Welcome to the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences’s Internship blog! Over the next few weeks we will feature several students within DEOHS who are completing internships in the field.
How Did You Get Your Internship?
Intern: Annika J.
This is actually quite a funny story.
I applied to a position as a Project Assistant at the UW Sustainability office in early Fall 2016. After a great interview, I was not selected for this position after another candidate outweighed me with their skills and experience. I personally thought I connected with my interviewer and thought the interview went very well, so I was disappointed to learn I did not get the job. After my interviewer told me that the position had been offered to another candidate, she told me to contact her in the future for any available position in her office.
Time went by and I started applying to different internships to fulfill my graduation requirement for my degree. I applied to about 2 internships a week and had some interview offers, but was looking for the right opportunity where I could fulfill my internship requirement at an organization that met my interests.
As summer approached, I started to get nervous. I wanted to have an internship settled before summer and I did not have any leads. I started to think about other places and ways I could find an internship. I remembered the UW Sustainability office and I decided to shoot an email to my interviewer from fall. Even if she turned me down for a position in her office the first round, I was not going to let my pride take away an opportunity that may lead to an internship.
I sent her a message and I patiently waited for her response.
She emailed me back the next day and she told me that she needed an Environmental Health Intern for her office. From my past interview with her, she said I was a perfect candidate for her intern position. So, I was selected for this exciting opportunity to be a UW Sustainability and Environmental Health Intern.
This opportunity has taught me “don’t give up” and to “always stay persistent.” I may have been rejected once, but it didn’t mean that the interviewer didn’t like me as a candidate. The position I have now is actually a better fit for me than the position that I had applied for in early fall. Always email your supervisors for a follow up and do not be discouraged if you don’t get a position on the first round.
For future Environmental Health Undergraduate students, I strongly recommend you apply to as many positions as you can but also make sure that you will enjoy the internship as well. This internship is not only a graduation credit but it is also an opportunity for you to really explore your future career.