Making sure all your students have summer internships

May 17, 2012 at 8:00 am | Posted in career center | Leave a comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

You and your colleagues are working hard to ensure that all your students have summer internships lined up. “Internships are being sought by more and more KU students because they realize how important internships are in their future job search,” said Erin Wolfram, assistant director of career networks at the University Career Center at Kansas University. The number of students involved in internships is difficult to monitor, Wolfram said, due to the variety of ways students find them. Some find internships through professors, family members, or career services, such as, which was recently listed as #1 of 6 Best Sites to find Summer Internships on Students still searching for summer internships might find the following opportunities on helpful:

•    Accounting Internship:  CampGroup, LLC, Monmouth, ME. 2 Full-Time, Paid;  05/29/12 – 08/18/12.  Accounting intern to assist Controller in the management of CampGroup, LLC, which owns and operates 15 children’s resident summer camps in lakeside locations.  Assignments will involve routine accounting practices such as entering invoices & cash receipts, paying bills, recording manual checks & journal entries. You will also be involved in the preparation of staff payroll and tracking of staff advances. Requirements:  Academic concentration in Accounting or Finance required. Must have completed 2 semesters of accounting, must be detail oriented and have solid computer skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word.

•    Advertising Copywriter:  Internet Webpages Newspaper, Inc., Chicago, IL.  Part-Time, Paid  05/07/12 – ? (Dates Flexible.) Internet Webpages Newspaper, Inc. (IWN), a downtown Chicago-based print, online and events company, is seeking an Advertising Copywriter intern for an exciting opportunity at our Chicago Loop office. The primary responsibility is to execute the vision and direction of IWN’s Brand strategy. Specifically you will 1. Create Ad Copy for Print Publications, Event Signage and Graphics 2. Write AIDA oriented copy for a network of up to 80+ company websites and online stores. Requirements:  The ideal candidate is outgoing, friendly and works well in a collaborative office setting. Detail-oriented with excellent grammar and writing ability. Multilingual is desired but not mandatory.

•    Development Assistant, Marketing/Development Department:  Student Support Center, 1003 K St. NW Washington, DC.   Part-Time, Unpaid (College Credit Required) 06/01/12 – 09/01/12 (Dates Flexible). The Development Intern is responsible for assisting the Director of Development with maintaining the organization’s donor database, tracking and evaluating fundraising efforts, researching donor prospects and grant opportunities.

•    Tech start-up intern:  VenueTap, New York, NY. Full-Time, Unpaid, 06/04/12 – 09/04/12 (Dates Flexible). VenueTap is looking for a creative-minded go-getter to assist in developing our party planning platform. Your primary responsibilities will be managing the quality of our releases and sketching out future functionality. A good candidate will be able to work independently and follow directions well and be responsible for Quality Assurance and System Monitoring, Bug troubleshooting, and UI development and design. Requirements:   Familiarity with MySQL, JavaScript, C#, .NET, HTML, organized, strong attention to detail, ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment,  previous start-up experience is a plus, and proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).

•    Mobile App Graphic Designer:  TapWalk, Boston, MA. Part-Time, Unpaid (College Credit Required), 06/01/12 – 10/01/12 (Dates Flexible). This internship starts ASAP. The July 1st start date and submission end time was just to keep the post open to allow for continuous submissions. TapWalk is a technology-based startup and a world leader in the geo-based custom mobile application. Requirements:  1. Portfolio 2. Pursuing or graduated with a degree in Graphic Design.

•    NIH internships:   The National Institutes of Health (NIH) consists of 27 institutes with more than 1200 laboratories; some of the institutes include the National Institute of Cancer, National Eye Institute, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, and the NIH Clinical Center. NIH offers stipends for trainees. The positions are highly competitive and are considered on a rolling basis. In one period, out of 6,700 applicants, only 1,200 interns were selected. You’ll need references.

•    Keswick Theatre Internships:  AEG Live, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA , 2 Part-Time, Unpaid (College Credit Required),  05/14/12 – 08/14/12 (Dates Flexible).The Keswick Theatre – nationally recognized by audiences and performing artists as the most comfortable, friendly, acoustically-perfect listening room in the Philadelphia area-presents a broad range of internationally acclaimed performers geared to virtually every entertainment taste and interest. Requirements: Must be a junior or senior at a full-time and accredited college or university. Must provide proof of college credit within first week of internship. Previous work experience (industry-related experience) is encouraged and a commitment to 16-20 hours’ work per week is required.

