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My Story: How an Internship Changed My Life
By Lance Brooks
Department of Sociology, Alumni
After obtaining my B.A. in Sociology, I began working in the Office of the Registrar as the front desk coordinator. I also enrolled in the data analytics master’s program at the University of Maryland University College. After a few months, I quickly realized that I would need some experience if I expected to smoothly transition between higher education and data analytics.
My first thought was to reach out to people within my network to assess their need for a data
I was able to market my internship when I went on the job market later the same year. Within two weeks, I was offered a full-time position that used my data and sociology skills. During the interview, I answered questions by citing specific experiences during my internship. I can honestly say that my time as an intern changed the entire outlook of my career. Internships help students enter new industries by getting direct experience. Always be on the lookout for professional connections because you never know where your next opportunity may come from.