worked with, rather than how many hours I was clocking in and out. I believe, that in itself makes this past summer worthwhile.

  • Elle Bass

    Elle Bass

    Internship: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Human Resources
    Major: Psychology
    Minor: Business Management
    College: Thurgood Marshall College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    That Human Resources is a dynamic field that is ever-changing in response to both internal and external factors. This presents new challenges and opportunities to learn something new everyday.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    Watching the orientation program I had designed from the ground up over a period of 6 months come together in our final orientation run-through.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    Take every opportunity in your internship to learn something new; ask for more responsibilities and projects if your schedule allows, even if it's something you've never done before. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions. There is no shame in wanting to learn the right way to do something or to know more about a task.

  • Casey Parisi

    Casey Parisi

    Internship: ESPN Madison
    Major: Psychology
    College: Eleanor Roosevelt College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important thing I learned during my internship was how to network. I learned that building relationships with people is the most important thing you can do because once you build those connections, you will have more support and more opportunities to excel in whatever you want to. I still keep in contact with my coworkers at ESPN Madison because the network and relationship I have with them was the most valuable asset I had while out there.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    The most memorable experience I had was getting to cover Wisconsin Badgers Football. I got to go to all of the Fall Camp practices and take action photos of players, interview the coaches and players, and write articles. This was amazing because I have been a huge fan of the Wisconsin Badgers since I was little, and being able to work with them was more than I could have hoped for.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    If you want something, you have to truly work towards it. This doesn't just include putting in the effort for only the work you're doing. This includes going past your comfort zone and putting yourself out there. If there's a project or responsibility that you want, don't settle with simply completing tasks. Build relationships with your coworkers and other people you meet. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want. You may believe that getting a "no" is the worst thing you could get, but that's not true.The worst thing is not knowing. If you don't put yourself out there, you are going to be working in limbo. Who knows, maybe you'll get a "yes". But you have to over deliver and put yourself out there for what you want to do.

  • Hao Li

    Hao Li

    Internship: Wellspring Biosciences, Chemistry Department
    Major: Pharmacological Chemistry
    College: Roger Revelle College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    I think the most important thing I learned during this intern is I got this great opportunity to know more about the pharmaceutical industry.It's really exciting to learn the entire process of drug discovery and development. This internship firms my personal research interest and I have decided to devote into cancer research in the future.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    I think the best memory of this intern comes from the laboratory. Not only did I learn so much in the lab by doing experiments I was also very fortunate to work with a group of fantastic scientists. They are all very nice people and love what they are doing.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    My suggestion for other students is to look for things you really love during college years. When I was a freshman I had no idea what I could do after graduation. However, by taking several classes and talking with professors, I began to know more about my major and the entire field of life sciences. And finally by doing this internship I got the idea of what I really love to do for both graduate studies and future career. Therefore I believe it is very important to use every opportunity you could find to discover your personal interest. And an internship would be a very good one.

  • Connor Dryden

    Connor Dryden

    Internship: Silver Portal Capital, Economics Department
    Major: Management Science
    College: Earl Warren College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    One of the most important things I learned in my internship was to not get discouraged. There were times when my supervisor would be on a business trip and it would take some time to receive a response about what needed to be done or how something needed to be done. Initially discouraging, it was up to me to take the initiative and utilize company resources and work on tasks to the best of my ability.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    My most memorable experience as an intern was when I worked on an investment memorandum for a subject property in Lexington, Kentucky. I was able to take many of the concepts I had learned in the classroom and transfer them to the workplace. It was exciting to see my work praised by other members of the company.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    Because my internship was with a smaller company, I was able to communicate with senior partners more easily and they were very helpful when I had questions. If interning for the first time, I would recommend an internship at a smaller company because a smaller, collective work environment keeps everyone on the same page and it is easier to communicate with everyone in the company about objectives, progress and visions.

  • Maria A. Lemus

    Maria A. Lemus

    Internship: Natale Laboratory at the UCSD School of Medicine, Reproductive Medicine Department
    Major: Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    College: Sixth College

    What is the most important thing you learned during your internship?

    The most important thing I learned during my academic internship was the many valuable science lessons that are not taught in a classroom. With all of the hands on experience I realized that it takes a very long time to generate data, troubleshoot new techniques and write up a full analysis and conclusion for a project. Writing about science is one of the most difficult things I've ever done, and truthfully, all of my respect goes out to researchers for their hard work, patience and commitment. It is because of them that we've had many medical advancements and cures for diseases. Overall, research continues to be very important to me and I hope to continue my training as a medical researcher.

    What was the most memorable experience you had as an intern?

    The most memorable experience that I have from my internship is the day our department had a conference on the latest research on reproductive medicine. As an intern I was invited to attend the all-day event, and in this conference I was exposed to the most recent investigations on reproductive medicine. My supervisor was one of the presenters and I was able to see what type of contributions my work would make in the future. Furthermore I was able to network with other medical experts and researchers from all around San Diego. It was right then and there that I felt like a true scientist and researcher.

    What advice would you give other students about participating in an academic internship?

    I would recommend asking many questions and getting to know the members of the organization. In the case of a laboratory it is important to have a good connection with the Primary Investigator (PI), lab manager and all SSother members in the group. Communication is key in any work environment thus one must be able to communicate all questions, concerns and thought with those in the work sphere.

