FInd a rental place this summer for your internship 

Everyone needs somewhere to call home, even for the summer Intern.

Summer Intern HousingIt’s almost May and you’re sitting in your dorm room daydreaming of a perfect summer job far, far away from home. The money is going to be great, there will be so much to see and do, your friends will visit and oh, wait a minute. That’s right, you don’t have a place to stay, yet, do you?

Don’t worry. can help you find a place to crash this summer, no matter where you’re working. The clock’s ticking, so let’s get started.

City Living: Apartment Surfing

If you’ll be living in a city this summer, there are a number of ways to find an apartment without leaving your dorm room. By turning on your computer and logging on to the Internet, you can find summer rentals anywhere in the country on Web sites like and RentNet, says Manny Clark, assistant director of housing at the University of Minnesota.

If that doesn’t work, Clark suggests checking out local universities and colleges in the area you’ll be working-specifically. Off-campus or commuter student housing is often made available by students who have a yearly lease, but go home for the summer. A lot of Universities, have student forums. So you can email someone working for the university and if you ask nicely, they might be willing to send out an email on your behalf.

Clark says the University of Minnesota is willing to review subleasing contracts for students to make sure they aren’t getting taken. “We try to look at it and make sure they’re not paying more than they should or getting hit with any surprises,” he says.

Clark’s final suggestion is a practical one, depending on where you’ll be working: Try to stay in a college dormitory in the city. He says some schools don’t allow it, but by checking around, you can save hundreds of dollars in rent each month, plus it may come with such amenities as a meal plan. “There’s difficulty in going to a city,” Clark says. “If you’re not familiar with the city and your surroundings, it can be scary, especially if it’s your first time away from home.” As an example, New York University and Columbia University are offering summer housing for students who are not enrolled in their summer program in New York City.

Go Greeks!

If you belong to a Fraternity or Sorority, look for a local chapter in the city of your internship. They might be more than willing to accomodate a brother.

Software design engineers(SDE/SDET) at Microsoft apply their technical talents creatively in order to write code, while working closely with program managers to define and prioritize features. They work in a supportive network of smart, diverse colleagues who share a passion for pushing the limits of technology in order to delight and enable customers.

There’s tremendous potential for impact. A software development career at Microsoft is much more than just an opportunity to create great products; it can be an opportunity to leave your mark and create a lasting technical legacy. What you do will have a positive influence on the lives of millions around the world, now and in the future.

Software Design Engineer
Codes and designs new software, often collaborating as a member of a software development team to create and build products.

Software Design Engineer Lead

Oversees a team of software engineers assigned to a product, product upgrade, or software research project.

Learn more about the SDE and SDET position at Microsoft

Microsoft Interview Questions

for Software Design Engineers(SDE) and Software Design Engineers in Test(SDET)

1. How would you deal with changes being made a week or so before the ship date?

2. How would you deal with a bug that no one wants to fix? Both the SDE and his lead have said they won’t fix it.

3. Write a function that counts the number of primes in the range [1-N]. Write the test cases for this function.

What to do – and what not to do – to impress internship coordinators.

There’s still snow on the ground and already the applications are pouring in. I almost can’t believe it–I’m not ready for summer yet, so why is everybody else?

Today's Inspired Interns

The people who coordinate summer internships can be easily overwhelmed by the volume of queries they receive. So here, encapsulated for you, are some tips for making yourself a more attractive candidate by making internship coordinators’ lives easier. They just may reward you with the summer situations you seek.

#1. Search the Internet: When you hear of an internship and don’t know much–or anything–about the company sponsoring the position, don’t call the internship coordinator and ask, “So what does your company do?” This is information you should be able to find on your own by doing five minutes of research.

Search the Web, look in back issues of business magazines, or ask a career counselor at your school to direct you to a reference guide. Show that you’re resourceful. A capable and savvy person doesn’t call and say, “Hi, this is Scott Brown and I’d like to be a lawyer someday and, um, are you a law firm?”

#2. Read the listing thoroughly: If you see an interesting internship listing in a school bulletin or on the Web, read it completely before asking questions. Don’t be the applicant who says, “Hi. I saw your listing in Monster and I wanted to know if you offer a salary,” when that information is clearly displayed. Or worse: “Hi, I wanted to know if you have an address?” Yes, I do. Look it up.

#3. Follow directions:  When you apply, send all the requested information. Check your notes carefully to make sure you’ve included references, project ideas and any other application materials listed in the job posting. If you don’t send a complete application, a busy internship director probably won’t make time to call and ask you for the missing information. Frankly, only you care whether you get a job or not. Sifting through cover letters and resumes is time-consuming; employers are happy to find reasons to eliminate applicants. So if your application is missing information, it may be excluded without a second thought.

