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5 in 5! with MyBigGive

October 19, 2010

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employers. This week: Travis from MyBigGive. My name is Travis Ketchum, I am the founder of MyBigGive and the primary blogger at The College Startup. I manage the development and design team for MyBigGive in addition to negotiating our operating agreements with some of the worlds best brands and most amazing causes. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? Everything we do is fast paced, and because we work as a small team each person usually has to wear many hats within the organization. We just like to look for smart people who can bring a diverse skill set and a sharp mind to table because we have found they generally produce the best results. They don’t have to be the best at what they do, but they have to have some hustle and being willing to learn. Luckily it is [...]

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We recently came across a campaign called “The World’s Coolest Intern” (no, we’re not talking about the rapping Cisco guy!). It’s a pretty great internship and it’s going to go to the coolest, most web-savvy and charming person they can find. When it’s all over, you’ll even be able to add “World Traveler” to your resume. First of all, thank you to internships.com for giving us this chance to tell you about what we think is a pretty exciting program we are running. We’re on the lookout for the “World’s Coolest Intern’ to join the Breeze mobile banking team at Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore. Quick facts: –       A 6-month internship programme with total remuneration of S$30,000 (about US$23,000) –       To help amplify your application reach SCB and Google are supporting the first 100 applicants with S$100 of Google Adwords credit. For more details, click here –       Closing date for [...]

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Sweet Tweets

October 15, 2010

no. 9 Tweets. Sweet. Sweet Tweets! @Amateurian: I need an intern. Like a free assistant. Maybe I just need a wife. Will have to talk the Mr. into that one. @Beckyayay: I love catching the interns IM & posting on facebook. The panic of Alt+Tabbing is hilarious! @Bobbyhundreds: Ask our interns, I put the “mentor' in tormentor'. @Legacy718: I don’t understand these interns don’t wanna get coffee… whats with that? @Lulu1080: Walked into the hall and was almost run over by some runners – Me: “You are the new interns huh?'  Them: “Obvious?' @Hellocorrine: Interns are made of tough stuff! One was just revived and wheeled out of the building on an office chair by a handful on EMTs. @Derekpurple: Currently looking for interns to handwash my boxer briefs and brush my teeth… AT THE SAME TIME. @Chelly_Vara: @KRiMKiLLA my job is crazy. Literally! And no.. we don’t have interns…maybe [...]

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During my first internship there was one co-worker who treated me differently than he treated the rest of the group. He wouldn’t talk to me, and when he did, he would make fun of me in any way that he could. For a few weeks, I dreaded having to go into work every morning. I struggled with trying to figure out what to do about the situation. The internship was extremely important to me, so I couldn’t just quit.  I confided in my mentor about the situation, and he told me that the best thing that I could do would be to seek advice from my supervisor. I didn’t really want to get my co-worker into any trouble, but I had no other choice. It turns out, that going to my supervisor about the issue was the best thing that I could’ve done in that situation. He gave me a [...]

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If you’re not familiar with the most important issues facing our nation during this year’s congressional elections, here’s a brief primer: Witchcraft. It’s 2010, and it’s time — politically unpopular as it may be — for the electorate to weigh in on black magic. Thus far, only Christine O’Donnell, the Republican candidate for Delaware’s contested U.S. Senate seat, has come out categorically opposed to witchcraft. But judging from the clothing store down the block from me that’s only open two months a year, sorcery enjoys wide support from children and college girls. Surprisingly, bumblebees and cats are not identified as voting issues. Stimulus spending. Since the collapse of the housing market in mid-2008 and the subsequent financial meltdown, the government has pumped trillions of dollars into bailouts, two foreign wars, job creation efforts, Redvines,Mountain Dew and pre-orders of Halo 3: ODST (the significance of the acronym is classified). Opinions vary [...]

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The federal government runs a ton of internship programs, and there are a number of advantages in pursuing one. First, the government tends to be better at following its own employment regulations, so they won’t stick you with menial work for no pay. And many government interns are compensated with more than just a stipend. But to snap up some of these opportunities, you’ll have to act sooner than for the typical internships. The earliest deadlines for summer 2011 are coming up fast — in fact, the CIA’s summer internship program is due (e-mailed or postmarked) no later than this Friday. So what can you do for your country? Plenty. Here are some of the internships we found around the Web. You can find find a few yourself by searching “government,' “federal' or “department' on Internships.com. Central Intelligence Agency (Application Due: Oct. 15) The National Clandestine Service internship program is [...]

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Bill D’Alessandro worked in industry coverage and M&A at two different investment banks before joining Hosting.com (a Pamlico Capital portfolio company) to work on acquisitions and corporate development. He blogs infrequently about finance, technology, and entrepreneurship at Ready, Fire, Aim. How did you get into investment banking? Like most students, I hit information sessions pretty hard during the fall of my junior year. In the spring, several investment banks came to campus to interview, and I landed an internship with KeyBanc Capital Markets in their industrial technology group in Charlotte, NC. I worked hard at the internship and was given an offer to return after graduation – to Key’s Cleveland, OH headquarters. Ohio wasn’t where I wanted to be, so I spent fall of my senior year interviewing at several investment banks before finally taking a job at Edgeview Partners, an exclusively M&A-focused firm also in Charlotte. What will I [...]

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Sweet Tweets

October 8, 2010

8th Edition. Twitter, twitter, dearest twitter… so wise and so insightful. Here are the Sweet Tweets this week: @EnjoyMeetings: 5 clues your meeting is headed for disaster: 1,,). Everyone from the CEO to the office intern has been invited. @InterviewGoofs: Jen: I know it’s hot out there but the job you’re interviewing for is executive assistant, not lifeguard. @prsnicketypenny: Our German Intern is so funny. “I’m looking for a little piece of paper that is sticky on the back.” “A post-it?” “Yes?” @lennyvenny: Today I got to say: NO, I CANNOT PUT MORE DATA FROM SPREAD SHEETS INTO EXCEL FOR YOU! NO! It was exciting. #intern #finallyassignedtoproject @LalalaMo: For the record: It is a STEREOTYPE that all #interns are pros at @Microsoft Excel. #HELP! @zurcherart: @russellquinn Do you need another intern? I’ve been practicing my envelope sealing skills. Postage application as well @christina_mule: Standing around, glued to my phone, trying [...]

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5 in 5! with Flower Duet

October 7, 2010

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer. This week: Kit from Flower Duet. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? As a floral design studio and school located in Los Angeles, we look for interns who don’t mind working weekends (most jobs are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). They must have a willingness to listen, learn, try new things and bring his or her own experience to the job. We are not afraid to train people who have never tried to arrange a flower in their lives. We teach novices everyday in our flower design classes for everyone! 2. How did you get started in the industry? How can I get started? Casey Schwartz worked on luxury cruise ships for well over a decade and one of her jobs on board was to take care of and create large scale flower arrangements for all the public areas. [...]

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Today, I thought we’d start going over some of the fashion (or lack thereof) you’ll likely encounter from your male colleagues during an internship. Remember: Office fashion for men is NOT about looking good. It is about intimidating or otherwise subverting the competition. The Sweater Vest: The sweater vest instantly adds a scholarly air to almost any shirt you put beneath it, except maybe a tuxedo T-shirt or a holiday sweater. Really, wearing any kind of sweater underneath a sweater vest is not recommended, because the tectonic interaction of wool on wool is notoriously dangerous. Bosses will view you as responsible and hard-working if you don this attire regularly, even if your greatest achievement at the company is raising a Cape Cod Guest House in Farmville. ———- Socks: Men spend a lot of time fretting about their sock selection nowadays, especially for an article of clothing that is visible for [...]

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