Alumni Perspective: Professional Readiness through Internships

Nathaniel-Howard Q&A with Nathanael Howard (BSBA ’16); By Amanda Austin, Career Services Advisor
Is there a particular service from the Career Services Center you’ve found most beneficial?
I would say the most beneficial service that I have found helpful from the Career Services Center has been the employees themselves. Ever since I have been out here in Hawai‘i, the employees at the Career Services Center have gone above and beyond to help me achieve my goals and employment in many different areas. Even after graduating, they have been helpful in guiding my career path and professional resume and cover letter.

What inspired you to choose a State Capitol internship?
I was inspired to choose this particular internship after serving HPU as the Student Body President from the year of 2015-2016. After serving, I wanted to get more experience in our state government. A few learning outcomes included maintaining relationships with governmental service providers, personal time management and professionalism in the workplace.

What advice do you have for other students considering an internship?
I would say do it! Do it as soon as possible! Do not wait, go to the Career Services Center today to see what is available! And if nothing is available there, do some research through your teachers and by visiting the companies you want to work at. This way you can show that you have that experience, dedication and skills to meet what your employers may need. And if you still can’t find anything, get more involved in school by joining a club, volunteering at events, or being a part of SGA. This way you can start building up a network with other students to learn of different internships for more than just your major. But nothing is going to happen if you don’t try. So make the first step today, by going to visit the Career Services Center.