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Getting an internship isn’t as easy as applying, and having your resume reviewed by an employer.  Not only must one apply, but he or she must also go through the interview process.  The interview process- scary to most, and natural for some.  For me, the steps to making sure that my internship and job interviews go smoothly are: dress to impress, be confident, avoid jargon, don’t be too personal, and practice. 1.  Dress to impress. When going into an interview, I make sure that I dress to impress because like it or not, what an employer sees will be his or her first impression of you as a potential intern.  I typically wear a nice button-up shirt, simple slacks,and a low heel to my interviews.  Remember,there’s nothing wrong with being stylish, but you don’t want to be too flashy.  For guys, I would suggest a nice crisp button-up shirt or [...]

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1. Tells us a little bit about yourself. I’m Michael, a senior marketing major at Penn State University, graduating in the spring 2011. I’m pretty big into sports. I am the Vice-President of the club lacrosse team here at Penn State, and I play in a floor hockey league.  I would say objectivism forms a strong basis for the type of person that I am, and how I approach subjects like politics, economics and business/entrepreneurship. 2. What internship(s) have you already had?  How did you find your internship(s)? Currently, I am partaking in my first internship. I am the product launch intern (Intern Profits http://www.internprofits.com) for Efficient Enterprises Inc. In the beginning of my internship I had to make a lot of phone calls to different universities to find out more about their internship programs so that we could build up our database. This was an extremely boring and repetitive [...]

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5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer. This week: Matt from Warner Brothers. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? With us, we have standard expectations.  Interns, like anyone, are expected to do what is asked of them.  They’re not required to have an extensive knowledge of entertainment/TV, but there are certainly bonus points for that knowledge AND even more for the amount of learning they demonstrate during an internship.  So interest in the business always goes a long way.  However, most interns start with fairly base level tasks as they learn how the business works.  So we look for people with a basic set of project management, teamwork, and communication skills to handle the 2 or 3 projects we throw at them during any given cycle.  Can you complete tasks as requested?  Can you ask for help when needed?  Can you take direction and apply it [...]

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Sweet Tweets

September 10, 2010

Numero seis. Let’s get straight to it. Here are the Sweet Tweets this week: @AlexThePhotog: Me to the intern: “We’re not, not paying you to sit around.” @KateHarper: I reviewed an intern application today that included Call of Duty statistics. I haven’t yet decided if I’m offended or impressed. @ByrnedAlive Killed the intern plant. Buying a cactus. @BassemDahdouh: 10 minutes into a conversation at my internship I ask “So what are your duties around here?” then I get a “Oh, I’m the CFO.” #intern #fail @mollynussbaum: Have just been given permission to spend the afternoon coloring. #intern @jengelballs: I need an intern. I can offer high fives, lots of cold water, plenty of “go wild with it” creative work. Who’s applying? @KillamAll: Don’t believe me? The new intern at our County out-earns every single employee we have except the owner. @prettyblkprncs: My 16 year old intern just told me that [...]

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Today’s the day. The career fair at your school begins in about an hour, and you’re wondering what you should wear, if it matters, and what you should bring with you.  How’s the interaction between you and the employers going to be facilitated?  Before going to my first career fair, I too had all of these questions lingering in my mind.  Here are the answers that I wish someone would have been there to tell me. “What do I wear to a career fair?' Your attire should be business causal. Boys, you don’t necessarily need to wear a suit and tie, but nice slacks and a polo or some sort of collared shirt would be beneficial.  Girls, heels and/or a skirt are not necessary, but a collared shirt, or a nice blouse and flats would be appropriate. “What do I bring with me to a career fair?' When prepping for [...]

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Check It Out: Benzinga.com

September 9, 2010

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“Green Mike” provided the winning entry in our recent Facebook photo contest.  After Green Mike won the iPad, naturally we wanted to know more about the intern behind the mask!   So we had him answer some quick questions about his internship experiences, and what advice he has to offer other interns. Hello everyone, I’m GreenMike. If you don’t know who I am I was the winner of the internships.com photo contest and the recipient of the Apple iPad.  My quest to win the photo contest has been a long and exciting one.  To tell you about myself, I am currently a student at Ramapo College in New Jersey and an avid fan of the TV show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. While looking for an internship this year I registered for internships.com.  I began to receive the site’s emails where I heard about the photo contest and requested my t-shirt. [...]

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Sweet Tweets

September 3, 2010

We’re back! Sweet Tweets – Number 5. We all spend some time throughout the day checking Twitter and various other feeds. If you’re lucky (like me!), you get paid to. Below are some of the silly tweets we found while tweavesdropping this week! As always, share any Sweet Tweets you find in the comments section. ——————————— @jennfields: Intern: I once snuck a whole rotisserie chicken into a movie theater under my coat. #internquotes @BrienneYvonne: Our Korean intern has requested that we call him by his new American name…when asked why he says…”I paid good money for this name!” lmao @chazwahl: There is an intern here that brushes his teeth all the time…I’ve never seen anything like it…seriously, every time I see him…brushing @steph326: after 2 yrs, our intern is moving on. He chose Cheesecake Factory for farewell lunch. We’ll always remember him by the 4 lbs we gain today. @dfuria: [...]

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5 in 5!

September 1, 2010

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer. This week: Erica Marie from NBC Universal. I’m a manager of digital distribution at NBC Universal. Our department distributes film, broadcast, and cable content across many digital platforms, including mobile, EST, VOD, broadband partners such as Hulu, and emerging platforms like ITV and the iPad. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? The most important things for me are passion and knowledge about the industry (across entertainment, media, and digital) and a desire to learn. There is a hard skill set that’s necessary, but as long as you have a good foundation, the tipping point is what you know about the space and how you think about it. 2. How did you get started in the industry? How can I get started? I got lucky. I sent in my resume and they happened to pull it out and give me [...]

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Hey all! As the marketing intern for internships.com, I have had a phenomenal summer learning more about marketing than I ever thought I could from an internship. The folks here at internships.com have made my internship experience so fulfilling, and now they’re giving other students around the country the chance to work with them as well! Internships.com is looking for 5 all-star students on 35 campuses across the U.S.! This is a paid, part time position that allows you to set the hours and workload. It is an opportunity to flex your marketing/sales muscles, help your friends get internships, and make good money in the process! Now I know what you’re thinking…How often do I have to work? What do I have to do exactly? All you have to do is spread the word about Internships.com to your classmates. This may include posting links on your social networking accounts, sending [...]

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