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Growing up in Chicagoland in the 1990s, I thought the Bulls were just supposed to win, every year. I didn’t remember a time when they didn’t – except for that bizarre period when Michael Jordan left superstardom behind to try his hand at minor league baseball. None of us understood that sideshow act. Why leave guaranteed NBA titles out there for someone else to take? All Jordan did was win. I never doubted they’d be champs, and I assumed that Jordan and Pippen and B.J. Armstrong and Co. felt the same. No nerves. No doubt. Just utter confidence. I started thinking about all of this when I read a recent blog post on Her Campus about collegiate anxiety – which can be compounded by an overload of exams, lack of sleep, worries about whether you’ve picked the right major or if you’re going to have a job when you graduate. [...]

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It’s Monday, folks! Here are some links we’re digging today. Wouldn’t it be easier if you knew your interviewer before you’d ever met? If they read your blog, it’s the next best thing. Brazen Careerist showcases tips from successful bloggers on how to get started. Having an issue with a rude co-worker, but not sure how to bring it up? Career development author Emily Bennington posts a great breakdown of how to get things resolved with the least possible damage. [Warning: The stock image used is a little strong, so don't click if you're unprepared to be flipped the bird.] Are your parents butting into your internship search? Disconnect the phone lines and read them this post on where to draw the line between good-natured help and running a child’s life. Rose, a Hollywood blogger from The Eternal Intern, makes her Oscar picks. And she really likes Inception.

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Jenny (@Brainy_PRGirl) is an intern at Birmingham, UK-based Brainy Marketing, an agency that aims to deliver low-cost new media marketing solutions to small businesses. And she’s also a fantastic storyteller, as evidenced by her Twitter account and this entertaining diary of a hectic workday. 8:00 a.m.: Damn it! I did not hear my alarm ringing – or did he switch it off again?! No time to think. Quick shower, no makeup and an apple on the way out. 8:15 a.m.: Dilemma! I don‘t know what to wear! Lucky we don‘t have a formal dress code like at Emma’s office, but my favourite blouse is in the laundry and I have already worn that skirt twice in a row. Ok, ok the white dress and black over-knee boots it is. 8:36 a.m.: ARRGH! Missed my train. Hate taking the bus. 8:42 a.m.: Tweeting how stupid Birmingham buses are and blessing our [...]

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On Friday, we posted Part I of our interview with American soccer player Ryan Adelaye, who plays for Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Israel’s Premier League. Today, we ask him what he’s learned, where he’s going and how to prepare one’s self for working and living abroad. Do you have a professional mentor? I wouldn’t say I have a professional mentor, but there are certainly experienced players that I look up to. We have a few Brazilians on the team, ages 25-26 that have been playing professionally for 10 years. I can learn a lot from them. I’ve always wanted a mentor but I’ve found that sometimes if you just keep your ears and eyes open to changes, and adapt to your current situation – whether it’s professional soccer or in a career, then you will meet people who can help you on that path. What are some of the lessons you’ve [...]

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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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