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There is nothing like the holiday season. Hot chocolate, nights by the fireplace, and candy canes for everyone! People just seem to be in a more giving mood, and holiday music seems to follow us everywhere we go. My experience at work has been no different. As an intern for Internships.com, I am proud of the holiday spirit that this team possesses. I enjoy walking into work, and hearing Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas’ coming from the cubicle across from me. The various candy canes and chocolates in the candy dishes all over the office, and the hot chocolate in the kitchen makes the office feel a bit more like home. Although this is all true, obviously, this environment is still very much work oriented. Seeing as I am currently on winter vacation, I’m starting to really take note of the differences between the celebrations of the holiday season at school [...]

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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. Eternal Interns is the blog of three talented, chic, fabulous, multi-lingual, over-educated, ambitious, twenty-something interns and their escapades at the most exclusive fashion, art, and entertainment houses in the City of Angels, the City of Lights and the Big Apple… Being an Eternal Intern is not a job description. It is a way of life, a response to our circumstances. Had we graduated in 1998 instead of 2008,would things be different? Maybe. But instead of giving in,we had to get more creative, resourceful and determined in our approach to landing that dream career. So whether it is 2008, 2010 or 2020, the question at the end of the day is, “What exactly do you need to do to get closer to finding [...]

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From intern to entrepreneur

December 20, 2010

With so many companies still sitting on cash reserves instead of hiring, you might have had time recently for a bunch of crazy thoughts. Is bypassing the hiring process, taking the plunge and starting your own business really all that nuts? It’s a risky proposition – one that isn’t likely to work the first time you try, and IS likely to stress you out, drain your money and push you to the brink of insanity. But unemployment does all those things equally well, and it doesn’t put you closer to achieving a dream. With a good business plan, a laptop and some crafty tricks (and friends) up your sleeve, you don’t need much more than a few hundred dollars to become a legitimate entrepreneur. Still, if you want to turn that money into something viable, you’re much better off learning from someone who’s been there. That’s one very compelling reason [...]

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With so many companies still sitting on cash reserves instead of hiring, you might have had time recently for a bunch of crazy thoughts. Is bypassing the hiring process, taking the plunge and starting your own business really all that nuts? It’s a risky proposition – one that isn’t likely to work the first time you try, and IS likely to stress you out, drain your money and push you to the brink of insanity. But unemployment does all those things equally well, and it doesn’t put you closer to achieving a dream. With a good business plan, a laptop and some crafty tricks (and friends) up your sleeve, you don’t need much more than a few hundred dollars to become a legitimate entrepreneur. Still, if you want to turn that money into something viable, you’re much better off learning from someone who’s been there. That’s one very compelling reason [...]

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Sweet Tweets

December 17, 2010

NUMBER 14! Life is sweet… and Sweet Tweets make it even sweeter! ?                           __________________________ @sw17ch: RT @Jonpro: Having only one person who knows about a particular piece of software seems like a bad idea, especially when that person is an intern. :p @i4cCampaign: Our interns are nowhere to be seen! The holidays are officially here :,,) @tossey: Googling our intern candidates …. Yup – gotta do that these days. Lock down your Facebook accounts kids @doraexploring: @dinogeo it’s an office joke. I’m the intern and my supervisor got me a mug saying ‘the queen of f*cking everything’ @italk_tomyself: So im pretty sure 75% of my interns made pictures out of the bubbles on this county assessment test instead of taking it =/ @neoknits: Tip for interns if you want to get a job and keep it: take notes, follow directions, ask questions, and do projects neatly! Argh. @TheBridalEvent: Ok the [...]

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Will It Staple? Soy Sauce

December 17, 2010

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5 in 5! with Funny or Die

December 16, 2010

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week, we have Allison from Funny or Die.. 1. Where do you work and what is your job?  What do you do on a day-to-day basis? I’m a Producer at Funny or Die. On any given day I’m either on set making (hopefully) internet magic, taking meetings with potential talent, working with writers on brainstorming new concepts, or making sure the post production process is going smoothly. The beauty of this job is they really trust you to own your own project from its inception in the writer’s room, to managing script rewrites, to pre-production through post. It is by far the most rewarding job I’ve ever had in my life. It’s a great feeling when people forward me links to funny videos they love – that I produced! 2. Did you have internships while in college?  Do you feel your internship experience [...]

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Hey all, It’s that time of the year again…holiday season! Whether you’ll be stuffing Christmas stockings, lighting the menorah, or just snuggling up by the fire, sooner or later you’re bound to end up at a holiday party. Whether you’re going for the cookies, music, opportunity to dress up, you can also work on your professional goals at the same time. Here are a few tips for mixing business and pleasure at holiday parties this year. Mix & Mingle: Don’t be a wallflower! Get up, grab some eggnog and mingle with the party people. Who knows, you may meet someone who works with a company that you’ve been dying to intern for or that you’ve never heard of and could be a great opportunity. Mix and mingle to get your name out there and talk to interesting people. Be positive: Aim to be the life of the party! Ask lots [...]

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Fast Pitch: Time to give

December 15, 2010

The holiday season is a good time to think about giving back – and not just because it’s the nice thing to do. At a time when companies are still obsessive about minimizing the risk of a bad hire, demonstrating good character can give your resume an important edge. Maybe you’ve thought about volunteering before, but didn’t know whether you could fit it into a busy schedule. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to help out your community that don’t require tons of your free time. And they can be a great way to meet friendly, like-minded people. Cook in a kitchen for a homeless shelter. You don’t have to be a master chef to fit into this convenient volunteer job, which you can do around dinner time and be out in a couple hours. Most shelter kitchens use simple recipes with clear directions so that anyone [...]

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This week, you may or may not be subjected to some sort of workplace gift-exchange ritual that forces you to plop down even more shopping cash on something that nobody could conceivably ever want. As anyone who has ever dated or taken a sociology class knows, gifts are a social construct invented to destroy relationships. Therefore, you should probably approach your office’s “white elephant' exchange with extreme caution – and only after all efforts to bail out have been exhausted. If you are compelled to participate, you can still protect your interests with these time-honored strategies: 1. Buy something only you could want. If you end up recouping your gift, you’ve gamed the system and risen above the stupidity of giving. To ensure nobody develops a sudden affinity for your DVD copy of Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, you’ll need to disparage your white elephant gift at every opportunity without giving [...]

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