Superior Preparation | Extraordinary Results
"The Career Development team searched day and night for high-caliber internships that could provide good foundations for our careers. They made sure we found an internship we were excited about and that would help us understand the sector we were exploring."—Brenda Ponton, MESM 2013
Professional experience allows students to learn about a particular field, develop contacts, and apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations. In fact, practical experience ranks at the top of the list of what employers like to see in job candidates. Most employers look unfavorably on potential employees who come out of a professional graduate school without internship experience.
The Bren School places a strong emphasis on professional experience, and typically all MESM students complete an internship during the summer between their first and second year. The Career Development team works closely with students to help them secure rewarding internships in various sectors and organizations, and in locations across the U.S. and the world, depending on their interests and career goals.
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Michael Millstein (MESM 2016) in the office at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he worked on energy-efficiency projects for UCLA Health through the EDF Climate Corps Fellowship Program.
During her internship with The Nature Conservancy in Block Island, RI, Erica Felins (MESM 2016) holds an American eel that is making its way back to the ocean to spawn. "We found super-cool stuff — both expected and unexpected!" says Erica. She worked with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to monitor The Great Salt Pond's juvenile fish population.
David Gruen (MESM 2016) is seen fly-fishing on the Yellowstone River in Montana during Intern Day with his internship organization, Trout Unlimited, and Montana Aquatic Resources Services.
Jane Ballard (MESM 2016) removes invasive Arundo donax from the Santa Clara River. Her summer internship with the UCSB Marine Science Institute's Riparian InVasion Research Lab was an extension of her Master's Group Project on Arundo.
Read stories about international summer internships from years past:
Building a Coral Nursery in the Dominican Republic
Water Issues in New Zealand
On the Road in Southern Chile
Trial by Fire in London and other international internships