Hello grad students! We are excited to share with you our second installment of True Stories. The purpose of the series is to share DU student internship experiences to help prepare you for your upcoming summer jobs/assistantships/internships. Last time we featured Ben Lampert, a master’s student majoring in sport and performance psychology who interned at Rivermend Health Wellspring Camps. In this installment we are showcasing Ashley Bartlett, a highly motivated higher education master’s student who completed two internships last year.
Intern: Ashley Bartlett, second-year master’s student in higher education
Employers: Arapahoe Community College: A two-year college in the greater Denver area offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs.
Suitts Graduate and Alumni Career Center: Operated by the Daniels College of Business, this center offers opportunities for graduate students to explore career options, prepare for interviews, and advance professionally.
What she did
Arapahoe Community College (ACC): I worked at ACC as an academic advising intern where I assisted with database management and academic advising for scholarship students in effort to increase retention and persistence of these students.
Graduate Intern at Suitts Graduate and Alumni Career Center: I provided career coaching for graduate and alumni students of the Daniels College of Business that included resume and cover letter assistance, job search strategies, and networking advice.
How her internships helped her career
Due to my grad student schedule, I was actually able to accommodate both internships during the school year. My goal upon entering the Higher Education program at DU was to get a job in career services in the Denver area upon graduation, and I knew coming in that higher education in Colorado is a close-knit industry where everyone knows everyone. Keeping that in
mind, I was very intentional about seeking internships. I did informational interviews with directors at different types of institutions (community colleges, business schools, law schools, etc.) and discovered that certain types of institutions prefer you to have experience at an institution similar to theirs. That prompted me to seek out an internship at a community college so that I could diversify my resume. I also capitalized on my B.A. in business administration since so many business schools have their own career centers. Between each of these internships and my required fellowship, I was really able to take what I learned from the classroom into a real world setting. I also feel that my contributions in class were better informed due to my outside experience.
Advice she’d give to DU grad students
Grad school provides you with the unique opportunity to be in a position where people want to help you and develop you. Get out there and meet the key players in your field early on, and make great relationships with them. The more fans you have, the more opportunities will come to you. Also, be open to new and relatable experiences you may have not considered before. Advocate for yourself, and find ways to make new opportunities.
Lastly, my taking advantage of multiple opportunities helped to substantially grow my network in a short amount of time. This networking certainly paid off. I had options in my career search, and have even been able to secure a position prior to graduation.
Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July! If you have any advice you’d like to share, please let us know in the comments!