F/ASIP IAP Symposium

Laura Perrigo, Career Assistant, GECD

For 17 years, the Freshmen/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) has helped freshmen explore career options and hone professional and internship search skills. F/ASIP is a nine-month credited course, running from January to September. The program kicks off during IAP with a full-day symposium for participants, followed by seminars throughout the spring semester and internships in the summer.

The F/ASIP IAP Symposium offers students self-assessment activities and exploration; LinkedIn training and profile building; library tips on researching companies and industries; internship search strategies designed specifically for freshmen; and opportunities to meet F/ASIP alumni.

This year, a total of 52 freshmen, seven F/ASIP alumni, and MIT librarians Howard Silver and Jennifer Greenleaf participated in the symposium. One student commented, “I found the Alumni Panel and LinkedIn Lab most helpful. The alumni provided useful advice for interviews and networking during career fairs, while Lily Zhang from GECD taught me new ways to connect with people and groups on LinkedIn.”

Based on student feedback, the F/ASIP symposium was very successful:

  • 93% of participants thought their understanding of the career development cycle was stronger after attending the panel. 
  • 100% of participants found the opportunity to talk with MIT alumni and GECD staff helpful.
  • 100% of participants thought they had a better understanding of how to use online resources to find internships, as well as better knowledge of LinkedIn.

Participating F/ASIP alumni included: Anthony Chen ‘09, senior software engineer at Carbonite; Pawan Deshpande ’06, founder and CEO of Curata; Diandra Drago ’11, director of talent acquisition at Vecna; Jennifer Fang ‘05, associate at Goodwin Procter; Jean Lu ‘05, senior Investment consultant for Cambridge Associates; Boris Paskalev ’03, senior manager of business development at Vistaprint; and Marina Zhurakhinskaya ‘01, community engagement lead at Red Hat.