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Matt Lassen was lucky — and evidently talented — enough to do two summer internships at Mad Magazine in New York City. This week, he talks about his first internship in the editorial department, meeting famous illustrators and working directly with the editor-in-chief. Mad Magazine can be an intimidating place to get an internship. Not only has it set the standard for satire and humor, but it’s a continued influence on comics and popular humor outlets today like The Onion and College Humor. The most intimidating places are usually the ones that will change your life for the better. As an editorial intern, I would hop the train bound for their midtown Manhattan office, located across the street from The Ed Sullivan Theater. At 10 a.m., I got off the elevator at Mad’s own floor in my casual T-shirt and jeans and walked down a hallway littered with iconic Mad [...]

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For our latest employer perspective, we talked to Dani Bernstein — PolitiCorps’ associate director of the Oregon Bus Project — about starting a career in politics at the organizing level. 1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started? The PolitiCorps program gave me my start in electoral organizing. I participated in the program the summer after I graduated college, and from there was able to dive right into campaigns with the critical skills and experiences that I needed to succeed. People come to organizing work with a range of backgrounds and experiences — some have been politics junkies their whole lives; others have only just discovered that politics might be the way they want to make an impact. You just need to start off with the right attitude: a willingness to work long hours and an unwavering desire [...]

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Here’s what we’re sipping on this morning: Do you ever get weirded out by networking? Does the word itself make your cringe a little? You’re not alone. Passive Panda delivers a must-read article on how to network correctly and come off as a genuine, trustworthy person. Hey look! A Coffee Click for bloggers! WordPress 3.1 launched this week, giving one of the Web’s most powerful blogging tools a lot more flexibility. Check out all the exciting new features here. “The millennial generation is a generation that is just more interested in making a difference than making a dollar.” Do you agree? Or is young workers’ growing interest in nonprofits just a product of the recession? So, you prepared and prepared for your interview. But did you follow through? Forbes blogger Susan Adams says it’s essential — even if you think you bombed.

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Each Wednesday, we’ll featuring an article from our friends at college blog The Campus Socialite. This week, they break down all the social media platforms that let college students share personal and embarrassing details with the entire world. Socialites, welcome to the world of social media: Everyone needs to know what you’re doing or thinking at any given time of day…and no one is more obsessed with sharing their thoughts and actions than college students. The question is: Do we endlessly share to spread our own knowledge to others, or do we just want to be celebrities in our own personal worlds? It’s a matter that’s still in debate, and might be forever. But the fact remains that we derive some form of pleasure from letting all of our friends and acquaintances know about every detail of our lives, and every day we find new ways to do just that. [...]

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Here’s the best way to sum up Callum Ng: If your girlfriend cheated on you with Callum, you’d pretty much have to just say “That’s understandable” and move on. A former member of the Canadian National Swim Team, Callum majored in philosophy at the University of British Columbia and owns two profitable businesses at the age of 25: Green Grads, an environmentally friendly exterior cleaning service, and NG Farrell Marketing, a sports marketing agency. He recently earned a master’s degree in business management, was named Canada’s Young Ambassador to Singapore for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and taught Justin Bieber how to mack. That last part is a complete guess, but I suppose it’s possible. Today, I asked Callum how he started his first business and why everything he touches turns to gold. How did you get the idea to launch Green Grads, your first business? Basically, I was a [...]

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Often, urban professionals will attempt to soften the harsh geometry of their work cubes with personal trinkets that express character and create a sense of “home.” Too ugly or tacky to pass the spouse test, these items’ last collective refuge is in the office. In this week’s edition of The Coffee Run, we’ll examine some common desk ornaments to gain insight into the personalities of their owners. The Cannon Paperweight Your coworker is a history buff, and revels in drawing melodramatic parallels to modern-day business strategies (i.e. the time he referred to a costly slew of no-compete agreements as “The Maginot Line”). The Cannoneer favors Scotch as a libation, sucks at basketball and has a tenuous relationship with his father. The Snow Globe Your coworker is an unabashed idealist. His or her mind frequently wanders to warm childhood memories that totally warp the reality of their real preadolescence, which mostly [...]

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It’s 6 a.m. Pacific time, and I am personally still sleeping. Hooray for post scheduling. Carter Boardman found her dream internship at fashion PR firm Circa PR after interviewing owner Katie Kern for a class project. Learn how that experience changed her career. Going stir crazy? Here’s a list of five things to do when you’re unemployed … in addition to getting on Internships.com, of course. This is one skill you’ll probably have to master when you’re starting your career. Pretty Young Professional gives us five important rules for handling feedback from an employer. Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? See if your qualities line up with the outline put forth by Brazen Careerist.

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Occasionally, we’ll get a question on our Answers board asking whether a specific internship listing is legitimate, and can be trusted with sensitive information or to deliver on its promises in the listing. The overwhelming majority of the listings you’ll find on our site are honest and accurate. However, as is the case with any platform that lets people submit their own information, spammers can temporarily find ways to abuse the system. That’s why it’s important for you to exercise common-sense caution when asked for information online that seems irrelevant and unnecessarily personal. We take spam listings seriously, and that’s why we ask for your help in flagging listings you think are suspicious. Flagging an internship posting won’t get it automatically removed from Internships.com, but it will tag it for immediate review. If we can’t extract enough information to confirm that the employer is legitimate, their listing(s) will be pulled. [...]

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This is what we in the business like to call “the season” for summer internships. Why? Because anyone who is super serious about internships knows that this is THE TIME to be searching and applying. And if things are going in your favor, you’re also going on some interviews. Congrats, btw, if you already have your summer plans lined up. For the rest of you, read on. With this thing called The Internet, there really isn’t any reason you shouldn’t be as prepared as possible, even for the unexpected. There will (every time) come a point during the interview when they’ll ask if you have any questions. Always have some questions prepared, but please, please, PLEASE – don’t start with this one: “What are the chances that I’ll get hired at the end of the internship?” There are just so many things wrong with this. First of all, I kind [...]

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