How colleges and companies promote successful internships

May 10, 2012 at 8:00 am | Posted in career center | 1 Comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

AT&T plans to hire more than 600 young workers this year, and roughly half of those positions will be for internships that could lead to entry-level full-time jobs. The company reports that it has been hiring interns for its summer program since the fall, but that positions remain. AT&T has made its internship program more robust. Interns will be paired with a mentor, receive mid- and end-of-program feedback on their performance and be given opportunities to shadow executives. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, some three dozen companies, government agencies and nonprofits have committed to creating 180,000 summer jobs this year, and more organizations could sign on as the summer nears. (The jobs bank is expected to be available in early May at Here’s a sample of what your colleagues at other colleges are doing to promote successful internships:

  • University of Denver:  The Career Center hosted its quarterly Career and Internship Fair last Wednesday at the Gates Field House, with tables representing 50 government and non-profit employers. According to Pat O’Keefe, assistant director of the Career Center, about 350 students and alumni attended the spring fair, while 500 usually attend each of the fall and winter fairs. Employers included organizations like the Colorado Department of Revenue, the Salvation Army, the Peace Corps and Teach for America. “The spring fair is unusual because of this government and non-profit focus,” said O’Keefe. “The fall and winter fairs are more business-oriented.” According to O’Keefe, there were 13 more employers at this year’s fair than last year. She said the increase in employers from previous years could be a sign of the beginning of U.S. economic recovery.
  • University of Houston:  The treatment of unpaid interns has recently come under fire, but UH students are continuing to apply for and accept these positions with the hope they will gain experience.  Marketing junior Colleen Seitz currently has an internship with UH’s Athletics and Marketing Department. Seitz says she has gained valuable insight into the inner workings of a sports marketing position and is receiving hands-on experience. For journalism junior Jennifer Pearson, her experience with the Houston Chronicle is much different. She has done photo galleries, but she has not received direct credit for her work. She is obtaining credit through UH for the internship, but Pearson is not sure whether the experience is helpful. Anthropology senior Jene Harper holds an internship at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and helps veterans adjust to civilian life.  “The trade-off in spending that time and having the chance to gain the currency of human experience is far more valuable than getting $10 an hour.”
  • University of Louisiana:  An alumnus from the University of Louisiana at Monroe has donated $10,000 to the College of Business Internship Support Fund. Freeman Stamper, who graduated from ULM’s College of Business in 1968, presented the donation Friday morning. The Internship Support Fund provides financial support to students participating in internships in high cost areas, such as Boston, Hong Kong, London, Dallas and New Orleans. Stamper is an executive consultant in the San Francisco area. He has made numerous contributions to the university over the years, including establishing the Frances Morris Memorial Endowed Scholarship, bestowing $1 million to benefit the endowed scholarship and naming the Charles Freeman Stamper Assistant Director’s Office in the Clarke M. Williams Student Success Center. Stamper said he is passionate about giving back to the university that helped launch his career.
  • Bethel College:  Bethel College celebrates its emphasis on undergraduate research with the annual URICA Symposium on campus. URICA stands for Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity. This year’s symposium has expanded to include the fine arts and theater in addition to presentations from student research in science and social science. John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, and Marla Krell, director of experiential learning, will moderate two panel discussions on “Experiential Learning through Internships.” Members of the panels are juniors and seniors. Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA.

Ramping up for the growing demand in labor market turnaround

May 8, 2012 at 8:00 am | Posted in career center | Leave a comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

Hiring is back in a big way on many college campuses, one of several signs a recovery in the U.S. jobs market is gaining traction, according to a recent article by Reuters. A survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found 2012 hiring is expected to climb 10.2 percent, above a previous estimate of 9.5 percent. At University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the career service office has seen up to now a 7.4 percent increase in the number of interviews of students by potential employers from last year and the number of companies seeking to recruit for full-time jobs is up 9.2 percent. Career experts at a dozen of U.S. schools said they have seen an increase of 15 to 30 percent in the number of companies attending campus career fairs. Here’s what some colleges are doing to ramp up for the increased demand:

