At the 2019 KGSP Convocation, Brown University junior Fatimah Alshaikh was selected to present at an “Interviewing for Success” panel discussion, sharing tips with her fellow KGSP peers on how to land a competitive summer internship. Following her own expert advice, Fatimah subsequently went on to be chosen for an exciting 12-week internship at Microsoft Corporation this summer! Serving as an Explore Intern, she worked on data visualization software for Microsoft’s Outlook mail transportation and received training on tools and programming software development. In addition, she gained project management experience working with other interns, mentors, and program managers as they evaluated requirements, estimated costs, and created and implemented program features and services.
Fatimah took proactive steps to prepare for and secure her internship by utilizing networking resources provided to her by the Department of Computer Sciences at Brown. After speaking with professors, other students, and Brown’s career support center, she better understood how this internship could be a valuable hands-on experience to further her academic and career interests. She also contacted her KGSP advisor to receive resume support and to arrange a practice interview session, where she learned the importance of identifying and highlighting transferable skills applicable to the specific internship job description—all of which really helped Fatimah stand out to Microsoft recruiters!
The KGSP congratulates Fatimah on this impressive internship.