Tags: college, global development, global internships
We may think that the boom in internships is unique to the U.S., but countries worldwide are also dealing with similar growth. Since summer is a prime time for establishing internship goals for the Fall semester, it may be helpful to look farther afield to study how other countries are managing internships. Understanding global development is important because more and more international students are choosing to come to American colleges. The following examples are representative of new international trends:
- China: “College students should be banned from taking internships because they cannot focus on their studies while working for companies in positions of little significance,” said Huang Guitian, an assistant to the president of Peking University. Not all Chinese students agreed with him. A reader, Linyi, Shandong province, wrote, “I think it is necessary to do an internship while at university. As a college student, you cannot learn the business trends if you spend all your time in school. If you only learn from books you will not connect with reality. An internship can help a student learn more about the needs of employers. By combining theory with practice, young people can develop better.”
- Ireland: The JobBridge programme is to be extended after a successful first ten months, with a number of internships currently available in Longford, Ireland. Last week, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton announced a further 1,000 places would be made available on the programme and widened the eligibility criteria for the scheme due to its success since its introduction on July first last year. According to the Department of Social Protection, the scheme has made significant progress to date. In the ten months since the scheme was launched 6,840 internships have started. The initial target provided for a maximum of 5,000 places at any point in time but this announcement will increase that to 6,000.
- Canada: Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal government in British Columbia will commit $5M toward scholarships and research internships as it unveils details of how it plans to attract 47,000 additional international students into the province over the next four years. Minister of Advanced Education Naomi Yamamoto said, “We want to increase the number of international students that come to British Columbia (B.C.) by 50 per cent.” That target means B.C. has to increase the number of students it attracts by 47,000 over four years. It says almost half of that increase will come from enrolments in private-language schools, 30 per cent from public post-secondary institutions, 12 per cent from private post-secondary and 13 per cent in K-12. In an effort to achieve those targets, the province will give a one-time $700,000 grant to a program that helps attract and support international students to do research internships at B.C. universities.
- England: As the graduate employment market becomes increasingly competitive, we need to make ourselves stand out from the crowd – good grades and experience are a must. But we also have to pay the rent, according to an article in the Guardian newspaper. So, when juggling student life, which do you prioritise: your degree, unpaid CV-boosting extras – or a part-time job? The answer may lie with your university’s guidelines. Oxbridge advises students not to take work during term-time, while the University of Nottingham recommends no more than 16 hours a week. There’s no national data to show how many students take part-time work, although the University of Warwick estimates that over 50% of students do so.
- Japan: Four leading Japanese corporations are offering summer internship opportunities for UAE national students in Japan, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology announced. Five UAE national graduates from the Foundation program and First year M.Sc. have been selected to participate in this program that runs from 27 May – 9 August. The students have begun their internship with the Japanese International Cooperation Centre. Dr. Amy Wohlert, Executive Director of General Education and Student Affairs, Masdar Institute, said: “The internship program in Japan provides the students with an opportunity to gain access to some of the global leaders in technology, especially in the environment and engineering sectors. Such programs equip the students with special expertise and help them to become full-fledged professionals.”
Tags: NACE annual conferece, national association of colleges and employers, speakers, workshops
During the school year, you focus all your energy on helping your students advance their careers through internships, jobs, workshops, speakers, and more. Now that it’s nearly summer, why not think about your own career advancement? To network among your colleagues from other campuses and to meet employers who have internships, consider attending the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) annual conference. Held at Paris Las Vegas, the 2012 Conference & Expo is scheduled for June 12-15. For detailed information, go to the NACE Web site. The following general information may convince you that it’s an important event for your own career advancement:
- Speakers: Sir Ken Robinson, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, will speak on “Leading a Culture of Innovation.” In his keynote address on Wednesday, Sir Robinson, who has worked with some of the world’s leading organizations, argues for radical changes in how we educate students to meet the extraordinary challenges of living and working in the 21st century. On Thursday Shama Kabani, sponsored by BP, will speak on “The Zen of Social Media Marketing.” Shaman Kabani has been dubbed an “online marketing shaman and a master millennial of the universe.” She is also the author of The Zen of Social Media Marketing.
