Keeping current on internship news

February 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Posted in Current events | Leave a comment
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Susan Sandberg

As a career services professional, you’re aware of what’s happening in your own internship world, and you operate very well in that space.

But new angles pop up every day. Just as you advise your students to stay up on all the internship developments, you want to do the same.

Here are a few current items that may affect your students’ internship options:

  • Internships for students with disabilities: The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is excited to announce the investment of $600,000 from Walmart, with support from the Walmart Foundation, to support a significant expansion of AAPD’s internship opportunities in public service for students with disabilities. Working together over the next two years, AAPD and Walmart will build the new AAPD Summer Internship Program with opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and law students with all types of disabilities.
  • Internship auctions in England:  Senior PR professionals have criticised the Conservative Party for auctioning five internships, including a week at Bell Pottinger, to well-off supporters. The Mail on Sunday revealed that the £400-a-head Black And White Party (formally known as a ‘ball’) raised £14,000 auctioning the internships, provoking questions of privilege and access to jobs. According to the Mail, a one-week internship at Bell Pottinger, run by former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, Lord Bell, went for £2,000.
  • Paid internships:  Kent State University is using a $500,000 donation to ramp up paid internships for undergraduate business students over the next five years. As many as 40 juniors and seniors each year could receive up to $4,000 apiece for a semester’s work through money provided by Walt Van Benthuysen, a 1961 graduate of KSU’s business school, and his wife, Judy. ”The goal is to increase the number of students who get business internships,” said Kristin Williams, who coordinates internships in KSU’s College of Business Administration.
  • Marvel Entertainment:   Marvel is seeking interns for all areas of its operations, including but not limited to editorial, art returns, production, digital media, human resources, brand assurance, creative services, and business development. Internships are unpaid, and college students must receive credit. Students should be prepared to travel to the New York City office (or the Manhattan Beach office for Marvel Studios, LLC) for an interview. To find out more information for your students, go to internships.com for the complete listing—one of over 42,000 internship listings for over 15,000 companies.
  • Internships.com Answers Forum:  When you read the above items, you might want to know how your colleagues in other schools view these internship developments. Internships.com provides a ready resource in http://answers.internships.com/. Since your students are already using this resource, you might want to make it a regular part of your routine. As an Educator, you can ask questions to find out what other schools are doing or how your counterparts are solving similar problems. Questions can be directed to the following topics:  Searching / Applying / Preparing / General / After the Internship / Internships.com / On the Job / Interviewing.

This post was written by Susan Sandberg. Find out more about Susan and the rest of our bloggers on our new About Us page.

Helping students find their focus

February 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Advising interns, career center, Finding internships, Preparing interns | 2 Comments
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Jennie Prince

As a Career Professional, I’m sure you run into a few students who are not sure what they want to do when they graduate.  Just a few, right?

For me, this can be time consuming, yet most exciting and rewarding work – it is our opportunity to help bring focus out of chaos.  The word “career” means path.   Our job is to help students with a process of self discovery that will clarify their unique path – and offer long-term success in a rewarding career.  But we know this doesn’t come without significant investment.  Help clear the debris by probing into the following areas:

Vision – We are far more apt to translate our wants into an action plan, when we clearly articulate them.  Encourage students to consider what the perfect job looks like and what they know they DON’T want.  Writing a vision statement is the first step in turning dreams into a clear plan.

Values, Temperament, Personality, and Interests – Assessments can help you and your students truly understand these individual areas that power our “satisfaction meter”.  Try guiding students to a free resource on internships.com called the Internship Predictor (LINK).  The Internship Predictor integrates a cross section of items for assessing preferences in personality traits, interests and values.

Skills and Talents - Life experiences, coursework, extracurricular activities and work/volunteer experiences all combine for a unique package.  Students will benefit from identifying, evaluating and learning how these skills translate into the work place.  Additionally, they will need to know how to translate this into a unique package to market themselves.

Culture, Industry and Location – These preferences also require consideration and become significant criteria when targeting companies.   While culture isn’t as easy to research as industry and location, make sure to encourage networking with working professionals/professors/career services and use the links below for more great resources

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/bestcompanies/2009/index.html

http://www.inc.com/inc5000/2010/top100.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/

Job Boards – I use job boards like indeed.com and monster.com to help students find real jobs, with real requirements, and real descriptions.  Usually we aren’t looking for employment – we are looking for descriptions that pique interest.  If we can’t find a job that excites them, we may need to go back and reassess.

