In today’s 5 in 5!, we speak with some familiar friends — NY Creative Interns, founded late last year by a 2010 Hofstra University grad while she was also working as the social media coordinator at Sterling Publishing. NYCi organizes networking events for young designers, writers, artists and other creatives in the New York City area. They also host regular Twitter chats for internship seekers and a helpful internship blog.
1. How did you get started?
NY Creative Interns is the brain child of NYCi founder and president Emily Miethner. Emily, along with co-founder Reb Carlson, started NYCi in the fall of 2010 to help students and recent grads who are looking for internships, but don’t know where to start. This wanting to help in a mainstream way came about towards the end of college when they had a lot of friends asking for advice on resumes, interviews, where to look, etc. NY Creative Interns was created as a way to help college students and recent grads to find internships, mentors, and inspiration through networking and meetups. In addition, we are a resource for companies and organizations, helping to alleviate the interview process by creating cool, unique, atmospheres for creatives to interact and connect.
2. What’s the future of NY Creative Interns?
NY Creative Interns has only been around for about 5 months, but we have had two events so far and we plan on hosting a new event each month going forward. The goal of our events is to bring together students, recent grads, employers and creative professionals together so they can network and meet face to face. Our next event, Become an Interview Ninja, will be on March 23rd and will include a panel of professionals who will share their interviewing insights, tips and tricks. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to participate in a one-on-one mock interview with a professional. You can check out more details here.
3. What do you hear employers say they look for when they hire an intern or entry-level candidate?
There are a few traits we hear employers say they are looking for over and over again. Employers want employees and interns who are:
Self-motivated. A self-starter who displays enthusiasm, is eager to learn and requires minimal supervision.
Responsible. A dependable worker who shows up on time, displays good judgment and acts reliably.
Positive. The interns who get hired are the ones with drive and passion, a sunny disposition and a can-do attitude.
Professional. Employers are looking for employees who are highly organized, dedicated, and dress appropriately.
4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?
Take initiative. Let your supervisor know when you’ve completed a task and ask for more. Volunteer for projects and make yourself available.
5. Can you share your best advice for students and recent grads who are looking for jobs or internships?
The most important things students and recent grads can do is to start building their network. Stay in touch with your teachers, your career center and reach out to alumni on LinkedIn. Research professionals in your field and ask them to have coffee with you. Join local groups on Meetup.com that interest you. It’s all about relationships. Build them and keep them strong.
Thanks, NYCi! See, the road from intern to president can be pretty short. Check out the clip below of NYCi president Emily Miethner discussing her internship last year for Time Out New York: