Who is this guide for?

This guide is for high school or college students who are about to enter an internship program!
The STEM Thrive Guides Guide to Internship Success is written with an image of 5 professionally dressed interns standing with their arms folded looking determined an ready to begin an amazing internship experience.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1 : Pre-Internship Reflections

    • Welcome!

    • Course Outline

    • Needs Evaluation Introduction


    • Needs Evaluation

    • 1. Pre-Internship Reflections

  • 2

    Chapter 2: What to Expect - The First Month

    • 2. What to Expect: The First Month

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Developing Professional Relationships

    • 3. Developing Professional Relationships (AKA Networking)

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Additional Tips

    • 4. Additional Tips

  • 5

    Chapter 5: End of Internship Wrap-Up

    • 5. End of Internship Wrap-Up

    • Feedback Survey for Guide to Internship Success

    • Congratulations!


  • Who is this course for?

    This course is for high school students, college students, graduate students, and anyone who is pursuing internship experience.

  • How long does it take to complete the guide?

    The guide has 5 chapters, each of which have an exercise that should take 1-2 hours to read and complete.

  • Can I download the guide material?

    The guide consists of PDFs that are downloadable. In fact, downloading the exercises is encouraged because they can be great to take with you and keep on hand during your internship.

Meet the Instructor


Jill Pestana

Hi! I'm Jill Pestana. If you had told me 12 years ago that I would create the first course on how to navigate bias, harassment, and discrimination at work and school, I would not believe you. At that time, I was a physics major who had big goals of one day working on cutting-edge research. To reach that goal, I naively thought I only needed technical skills. Looking back, now I can tell you that to reach my dream job of working as a Senior Scientist and thriving in my career required transforming my mindset and learning a variety of soft skills in order to be resilient through bias, harassment, and discrimination. I founded The STEM Thrive Guides to educate and empower people experiencing bias, harassment, and discrimination so that they can navigate these difficult situations with confidence and thrive in their career. Everything I teach in this course, I have learned through navigating difficult situations at work and school over the last 12 years of my career in physics and engineering as an undergraduate student, graduate student, intern, and early-career professional. Suffering through physical and mental illness as a result of harassment in work environments taught me invaluable lessons that I share in this course in order to help others see the big picture and learn how to navigate difficult situations. I believe navigating bias, harassment, and discrimination is a valuable skillset, essential for reaching career success. For more information, you can find me here: https://jillpestana.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jillpestana/