Internships Fireside Chat at P@CMU

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TLDR Internships are valuable opportunities for learning, networking, and gaining experience, and it is important to approach them with a focus on personal growth, building relationships, and developing transferable skills.

Key insights

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    The speaker is excited to share their experiences and learn from others, highlighting the importance of networking and collaboration in the professional world.
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    The interns have diverse backgrounds and experiences, coming from companies like American Express, Expedia, Amazon, Tick Tock, Nestle, and trip.com, showcasing the global nature of internships and the variety of industries they can be found in.
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    The speaker emphasizes the importance of understanding different work cultures and expectations in order to navigate the workplace effectively.
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    Building connections and networking in the industry is crucial for long-term success in internships and careers.
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    Internships serve as a crucial pathway for individuals to transition from a business background to a technical and business hybrid role like data analytics, providing a cornerstone for career transformation.
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    Building a strong network and learning from others has played a huge role in career growth and learning.
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    The skills you learn during an internship may change, but the relationships you build with the people you meet will remain valuable throughout your career.
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    Doing homework and research before meeting new people, especially senior experts, is crucial in order to have meaningful conversations about projects, roles, and hobbies. Starting with alumni connections can be a helpful strategy.
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    The key to maximizing your internship experience is to actively participate in intern groups, engage in communication tools, and organize events to create a vibrant and exciting community.

Timestamped Summary

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    Wear CMU swag to the office as a secret signal to connect with others and take advantage of every opportunity to develop transferable skills.
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    Approach internships with the mindset of valuing people over the company; a recent CMU graduate shares their experience as a product manager with 7 internships, emphasizing the importance of learning from others and avoiding embarrassing mistakes like joining a work call with an unprofessional camera setting.
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    The speaker had a mishap with deleted files during their internship, but their manager saved the day; also, they accidentally took someone's Sprite from the office fridge but got a pass.
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    Taking naps during internships can be advantageous, but be careful not to oversleep and embarrass yourself in front of colleagues and managers; the main goal of internships is to learn, gain experience, network, and secure a return offer for a full-time job after graduation.
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    Internships are crucial for gaining experience in data analytics and transitioning into the field, so focus on networking, develop transferable skills, and seize every opportunity.
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    Networking is crucial in internships for personal growth and expanding professional network, and setting a goal to reach out to one person every week is a good strategy for building relationships and learning about the field, company, and product.
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    Pay attention to company culture, network strategically, wear CMU gear for passive networking, and take advantage of opportunities to network with interns from other companies.
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    Networking and joining intern groups, participating in events, and dressing up can enhance your internship experience; explore local communities, connect with classmates, and find balance through exercise and indulging in food and music; writing daily reports aids self-reflection; ask questions, understand projects, communicate effectively, and align with stakeholders to improve performance and avoid mistakes.
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