#4. Write a cover letter: You can use the same cover letter structure for most of your applications, but don’t write a generic letter and simply address it “to whom it may concern.” Show you’re really interested in working for a particular organization by becoming familiar with its goals and products, offering specific examples of how your talents could be used. You don’t have to go into great detail, but dropping in a few careful comments (“…and I’d love to put my HTML skills to work and help redesign your “About” page…”) can set you apart from the undistinguishable competition.

Micky Mouse Job: Work where the magic lives with the Disney College Program.

Disney College ProgramEach year, the largest and most famous of theme parks imports hundreds of college students to Orlando, FL, to help keep throngs of Disney visitors happy. Disney interns do everything from picking up trash on Pleasure Island to selling tickets at EPCOT in exchange for a competitive salary and an apartment for which rent is deducted from your paycheck. “It’s a great experience. I definitely recommend it,” says Kami Tasndy, who worked as a Disney intern before her senior year at East Stroudsberg University.

Tasndy says just about everyone in her program loved it, which may be why Disney internships are not easy to land. “It’s pretty competitive. There definitely aren’t as many jobs as there are applicants,” she explains. For the privilege selling mouse ears for the summer, you need to fill out an application and go through two rounds of interviews.

To make sure you’re the Mouseketeer chosen, “you need to have a good idea of why you want to work there and what you’ll get out of it,” Tasndy says. Try to find a better reason than unlimited rides on the Teacups. Explain, perhaps, that you’re a marketing or business major and that a summer at Disney will help you better understand customer relations and get close to the inner workings of a major entertainment corporation. Or something like that.

To get a job with the Disney College Program, you must:

�Have completed at least one semester and be in good academic standing at a college or university

�Attend a Walt Disney World College Program presentation to learn about program opportunities and sign up for an interview

�Complete an employment application

�Interview with a Walt Disney World College Program recruiter

�Undergo a criminal background investigation

Disney’s recruiting team visits colleges and universities all over the country to interview students wishing to be considered for the Disney College Program. Visit the College Program homepage for specific information regarding the application and scheduled interview dates at schools near you.

Once You’re In

Magical Experience of the Disney Summer Internship

Toil away for a candidate who might win. Or lose.

Political Internship over the summerWhile most first-year college students are preoccupied with battling the Freshman 15 or simply finding their way to class, Mike Woods, a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is busy making a name for himself in the political community. To start forging your own reputation among the political ranks, find yourself a job with a campaign this summer. If you don’t mind low pay, trivial tasks, and a hectic lifestyle, getting and sticking with a campaign internship just takes a little initiative.

Yeah, taking initiative is a little scary, but if you want to climb the ladder to Capitol Hill glory or a White House Intern, nobody is going to hold your hand and take you there.

If being paid is an absolute must, getting a political internship is not the route for you this summer. Saying you worked on a presidential campaign is a cooler story to tell than revealing you were the fry guy at McDonald’s, but a summer political internship probably won’t pay the bills. Most of the paying jobs are already occupied by those who took the non-paying internships earlier and worked their way up, or by those who have really good connections. But if you don’t need a paycheck and all you’re looking for is experience, a political internship this summer may prove to be a wonderful opportunity.

This opportunity, however, may not be as glamorous as you envision. It’s nice to think you’ll be walking side by side with John McCain or Hillary Clinton, aiding your candidate on his way to the White House. The truth of the matter is, on large campaigns like that you’ll probably never even see the candidate for whom you are slaving 18 hours a day, which is why sometimes in political internships, smaller is better.

So you don’t have a cousin who knows everyone inside the Beltway. Start gathering information at from,, the site for the Republican National Committee, and the site for the Democratic National Committee.

On the Web you’ll also find web pages for virtually any candidate, most with links called something like “how to get involved.”

The Caffeine Divas : Bow down and worship, the high priests and priestesses of Temple Caffeine will now hear your prayers.

It’s 25 below zero, 5 a.m. and pitch dark. The streets are silent besides the crunch of my coffee-stained sneakers on the snow. Is this a bad case of somnambulating? A meditative moment in the winter wonderland? The last resort after a failed all-nighter?

No, I’m just on my way to work at the coffee shop in Northfield, MN, home of Carleton College.

Working in a Coffee ShopGoodbye Blue Mondays is where students, professors and locals gather to sample the best warm beverages and exchange conversation in an atmosphere of intellectual and social stimulation rivaling and reminiscent of Parisian salons in the 1920’s.

