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Today’s five employer questions are directed at Sponzu.com, a new “crowdfunding” website that lets users contribute money toward proposed charitable projects just by viewing ads. They’re currently looking for an intern on Internships.com to act as their social media assistant. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? Being a startup, it is crucial to surround ourselves with people who understand and believe in our concept. The role of the social media assistant is a very important one, and ultimately this person will be responsible for spreading our message across the multitude of media channels and building the following without which Sponzu will never succeed. Keeping this in mind, the ideal candidate will be a cooperative team player and a self-driven individual who is not afraid to voice opinions and take initiatives as long as they are aligned with the company’s goals. We are definitely not interested [...]

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It’s Thursday … almoooost theeeere …. Remember yesterday, when we told you Kathy Griffin was interning for Gawker for a day? It has come and gone, and now you get to see this video of a celebrity tackling menial tasks. Talan Torriero from Laguna Beach tells you how to get a virtual internship and promotes his new web venture. I guess he could be considered a competitor, but we’ll let you get away with it this time, Torriero. “I want to take this time to assure you that your application was strongly considered before we ultimately decided to light it on fire and use it to make fondue.” Read a Syracuse student’s hilarious column in the Daily Orange about a supposed internship rejection letter. How to land an internship at Google, Apple or Microsoft, according to former Microsoft intern Gayle McDowell.

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Matt Lassen was lucky — and evidently talented — enough to do two internships at Mad Magazine in New York City. Last week, he talked about his editorial gig. This week, he talks about Photoshopping parodies for publication and meeting famous artists as  a graphic design intern. When entering my design internship at MAD Magazine, I wasn’t very intimidated by the people (since I met them all already), but was a little nervous about doing a different job.  MAD’s design internship is creative in a very different way than its editorial internship, but either way, it’s a great place to work. After taking the train to MAD‘s skyscraper office in midtown Manhattan, I ride the elevator to the MAD floor at 9:30 A.M. in my casual T-shirt and jeans.  When I walk down the hall littered with amazing pieces from MAD issues past and present, the first office I see [...]

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We understand most of you don’t live on Internships.com like we do. So we wanted to give you the option of getting notified when an employer sends you a message, no matter where you are. And to that end, we’ve got three key features you can activate at any time under Account Settings, which is located at the top right of your screen. Each notification is triggered as soon as you receive correspondence back from an employer. Here’s a breakdown: E-mail. This is the only category that will be activated by default when you set up an account. If you uncheck it, we’ll stop sending you e-mails when you have a new employer message. SMS. Click this box to have a text message (SMS) sent to your mobile number of choice when you receive a new employer message. For most people, this is probably the quickest way to hear back. [...]

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Our third post in the life of a  Sparkpr intern! Here’s Rachel’s story about going big or going home… Last week, I had a crash course in my PR internship.  What’s the saying: sink or swim? I swam. Fast! Tuesday: Today’s the big day! My client will be announcing a major partnership/promotion! It’s really exciting but, there is a lot to do beforehand. Line up the release on the newswire. Develop a media list. Gather emails. Divvy up the targets. Then the fun begins! And no, I didn’t do that all alone.  So, what’s my goal? Send out pitches to over 100 media contacts (that’s just my share). Hope some of them will bite, and in-turn want to schedule a meeting with an executive and/or write an article about the promotion. So it goes like this: send email, get email, send email, get email, email bounce back (uh-oh, note: update [...]

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You’ve seen them. You might even BE one. Just don’t let me know that. Mr. Indecisive This guy weaves from lane to lane like Barry Sanders, using vans full of children as lead blockers and wedging through cracks in the metal glacier. If he’s gracious enough to use a signal, you know it’s going to be the one-and-done – so try not to blink as he positions his vehicle eight inches in front of your headlights. For his intense maneuvering, Mr. Indecisive is rewarded by making it to work 4 minutes earlier than you and burning three times more gas. Emotional Girl You can’t see her eyes from behind those obnoxious sunglasses, but the spasmic head movements, upraised hands and runny mascara tell you exactly what’s going on. Emotional Girl just broke up with her boyfriend for the fourth time this month – and she is not “totally over it,” [...]

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Wednesday. Hump day. No, like “over the hump.” Weird Al Yankovic has apparently hit the inevitable “children’s book” phase of celebrity. But it’s a children’s book about careers, so we’re actually kinda intrigued. Thinking about saving money? Not on car insurance — we mean like long-term investments. Here’s an excellent primer on how to start planning your financial future. Comedienne Kathy Griffin is Gawker’s newest celebrity intern, and they haven’t figured out what to do with her yet. Have any ideas? Follow this link and set her agenda. Does a higher aptitude for group work mean women are the key to a more efficient workforce? Check out this recent study published on Pretty Young Professional.

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As you can see from the pic below, Brendan Chan’s internship with The Bobby Bones Show looks…different.  And awesome.  Tune in to the Bobby Bones Show weekdays from 6am to 10am on 96.7 KISS FM–you’ll thank us. My radio internship at The Bobby Bones Show is an experience unlike any I’ve ever had. My day starts around 4:00 AM and after hitting the snooze button a couple times, I take a shower and head to the radio station. Interns are expected to be at the station at 5:00 AM to handle content for the website, occasionally get breakfast, and prepare various sound clips for that day’s show. We support the amazing producer for the show, Alayna, as much as we can because she has so much to do every single day. Bobby, Lunchbox, Amy, Carlos, and Alayna put on a unique show every single day and it is so much fun [...]

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The thank you note

March 8, 2011

If this internship is something you really want – write a thank you note after the interview. An email is fine. It’s also average. I’m talking an old-school, hand written thank you. Some people don’t like snail mail. I love it. You know why? Because the only envelopes I get in the mail now are bills and credit card offers. But whyy? It’s amazing how many people DON’T write thank-you notes after interviews. It’s one of those things… it’s like flossing. You know you should and need to do it, and it really isn’t difficult, and it takes hardly any time to do it, but it’s such a chore and does it really even matter? Well, for one, if they are interviewing a ton of people this is one more way for an employer to remember you by. And maybe there is something (keep it to ONE thing) that you [...]

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Cameron Smead (@cameronsmead) is a 22-year old journalism and media studies major at San Diego State University who interns for Elle Communications (@ellecomm). My day as an Elle Communications public relations intern began at 7:15 a.m. when my alarm started screaming Taylor Swift. After punching snooze a couple times and deciding that an extra 20 minutes of sleep was well worth not straightening my hair, I jumped in the shower. Elle does not have a dress code. We are free to dress up or down as we please, but this didn’t stop me from mentally trying on outfits all throughout my showering time. Today I decided on black True Religion jeans, a brown sweater and black peep toe pumps (I packed a pair of flats, too, just in case I needed to run to my car that I left illegally parked on the streets of downtown San Diego — yes, [...]

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