Exploring Summer Internship Opportunities

Posted on February 10, 2014.

As we approach Spring Break, students and parents are focused on securing a summer experience that will further define career goals and help pave the way to employment following graduation. This can be job shadowing plans, an internship (paid, for academic credit or both), a paid summer job related to career goals, volunteer/mission work, travel or summer classes/conferences that will further develop skills and connections. Last month we shared a link that showcased summer internships and would like to share another link to highlight Alexander (Alex) Nelson’s internship last summer with the Communications and Human Resources departments at Caterpillar Corp. in Raleigh. Alex is a junior from Clayton, NC majoring in Communication with a focus in Journalism. Anyone at HPU who has met Alex knows that he personifies the term “southern gentleman,” and that he is viewed by peers and adults as a leader and role model on campus. Alex’s paid internship capitalized on his leadership qualities with the chance to coordinate/manage the summer internship program for 30 college interns across four different facilities for the Caterpillar Construction Projects division. View Alex’s internship highlights here.


If your student would like to explore summer opportunities and discuss effective search strategies, we invite him/her to make an appointment with Career & Internship Services by emailing our Office Manager, Jen Paolino at Also, please encourage your student to attend our Spring Career & Internship Expo from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday March 13. Representatives from over 40 organizations in business, media, human services/non-profit and government will be available to speak with students about summer opportunities, internships for next fall and permanent employment. Students can view a complete list of participating organizations by visiting our webpage and registering on PantherLink –

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