For This Student, Persistence Pays Off
Take a lesson from Huei Shuan Liu: Whether you're at a conference, attending presentations at school or going to industry association meetings, you've got to work it.All the undergraduate computer science and computer engineering majors and recent graduates who are having a grueling time getting full-time, internship and cooperative education positions should take a lesson from Huei Shuan Liu: Whether youre at a conference, attending presentations at school or going to industry association meetings, youve got to work it, baby. Thanks to a talent for collecting contactsshe came home from the Grace Hopper Conference two years ago with 50 contact namesas well as the smarts to keep all those contacts updated on her growing list of internship experiences with a periodic e-mail newsletter, Liu is one Simmons College student who will be graduating with a résumé so sturdy you could stand on it. Most recently, Liu finished a software engineering internship at the Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems, a National Science Foundation research and engineering center at Northeastern University, in Boston.
Even though shes experienced and sharpwith a 3.58 GPAher most recent internship didnt fall into her lap. As she has in past years, Liu searched for internship possibilities on Monster.com, other online job boards and on-campus listings. The internships, unfortunately, simply werent out there (see related story, "If Internships Dont Work Out ...").