  • University of Maine:  The University of Maine is starting up a new internship program to help place students in the internship that will work best for the student and the company. This new program is part of the Innovation Engineering program which U Maine students can minor in during their time there. The Director of Economic Development of Initiatives Renee Kelly said this minor is not just for engineering students. This minor is open to all students and the goal is to teach students how to come up with new ideas, test them and see if those ideas work. Nate Wildes is getting ready to graduate; he is getting his major in political science a minor in innovation engineering, which is one of the reasons why he came to U Maine. He got that hands on experience during two internships as part of the innovation engineering program. Innovation engineering is expanding its program and is taking applications from all Maine college students who are looking for a summer internship.
  • University of Rhode Island:  The University of Rhode Island celebrated its new Office of Experiential Education and Community Engagement in a ceremony that included presentations from President David M. Dooley and Gov. Lincoln Chafee. The office was previously known as the Office of Internships and Experiential Education, and, before that, University Year for Action. Along with the change in title, the office features a new set of “experiential coordinators,” one for each college in the university, who work as liaisons between the academic departments and experiential learning programs, according to Director Kim Washer. “This is a way for us to streamline information,” she said. “By designating experiential coordinators for each college, we can work collaboratively with faculty on their current and future plans.” Washer explained that while most students and employers associate experiential education with internships, some students do not have room in their schedules to fit in a full-time or even part-time internship outside of the university. “What we’ve done is create an office that can meet the needs of the changing industry communities and work with faculty to increase this kind of experiential learning taking place in classrooms.”
  • The Ohio State University:  With summer quickly approaching, some students might find themselves turning to the Spring Career Day and other services in order to land a summer internship or job. Randy Dineen, an internship adviser for the College of Arts and Sciences Career Services, said that while the career services available to students differ based on the student’s major, many schools of enrollment offer similar services, including resume critiques, mock interviews, networking workshops and online job postings. The Spring Career Day April 3 will be the last career fair offered to students this school year. For Dineen, preparation is key for the event. “Research is always important to find out who is going to be there and what they’re hiring for,” Dineen said. “With 1,000 students and more than 100 organizations there, you’d be wasting your time without a plan.” Margaret Bogenschutz, senior director of undergraduate career management at the Fisher College of Business, said students should have a strategy going into career day. “Make a couple lists of 10 companies that you must see, and an additional 10 you’ll see if you get around to them to introduce yourself,” Bogenschutz said.
  • University of Connecticut:  Many students seeking advice to make the most of their internship experience are given frustratingly vague answers based in platitudes rather than particular experiences. This was not the case for Tuesday’s panel on how to turn an internship into a job offer. While the phrase “go above and beyond” was indeed uttered by all the panelists – and by some it was said three or four times – much of the advice was pointed and all of the tips from the three students who received offers for full-time jobs after their internships were based on their own experiences. The panel, hosted by Career Services, was composed of talent consultant for Cigna Health Insurance Allison Eastwood, two employees who were former interns for Cigna and Mary Reilly, a UConn student and Career Services employee who has a job lined up after graduation. Each person spoke on the importance of completing work thoroughly and on-time, communicating with supervisors early and often and asking to take on more work.

Reminding your students to follow up after a career fair

March 15, 2012 at 8:00 am | Posted in career center | Leave a comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

After a successful career fair, students are often in a state of euphoria because they met representatives from companies that they consider future employers or internship sites. The companies have their resumes, and the students have their business cards or contact information.  Now all they have to do is wait for the email or phone call, offering them an interview, an internship, or even a job–or so they think.  As a career services professional, it’s your job to introduce them to the real world of follow up. Your office may be able to provide college note cards for students to use to write thank you notes.

To emphasize that the career fair is only the first step in an ongoing campaign to launch a career, you might suggest the following activities that will help them realize their future goals:

  • Correspondence:  Write a brief letter or note and send it to each person with whom you spoke. Consider sending your “Thank you for your time” note via snail mail since emails may get lost in junk mail or in the deluge of emails in a busy person’s inbox. Start off by thanking him/her for the information about the company, and then ask if you may come in for an informational interview to learn more about the industry. At this point, you aren’t asking for an internship or a job; you simply want to develop a professional relationship with the company of your choice. Future correspondence could include holiday cards, congratulatory notes on new product releases or company accomplishments, or news of your own awards or new additions to your resume.
  • Class assignment:  Demonstrate your active interest in the company by selecting a subject/product, history, or significant event as a topic for a class paper or project. The company may even provide a topic that interests them, such as how to expand its  market on college campuses.  Most companies feel an obligation to help students in educational pursuits, which means they’ll be willing to provide information for the project or to agree to talk to students on the proposed project.  Whether it’s a team effort or an individual one, you might ask a company representative to attend the final report presentation.  At the very least you could send the report to the company, ensuring that the recipient remembers who you are when you do call for an internship or job.
  • Networking:  When you’ve found a company where you want to work, start researching and building a network. Sign up for LinkedIn and create a profile that highlights the skills required by your target company. Also, post a question asking if anyone on LinkedIn knows an employee in your target company. Visit the campus career center to find out what the staff can tell you about the company. Check at the alumni office to find out if any alumni are employed at that company and could introduce you to the appropriate personnel or give you a recommendation. Ask your professors if they know anyone at the company. Many professors do consulting for outside firms and may be able to help you with contacts. Find out if the company sponsors any volunteer or community events in which you could offer your services as a way to network with employees.  Effective networking may take months to do, but it does pay off, literally.

