Thursday, November 03, 2005

Just came back from the internship meeting

I'm in college, currently in my 7th quarter at Heald, and since I have the option of doing either a grad project or an intern, I decided to see what the intern would be like.

Basically, they talked about how we'll have to maintain a good attendance record during the intern, represent Heald college with a professional attitude, and of course be responsible for our schedule, for school, home, and of course the intern.

Since I have an hour commute to school, I thought that interning would be bad for me, but they have some sites closer to home, but also they mentioned that the dean will practically mold our class schedule around our intern, so that we don't have any stress or worries going to school and interning after.

My main concern is the transportation and of course time to do the intern. Since we'll start next quarter (basically, next year) I'll have some time to prepare myself. Technically, I have only a few days to make up my mind between a grad project, and doing an internship. From what I got, there's an internship site in my neck of the island, but its at Oceanic Cable, which is a few towns from where I live, and I have to take atleast 2 buses to get there. Maybe I'm negative about this, is because I hate OC's guts. Its like Microsoft: I hate them because they have a huge monopoly over the computers, but I still use their software. In Oceanic's case, I hate them because of their RoadRunner service, that they share bandwidth in a neighborhood, they have a lot of bandwidth to go around, but my family has been using their cable service for 20+ years.

Here's how I see things:

Internship
Pros:
  • Experience based on your degree
  • Get your foot in the door
  • A chance to juggle school, interning, and your personal life
Cons:
  • There's stress if you don't know what you're doing
  • IMO, there's a transportation issue, since I take public transportation
  • I'd have to juggle my classes, personal life at home (taking care of clients, helping my Mom, maintain a LAN with 5 computers) and of course, the internship (getting there on time, trying to complete the tasks, making 120 hours within 3 months, maintaining the Heald image by being professional)

Grad Project
Pros:
  • Learn how to RAID Hard drives, install and maintain a watercool kit
  • Get a new toy (or two)
  • Less demanding on schedule
Cons:
  • Money will come from Mom
  • Hard time trying to find components
I guess the only reason why I want to do a grad project, is to get a new computer, but also the transportation will be a major issue for me if I do an internship.

When it comes down to it, time and money is what comes down to it.

2 Comments:

At 11/03/2005 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11/09/2005 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would definately take advantage of that oppurtunity at Oceanic.
Dismissing the internship just because you "hate" the company seems too harsh. You should give it a chance.

Tech jobs in Hawaii are, unfortunately, few and far between. Having experience in Oceanic will look better than on your resume. You certainly will stand out better than working as a tech at any of the retail computer chain stores in Hawaii.

I mean, no offense, building an expensive computer is NOTHING new. Save those projects when you have an income. You will enjoy it more :-)

 

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