Rutgers Internship Excellence Awards

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The Rutgers Internship Excellence Awards, sponsored by Career Exploration and Success, was established to help recognize the outstanding contributions of Rutgers University–New Brunswick undergraduate interns.  Winners of the university-wide awards will be chosen by a committee consisting of staff and faculty who value the importance internships play in helping students achieve their post-graduation goal through developing critical skills and experience.

WHAT DO WINNERS RECEIVE?

  • $200 monetary award
  • A feature on the Career Exploration Success website and other media

PROGRAM TIMELINE:

  • November 15: Application cycle opens
  • March 1: Application deadline
  • Early March: Winners notified and receive $200 award. Begin scheduling to participate in a video/interview/photoshoot at CES.
  • April 30th: Winners will be recognized at the Career Knights of Distinction Award Dinner hosted by Career Exploration and Success.

AWARD CATEGORIES:

CES will confer eight $200 awards for the following categories:

  • Arts, Communications, and Entertainment Career Cluster
  • Business, Financial Services, and Logistics Career Cluster
  • Education and Public & Human Services Career Cluster
  • Food & Agriculture and Environmental & Natural Resources Career Cluster
  • Life Sciences and Health Career Cluster
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Career Cluster
  • Rutgers Internship & Co-op Program, Internship
  • Rutgers Internship & Co-op Program, Non-Profit Internship

CES and the Rutgers Internship Excellence Award Committee will assign a category to each application. Applicants can win one award.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

The Internship Excellence Awards are open to all applicants who meet the criteria below. 

  • Be a Rutgers University-New Brunswick undergraduate student currently enrolled in a degree program
  • Participated in an internship during spring 2019, summer 2019, or fall 2019 semesters
  • Have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative G.P.A.
  • Anticipate graduating in May 2020 or later
  • Completed an internship of at least 8 weeks and at least 120 hours
  • Apply by March 1, 2020
  • Have a Rutgers Handshake account

SELECTION CRITERIA:

The Rutgers Internship Excellence Awards Committee, consisting of staff and faculty, will review applications submitted by eligible applicants by the application deadline.  No late or incomplete applications will be considered. Criteria for selection will include each applicants:

  • Quality and quantity of work, and achievements on the job
  • Initiative and/or original work
  • Overall impact and contributions to the employer
  • Self-reflection on skills and knowledge gained
  • Employer reference to the applicant's internship, including contributions

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, log into your Handshake account and go to the “jobs” tab and select “RU Internship Excellence Awards: Apply for a chance to win $200!” from the “jobs” list. You will need to complete the online form separately; we highly recommend answering the questions in a word document and then copy and paste your answers into the form. In order to complete the online form, you will need to provide information about your internship site and answer questions about your internship experiences.

Internship site information required:

  • Internship site name, address, and website
  • Internship supervisor name and contact information
  • Internship start and end dates, as well as total internship hours, completed 

Questions to be answered in the online form about your internship experience are below. 

  • Write a brief description of your internship organization.
  • What projects and assignments did you complete?
  • What is your proudest accomplishment from your internship?
  • What new skills and abilities have you developed from your internship?
  • How did you stand out as an intern?
  • What knowledge or skills from your coursework were helpful for the internship?
  • How have your goals and career development been affected as a result of your internship?
  • Why should you be awarded the Rutgers Internship Excellence Award?

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS:

2016 Winners 2015 Winners 2014 Winners
     

Arts, Communications and Entertainment
Name: Chloe Cooper ‘17
Internship: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Major: Journalism and Media Studies
School Affiliation: School of Communication & Information

Business, Financial Services and Logistics
Name: Jessica Yenk ‘17
Internship: NASDAQ
Majors: Human Resource Management
School Affiliation: School of Management and Labor Relations

Education, Public & Human Services
Name: Carly Johnston ‘17
Internship: New Jersey Training School
Major: Psychology, Criminal Justice
School Affiliation: School of Arts & Sciences

Food and Agriculture & Environmental and Natural Resources
Name: Sarah Pfaff ‘17
Internship: Colorado Center for Biorefining and Bioproducts
Major: Biotechnology, Plant Science
School Affiliation: School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Health, General Sciences, Technology, Engineering & Math
Name: Sara Barazesh ‘17
Internship: Colgate-Palmolive Company, Research and Development Center
Major: Biological Sciences
School Affiliation: School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Rutgers Internship & Co-op Program
Name: David Abraham ‘17
Internship: Mango Concept
Majors: Information Technology and Informatics
School Affiliation: School of Communication & Information

Rutgers Internship & Co-op Program, Non-Profit
Name: Isabella Sehringer ‘18
Internship: Rutgers Student Affairs Marketing and Communication Office
Major: Communication
School Affiliation: School of Communication & Information

 

Arts, Communications and Entertainment
Name: Nierah Jinwright ‘17
Internship: Zeno Group
Major: Communication
School Affiliation: School of Arts & Sciences

Business, Financial Services and Logistics
Name: Lei (Alice) Zhang ‘16
Internship: Ikea Distribution Services, Inc.
Majors: Supply Chain and Marketing Science, Finance
School Affiliation: Rutgers Business School

Education, Public & Human Services
Name: Michelle Cohen ‘16
Internship: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center
Major: Public Health
School Affiliation: School of Arts & Sciences

Food and Agriculture & Environmental and Natural Resources
Name: Liam Ramsay ‘18
Internship: Rutgers University Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Major: Mechanical Engineering
School Affiliation: School of Engineering

Health, General Sciences, Technology, Engineering & Math
Name: Aishwarya Limaye ‘16
Internship: EOS Energy Storage
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
School Affiliation: School of Engineering

Rutgers Internship & Co-op Program
Name: Constance Capone ‘17
Internship: O, The Oprah Magazine at Hearst Corporation
Majors: Political Science, Journalism & Media Studies
School Affiliation: School of Arts & Sciences

Rutgers Internship & Co-op Program, Non-Profit
Name: Esha Vaid ‘16
Internship: Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic Center
Major: Psychology
School Affiliation: School of Arts & Sciences

Arts & Entertainment
Name: Olivia Austin ‘15
Internship: CBS News
Majors: Art History, History
School Affiliation: School of Arts & Sciences

Business & Communications
Name: Michael Dirla ‘16
Internship: UBS
Major: Finance
School Affiliation: Rutgers Business School

Education, Public & Human Services
Name: Rachael Houston ‘15
Internship: Bonnie Brae
Majors: Psychology, Art
School Affiliation: School of Arts & Sciences

Food and Agriculture & Environmental and Natural Resources
Name: Alec Roth ‘16
Internship: The Rutgers EcoComplex
Major: Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior
School Affiliation: School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Health, General Sciences, Technology, Engineering & Math
Name: Shiffa Rizki ‘15
Internship: Alcoa
Major: Information Technology and Informatics
School Affiliation: School of Communication & Information, School of Arts & Sciences

Rutgers Internship & Co-op Program
Name: Shiri Nawrocki ‘16
Internship: Colgate-Palmolive Company
Major: Biological Sciences
School Affiliation: School of Arts & Sciences

Rutgers Internship & Co-op Program, Non-Profit
Name: Karen Kwiatek ‘15
Internship: Center for Global Advancement and International Affairs
Major: Psychology
School Affiliation: School of Arts & Sciences