2009-2013

  • AIP Interns of the Quarter

    Eleanor Roosevelt College Recipients:

    Qing Gao, Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SU 2013)

    Daniel Engelskirger, San Diego City Attorney's Office (SP 2013)

    Gabriela Bernaldino, City of San Diego - Public Utilities Department (WI 2013)

    Diana Rabbani, HR&O Hiden, Rott & Oertle Attorneys at Law (FA 2012) 

    Justine Hufford, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce (SU 2012)

    Megan Alcalay, Center for Wireless & Population Health Systems (SP 2012)


    John Muir College Recipients:

    Romiana Khoury, Voice of America (SU 2013)

    AmyMcDonald, San Diego Union Tribune (SP 2013)

    Brandon Kuang, Project Concern International (FA 2012)

    Haley Perrotte, APA (SU 2012)

    Abhinav Mathur, Merrill Lynch - La Jolla (SP 2012)


    Thurgood Marshall College Recipients:

    Matthew Kucharski, General Electric (SU 2013)

    Lauren Chen, UCSD Student Run Free Clinic Project (SP 2013)

    Christine Hwang, Digital Operative (WI 2013)

    Mohammad Shahin, UCSD Division of Academic General Pediatrics (FA 2012)

    Brandon Katzer, San Diego Union Tribune (SU 2012) 

    Henrietta Movsessian, Office of the Alternate Public Defender (SP 2012)


    Sixth College Recipients:

    Robert Nguyen, Alice+Olivia (SU 2013)

    Laura Paraskeva, The Lambesis Agency (SP 2013)

    Avalon Roberts, Museum of Making Music (FA12)

    Evan Pauls, Jack in the Box (SU 2012)

    Diana Li, Lennd (SP 2012)


    Roger Revelle College Recipients:

    Peter Norris, Borden Dairy company (SU 2013)

    Francisca Shayo, La Jolla Bioengineering Institute (SP 2013)

    Ajan Kusari, San Diego Union Tribune (WI 2013)

    Kevin Yang, Optometric Vision Development Center (FA 2012)

    Jennifer Snow, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (SU 2012)

    Christopher Healy, The Scripps Research Institute (SP 2012)


    Earl Warren College Recipients:
     

    William Presant, San Diego Magazine (SU 2013)

    Gustavo Fernandez, AWM Global Advisors (SP 2013)

    Kirstie Chapman, The Lambesis Agency (WI 2013)

    Amber Glancy, NBC Universal - Universal City (FA 2012)

    Jacquelyn Davis, San Diego Padres (SU 2012)

    Cara Tan, Maxwell Technologies (SP 2012) 

  • AIP Interns of the Year, 2012

    Eleanor Roosevelt College Recipient:

    Thu Han Nguyen

    Healthy Within Foundation

    Faculty Advisor: George Koob

    John Muir College Recipient:

    Kimberly Nguyen

    Sandiego.com

    Faculty Advisor: Kathryn Shevelow

    Thurgood Marshall College Recipient:

    Anna Poon

    SAY San Diego Teen Court

    Faculty Advisor: David Lake

    Sixth College Recipient:

    Jeffrey Lane

    Kazmi & Sakata Attorneys at Law

    Faculty Advisor: Eric Van Rite

    Roger Revelle College Recipient:

    Kosal Sieng

    Hyundai Translead

    Faculty Advisor: Nathan Delson

    Earl Warren College Recipient:

    Alexandra Skiba

    Sony Computer Entertainment America

    Faculty Advisor: Ken Zeger

  • AIP Interns of the Year, 2011

    Eleanor Roosevelt College Recipient:

    Angelica Murillo

    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

    Faculty Advisor: Delbert Foit

    John Muir College Recipient:

    Kevin Benedicto

    Law Office of Tomas L. Gayton

    Faculty Advisor: Luz Chung

    Thurgood Marshall College Recipient:

    Anabel Jimenez

    Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

    Faculty Advisor: Eric Van Rite

    Sixth College Recipient:

    Etienne Renner

    Goodness 500, Inc.

    Faculty Advisor: Nancy Postero

    Roger Revelle College Recipient:

    Veronica Burnett

    NASA USRP—Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Faculty Advisor: Oleg Shpyrico

    Earl Warren College Recipient:

    Nicole Jones

    A Helping Hand Counseling

    Faculty Advisor: Gail Heyman

  • AIP Interns of the Year, 2010

    Thurgood Marshall College Recipient:

    Justice Castaneda

    Garfield High School

    Faculty Advisor: Issac Martin

    John Muir College Recipient:

    Joanna Cardenas

    Writers House Literary Agency

    Faculty Advisor: Stephanie Jed

    Roger Revelle College Recipient:

    Craig Hill

    Doan Law Firm, LLP

    Faculty Advisor: Darren Schreiber

    Eleanor Roosevelt College Recipient:

    Hannah Austin

    Robert Schlein & Associates

    Faculty Advisor: Patrick Patterson

    Sixth College Recipient:

    Yuhki Eto

    Daylight Technology

    Faculty Advisor: George Tynan

    Earl Warren College Recipient

    Kalli Wright

    Alliance for African Assistance

    Faculty Advisor: Everard Meade

  • AIP Interns of the Year, 2009

    Thurgood Marshall College Recipient:

    Jessica Mac

    La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology

    Faculty Advisor: Gabriele Wienhausen

    John Muir College Recipient:

    Rina Nakano

    Cable News International (CNN) Tokyo

    Faculty Advisor: Germaine Hoston

    Roger Revelle College Recipient:

    Demosthenes Morales

    La Jolla Bioengineering Institute

    Faculty Advisor: Jennie Beaver 

    Eleanor Roosevelt College Recipient:

    Nermeen Baseer

    Naval Medical Center

    Faculty Advisor:  Aaron Coleman

    Sixth College Recipient

    Mackenzie Guinon

    American Pig Brand

    Faculty Advisor: Cynthia Truant

    Earl Warren College Recipient

    Staci Ignell

    The White House: Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

    Faculty Advisor: Thad Kousser