Internships – Internships have many great advantages and they help bring additional clarity to career decision making.  Encourage students to try more than one internship – they may be surprised by how much they learn about what they REALLY like in a job.

This post was written by Jennie Price, native of Ohio and huge Buckeye fan, and lover of water sports and fun.  Find out more about Jennie and the rest of our bloggers on our new About Us page.

Motivating your students to apply for summer internships in the winter

February 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Posted in career center, Finding internships, Intern Advice, Preparing interns, Summer internships, Time Management Skills | Leave a comment
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Susan Sandberg

It’s been a cold, snowy winter throughout much of the country, leaving students focused on spring break. Whether it’s a fun trip to sunny Florida or home for comfort food and family visits, most students are thinking of getting away rather than planning ahead. As a career professional, your challenge is to inspire and motivate them to move forward on getting a summer internship—now. Here are a few incentives that you might share with students:

  • Stanford University News: Stanford graduate student Alexandra Wexler has been awarded the 2011 Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Internship, which will have her working in a foreign Wall Street Journal bureau this summer. Wexler, from New York City, previously held internships at ABC Eyewitness News in Durham, N.C., and the Durham Herald-Sun. Her writing also has appeared in GlobalPost.com during a stint in South Africa. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. If you forward this to your students, they’ll understand that the better internships are being filled now, so they might want to send out internship applications before heading out for spring break. Or you might consider if your school wants to sponsor an internship in honor of a well-known graduate.
  • Famous former interns featured at Inc.com:    Before Harvard University, before Microsoft, 17-year-old Bill Gates spent a summer as a congressional page. A budding entrepreneur, he sold outdated campaign buttons as collectors’ items. During her sophomore year at Tennessee State University, Oprah Winfrey worked at WVTF-TV—the CBS affiliate in Nashville. She was hired. Former New York Knick Patrick Ewing, while a basketball star at Georgetown University, spent the summer of l983 interning for the Senate Finance Committee. During his internship he met his now ex-wife, Rita, who was interning for then Senator Bill Bradley. Brook Shields volunteered at the zoo through an internship program at her N.J. high school before heading off to Princeton University, where she studied French. Internships can be the start of something big for your students just as they were for the above celebrities.
  • Internships.com Summer Internships: Suggest that your students browse through the 4,433 Summer Internships listed on internships.com for ideas. Remind them to check application deadlines. For example, they can follow up on Development Apprentice Summer 2011 at iMADdu in Fairfax, Virginia. This non-profit organization seeks 6 part-time, unpaid interns who will perform a wide range of assignments and may work remotely.  To learn more, visit IMakeADifferenceDoyoU dot org. If students want a part-time, paid internship, they might want to check out Web Design at Metro Tech in Illinois. MetroTech Service Corporation is a privately held HVAC Service Company providing Preventative Maintenance and Emergency Service Repairs exclusively to prominent retail customers operating internationally. Interns will be building a whole Web site. Final product will be intergraded in to existing Web site.
  • Answers Forum: You understand that your students have lots of questions about Summer Internships. Yet they may not take the time or have the initiative to come to your office and ask your advice. A good alternative for them is to log in or join the Answers Forum on Internships.com: for complete privacy. Many of the people who submit questions use Anonymous as their name to protect their privacy. The topics range from Searching, Applying, and Preparing for internships to After the Internships. A recent sample questions was “What is the GPA criteria to get job/internship?” Encourage students to take advantage of this resource.

This post was written by Susan Sandberg. Find out more about Susan and the rest of our bloggers on our new About Us page.

Keeping your students motivated on their career search

February 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Posted in Advising interns, career center, Finding internships, networking, Preparing interns, Summer internships, Time Management Skills | 1 Comment
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Jyl McLaughlin

It has been a long, cold winter for some of us.  For many, Spring Break Fever is in the near future.