- Workshops: You can choose your workshops by interest/track as well as by level, too: new to the profession, intermediate, or advanced. Workshops include Assessment/Accountability/Metrics, Branding and Marketing, Coaching and Counseling, Internship and Early Identification, Program Management and Delivery, University Relations and Recruiting Tactics, Advamced Level Workshops. The workshops also offer different formats, depending on your teacher/student style.
- Exhibitors: The Exhibit Hall offers hundreds of booths representing a wide range of organizations, ranging from CareerBeam (an internships.com company) to Walt Disney, Going Global, Transportation Security Administration, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Lockheed Martin, and more. You can purchase a ticket to attend the Exhibit Hall if you don’t have time for the other events. You could do a lot of networking with people at the booths.
- Pre-Conference Workshops: Take advantage of special programs to enhance your skills. The Management Leadership Institute Master Class focuses on developing solutions to some of the key strategic issues facing career center professionals today. Another option is Leading and Managing During Change, which will examine how to navigate personal, institutional, and external issues to create successful outcomes for career centers and staff. Another workshop is Designing Staff Development to Build Strong Teams. Topics will cover how staff development activities impact workplace culture and employee satisfaction.
- Global Campus Recruitment Symposium: Held June 11-12 at Paris Las Vegas, this networking and learning event offers market intelligence for countries you’re targeting, teaches best practices of recruiting effectively, and helps you tap in a community of experts.
Tags: internship preperation, internship value, internships.com, paid internship, unpaid internship
The subject of internships—paid or unpaid?—rages as the #1 controversial issue in education today as the summer internship season kicks off. Even the most respected media sources in the country are highlighting the debate. According to Time magazine, “Today an estimated one-third to one-half of the U.S.’s 1.5 million internships are without pay, a trend that has only accelerated since the 2008 financial crisis. Employers contend that they’re paying interns with experience, which can be more valuable than cash, especially in tough-to-break-into fields such as media, fashion and entertainment.” As a career services professional, it’s your job to help your students see beyond the news stories. The following reminders focus on getting the most value out of internships (whether paid or unpaid):
- Focus on the internship: A new study by Millennial Branding and Experience, Inc. reported in Metro.us shows that only half of employers have hired an intern in the past six months. While 91 percent of employers think that students should participate in an internship before they graduate, the majority of companies surveyed haven’t hired interns for full-time positions. Remind your students not to worry about getting a job offer, but to focus on learning as much as possible from their current internship, viewing the experience as a test to determine if your student wants to pursue a career in that field. Advise your students not to ask how many interns the company hires or inquire about future opportunities until the internship has a successful conclusion. Students should also avoid gossiping about interns in the news who are suing their internship sites for unpaid work or misrepresented internships. To start a conversation at work, students may want to ask questions about the job or the company or talk about sports or even the weather.
- Focus on preparation: As part of Senior Week, Ohio University Career Services is hosting an Etiquette Dinner Workshop. Although the word “Etiquette” may sound old-fashioned, it’s still in vogue to understand proper behavior. If your students have the opportunity to share a meal with employees or the internship supervisor, it’s important to know proper table manners and protocol. Refrain from drinking alcohol at work functions is a good place to start. Dress codes are another important subject. Encourage your students to wear basic or neutral colors. Males should wear dress shirts and trousers and females may wear pants suits, tailored dresses, or knee-length skirts and blouses. Better to err on the side of being too conservative until students spend enough time at their internship to observe dress policy. Students should research their internship company thoroughly, using Google or talking to other students who have already interned there.
- Focus on new challenges: A successful internship will offer students the opportunity to learn new skills and new approaches to projects. Encourage your students to ask lots of questions, request more assignments, and volunteer to help out on projects. An internship is a great place to get a mentor who will explain new duties and help interns avoid errors. Mentors are key to building a good reputation. The mentor may be the internship supervisor, a seasoned employee, or a staff person who shares the same career interests or is an alum of the intern’s college. Reassure your student interns that it’s perfectly acceptable to admit ignorance at an assignment as long as they follow up with asking for help in performing the assignment. If technology issues cause undue stress for your interns, you may be able to help out by contacting the technical staff at the company and asking for assistance for your students.
