What should I glean from an Internship?
I am thinking of applying for summer internship. Considering that I am in my 3rd year (say with another 3 years to finish my program), what should I be looking for from an internship (other than the extra cash)? I have been spending grad school focusing on 2 rather disparate fields:
- Identifying how information technology can solve problems in the energy sector.
- Designing technologies that safeguard the privacy of data stored in remote servers (my advisor hates the word "cloud").
Very preliminarily, I am thinking of applying to Microsoft Research and Google. What other places would be enticing for a graduate student? I am also deeply interested in possibly engaging in something entrepreneurial activity once I graduate. Would interning at a startup be helpful?