We have a team of experts and a process in place to find the right internship for you. Remember, guaranteed internship placement is a key element of our program—so you can be sure you’re going to get the hands-on experience you’re looking for.
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Every participant in the Boston University Summer Study Internship Program is guaranteed placement in an internship.
Your internship placement will be facilitated by the Academic Internship Council (AIC), an experienced, non-profit organization that has worked in partnership with Boston University for many years. AIC's placement team makes a considerable effort to match each student to an appropriate position and to support students throughout the internship on an individualized basis. The steps in the process are as follows:
- Defining your interests: You will participate in a Career Assessment Interview with an AIC representative, via phone. During this conversation, you will discuss your interests, skills, and experience.
- Finding the right internship: Based on the phone discussion, AIC's application, and your résumé, your AIC representative will conduct a search for relevant internships. Here, AIC’s expertise is key: having placed hundreds of students in internships, they have an extensive database of available opportunities and close contacts with many firms and organizations.
- Interviewing for the job: AIC will report its findings back to you and will forward your résumé to companies that might be interested in hiring you as an intern. When a company expresses an interest in your résumé and application, AIC or the company will contact you to schedule an interview. The number of interviews each student completes will vary. Each student must complete the interview procedure in order to be accepted by an employer for placement.
- Get to work: If you and your potential employer agree that you’ll be a good fit for their organization, you will then spend your summer gaining valuable experience in your field of interest.
AIC is the North American spin-off to European Study Abroad (“EUSA”), the European internship organization with which Boston University has had a relationship for over 25 years. Drawing from this experience, AIC is committed to providing high quality internships and other services. AIC has been working with the BU Summer Study Internship Program since it began in 2006. The sponsor database that AIC has built encompasses internships across a wide variety of industry sectors. AIC implements customized, academically directed student internship programs on behalf of institutions of higher education in the U.S. and abroad.
Kate's experience in internship and recruitment-based work includes national recruiter for the Association of State PIRGs focusing on experienced candidates, alumni involvement, and lateral recruitment. Prior to that she served as director of internships for American University in Washington D.C., where she oversaw the placement of 1,200 student interns for all Washington-based programs, including six summer and 40 traditional semester programs each year. Kate has also worked with the Close Up Foundation as their academic outreach and government relations manager. She received her doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. Kate also holds a master's degree from Eastern University in nonprofit management and a bachelor's degree from American University in international studies. As a student Kate participated in American University's World Capitals Program in Vienna, Austria.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Cynthia started her career working as a human resources coordinator for The Advisory Board Company, a consulting firm based in Washington D.C. Cynthia has always had a strong interest in global issues and people from various backgrounds, so her transition into international education was a natural career shift. She began by teaching English abroad in Germany, and then returned to the U.S. to work with exchange programs at CIEE. Immediately prior to joining the AIC team, Cynthia was the Center director of the English Language Center, an ESL organization located in Boston. Her experiences working with international students and in human resources naturally lend themselves well to AIC's mission.
AIC provides support to Summer Study Interns throughout the duration of their time at Boston University.
Throughout the program, the placement team will present and facilitate workshops dedicated to a variety of topics, including: goal setting, résumé writing, interviewing skills, networking, and making the most of your internship.
Review and Evaluation:
Your internship experience will be monitored through a mid-term review and a final evaluation from your internship sponsor. The placement team provides guidance and troubleshooting to employers and students throughout the internship.