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.

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.

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.

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