- Focus on enjoying the internship: An internship may be a turning point in life, so before a student decides that the internship is boring, too difficult or too whatever, he or she should give it a chance. For example, in a recent NYT’s Sunday Review section, Kara Newman wrote about her internship years ago at a prominent New York magazine. She says that she “hated” her internship, but one of her duties was serving Scotch to the boss. Now she’s the spirits editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine. If students are unhappy in their internships, try to find out why. As a good career professional, you’ve probably thoroughly researched the site and know the internship supervisor well enough to ask him or her about the intern’s complaints. If the intern is simply miserable and wants to leave no matter what you suggest, the intern may still be able to find another internship for this summer at internships.com, the world’s largest internship site with 70,000 internships and 20,000 employers.
Tags: college graduates, job growth rate, unpaid internships
April’s job growth was less than economists had been predicting. The nation’s employers produced a net gain of 115,000 positions, after adding 154,000 in March, according to the Labor Department. The unemployment rate ticked down to 8.1 percent in April, from 8.2 percent. That may sound like good news, but the decline was not because more unemployed workers were hired; it was entirely because 342,000 workers dropped out of the labor force. The share of working-age Americans who are in the labor force — either working or actively looking for a job — is now at its lowest level since 1981, when far fewer women were doing paid work. Government job losses, which totaled 15,000 in April, continued to weigh on the economy, tugging down job growth as local governments grapple with strained budgets. Many college graduates—as well as undergraduates–are flocking to unpaid internships to get a foot in an employer’s door. Excerpts from the following New York Times article explore their choices:
- While unpaid postcollege internships have long existed in the film and nonprofit worlds, they have recently spread to fashion houses, book and magazine publishers, marketing companies, public relations firms, art galleries, talent agencies — even to some law firms. Ross Perlin, author of the 2011 book “Intern Nation,” said postcollege internships used to be confined to a few fields like film but have become far more common. “The people in charge in many industries were once interns and they’ve come of age, and to them unpaid internships are completely normal and they think of having interns in every way, shape and form,” he said.
- No one keeps statistics on the number of college graduates taking unpaid internships, but there is widespread agreement that the number has significantly increased, not least because the jobless rate for college graduates age 24 and under has risen to 9.4 percent, the highest level since the government began keeping records in 1985. “A few years ago you hardly heard about college graduates taking unpaid internships,” said Ross Eisenbrey, a vice president at the Economic Policy Institute who has done several studies on interns. “But now I’ve even heard of people taking unpaid internships after graduating from Ivy League schools.”
- Melissa Reyes, who graduated from Marist College with a degree in fashion merchandising last May, applied for a dozen jobs to no avail. She was thrilled, however, to land an internship with the Diane von Furstenberg fashion house in Manhattan. “They talked about what an excellent, educational internship program this would be,” she said. But Ms. Reyes soon soured on the experience. She often worked 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., five days a week. “They had me running out to buy them lunch,” she said. “They had me cleaning out the closets, emptying out the past season’s items.” Asked about her complaints, the fashion firm said, “We are very proud of our internship program, and we take all concerns of this kind very seriously.”
- Some interns say their experiences were quite helpful. Emily Miethner, a fine arts major at Hofstra, took an unpaid position at Gawker after graduating in 2010, doing research and social media for the news and gossip site. After two months, she moved to an unpaid internship at Flavorpill, an online cultural guide. The knowledge she gained at those places, she said, was crucial to her landing a $35,000-a-year job as social media coordinator at Sterling Publishing. “More than just the individual tasks that I did, it was being in a great company culture and meeting a lot of people,” she said, noting that she was able to work without pay partly because she stayed at the home of her boyfriend’s parents.
Tags: internships.com, opportunities, summer internships
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 internships.com, which was recently listed as #1 of 6 Best Sites to find Summer Internships on makeuseof.com. Students still searching for summer internships might find the following opportunities on internships.com 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.
• 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.
