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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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Three stories to start your morning: Vault releases its comprehensive annual ranking and breakdown of the Top 10 Finance Internships that have major influence on young careers. If money is your passion, pay attention. Is the first file attachment they’ll see named “resume.pdf?” Tsk-tsk. Some very overlooked tips from PR Daily on creating the best impression when applying for an internship. If the prospect of taking on an unpaid or minimum-wage internship is making your checkbook scream, there are a few ways you can calm it down. Start with this checklist.

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Hello, blogging world! Meet the interns of Sparkpr: Meghan, Lyndsey, Rachel and Diane. Individually, we represent all phases of Sparkpr’s three-month-long internship. Follow us in our challenges, triumphs and find out if, in the end, that sparkling full time position falls into our mentally calloused (in a good way!) hands. Feel free to ask us questions about PR, internships and the whole process in general. We’re also eager to learn from you! Without further adieu, here are the interns … Meghan Media lists, coverage reports, activities trackers – “What the hell are all these things?’ runs through my head as I build my PR dictionary from scratch. You learn through osmosis,through acting quickly and listening to every word around you. PR’s like that wind that adds sudden speed to your step – and you kind of love it. Hi,I’m Meghan. I’m the baby and the newest of the interns at [...]

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We’re finally putting this blog on our site this week as opposed to the vast sea of WordPress, which is why I sometimes wonder how some of you have gotten here in the first place. Actually, I kinda know already. Every day, WordPress shows us list of the search terms people enter to arrive at Eye of the Intern from distant lands, and from it, I am forced to conclude that some of you are severely, severely deranged. Here’s a list of actual, real-life search queries that have lead people to this blog in the past week, accompanied by my brief observations. “intern boss pay for lunch” IT FIRST DAY. BOSS SKIN MAMMOTH, MAKE FEAST. “office women stick drawing’ It’s not hard to draw your own, you know. “the eternal intern” FOR-EV-ER. “school psychologists who hate their jobs” Coming this fall to NBC. “employers who offer free food” This probably [...]

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Does America’s young millennial workforce share too much online for its own good? ONE Penn State dance marathon just raised $9.5 million to benefit kids with cancer. Yes, that is awesomely abnormal. Want to be more persuasive? Check out these 10 scientific tips that get people’s attention. Is breakfast REALLY that important? HerCampus investigates your mom’s favorite warning. Plus, healthy to-go recipes.

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There are two situations when you’d rather be anywhere than at work: when you are terribly hungover, or when you are terribly sick. I’ve NEVER personally experienced the first one, but I’ve heard that it’s pretty bad. I imagine it to be a lot like being really sick – which I have been. Twice. In the past month. The solution used to be stay home, watch hours of Beverly Hills 90210 on DVR (thank you, SOAPnet), and ask someone for the notes I missed in class. But I can’t just not show up now. I am a full-time working young adult and I’m mature and have responsibilities and stuff. And also, I don’t want to use up all my sick days in the 2nd month of the year on a measly little cold. So, here’s how to be sick at work: Keep the Purell close by. Whether or not you [...]

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