Twenty rising sophomores are spending the summer completing career-related experiences through First-Year Forward, a program run by Hamilton’s Career and Life Outcomes Center. At the beginning of the year, these students committed to regular group meetings, career counseling session, and skill-building assignments. Their goals are to develop skills in communication, networking and interviewing, and to assess their own strengths and career interests. Internships this summer will help them to define and build toward career goals.
Claire Han ’19 is working this summer as a software development intern at Resource Systems Group (RSG) in White River Junction, Vt. RSG, Han explained, is “a consulting firm that offers services in transportation planning, market strategy, and custom software development.” Han, who is a prospective computer science major, aims to learn as much as possible about different aspects of software development. As an intern, Han said every day is a bit different, and she’s working on a variety of projects. Some of her work includes translating code, while other days she attends department meetings or participates in training. This means she gets to learn not only about software development, but about consulting.
Hometown: Grantham, N.H.
High School: Lebanon High School
Han believes that this internship will be extremely useful in determining her future career path. She explained, “I wanted this internship to learn more about software development and to see if this is the particular field that I am most interested in. I hope that by the end of this summer, I will not only have grown as a programmer and learned about consulting services, but I will also be able to decide if this field is something I would like to continue pursuing or not,” she said.
Han credits the First-Year Forward (FYF) program with preparing her for this internship. She explained that the skills she learned to create a resume, write a cover letter, and conduct interviews enabled her to get the internship she wanted. She also appreciates FYF’s guidance in developing career goals more generally. She commented, “I have learned so much from Janine (Oliver), the peer advisors, and counselors at the Career Center about gaining work-related experience and also about possible career paths.”
Her internship this summer should give her a head start down a career path related to computer science.