Tags: Bethel College, internship promotion, University of Denver, University of Houston, University of Louisiana
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 dol.gov/summerjobs.) 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 Forbes.com 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.
Tags: labor market turnaround, The Ohio State University, University of Connecticut, University of Maine, University of Rhode Island
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.
Tags: internship statistics, job market, job opportunities
A recent New York Times magazine article, called “Hello, Cruel World,” focused on the career status of 226 Drew graduates in the class of 2011 seven months after graduation. Located in Madison, NJ, Drew, which has a prestigious Wall Street internship program, ranks 94th among 178 private liberal arts colleges, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual list. On a national level, unemployment among recent liberal-arts graduates is at 9.4%, higher than the national average. At Drew 17% of the NYT’s sample (226 students) of the class of 2011 is unemployed. Compare some of the following statistics and stories from Drew with your own institution and see how your students rate:
- Statistics: 39% have full-time jobs, including six who have both full- and part-time jobs. 35% of students who are employed part-time have two or more jobs. 34% of jobs involve food service, retail, customer service, clerical or unskilled work. Employment by industry, including part-time jobs and internships, ranks from highest in Recreation and Hospitality down to Education, Finance, Nonprofit, Media, Retail, and lastly to lowest, Health. 22% of students are in graduate school. The most popular graduate school program is Education, followed by Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing/Midwifery; Psychology and Social Work; Accounting, Business, and Marketing; Liberal Art, Sciences, and Law.
- Internships: 74% of students who are interning are unpaid. For one Drew student it paid off. Alex B writes, “A lot of it just came down to networking skills. I knew it was going to be hard, so I did a lot of internships. The best thing to do is to have them like you, to keep in contact during the year and hang out with them. I knew the job was there before I graduated. It comes down to networking well and knowing who you need to maintain relationships with when you’re not there.” Alex is now employed as a trainee at his former internship site in contrast to another classmate who turned down an unpaid internship at a law firm, saying “if you can’t afford to pay me $10 an hour, you don’t deserve to be in business.” She’s unemployed.
- Entrepreneurial options: A number of Drew graduates ended up in entrepreneurial pursuits. Though it wasn’t in her plan, one graduate took a job in a friend’s holistic pet-food store and discovered that more money was being poured into pet care since the economy went bad. “Eventually,” she says, “I hope to start my own grooming business.” Another graduate, a nutrition major, opened her own practice offering colonics-based nutritional treatments. “I started out making $100 an hour. I never thought I’d be able to make this business succeed—it’s such an off-label product—but it’s doing really well, and I’m looking to expand within the year.”
Tags: bogus internships, career panels, eye of the intern blog, fake internships, internships to avoid
When Gossip Girl‘s Blair Waldorf takes an internship at W in Season 4, she has her boss’s job by the next episode. But when Hannah Horvath asks for a salary at her unpaid publishing internship in the pilot episode of Girls (premiering on HBO) she gets fired. Too many of your own student interns may have discovered that the latter scenario is painfully real. TV shows are not the only medium using internships as plot devices. A script for a planned movie, called “The Internship,” follows two old-school salesmen that find themselves unemployed and attempt to reinvent themselves by taking internships at a major dot.com company. Right now your own students are searching for the perfect summer internship. They might benefit from reading about the following experiences and decide to take your wise advice on how to avoid nightmare choices:
- Bogus internship in the travel industry: A mother in England writes that her daughter applied for a summer internship with a company called European Medical Assistance through a job vacancy portal. After a phone interview she was offered a 6-week placement. The company said it would pay for flights and accommodation during the internship but she would have to pay a £400 deposit through PayPal. This would be reimbursed as part of her first month’s pay. She paid the deposit on December 16 using a Visa debit card but she has heard little from the company since, apart from a few brief emails. Her mother telephoned the company but even the emergency line goes straight to answerphone. Journalist Gill Charlton found that the company does not appear to exist. The business address is a mail-forwarding company and the company’s 24-hour “worldwide assistance centre” goes straight to answerphone. Charlton cautions that students should beware of companies advertising summer jobs on some portals. “It is easy for a fraudster to create a professional website and set up a PayPal account to acquire upfront payments for job placements.”
