Planning for Summer 2022

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Yale College Students: The Summer Experience Award (SEA), formerly known as the DSA, is available for Summer 2022 (deadline to apply is May 1, 2022). 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 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:

  • Search for remote positions in Yale Career Link. From the homepage, go to Jobs –> Search on the left. From there, select More Filters and click ‘Yes’ under Remote Position.
  • Parker Dewey: Search micro-internships, 5-40/hour paid projects that can be done remotely. International students must talk to OISS.
  • Idealist.org: Search remote positions by using the search option for Remote or On-site.
  • Upwork and Fiverr: Freelance portals students can join to promote their skills for potential monetization.
  • Internfromhome.com: Virtual internships and jobs.
  • Forage: Virtual Work Experience Programs are simulated projects from real companies for students see what it is like to work as a junior-level employee and learn/practice skills

Looking to connect with Yale Alums?

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: Mergent Intellect, 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, and Indeed.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 Podcast Series features career strategy advisors and guests tackling a variety of topics relevant to the job/internship search process.
  • How I Got Here, a podcast focused on how professionals found their ideal jobs. 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.

Don’t forget that OCS advisors are available to help. Log into Yale Career Link to make an appointment. Note: Appointments are listed in EDT.

By Yale Office of Career Strategy
Yale Office of Career Strategy