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May 3, 2010 found Adriano Medina when he posted a note about his love of internships on our Facebook page. See, Adriano is now doing his SIXTH internship. He loves the experience, and he loves talking about the value he finds in doing internships. So this blog, and two more to follow, come from the man who knows about internships.

Adriano is currently a student at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. He is a History major with a minor in Economics, and plans to graduate in May of 2011.

Q: During what semester did you do your first internship?

I did my first internship in the fall semester of my sophomore year. I thought I’d settle in during my freshman year and then do an internship the following year—once I knew the ropes of college life and got the hang of it.

Q: What is your ultimate career goal or dream job?

My all-time career goal is to work for a bulge bracket investment bank. Bulge bracket refers to a big bank like J.P. Morgan & Co., Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, UBS,etc.

Adriano hard at work

Q: Why do you feel it is important to do multiple internships? Said another way, how are these internships going to help you achieve your career goals?

The industry I want to enter is competitive. I knew that from the start. Investment banking became my career goal after reading the Vault Career Guide to Investment Banking. This little book completely changed my career goal, and these internships have given me the real world experience I need to work towards my ultimate goals. I have gained an array of computer skills, improved my communication skills, and learned so much.

Also, the internships have made me a competitive candidate with a sexy resume. In addition, having done the internships is rewarding, and the networking is so important. I met great people, who were always willing to help and teach me. The experiences I have obtained from these internships will stay with me forever.

Q: What advice do you have for students who intern during the school year about juggling an internship, school work/classes and possible other part-time work?

During my fall 2009 semester I did two part-time internships (Merrill Lynch and U.S. Dept. of Commerce), and I was a full-time student taking five classes. I also had a part-time job at Starbucks on the weekends. Even though I was extremely busy, I did well in my classes and made the Dean’s list. It was tough, but if I can do it, anybody can. My advice for students who juggle an internship, class work and part-time work is to establish priorities and forget about procrastination. Focus on your classes whenever you are free from your busy schedule and yes, you may be tired, but once you get through, it will so pay off. I would honestly say: focus more on a class you’re weaker in versus a class you are strong in. Also, try to find some time for your friends and have a bit of a social life. If you are super busy you probably won’t get to go to the club every Thursday or Friday night, but it’s still important to interact with your friends and family.

Read part 2 of Adriano’s interview here.

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J. May 4, 2010 at 12:47 am

I really admire this dude — internships, school, part-time work, and a social life at the same time?! I’m also planning to graduate next year, but I have only done two summer internships and two on-campus jobs ever since college. Before reading this article, I never intended to apply for internships for the school year since I thought I’ll be too busy studying. But if I procrastinate less, I believe I can take on some internships during school and further advance my career goals.


Monica May 12, 2010 at 11:12 am

I already graduated and a month after, I got a job in my career, all thanks to the last internship I did while in college. It wasn’t exactly there, but someone who I worked with there recommended me for this job and I immediatelly got it.
Every year I had a internship, except during the summer because I would go back to my country or something. You can get great hands-on experience if you really look for the right one – not the ones that have you make copies and fetch coffee all day.
My advice is to explore all areas, thats how i found out that my real passion was marketing, because I did so many internships in my field – radio at Sirius Satellite Radio, Television at Univision, Event Planing at my local YMCA, etc.
So try different areas of your major so when you graduate you apply – and hopefully get – the best job for you!


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