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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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So, you really should be plowing through that pile of internship applications, but Andre Johnson is on an inhuman rampage and you’re one Jets interception away from winning your fantasy matchup. It’s cool; we won’t judge. On Sunday (or Monday or Thursday), taking your next career step might not seem like the most exciting prospect on the table. But even if you’re a huge sports fan, it very well could be. Maybe you knew already that NFL teams offer internship programs geared towards college students and recent grads. But what you might not know is just how diverse the offerings are. Right now, for example, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking for 12 interns for Spring 2011 in every track from marketing to PR to graphic design to IT (that’s right, sports geeks). Will you be drawing up nickel packages for Raheem Morris? Doubtful. Will you be able to address [...]

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5 in 5! with SIRIUS XM

September 30, 2010

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer. This week: Ross from SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? I get asked this question a lot by career centers and applicants alike, and I wish I had a simple answer.  At SIRIUS XM we recruit for interns in all of our departments.  That’s everything from Finance and Accounting to Broadcasting.  For each position, the requested or required skill set may differ a little or a lot, giving us a real challenge when recruiting each session.  One thing that I can speak to that is critical when we recruit for interns is that they have passion.  Whether it’s for their major, our company, the industry, or even for some element of our content.  We are a company that has been built upon the passion of our programmers.  I truly feel like enthusiasm that our programmers [...]

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It’s heartening to know that, despite the cutbacks and layoffs and job losses of a protracted recession, businesses are still reluctant to part ways with their most precious commodities: crap from the middle pages of the Staples catalog. Here are some products that only seem useful after hundreds of hours of exposure to fluorescent lighting. The Staple Remover: Let’s be honest. The amount of time you’ve spent clicking the teeth together and pretending it’s a snake skull far outweighs the time you have actually spent removing staples at your job. Gold Paper Clips: One office supplies retailer claims these will give your documents “an executive look.' If you’re paper clipping a document to begin with, it is not executive. I can scarcely envision a scenario where they’re even appropriate, unless you’re filing a tax extension for Gucci Mane. The Neon Blue Highlighter: Actually, I can understand the advantages of having [...]

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When you think of the word ‘Target’, ‘McDonald’s’ or ‘Burger King’ images of their brand automatically pop up into your head- the red and white target symbol, the golden arches, and the king.  Companies like these have been building their brands for years, and coincidentally, so have you!  That’s right, you! Your personal brand is something that can make or break you getting a job, which can ultimately guide your career path. You’re probably wondering what “personal branding' is- personal branding helps to define who you are, why you are amazing, and why you need to be sought out or hired.  Building your personal brand is all about building a name for yourself, and cleaning up your cyber image. Here are a few tips to clean up your cyber brand… Facebook- Make sure that your Facebook account is searchable, this means having your first and last name both present in [...]

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Sweet Tweets

September 24, 2010

Lucky number 7!  We spend lots of time on Twitter trying to keep up with what you’re all talking about. We see it all: the good, the bad, the ugly… and the silly. Here we go, Sweet Tweets time. ——————————————– @davlomb: If you leave a can of Coca Cola open for longer than a month that it will start turning into jelly. Thanks to my summer intern, I now know. @SincerelyJane: “Don’t point the gun at him, he’s an unpaid intern.” @KettyMercedes: Enjoying my internship. Ladies in lock-up had me laughing this morning! See, it’s not all sad and depressing.. actually, not really. @JohnRWiley My intern partner and I decided that we are going to have “Bring your dad to work day.” @mekie26: Another day no dollar #intern @a_ditk3: coffee makers, 1 toaster, 10 bags coffee, 3 box splenda, 3 box stirrers,3 ottomans,1 filing cabinet, ink, 8 box tea…1 errand. [...]

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