The summer following my sophomore year I did two leadership programs; one with Liberty Mutual and one with The Hartford Insurance. This was a great way for me to explore the companies without actually devoting an entire summer to them. They were both 3 day programs that were fun and extremely informative. Not only that, but they are a great way to get your name at the top of the list for potential internships. Coming out of these leadership programs, I already met recruiters, talked with managers and met tons of undergrads from all over the country.
By September of my junior year I had already interviewed and accepted an internship offer, while many of my peers were just getting started on their search. My advice to sophomore’s that don’t necessarily have an internship for the summer is not to stress out; instead apply to as many leadership programs as possible. It’s amazing how much you can learn about a company in just 3 short days. Not only that but the summer of my junior year I was able to come back to the leadership program as a mentor and talk about my experience. It was an amazing feeling being able to sit in the very same seat I was in a year ago and talk with students about my current internship and future career ambitions.