Wednesday, June 20, 2012

MassTLC and StartupSummer host 2012 Intern Kick-off: Congratulations - You Got an Internship! Now what...


Panel Pictured L-R: Greg Gomer, Walter Somol,
Caroline Murphy & Ryan Durkin. 

Last night over 100 interns from Massachusetts' technology sector gathered to learn, share, connect and build relationships at the . The evening kicked off with a terrific panel featuring: Ryan Durkin, COO, CampusLive; Greg Gomer, Managing Editor, BostInno; Caroline Murphy, Director of Operations, Brass Monkey; and Walter Somol, Director Tech Community Outreach, Microsoft who shared the good, the bad, and the ugly of their personal internship experiences. They offered a ton of great advice including: "it's not about the job you are doing during your internship, it's about the people you meet";  "take the initiative, invite people to lunch, learn from them and build your network"; and "don't complain!"

The overall message of take initiative and get connected was carried through to the breakouts where Evan O'Meara, Campus Recruiting Manager, Wayfair, Paul Hlatky, Executive Director of Community and Student Relations at Greenhorn Connect and Cory Bolotsky, Executive Director, Start-up Summer, joined the conversation and added their insights into mastering the divide between work and play, navigating the tech scene in Boston, and how to get meaningful work handed to you during your internship. The night finished off with an extremely competitive game of water pong! OK, yes, water - they're not 21 yet!! The top prize? Four tickets to tonight's' red sox game, 5th row - thanks Verizon!
Water Pong Winners! Enjoy the Sox Game!
Intern Water Pong!

You can learn more helpful tips on what to do now that you have an internship on Ryan Durkin's blog, and be sure to check out:

- the MassTLC website for upcoming events of interest and a new job board launching this summer;
- Greenhorn Connect for an amazing array of student centered activities; and
- Stay in MA through Flybridge Capital that generously underwrite tickets for students to local industry events.

Hope to see you all again soon!

Heather Carey
Senior Vice President & Executive Director, MassTLC Education Foundation

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