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The Internet is a great tool for collecting information, but it can be an awful place to try to get work done. If you’ve ever ran out of time on an online exam because the cute girl in your Humanities class was Facebook chatting you a stream of emoticons, you’re probably already nodding your head. (Unless you’ve already ditched this post for Hulu.) There’s mounting evidence to suggest that getting distracted on a computer isn’t just a matter of poor self-control. Last summer, New York Times and Atlantic columnist Nicholas Carr argued in The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains that the Internet has fundamentally rewired our brains for multitasking at the expense of our ability to focus. Carr cited some research that actually shows the difference in the way neural pathways are built when we are confronted with a storm of quick-hitting information bites on the [...]

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David Ross is an Associate Director in Career Services at the University of Pennsylvania.  His experience includes positions in employer relations in the MBA Career Management office at Georgetown University and at the Toppel Career Center at the University of Miami.  He holds degrees from Olin Business School and the University of Pennsylvania. David is an avid NBA basketball and NFL football fan and enjoys mysteries, comedies, music and investing in the stock market. After much anticipation, the pieces of the puzzle slowly began to fall in place:  I finally decided what majors and minor to declare.  My interest in marketing inspired visions of an exciting and dynamic career.  All that was left was obtaining the ever-elusive summer internship.  I was a business school undergraduate and, according to conventional wisdom, my upcoming summer internship would greatly influence my future job prospects.  Reflecting back on that summer, my experience did just [...]

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Every Friday, we’ll have a new Featured Student who will share some fun facts about themselves,  be featured on the Employer home page, and get a fun gift from us. Just for being so awesome. Three things about yourself, please.  :,,) I am a Business Major w/ an emphasis in Marketing. I know it’s pretty long, but doesn’t that sound professional and cool? I like to keep busy, whether I’m finishing school work, typing papers for class, or completing projects for work. I don’t like to sit still and have nothing to do… unless I am taking a nap! Everything about social media interests me… no lie! It sounds dorky and geeky, I know! But, Mashable.com is my favorite go-to website for all things social media. Bonus: If you stay updated and in-tune with social media and all its tricks, show it off to your fellow coworkers and boss, they will be [...]

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Our generation has been called many things: Generation Y, Echo Boomers, Millennials, or Generation Next.  My personal favorite comes from political pollster John Zogby; he chose to refer to people born between 1983 and the early 2000s as “First Globals.' What the heck is a “First Global”?  Zogby asserts that our generation is going to be tasked with renewing the American promise abroad and learning to thrive in a truly globalized world. So what’s that mean for you?  Get comfortable working with a variety of people and develop international literacy early. Interning abroad is one of the best ways to develop international experience as well as make incredible memories. I spent last spring in the United Kingdom working in the House of Commons and left with a new understanding of parliamentary democracy, and a new appreciation for our own system. In every job interview I have had since returning from my time [...]

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Often times when I find myself in a boring situation, I start thinking about one of two things: 1.,,) If I could rewind my life at any moment to erase all possible consequences, what action would get me ejected from this location in the shortest amount of time? And 2.) Would this be a decent spot to defend during a zombie attack? In the event that your workplace becomes one of the last vestiges of humanity, here are some common-sense tips to help prolong your existence. I’ve also peppered this entry with pictures of objects I found around our Burbank office that seemed potentially useful in combating vast legions of the undead. Board up the windows. My biggest concern in most American office buildings is the percentage of outer wall space that’s protected only by medium-strength glass. Realistically, you probably won’t have time to gather plywood to reinforce them. But [...]

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The following is a public service announcement. So, you’re a senior or Junior and you have never had an internship…well get on it! From what I have learned from speaking to employers and my peers, not having at least one internship under your belt before you start your job search is no longer an option.  It’s time to roll up your sleeves, go to internships.com, and start your internship search! Don’t let your peers leave you in the dust…it’s time to start your life! The following are a few links to help get you started… Marketing Business Sales Accounting Social Media Graphic Design Communications Public Relations Human Resources Sports Photography Time is ticking, and it won’t stop anytime soon! Start your search! Adios, Tracey L.

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In October, I started thinking about my course schedule for the spring semester. I toyed with adding an internship into the mix. After all, I’m now a junior and most people land their important internships junior year. I’ll tell you right now, I ended up deciding against the internship after a careful analysis of my typical week. . Academics: I’m taking 15 hours during the spring semester. The number can be deceiving because I will really be spending around 18 hours in classes, which is a hefty portion of my week! That’s not including the time I spend working on news stories outside of class. Job: I’m a resident assistant supervising about 38 residents on campus. On paper, I work around 15 hours a week although the hours can vary greatly each week. Regular duties include weekly 2 hour staff meetings, 4 hour desk shifts, and bi-weekly on-call duty, meaning [...]

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Survey says…

January 10, 2011

Our student survey results are in, and there are some surprising results about who’s searching for internships online and how they’re getting noticed. Check out our CliffNotes version of the results below. Who are our students? – Nearly a quarter (23%) of our registered students have already graduated college.  16% are 2010 graduates, and 7% graduated in 2009 or earlier. – Most students are seniors in college (26%), followed closely by juniors (25%). – We assume 9% are current freshmen, listing a graduation year of 2014. – Only about 1% percent of students who listed their graduation year are still in high school. With a continued high unemployment rate among young people (between 16% and 24%!), recent grads are looking for internships as a way to launch their careers. That’s smart, because a recent National Association of Colleges and Employers study found that 67% of employers look to hire their [...]

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This Internship Was Creepy – Poor, poor Alex. He should’ve instead titled this post as “This internship was extremely creepy and potentially dangerous/life-threatening.’ Glad you made it back to America so we could laugh at with you about this great adventure. What’s The Deal With Investment Banking? – Our guest blogger Bill not only explained the role of an intern in the intimidating investment banking industry, but included excellent sample questions and answers for the interview. It sounds intense, insane, and I want to apply! Interning in the NFL – This is another one of those posts that makes me wish I could be a professional intern. I’m not even a guy (I’m not being stereotypical but stereotypically the NFL has a large mostly male following) and I want to intern for the NFL after reading this! I’m not picky and don’t have a particular team that I root for, [...]

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Every Friday, we’ll have a new Featured Student who will share some fun facts about themselves,  be featured on the Employer home page, and get a fun gift from us.  Just for being so awesome. 3 things about yourself, please :,,) I’m an English major with a passion for the written word–I read books, magazines, newspapers, and blogs daily – whatever I can get my hands on! If I have an opinion on something, whether it be related to fashion, entertainment, politics, or whatever else, one could see it or read about it on my personal blog. I’m the oldest of five siblings, and absolutely full of life and insatiable curiosity. Thanks for being the bomb, Shannon. Good luck with your search, and be sure to keep us posted when you land that great internship!

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