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5 in 5! with Groupon

November 3, 2010

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week: Noelle from Groupon. 1. Where do you work and what is your job?  What do you do on a day-to-day basis? I am the Events Manager at Groupon.  If you aren’t familiar with Groupon, we are a daily deal website that features something cool to do at an unbeatable price (50%-95%). You have 1 day to buy the deal, and in most cases a year to use it.  Groupon is in 90 markets in North America, 29 countries and has more than 20 million subscribers.  What I do is plan awesome appreciation parties/events across the country for our subscribers and merchants.  On any given day, I could be planning anywhere from 2-5 events – securing the location, choosing menus items and entertainment, or working on guest lists.  Post-event analysis also a part of what I do on a daily basis.  I travel [...]

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Letters of recommendation and referrals can be crucial components of any sort of application. This is why asking the right person to write it, and asking them properly is extremely important. Here are a few things to consider when choosing your recommender… First, ask , who knows you well? Professor Mentor Supervisor/Manager Close friend Next, consider which of these people would be willing to write your letter. After you’ve decided who you want to write your letter of recommendation or referral, it’s time to ask him or her to write it. Consider the following before you ask for this favor. Don’t ask, “Can you write a letter?' instead ask “Do you feel like you could be able to write a letter of recommendation for my…' Give him or her ample amount of time to complete the letter or referral by its due date. When it comes to a task like [...]

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I Make a Difference, Do You?

November 2, 2010

So your eyes are burning from a grueling internship search that has your task bar permanently emblazoned into your retinas. Blink a little, stretch your legs, and get up. No, not now. After you’re done reading this. The point is you gotta get out more. Building your web presence and applying to jobs and internships is clearly important, but a lot of the best opportunities to build your career come through networking. This week, The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour is bringing some of the nation’s most influential young businesspeople to George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. for a free conference to inspire students to build their enterprise visions into reality. Speakers include web startup CEOs, nonprofit executives and small business owners from a wide variety of backgrounds. EET is partnering with one of Internships.com’s closest nonprofit affiliates, iMADdu (I Make a Difference, Do You?), to put on the event, which will [...]

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This Internship Was Creepy

November 1, 2010

Gather round, children. In the spirit of Halloween, I feel compelled to share my Intern Horror Story with all you interns who complain about having to ferry donuts. As I blow a fistful of glowing embers into the air, follow me across the sea to dreary house in southeast London, January, 2007, where I was to meet my boss for a four-month journalism internship set up by a university-affiliated study abroad program. The internship was for an international finance/offshore banking magazine that the publisher, a well-dressed Caribbean man with a moderate accent, claimed had about 30 employees. Through the following loose quotes, which I am recalling from memory and translating into their actual meaning, I hope to paint a picture of how things unfolded. “We are in the process of moving between offices.' = You’ll be working alone in my living room while I run errands. Sometimes, you will hear [...]

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Sweet Tweets

October 29, 2010

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JFF (just for fun)

October 29, 2010

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The modern office stapler is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is a violent steel machine of piercing authority dressed in well-mannered plastic. The stapler lives a solitary existence, grazing upon desks or drawers, too functionally unique to dwell among pencils, pens or sticky notes. Hunched in a wide and powerful stance, a metal snarl hovers precipitously over its base, striking fear into any object that challenges its gleaming straits. Today, we honor this unsung business hero with the advent of a new weekly Facebook poll: “Will It Staple?' The premise is simple. Each Thursday, we’ll show you a picture of an item commonly found around the office (via our Facebook page), and ask you if you think it can be affixed via staple to The Very Important Eight-Page Report. Comment on the image and, if you choose correctly, you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win an Internships.com [...]

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5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week: a school psychologist who wishes to remain anonymous ;,,) 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? The school psychologist situation is a bit different than most in that an internship is required (1200 hours) in order to be granted one’s graduate degree. The bulk of potential interns come from a psych or education background and most programs have students go through as a cohort taking the same classes in the same progression, so there isn’t always a lot of diversity to set people apart from one another. So depending on the demographics of the districts where they’re looking to intern, I would say bilingualism gives some interns a leg up and any “above and beyond” certifications like being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst is a bonus too. Oh, and enthusiasm plus a willingness to adapt to new things [...]

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Hey all! If you consider yourself to be a planner like I do, then you’ve already started to think about what you plan on doing next summer. If you aren’t thinking ahead of time, then I suggest that you should! Before you know it, the fall semester will be over, and the Spring semester will be well under way. Now whether you plan on studying abroad over the summer, going to summer school, or spending your afternoons by the pool or at the beach, you can still make a summer internship a part of your experience. Here are a few ways how… Study Abroad? Experiencing the culture of another country for a long period of time is exciting, and can be a valuable experience in your journey of self-development. Just imagine interning in another country with a company in the field of your choice. International job experience will give you [...]

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