- Students talk internships and jobs at career panel: At Binghamton University, the Career Development Center held a series of information sessions last week to help arm students with skills and tools to become more marketable and to avoid selecting a disastrous internship. The CDC’s Experiential Education Coordinator Meg Minzel emphasized that students must decide on the field they would like to pursue. Parents, friends, professors and high school teachers are accessible outlets to begin pursuing jobs. “Start talking, start networking,” she said. According to Minzel, students should thoroughly research companies and programs before contacting organizations about internship opportunities, so that they know the positions available and companies consider them more seriously. “It’s really important to do your research and start creating your professional persona,” Minzel said. She also stressed the importance of professionalism when seeking an internship, advising students to consider their email address, voicemail and how they answer the phone in terms of appearance for possible employers.
- Eye of the Intern blog offers Intern Picks: Encourage your students to search for internships on reliable sites, such as Internships.com, which currently offers nearly 68,000 internship postings. Each week, site intern Ting-Tien Wee chooses a theme and highlights several new internships he thinks are cool/useful/interesting. Your students can access the site and apply for any of these internships. Here are a few of Ting’s top marketing internship picks of the week:
- Membership & Marketing Intern with Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is a non-profit, professional association representing over 41,000 members working in the dynamic and multi-disciplinary field of science that deals with the brain and nervous system. Help research on new potential membership segments, copy write for annual meeting and exhibits marketing, and more in this paid internship!
- Startup: Paid Summer Internship with BoardProspects in Boston, MA
Ever wanted to help market a startup company? Then this is your chance to be involved with BoardProspects, the online professional community dedicated to building better boards and committees. Help with market research, social media, analytic reports, and more in this paid internship.
- PR, Marketing, Social Media Internships with DocuHome in Santa Monica, CA
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Tags: global experience, global internship, international internship
The world is your oyster, according to the old saying, and it’s never been truer in the world of internships then now. Companies are expanding in China, India, South America, and Europe, for starters, and they want interns and employees with global experience. Many colleges are offering international field trips to give their students a head start. For example, students at Lynchburg College in Virginia went on spring break in Paris, not because they were French majors but because they wanted the global experience. This could be the right summer for your students to go global. You might want to quote to them the following excerpts on costs and options from the recent New York Times article on global internships in the Business section:
- Costs: Such internships can be pricey, because air fare is generally not included, a paycheck is unlikely and it can be hard to arrange them without outside help. But they can offer a window into a different business culture, along with a chance to practice language skills and perhaps earn college credit. Stephen Keil, a sophomore majoring in international relations and minoring in French at Syracuse University, worked full time last summer to save for his fall internship with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. The university arranged the internship. Mr. Keil did research for the council’s Pompidou Group, which combats drug abuse and drug trafficking. He is considering a career in the State Department, so the experience was very useful, he said, “and my French improved greatly.”
- Options: During the school year, Syracuse students who study abroad have the option of pursuing internships in addition to taking classes, but their tuition is the same regardless. Beyond tuition, program fees (including housing) range from $5,735 to $7,500, and substantial financial aid is available, said Suzanne Shane, program director at SU Abroad. In summer, students may pursue a full-time internship for credit without taking other courses. For this option, they pay about $1,000 a credit, as well as fees ranging from $2,000 to $3,840 when lodging is part of the package.
- Location: Many students select an internship based on location, which is where Internships.com can help since it now has nearly 65,000 internships listed. Advise your students to go to the Web site and click on Summer Internships Abroad. The following excerpts may stimulate your students to explore global internships: “Summer internships abroad can give you a great adventure and potentially lead to an extremely lucrative career path. Traditional internships offer the opportunity of learning about a career, making professional contacts, and adding experience to your resume, and international internships offer all these benefits plus the chance to study a new culture and language abroad! Is there a place you’ve always wanted to see or a location abroad that you’ve already fallen in love with and want to spend a few months in? Have you been studying a language for years in school and need the chance to practice it in real-world situations? An internship abroad might be the perfect opportunity for you.”