This is part of a continuing series of "Summer Intern Chronicles" that Cape Cod Today will publish throughout the season. Many local college students undertake internship experiences during summer break. These internships can truly form a young person as a professional in their chosen career path. For many, the internship is their first work experience in the career they hope to pursue. These internship stories are intended to give the students an opportunity to share their experiences, showcase the work of their sponsoring organization and put in a plug for their college. The stories are written in the students' own words and published verbatim as submitted.
If your Cape & Islands or Plymouth organization hosts summer interns and you'd like them to participate, please email [email protected] and we will send you the project guidelines.
Caleb Ellis from UMass Dartmouth
My name is Caleb Ellis. I am from Sagamore and a rising junior at UMass Dartmouth. This summer, I am living at home and interning at a technology company, Convention Data Services (CDS), where I develop websites and applications.
Along with developing my technical skills, working at CDS has helped to improve my communication and time management skills. I would not have learned either of these skills in the classroom. Since working at CDS, I have become more aware of the expectations and skill sets required to work in the professional world. The experience I have gained with thinking logically will be immensely helpful when I return to the classroom. All the developers and my managers have provided so much guidance. I cannot give them enough credit.
I have lived on Cape Cod all my life and would love to keep it that way. After graduating, I would be very happy to find work on Cape. My advice to other college students seeking an internship is to aggressively study your craft. You should try to engage in learning a little bit each day. Try and gain knowledge by practicing the fundamentals and never stop building on what you already know.