Keeping in mind your students’ focus on academics, extracurricular and don’t forget social schedules, it will be helpful to mentor the concept of implementing a daily, weekly and monthly plan for students to maintain and keep motivated in their search.  Encouraging use of popular sites and a focus on one activity per day can motivate students and keep them focused.  The following sites have options for students to utilize to reboot their search energy:

1)      Internships.com:  Using the internship predictor catches students’ current interests, personality traits and preferences helping clarify career choice and best fit occupational areas. Once completed, sample job titles can be “clicked” to see current postings for potential interest and application.  These “live”, quick results allow a student to see that there are opportunities available for them.  Currently there are over 40K internship postings across the United States.

2)      LinkedIn.com: Students can begin professional networking here with friends and family as well as with professional association and alumni groups.  Many high schools, in addition to colleges and universities, have organized alumni associations willing to help out past and current members. Making a new connection with someone on a regular is always encouraging for students that feel they don’t have enough professional contacts in their network.

3)      Professional Associations: Most professional associations offer discounted or reduced rate student memberships. Being a part of a larger professional group can develop confidence in a student’s ability to be proactive in their career choice and participate in national or local conferences.  They also can identify networking opportunities and job listings related specifically to their career choice such as: CFA Institute, Federal Aviation Administration, American Marketing Association, and Association of Operations Management.  Better yet, students can add membership to their resume!

4)      Electronic Footprint: Remind your students to regularly check in on their electronic footprint.  Students can check their social media accounts, such as FaceBook and be sure they are not seen by the public or clean up any incriminating evidence that may be looked at as negative.  Simply “Googling” a name can help identify what presence one has on the internet.  Employers check this as they review potential candidates.  Keeping your private life private is an important concept for students accustomed to sharing much in public. This regular review can help students step “outside and look in” and focus on their marketability to employers.

Reminding students of best practices with popular sites helps them stay lean and focused while being proactive in their career planning and job searches.

Think SPRING!

This post was written by Jyl McLaughlin, a new tennis player, peacekeeper, and mom of two.  Find out more about Jyl and the rest of our bloggers on our new About Us page.

Encourage Students to Use Social Media…Professionally

February 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Advising interns, career center, Finding internships, Intern Advice, networking, Social media | 1 Comment
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Christa Juenger

I often work with students that are about to engage in their first internship or job search. As we start the process to prepare, we discuss the usual topics: the focus of the search, preparing the resume and cover letters and how to search for a position strategically.  When we get to the “strategically” stuff, I ask a lot of questions about networking, which leads me to their use of social media.

MySpace? – Yep.

Twitter? – Tweet.

Facebook? – Duh! (I bet that dates me)

LinkedIn?  LinkedIn? LinkedIn? – This is often met with a mumble or guilty silence.

Coaxing students, especially in their first couple years of school, to start their professional networking can be difficult.  They don’t have time, they don’t have a professional network, they don’t have any experience – are objections that I often hear.  As career development advisors, it’s important for us to encourage (i.e. prod) them to start utilizing social media for more than just fun – making it also work for them to build their professional image and resources.

A few tips to assist your students with their professional networking:

  • Suggest alternatives if they pitch you objections:
    • No time? Make it part of a class project or assignment to create a profile and utilize social media for professional development. Challenge them to give up just 30 minutes of TV or texting a week to focus on professional networking sites.
    • No work experience? Their job title may be Full-time Student – they can list classes taken, projects worked on and extracurricular activities to their profile. They can keep in front of contacts by updating their status with (appropriate) updates, posting articles to share or using applications to upload projects they have worked on.
    • No professional contacts? Even my 5 year old has professional contacts (like his soccer coaches and preschool teachers…he is always on his best behavior with them). Students can reach out to friends, family members, classmates, faculty, advisors and community members they know through sports and volunteer activities (be sure to remind them to only invite people to their network that they know personally).  This is also a great time to encourage them to build a strong professional network (and resume) by actively seeking internships throughout their college years!
  • Make social media part of your career services topics and workshops, if it’s not already.  Walk students through the process of building a profile and offer to review their online profiles just like you would with their resumes and cover letters.
  • Start a LinkedIn group for your school, department or career services office. Invite the students to be part of that group and encourage them to join other groups that interest them.
  • Direct them to the student section of LinkedIn for the benefits of online professional networking: http://learn.linkedin.com/students/
  • Have you been asked to “friend” a student on Facebook?  Redirect them to your LinkedIn, Plaxo or Xing profile (I noticed that I’m a little biased towards LinkedIn) and suggest that you connect on there instead.