For the early morning opening shift, I brew eight airpots of coffee, put freshly baked scones and muffins in baskets, bring the New York Times in from the snow-covered entryway and wait for the regulars to come for their first daily dose of caffeine. I foam milk madly, pump to go’s and for-here’s, and make myself the perfect cuppa Joe. And as the day wears on, I hear the clink, clink of quarters piling up in the tip jar. Ahhh, the life of a coffee shop diva.

But, are a few handfuls of sweaty coins divided between all the divas on duty enough to draw students to coffee counters nationwide, begging for work? What makes coffee shops such desirable workplaces? The preponderance of crossword puzzles, Scrabble and chess? Debates on Hegelian dialectics, Thomas Pynchon’s postmodernist revisionism and Virginia Woolf’s early example of the gender-*uck? The beloved, and perhaps physically necessary, combination of coffee and cream (or faux cream)?

My theory is that the coffee shop is a version of home, and that seems to be the first step in attracting so many folk to work in them. The summer before I worked at Goodbye Blue Mondays, my off-campus house had burned and wasn’t habitable when I returned to school. I camped out in the backyard and adopted the coffee shop as my second home. Many others do this too, less out of necessity than choice.

Coffee and Karma

Support progressive coffee shops featuring soy milk and organic and shade grown coffees. Shade grown coffee is grown in clusters interspersed with other trees and plants rather than in typical monocultures. This method deters plagues and blights that affect monocultures and supports the habitat of many tropical birds that cannot live in large monoculture plantations. (This will become an increasingly interesting issue as both Honduras and Nicaragua try to replant coffee to replace what was destroyed by Hurricane Mitch.)

Weird Science: Mad premeds, power tools and a limitless supply of rodents and rubber gloves. What twisted experiments are young evil geniuses conducting this summer?

In high school, summer used to mean ice cream trucks and rocket pops.

But now, summer means a mad scramble to find a job. Some students seek internships with prominent corporations, honing valuable photocopying and filing skills in high rises across the country. Others return home, paying bills by working in retail or perhaps the expedited food service industry. Many students, though, are drawn like moths to the fluorescent lights of research laboratories.

Research LabWorking in lab may or may not be the most exciting, entertaining or stimulating job, but it does pay pretty good. The rewards of lab work are measured differently. Not only do you get unprecedented autonomy in a summer job, not only can you take part in cutting edge research that might cure the most devastating diseases on the planet, you also get an unlimited supply of rubber gloves. Cool.

Surprisingly, there’s a wide variety of jobs available in laboratories. The term “lab” is roughly equivalent to “business” in that it incorporates hundreds of different pursuits in one word, (albeit a shorter one with fewer s’s). Students doing lab work could be unraveling the mysteries of DNA, working on the cure for cancer or studying the pigments in a Monet. Sounds a hair more enticing than photocopying, right?

The first student I talked to was Nathan. Nathan was part of a team attempting to convert anthrax toxin into a magic bullet to target and attack diseased cells in the human body such as cancer cells.

First, a little background on this amazingly cool project. The anthrax toxin is composed of two basic parts: a toxin (bad) and an injector. When proteins in the injector align, a hole forms and the toxin enters the targeted cell. Schmitt’s group hoped to replace the lethal toxin with a therapeutic compound. Essentially, the converted anthrax toxin would work as a mini hypodermic. It would be injected into a diseased person (by a big hypodermic) and the treatment would go throughout the body and wipe out diseased cells. Nathan was in charge of figuring out how the protein changed shape during the injection.

Although he checked in with a mentor occasionally, Nathan designed experiments and was his own boss. Instead of worrying about someone peering over his shoulder the entire time, he could make his own decisions and act on them. There was one definite drawback to Schmitt’s research, however. In social settings, whenever Schmitt mentioned he worked with anthrax, people tended to flee.

Another researcher, Chris, who requested that only his first name be published, worked with rats to discern how learning and memory function. He injected a protein responsible for memory into different regions of the rats’ brains and monitored how the rats’ memory was affected. His first shock in lab came when his co-workers handed him one of those Black and Decker 2000 function tools and asked him to drill into a rat’s brain for an assay. Apparently that was function number 1789.* But Chris used other tools as well.

“I almost had to draw the line,” Chris said, “when they handed me a pair of scissors and told me to cut the rat’s head off … almost.” Chris also enjoyed a remarkable amount of freedom in his research, conducting his experiments as he saw fit.