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Editor’s Note: We were fortunate enough to sit down for an interview last week with former North Carolina Tar Heels star defender Ryan Adeleye, who is now playing professional soccer for Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Israel’s Premier League. This is Part I of our two-part interview with Ryan on the challenges of living abroad, pursuing your dreams, the importance of networking, working your way up within an organization, and other great life lessons. (You can read Part II here.) We think that you guys, our student readers, whether you are competitive athletes or not, will be able to take some of Ryan’s advice and apply those lessons learned to any career field you are interested in – be it finance, education, business, non-profit work, athletics, marketing, etc. How did you begin to plan for your professional soccer career? I graduated a semester early from UNC to prepare for the Major [...]

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I am deeply disappointed that I didn’t get this up earlier, because now 3/4 of the nation’s interns have made it home without the opportunity to kick off their weekend with this ferocious keytar solo. Those of you who remain: We do request that you graciously clean your faces off the floor before you leave.

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If you’ve applied for pretty much anything in your life, you’re probably familiar with the two basic components of an application: the resume and the cover letter. Internships.com even has a cover letter writer … so should you send one off to employers when you apply on Internships.com? And how? The answer is yes, of course. Your cover letter is what goes in the “personal introduction” box above your resume. We just have another name for it. Because you’re applying online, you don’t need to worry about all the letterhead formatting and address information along the top. If you’ve already put together your cover letter in a word processor like Microsoft Word, just copy over the main body — starting with the salutation (“Dear Mrs. Jackson …”) and ending with the closing salutation (“Best Regards, Robert Hamburger”). If you used the cover letter tool in your Internships.com dashboard, the process [...]

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The pack starts to separate as we move through Day 2 of competitive games between Internships.com’s Summer 2010 interns. On the puzzle competition, Ally continues a surge that leaves Coleman at a loss for words. Coleman: “I don’t even know anymore. This whole thing is really taking me for a turn.”

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Here’s what we’re reading with our morning bagel … A South Korean girl documents the process of leaving her culture and former identity behind to intern across the world in Washington, D.C. A fun read and a heartwarming photo essay on adventure and change. A Guardian (UK) writer and former NYU grad student posts a scathing critique of unpaid internships. This probably one of the more passionate arguments against them we’ve seen, and however you feel about the matter, it’s worth a gander. Becoming an entrepreneur is a thousand times harder than you think it is. And 2011 grads should go for it, according to Paul Kedrosky. Read this letter of admiration to those who decide to take the plunge and be their own boss. We’ve all been there: 3 a.m. the night before a report is due, and your computer flakes out catastrophically. Is it happening to you right [...]

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Every Friday, we’ll have a new Featured Student who will share some fun facts about themselves,  be featured on the Employer home page, and get a fun gift from us. Just for being so awesome. My interests and passions pretty much explain why I feel like living in D.C. is perfect for me right now. I’ve been obsessed with journalism since middle school. Back then, it was cooing over the announcing and analysis of sportscasters like Bob Costas. Now, I am enamored by investigative and enterprise reporting found on This American Life or in The New Yorker, while still enjoying the standards news stories of the New York Times or Politico. I’m glad to live in an era when these interests can be a part of my day — all day — because of social media and smartphones. Twitter, Facbeook and Tumblr are all part of my routine, and I pride myself in using [...]

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We’ve learned from keeping up with our Answers section that a lot of you aren’t just satisfied with knowing how to build and send out a resume. Like a small child that you dressed, fed, and walked to the bus stop, you want to know what happens to it when you click that button and it disappears off into Employerland. Well, we suppose that’s only human. Today, we’re going to let you switch places and see things through the eyes of the employers you’ve been applying to. What do they see when they get a new application? How does it get sorted in their inbox? Will they notice that portfolio file you attached? The answers to all of these questions and more lie right here in a colorful, wonderful Student Resources article. You can find more answers like this and a really helpful guide to every step of the internship [...]

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It’s the middle of February. Snow piles have turned to puddles, the sun stays out past 3 p.m., and if you strain your ears, you might even hear the chirp of a stray bird in the buzz of Chicago traffic. To some, these are sure signs that spring is coming. To me, they are sure signs that I have less and less time to secure a job before Northwestern hands me my graduation cap and sends me out the door.  For personal and financial reasons, my goal is to move back to Los Angeles, so my job search for entry-level marketing positions has been largely long-distance. Any job search is tough, but the long-distance search is a whole different creature. In marketing, most employers — particularly smaller companies — tend to fill positions on an as-needed basis rather than hiring a large “class.” This means organizations can’t wait for me [...]

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Greg Justice has racked up more than 100,000 hits for his mic-busting skills on YouTube, in which he drops some heavy yet office-appropriate rhymes about his internship at Cisco Systems. And yes, he did see the president of Russia on his first day at work. Today, we caught up with him to see whether he really, umm, actually learned something last summer. Ostensibly, you could have been the World’s Most Interesting Intern almost anywhere. Why Cisco? I wanted to work in communications (specifically social media) for a large technology company. Having worked in a kitchen the summer before, I was keen on new experience. Cisco was an attractive option, for they encourage their interns to explore different departments throughout the summer. Plus, I’ve always found routers, TelePresence, and Ellen Page to be the illest. Walk us through a typical day in your shoes. 8:30 a.m. – Check that inbox 8:57 [...]

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Each week, we talk to an employer that has posted on Internships.com to try to gain some insight into their industry and what it takes to get started. This week, it’s Enterprise Rent-a-Car. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? The ideal candidate is ambitious, creative, personable, resourceful, hard-working and likes to have fun. We look for rising juniors and seniors. Candidates should have experience using sales skills (paid or unpaid), demonstrated leadership ability and a definite interest in pursuing a sales/management career after graduation. 2. How did you get started in the industry? How can I get started? I found out about Enterprise Rent-A-Car at a spring career fair as I was getting ready to graduate. I never heard of Enterprise Rent-A-Car or thought to rent cars for a living! I have been with the company for more than 13 years and started as a [...]

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