Encouraging our students to start using the vast array of social media available for professional networking NOW will help them to create lifelong networking habits that they will thank us for later!

P.S. – Keep your eyes open for exciting news regarding an Internships.com networking application for your students!

This post was written by Christa Juenger, a huge Buckeye fan, avid photographer, and career coach with a passion for networking.  Find out more about Christa and the rest of our bloggers on our new About Us page.

Blog rundown: what to read and how your students can get started

February 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Advising interns, career center, Guest blogging opportunity, Internship portfolios, Social media | 3 Comments
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Susan Sandberg

As a career professional, you may already be involved in blogging. For example, Law Professor Blogs is a network of web logs designed to assist law professors in scholarship and teaching. The science-professor.blogspot.com also offers various weblogs. On Feb. 1, the topic was whether science professors would be receptive to the idea of a half-time postdoc. Your students may already be reading and writing blogs for fun. The next step is to introduce them to blogging as an excellent professional resource to advance their own careers.

  • The Eternal Intern: This blog is the story of 3 interns and their escapades at fashion, art, and entertainment houses in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles. The Jan. 31 blog recommends that students know what’s going on in their targeted industry on a daily basis. The blog urges students, “Don’t be a slacker when it comes to current events.” Although you give your students the same advice, they may listen more closely to other students in an informal blog that entertains as well as informs.
  • Eye of the Intern:  This blog is written by students, recent grads and employers.  It provides multiple perspectives on different internships from both student and employer points of view. As with all blogs, encourage students to add comments and join in conversation about a particular topic or post.
  • Intern Like A Rockstar: This blog features regular posts from five media industry bloggers as well as guest posts providing advice and insights on careers and internships in music business, entertainment law, new media, and music technology and recording. The site was founded by a Music major who had multiple internships and wanted to share what she had learned to help prospective interns have a better experience. The site is dedicated to “empowering and inspiring future music industry leaders.”
  • Writing blogs:  Students can gain blogging experience by posting blogs on issues that concern them. One such site is Global Action on Aging (GAA), a Non Governmental Organization based at the United Nations. GAA seeks short term writers to contribute to a blog about the human rights of older persons. For further information on GAA’s work and blogging opportunities, visit its website at http://www.globalaging.org and its blog http://www.globalaging.blogspot.com.
  • Creating blogs:  Your students may want to contribute a blog to an organization or start their own blogs but don’t know how to create one.  Google offers a blogger service where you can create a blog for free. Customizable templates and layouts help with the design. To learn more, students can explore blogs of note, take a quick tour, watch a video tutorial or read Blogger Buzz for the latest new developments on blogging.
  • BlogSpot versus WordPress:  Encourage your students to check out these two primary blog sites to decide which would be the better choice. WordPress lends bloggers a more professional feel to their sites. WordPress may require a basic working knowledge of web design and html, but if the blogger is a quick learner, these skills should not take long to acquire.  BlogSpot is more straightforward and has a greater ease of use. If the blogger desires the use of widgets, flash, or java, BlogSpot may be the better choice.

If your students are looking to start their own blog, advise them to decide who is the audience and what is the desired response to their blog, so they can maximize the results, whether it’s for an internship, a job, or a platform to discuss their career interests.  Blogging is the perfect way to network professionally as well as socially.

This post is by Susan Sandberg, a gourmet cook, novel writer, and former university professor.  See more about Susan and the rest of our bloggers here.

How to help your students find Social Media internships

February 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Social Media is the new hot spot for internships. Students already know how to use Social Media to advance their personal causes; 80% of admissions officers have received a Facebook or MySpace “friend” request from an applicant, up from 71% last year, according to a Kaplan survey of 387 colleges.