Career Fairs sweep campuses

March 13, 2012 at 8:00 am | Posted in career center | Leave a comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

Like your colleagues at campuses around the country you probably have been busy getting your students ready for Career Fairs at your school. You’ve reviewed student resumes, researched the attending companies, signed up students, and held preparation sessions. Career Fairs offer excellent opportunities for both internships and jobs.

Here’s how some of your colleagues at other colleges are handling this busy event:

  • Gustavus Adolphus College:  Over 130 Gustavus students will gather at the Minneapolis Convention Center, where they will interface with potential employers at the annual Minnesota’s Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair. Gustavus students who registered for the fair assembled for an orientation event designed to improve their interview skills ahead of meeting with representatives from hiring companies. For over 30 years, Minnesota’s Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair has been connecting graduating seniors with entry-level employment opportunities, in addition to matching many juniors and sophomores with valuable summer internships.  Registrants have been receiving a myriad of advice from the Center for Servant Leadership (CSL) via email. Preparations for the fair included a meeting, where 22 Gustavus alumni were on hand to give advice and provide the opportunity for students to participate in a series of mock interviews.
  • North Illinois University (NIU):  More than 148 employers are scheduled to see student faces at the Internship and Full-time Job fairs at NIU. Regardless of class or major, students are welcome to attend the Internship Fair while seniors and alumni are invited to attend NIU’s Full-Time Job Fair. Admission is free for NIU students, $5 for NIU alumni and $10 for non-NIU candidates. “Students who use the NIU job and internship search system, Huskies Get Hired – utilizing Victor eRecruiting – are finding success in identifying and applying for internships and full-time jobs,” said Brandon Lagana, director of marketing and information at Career Services. “They are hearing from employers about interviews.” Students can enhance their Spring 2012 career fair experience by following up with a visit to Career Services.  Other upcoming spring career fairs include: Mid-America Educators’ Job Fair for teacher certification students and Retail Leadership Expo.
  • Utah State University (USU) More than 40 businesses from Utah and across the U.S. participated in the recent annual Summer Jobs Fair at USU, offering a variety of job openings for students who are looking for work this summer.  The fair gave students a chance to find jobs and internships in many fields such as retail, satellite television sales, summer camps, hotels and resorts, campus employment and LDS employment. “I like how most of the jobs offer internships,” said USU student Eric Kunzler. “I’m a business administration major, and a lot of jobs like Camp Hunt and Bear World offer internships, so that’s interesting for me.” “We are offering summer internships,” said Frank Asbell, the representative from Bear World at the fair. “We have people doing things like diet and food prep, health and safety checks, exhibit maintenance, guiding the tours, animal education.” Representatives from the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation and the Jackson Trading Company also attended.
  • University of Maryland:   More than 300 employers will be available during the upcoming three-day Spring Career & Internship Fair, including 212 employers recruiting for non-technical positions and 202 employers looking to fill technical positions. More than 100 employers are looking to hire for both types of positions. William Jones Jr., the Associate Director for External Relations at the University Career Center & The President’s Promise, wrote an excellent editorial for the campus newspaper that you might want to share with your own students. 
    • Here are excerpts from his insider suggestions:  
      • Collect as many business cards as you can and make a good first impression, so when it is time to apply for a position you can stand out by referencing that connection in your cover letter.
      • Do not ask the employer “what kind of positions do you have” or “what is your organization all about?” Research the organizations that are expected to attend the fair beforehand.
      • Yes, the recruiter may ask you to apply online. When you do apply online, use the knowledge you gained from speaking with the recruiter at the fair to highlight what’s really important from the organization’s point of view. And reference that conversation in your written materials.
      • Try to get on their interview schedule. Many employers are at the fair to encourage top candidates to get on their interview schedule as part of our On-Campus Interviewing Program.
      • Use the fair to put a face to your application. With the current economy, if your application materials are generic, the employer will move on to the next candidate. Put yourself in the position of the recruiters and ask yourself what would make you stand out in their mind.

