Planning for Summer 2021

Regularly visit the Center for International & Professional Experience’s updates about the COVID situation.

Yale College Students: The Summer Experience Award (SEA), formerly known as the DSA, is available for Summer 2021 (deadline to apply is May 1, 2021). The SEA provides a stipend for a range of eligible domestic and international opportunities to Yale College first-years, sophomores, and juniors on Yale financial aid. Note: Remote opportunities will also be approved.


Getting Started: Identify your needs and goals

Review your summer goals to focus your plans. What are you hoping to do/learn/achieve?

  • Industry knowledge?
  • Project management experience?
  • Computer/programming skills?
  • Foreign language competency?
  • Entrepreneurship?

🖊 Use the Skills, Values, Interests inventory to help with this self-assessment.


Remote Work Guidelines

Even if you plan to work in person, talk with the employer about the possibility that the experience may convert to remote work during the summer. Below are guidelines from OCS to help make a remote experience as valuable as possible:

  • Consider creating a work plan or learning plan with your supervisor at the start of the internship.
  • Schedule regular check-ins and correspond directly with your supervisor at least twice a week.
  • Ask for clear instructions and deadlines throughout the summer.
  • Remote interns should have regular feedback and supervision on their assigned projects.
  • Keep a log of their projects and progress to submit to their supervisor on a weekly basis.

For specific questions on how to convert your opportunity to remote, make an appointment with an OCS advisor through Yale Career Link or email us at careerstrategy@yale.edu. All appointments are EST.


Resources For Remote Work

Useful Articles with Job Sites, Tips, and Resources to Find Remote Work:


Looking to connect with Yale Alums?

  • Use the Yale Alumni LinkedIn page to search Yale Alums who have a LinkedIn Account. Search ‘Yale University’ in the LinkedIn search bar to find Yale’s LinkedIn page. On the left, you will see an option for Alumni.
  • Search the OCS Peer Networking Lists found in Yale Career Link and filter by Employer Name.
  • Log into Cross Campus, a database of Yale alum interested in networking with fellow alums and current students.
  • Access the Contact Section of CareerShift and search by Company Name and by University attended.

Networking Email Samples: Reaching out to Alumni to Check on Internship Status


Can I find a professional opportunity in my hometown?

Yes! It may take some creativity depending on your location, but OCS is here to help and here are some tips to get started:

  • Be flexible and consider a number of ways to create a professional opportunity: volunteering, part-time jobs, short-term internships, remote micro-internships, remote internships, and shadowing.
  • Make a list of all the businesses/organizations of interest in your hometown. What functions do they have that they may need support with? Do they have any opportunities for a part-time student to create something they need?
  • Expand the list of potential employers in your hometown by using the following resources: D&B Hoovers, Guidestar, and CareerShift (Company Search). Access these resources through ocs.yale.edu/VPN to get full access. Also check out your local Chamber of Commerce Directory for more ideas.
  • Consider hometown connections who may be able to assist you: family, friends, past teachers/coaches, past supervisors, high school alumni, a Yale Alumni Club in your area.
  • If you are looking for part-time work, you may need to call businesses directly or email your resume to them. This may include remote micro-internships, or part-time or freelance work including online tutoring, etc.
  • Use larger job boards such as CareerShift (access through Yale Career Link, under the Resources section), idealist.org, Indeed.com, and Monster.com.

📄 Cold Email Samples: Reaching out to Contacts/Companies in your Hometown

If you are sending cold emails to local businesses/organizations, here are some pointers:

  • Use ‘Dear’ or ‘Hello’ to address the recipient
  • Always introduce yourself with your name and that you are a student at Yale
  • Explain that you are living locally this summer and you are interested in making a contribution to their work
  • Attach a resume for their information
  • Thank them for their time

What about online learning?

You may be interested in skill development either through an online course or self-directed study. Here are a few options:

If you decide to learn a new skill independently, it will be helpful to find a system to keep yourself on track. Create a calendar for yourself, and check out the sample Learning Plan from OCS with a template you can complete on your own.

Don’t forget about podcasts related to careers and career development.

  • OCS’ Take This Job And Love It podcast features career strategy advisors and featured guests tackling a variety of topics relevant to the job/internship search process.
  • How I Got Here, a podcast that focuses on how professionals found their ideal jobs over the course of their careers. In each episode, two MBA students from MIT Sloan (one is a Yale alum!) interview a professional about how they navigated the twists and turns of their career and figured out what to do next. You can listen to all of the episodes here.

There are many more!


What OCS Resources should I be aware of?

Don’t forget that OCS advisors are available to speak with you by phone or Zoom video call. Log into Yale Career Link to see advisors’ availability;

  • OCS Advising: request an appointment in Yale Career Link. Appointments are listed in EDT. Include your phone number if you’d like to receive a call, or ask for a Zoom link to be sent to you for a video call. Zoom will allow the advisor to share their screen with you and vice versa.
  • Resume & Cover Letter Review: email your resume and/or cover letter in PDF format to ocs.resumereview@yale.edu.
  • Peer Networking Lists: connect with your peers who may have interned or volunteered in your hometown in past summers. Log into Yale Career Link, and select ‘Career Library’ under ‘Resources’. Add More Filters and select Peer Networking Lists to do your search. The Summer Experiences lists can be downloaded as Excel documents.
By Yale Office of Career Strategy
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