For many students at UC Davis, the cornerstone of the career development process is an internship. Internships are work-learn experiences in a professional environment outside of the classroom where students can explore career areas, gain practical skills, and make industry contacts.
Internships provide opportunities to not only learn practical skills, but also offer chances to examine a work culture and the different styles that come along with it: how to work in a team or alone, how to dress, or how to work under deadline pressure. A recent study discovered that a quarter of the new hires by prestigious Fortune 500 companies had participated in an internship program while a student. The reward for caring enough about their future careers to spend the time and effort required by an internship was a full-time job after graduation.
Where to start:
- Internship and Career Center
The Internship and Career Center would be your first resource on campus. Register at their website to receive updates about internship listings, upcoming internship/career fairs, and recruitment fairs. You can also schedule an appointment to meet a career counselor to explore your career options or go to a workshop to improve your resume and interviewing skills. Broaden your internship and job search by focusing on the skills and qualifications the companies and organizations are looking for, rather than the specific job titles.
- The Internship and Career Center's Aggie Job Link is a great place to find both internship and career positions.
- Statistics Career Resources Page
This page provides information about how to find career positions, but it can be a helpful tool for finding internships as an undergraduate as well. There is a list of tools and websites to help you in your search. It also includes information about organizations that are currently hiring.
LinkedIn is a social networking site for professional networking. The Department of Statistics has created a LinkedIn group to better connect statistics alumni, current students, faculty and staff. You can join the department group.
- Washington Program
The Washington Program gives UC Davis students from all majors the opportunity to intern at one of hundreds o organizations in our nation’s capital, including internationally recognized research facilities, federal and state agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Some of the places in Washington DC where students with an interest in Statistics could intern include:
- Bank Information Center
- Federal Reserve Board
- Jefferson Consulting Group
- Congress Committee on Ways and Means
- American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
- Urban Land Institute Trade Information Center
- National Center Bureau of INTERPOL
- Center for Science and Public Interest
- Mathematics and Science Teaching Program (MAST)
Explore your interest in teaching with experience in K-12 classrooms. MAST sponsors three seminars for academic credit through which participants explore the teaching of math and sciences in a rigorous academic environment. MAST advisors also offers academic planning advice and information about multiple pathways to a teaching credential and about scholarships and financial aid for prospective math and science teachers.
Network with professors in the department. Ask a faculty member if she or he has any resources or advice for you. Even when you have secured an internship, you may ask a faculty mentor to supervise your internship projects so you can get academic credits for your experience.
Talk with your peers, ask what internships they have done and how they went about finding one. You would be surprised at the great insights you may gain from these conversations.
- Statistics Newsletter
Subscribe to this weekly e-mail newsletter to receive updates about upcoming internship and career opportunities related to statistics as well as other Statistics Department announcements. You can subscribe by e-mailing the Undergraduate Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.