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With 2010 slipping away from me, I’m starting to think about what 2011 will be like. This post is an attempt to figure out what I expect out of myself in 2011, and to set my professional goals/New Year’s resolutions for the 2011 year. First a recap… In 2010, I finished off my Sophomore year in college with above a 3.0 grade point average, was elected Black Student Union Vice-President on my campus, and I got an internship for the summer, and started in May. The internship went so well that the company opted to keep me for the Fall semester as well! Currently, I am still working with the company, internships.com, and I am loving it! Although this year was great, and full of amazing opportunities and accomplishments, I am pushing for 2011 to be even better! Here are my New Year’s professional resolutions for the year 2011… Strengthen [...]

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I.M.H.O (In My Humble Opinion) is an ongoing series of posts written by guest authors who have been there, done that…and have great stories to show for it. . This week we have a post written by Jeremy Levine, who has written for us before about his journey from Intern to Founder. Be sure to check out Jeremy on CNN , follow him @JerLevine and most importantly get trading on The Sports Stock Market. 3 Keys to Landing that Dream Internship (or Job) and Making the Most of it: (1) Follow Your Heart Find a company that is doing something you are passionate about. You are only going to love doing something you really care about, and it’s not worth doing something you don’t love. (2) Hustle Your Ass Off Once you find the company of your dreams, reach out to their leaders and be impressive. Don’t just send a [...]

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What employers want

January 3, 2011

This fall, we asked our registered employers to tell us how they hire on our site. Want the inside scoop?  Read on! Do alma maters matter? Employers told us relevant experience and interview performance were the biggest factors in choosing an intern – and less than 9% of employers said the college an intern attended mattered. Having relevant internships is the best way to move up the ladder to more exciting internship opportunities – and, ultimately, to a much better full-time job. Paid vs. Unpaid? About 38% of employers say their internships are generally paid. Though employers have cut back on paid intern positions during the recession, there are still plenty out there. However, paid internships are, as a rule, more competitive. If you need one, make sure your resume and application materials are solid and ready to be sent out (or found…see next paragraph) ASAP. They’re looking for you. [...]

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Sweet Tweets

December 31, 2010

15 Already! They just get sweeter and sweeter. __________________________   @Tmotherlover: Bye bye partying, wilding, TTU, and all of the below… Hello career, better job, great intern, and right path! @Shaggyshan: Best part of having an intern? He’s the one who’s gotta play Dance Central. @MsCharm84: @ItsMissP omg I def told my intern supervisor that I was going to go to the dollar store to get crayons & coloring book for break he laughed @akmorrison: @CrimsonRoses Deal! There’s a few interns at my dad’s job who like to go tornado chasing! We can tag along! @jeffisrael25: Just kidding. We don’t have 8-year-old interns. Stupid child labor laws…. @DJAmpHi: I only take serious things seriously. Like paying bills. my internship. school on a good day.everything else has potential to be a joke. @theresia21: 5 more internship days left.. Fighting @thisisjendoll: intern just went “to shovel” @MISZ_AMAZIN_305: RT @1BooByD_Gibson: “Many people want [...]

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5 in 5! with Internships.com

December 30, 2010

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week we have Synthia from yours truly, Internships.com. 1. Where do you work and what is your job?  What do you do on a day-to-day basis? My business card says Student Marketing & Internship Coordinator which roughly translates to managing our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube pages, putting up new blog content and making it look pretty, keeping in touch with both students and employers, helping to develop and launch new products on the site, hiring our interns and making sure they have an amazing time with us … you know, a little bit of everything! I get really excited when I hear about people who have successfully used our site – it makes my day! So I guess the main focus of my job is to try to understand and appreciate the people who are coming to our site and figure out [...]

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Now that we’ve got a little more than a year until the end of the world, we should probably assess what the human race has accomplished in 2010. I’ll actually answer that for you here, if you don’t want to read this whole post: there’s not much to brag about. But I’m going to keep typing anyway. JANUARY The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is officially christened in Dubai by shooting fireworks off its sides. To those who fear Middle Eastern culture, I will point out that this is exactly the way most things are christened in Alabama. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastates Port-au-Prince and large parts of the island of Haiti. Record numbers of Americans donate via text message to the relief efforts, but are irked when they don’t receive a Black Eyed Peas ringtone in return. FEBRUARY After a crushing loss in the quarterfinals, Team Canada defeats Team [...]

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Bittersweet news, everyone … my Winternship is coming to a close, and I’ll be out of here next week. I have a great time working in the office these past few weeks, and I’m going to really miss being around the internships.com crew every day. They’ve kept me busy throughout this entire Winter season, and this last week is no different. I’ve got two or three key projects that I am working on that I really need to get done before I leave. I’m not too stressed out about it, but I am aware of the sense of urgency in which this situation faces. In this case, slow and steady doesn’t win the race … it’s all about being efficient and steady! I think that I’m going to ask my supervisor for a little help to ease the slack off of my shoulders (I can use her help anyway, and I’m definitely [...]

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Don’t let the weather fool you. It might feel like it’s 30 below zero outside, but for those in charge of hiring summer interns, winter is practically over. The long break is going to be a crucial time to get your ducks in a row and start scoping the internships you want to land over the summer. Here’s a brief checklist of what you’ll want to accomplish before you swipe back into the dorms. 1. Update your resume(s). The plural is pretty important. Not all internships you apply to will have the same roles and requirements, so your resume is going to have to flexible to give you a stronger chance of landing the position. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and stress later by creating about three versions of your resume right now, each tailored to highlight different aspects of your experience, skills and education. They don’t have [...]

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Chloe’s Clicks

December 24, 2010

Happy Christmas Eve! I hope these links will bring you and your family lots of happiness and cheer! – If you were under the assumption that your co-workers had a pact to give you the worst gift in the office… This website provides great revenge, Here’s My Click! Trying to get into the Christmas spirit? Catch up on your Holiday movie Trivia… Here’s My Click! How to give back without giving your money… Did I mention you could give back from your couch?… Here’s My Click! Christmas Trees that you never thought you would see… The things I would have time for if I wasn’t interning… Here’s My Click! Find any great holiday links? Post them below and share them with the rest of us!

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For many of us, winter break means coming home to old friends, not being able to visit said friends due to lack of a vehicle, begging siblings to drive us everywhere, and finally being rewarded for these trials with material goods. And somewhere in the midst of the flurry of holiday events and meet-up obligations, many of us are tasked with a family reunion – a chance to reconnect with our roots and justify our life decisions to crabby people who think everything kids do these days is stupid. Every year, I approach Christmas Eve dinner at my Aunt Rita’s a lot like I do for a job interview, which it often resembles aside from the much more elevated risk of being pressured into Wild Turkey shots. I rehearse my mission statement in the car on the way over, as well as a list of things I have accomplished in [...]

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