F/ASIP Students Successful Despite Challenging Economy

By Rachel Greenberg, Assistant Director, Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP), Career Development Center

FASIP LogoDespite the tough economy and employers’ decrease in the number of internship positions available this summer, students in the Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) found great success in landing summer positions:

  • 91% of the 70 students who completed the first half of F/ASIP obtained internships or UROPs in their field of interest.
  • Employers include: Thomson Reuters, VMware, CombinatoRx, iRobot, Microsoft, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Xerox, Vertica Systems, CSN Stores, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, PricewaterhouseCoopers (China), Ben Gurion University, Siemens (Germany), and more.
  • Students are located across the United States, as well as in Belgium, China, Germany, Israel and South Korea.

Through conversations with students and employers, we have learned that some employers who traditionally only consider more experienced students as interns hired freshmen this year. Some employers even actively sought out freshmen as they anticipate lower full-time recruitment in the next year or two, but want to have students in the pipeline when the economy turns around.

F/ASIP students were prepared for and coached through their internship searches through one-on-one career advising and a series of seminars and assignments to assist students with their career and professional skills development. While completing their internships and UROPs this summer, F/ASIP students will enhance their learning by setting concrete goals at the start of the summer, reflecting on their professional experiences through journal assignments, and connecting with their alumni mentors.