Your students are visiting Facebook and Twitter along with many other Social Media sites, so it’s natural that they would gravitate to careers in that area. Here are some updates that point to a positive future in Social Media:

  • Job market:  Employment is expected to rise 24% by 2018, making P.R. one of the fastest-growing professions. Those with knowledge of business, strategic communications, research, finance, and most important, how to use technology—especially social media—have an edge and are best placed for management, according to a recent New York Times article. However, not all pictures are rosy. Yahoo is laying off another one percent of its staff, according to sources. The layoffs of well over 100 employees are taking place across the company, although cuts are largely in the media and advertising group.
  • Trends:  Suggest your students refer to the All Things Digital Web site to keep updated on all the new trends in Social Media. Recommend that your students see the movie, Social Network, to gain more insight into how Facebook developed. They might also track the current case in which two Harvard students are suing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for a larger settlement. Facebook is also in the news because Facebook users who check in to a store or “like” a brand may soon find those actions re-transmitted on their friends’ pages as a “Sponsored Story” paid for by advertisers. Currently there is no way for users to decline this feature.
  • Good news at Google:  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc. plans to hire more than 6,200 workers this year — boosting its work force by at least a quarter — in the biggest expansion yet by the Internet’s most profitable company. The hiring spree comes as President Barack Obama emphasized the need for more jobs during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Google now offers internship opportunities throughout the year in both technical and non-technical fields.
  • Traditional internships:  There are nearly 3,000 internships listed under Social Media on internships.com. For example, Investor Nation is looking for a qualified intern to join its marketing and media team for its brand, RealYields. The marketing and media team is responsible for demand generation of product initiatives currently ranging from real estate investment opportunities to a newly introduced online real estate application for business and consumers. This intern will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing, PR, and social media.
  • Virtual internships:   Social Media virtual internships are rapidly proliferating. For example, a craft and hobbies site in Brooklyn, New York is looking for 3 Social Media interns to work part-time. The interns will help establish the site as the go-to destination for how-tos, expert interviews, contests, answering questions and laughing about the silly side of DIY. The Web site, being launched by several online media veterans, offers the opportunity to learn several aspects of launching a startup venture.
  • Online: We’ve seen an uptick in the number of social media internships on Internships.com.  Currently there are over 1,000 social media internships across the country!

Directing students to Fashion internships

February 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A fashion major has many options, ranging from retail to design to administration. When your students have narrowed down their interests, you can direct them to Web sites, organizations, and publications that update the job outlook and trends, leading them to the best internships.

  • Job outlook:  NACE’s Job Outlook 2011 shows that for the Class of 2011 the job market is off to a positive start. Employers responding to the NACE Job Outlook 2011 Fall Preview survey reported plans to hire 13.5 percent more new bachelor’s graduates from the Class of 2011 than they did from the Class of 2010. When asked to describe the overall job market for Class of 2011 bachelor’s degree graduates, the largest group—almost half of employers— characterized it as “good.” In comparison, last year, the largest group saw the job market as just “fair.”
  • Stylesight: A leading provider of trend content, tools and technology for creative professionals in the fashion and style industries, Stylesight streamlines the creative design and product development processes through effective tools and exacting editorial insight that can’t be accessed anywhere else. Stylesight is headquartered in New York with a Forecasting Atelier in Paris and satellite offices in the style capitals of the world. The company’s network of accomplished industry insiders are virtuosos of fashion design, trend analysis, forecasting, reporting, merchandising and apparel manufacturing.
  • Eco Fashion:  A recent Education Life section in The New York Times featured fashion students from Sarah Lawrence, Stanford, Cornell, and Portland who were exploring alternative fabrics, such as bamboo and hemp as well as a disposable coat. Other students were involved in sustainable or repurposing old clothing into designs. Though the rage for vintage clothing continues to grow as a fashion statement, it also is part of the movement to convert vintage clothing into new ensembles. More and more consumers are buying second-hand clothing, focusing fashion careers on this retail market.
  • #1 in Trends:   Trendzine is a fashion information service that offers effective and highly accurate trend predictions to the fashion, style and related industries. Reports are creative, inspiring and highly focused on product. Fashion intelligence and industry experience shape the reports, providing comprehensive coverage and analysis of current and future fashion trends. The service has launched an educational version, enabling students and teachers to access the full service at a reduced rate.
  • Internships: FreeFashionInternships.com was created after a seasoned Fashion intern decided that top-tier Fashion internship listings should be available to everyone. Using online resources, a blog was launched to open up the world of fashion to anyone who has a desire to work in the industry. The site has listings that range from couture to action sports, design to public relations. Direct your students to internships.com, too, to access over 200 fashion internships.

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