Getting help with finding internships for your students

May 3, 2011 at 11:35 am | Posted in career center | Leave a comment
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Susan Sandberg

You probably have a long line of students at your door, all wanting summer internships. Spring is usually the busiest time of the year for overworked career services professionals who wish they had lots of interns to help them. However, take heart. You do have resources available to you. Check out the following:

  • College committees:  Faculty members inElonCollege, theCollege ofArts and Sciences, have formed a committee that will temporarily serve as a means of discussion for internships within the college. The newly formed committee is looking at broad questions regarding internships, according to Pam Kiser, the committee chair and professor of human service studies. Kiser said members of the committee have been discussing pertinent questions, such as the best practices for academic internships, the hallmarks of high quality internships, what a syllabus for an internship looks like, what kind of training and faculty development for mentoring internships and what types of compensation are appropriate for faculty.  Could you organize such a committee at your college to help you?
  • Online databases:  According to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the days of finding summer internship opportunities through the school career counselor are in the past. “The competition to land internships is fierce. This requires new strategies, and at times, gutsy moves.” Although this article may be exaggerating the diminishing role of the school career counselor, students do have a large array of Web sites, where they can take responsibility for finding themselves the best internships. If your students do their research on, you can track and review their activity records through monthly reports, ensuring that your students are active participants in the internship process.
  • Affiliate University status:  If you register to be an Affiliate, you can post internships exclusively to students at your university, receive custom analytics and statistics about your students, have access to a dedicated client care team, and get reports on industry trends and data. You can also put your own career center’s logo and colors on materials for a customized appearance. As an Affiliate, you can receive and send monthly e-newsletters to students about the internships industry, opportunities, and resume/career tips. Also, your school will receive a press release detailing the positive aspects of the new partnership. Another option is to register as a Basic member. For details, click on New Services for your CareerCenter on the Web site.
  • Partnerships:  The weak economy has left all government agencies from municipal to federal without any option but to cut the number of workers or put a freeze on hiring. Formerly an excellent resource for paid summer internships, these agencies may now be a good place to develop a partnership for unpaid summer internships for students. The experience could be invaluable in gaining future internships and networking. If students apply to a government-related agency in their home towns, living at home might offset the unpaid aspect. As a career services professional, you have the credentials to build such partnerships that can benefit your students. A struggling agency may welcome your student interns in a win-win situation for everyone.

Interviewing can be as simple as attending a dinner party

March 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Posted in Advising interns, career center, Intern Advice, Summer internships | Leave a comment
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Stacie Stormer

As a career counselor, I am always looking for metaphors that help my clients reframe a challenge they are facing. Oftentimes, when clients express anxiety about interviewing, they are focused on learning the rules and what to do – or not do – in an interview. While understanding interviewing basics is crucial, doing well in an interview can be as simple as being a good dinner guest.

My spouse and I were recently hosting a dinner party and one of our friends brought a guest. While we were cleaning up after the party, we discussed how much we liked this new guest. While there are many reasons why we liked this person, there were a few things this person did that can be transferrable to the interview. She:

Asked about others – As the host, I felt it was my duty to make this guest feel welcomed. So, I attended to the guest a bit more and thought about topics that would interest her. She, however, initiated her fair share of conversation. She deepened the conversation by asking follow-up question. She came across confident and thoughtful. I often encourage my clients to listen attentively and ask follow-up questions as this can change the dynamic from a “one-way barrage of questions” to a more collegial conversation.

Complemented others – After having worked hard on the meal, it felt good to hear her praise what we had prepared. She seemed sincere as she stated what she specifically liked about the meal. Employers are people too and they like to hear what candidates sincerely and specifically like about their organization.

Told stories – I learned a lot about this person from the engaging stories she told. She told colorful stories without monopolizing the party. Regardless of our culture, we humans are much more attentive when listening to a story and a story is a much more clever way to convey a message. I advise my clients to write down the most important things they want the employers to know about them and come up with a story to illustrate those. Then, look for opportunities to tell those stories in the interview.

Of course a dinner party should not feel like an interview, but an interview can feel a bit more like a party!

Certainly the employer asks questions to assess candidates’ knowledge, skills and abilities, but how an interviewer feels about the candidate can be quite powerful. Having positive feelings certainly tip the scales in that candidate’s favor. So, the next time a student asks you about how to ace an interview, just say “pretend you are attending a dinner party”. Want more interviewing tips?  Click here.

Oh and by the way, our dinner guest also sent us a handwritten thank you note – nice touch!

Helping students find their focus

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

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 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

Job Boards – I use job boards like and 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

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 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    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.
  • Summer Internships: Suggest that your students browse through the 4,433 Summer Internships listed on 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 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

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)  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) 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.


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.

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