To Learning • To Opportunity • To Success
April 2011 Edition
Ten Tips for a Productive Summer
- Take a summer job, volunteer opportunity or internship that
relates to your interests.
- Ask your advisor or your professor about summer programs that
will benefit you.
- Know how to find information on the Butler website. Find
out where the clubs and organizations are listed, where the faculty
and staff contact information is located, and where you can get
information about upcoming programs.
- Educate yourself about another part of the country or the world
- Acquire a marketable skill; learn another language, a new
computer program or any other job-related task.
- Create your first resume and update it periodically.
- Take the initiative to shadow a career professional for a
- Interview someone in a profession that seems appealing to
- Organize your college career by developing a four year
- Network! Let people know about your skills and interests so
they can help you in the future.
How to Find a Summer Job
Summer is almost upon us so now is the time to start thinking
about what you're going to do during your break. If you don't
want just a typical summer job but a job that will expose you to a
professional career that matches your interests, you will need to
fine-tune your search. However, there are several places you
can go to start your job hunt.
BLUE: BLUE is a Butler
database that provides a lot of information about jobs, internships
and valuable contacts. By registering with BLUE at http://www.butler.edu/career,
you can locate summer jobs. If you want to learn more about
an occupation, you can click on "BLUEMentors" and find Butler
alumni from all over the country whom you can shadow for a
Internship and Career Services (ICS): ICS
has professional staff who are here to help you with your summer
job and internship search. Tell them what you enjoy doing and where
you're going to be staying over the summer and they'll connect you
with employers. They're located in Atherton, room 315 and their
phone number is 940-6508.
The Internet: There are a handful of websites
that you may want to explore. If you'd like to volunteer, a great
resource is at http://www.volunteermatch.org. Check out internship
opportunities at http://www.internjobs.com. If
you're interested in travel and working for a cause, you can go to
One Small Planet at http://www.onesmallplanet.com/geninfo.htm.
Career Fairs: Career Fairs aren't always about
full-time professional jobs. Many career fairs offer
internships and summer jobs as well. To find a career fair
that is right for you, go to BLUE at http://www.butler.edu/career
and click on "Calendar". The career events are updated
Faculty Contacts: Talk to your professors
about what you plan to do over the summer and ask them if they know
people who can assist you. They usually know former students,
community members, and fellow colleagues who can help you a find a
The Butler Summer Institute
Butler Summer Institute provides an opportunity for students to
work one-on-one with a faculty mentor for two months during the
summer on a creative, scholarly, or research project. Students are
housed on campus for the duration of the program and receive a
stipend. In addition to conducting their projects, students attend
weekly luncheon seminars and other activities. At the end of the
Institute, each student will give a short oral presentation on the
results of their project. Students do not need to major in the
sciences to participate.
There are many reasons why students participate in undergraduate
research. Here are some to consider:
- It's fascinating!
- Looks great on graduate and professional school
- Do you really want graduate school? Helps you find out....
- Valuable experience!
- Required for the Honors Program.
- Gives you a better feel for "real science" than classroom
- Resumé builder.
- Butler Summer Institute participants get summer housing and
- Shows off your results at the Undergraduate Research
For more information, go tohttp://www.butler.edu/biology/research/bsi.
Art + Design
A unique, cutting-edge program within the Jordan College of Fine
Arts, the Art Program focuses on the integration of Art and Design,
combining studio practice and digital design within a broad liberal
arts education. The principles of the Program present a radical
vision of integration, ingenuity, sustainability and community. The
Program offers a Major in Art + Design and a Minor in Digital
For additional information about the Art + Design program, go to
Quick Tip: There are some helpful strategies
you can use when you take your final exams. When you get your
exam, preview the questions first so you can gauge how long it will
take you to answer them. Write down equations, formulas,
facts somewhere on your test so you don't forget them later.
Answer what you surely know first and then go back to the questions
that require more thought.
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