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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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ANSWER: Really, for the purposes of our site, the personal message you complete when you apply is the equivalent of the cover letter. Since you’re not mailing it and it’s processed through our system, you don’t have to spend time worrying about formatting an address at the top. Just start with the main body. If you’ve already typed up your cover letter in a document or through our cover letter tool, simply open it up in a display mode and copy and paste the text. Be sure to include a salutation and a closing salutation.

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Most of you know that in today’s world, when employers look at your resume, they have the tendency to skip over your stellar GPA and go straight to your internship and professional experience.  I was quick to learn this last spring while applying for summer internships.  I was only a member of two communications-related organizations and a member of my sorority.  I knew I needed to get an internship, but I didn’t know if my resume would get my foot in the door.  My resume was pretty lackluster, but somehow I landed an interview and got the job as a marketing intern. After a summer of self-actualization and the realization of how determined I am to land my dream job by May 2012, I knew one internship, two clubs and sorority membership wasn’t going to put my resume at the top of the stack. And that’s when I turned into [...]

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Internships.com CEO Robin Richards puts forth a compelling argument in The Huffington Post this morning on why employers should pay their interns. I know that in the past, Robin has been critical of the government telling businesses they can’t hire unpaid ones — partially because of the probability that these regulations would knock small enterprises out of business when we need them the most. But he also acknowledges that there’s a moral dilemma and threat to workplace efficiency that comes with pricing out qualified candidates who can’t afford to take unpaid internships. People have varying and passionate opinions on the matter, and Robin does an excellent job here of clarifying the conflict behind an issue that’s not nearly as simple as it seems. If you have any interest in the future of entry-level employment, this is a must-read.

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Feel like your employer doesn’t appreciate you? It should. Read these reasons why interns mean more to an businesses than cheap labor. Blogger Alejandra Acosta begins a fairly disturbing account of her journey to a D.C. internship. Read the good, the bad and the ugly. Wanna get more done? Unplug your laptop.

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So, the hard part’s over, right? You chiseled your resume into a stunning piece de resistance, you got a tip from a buddy’s friend that your dream employer was looking for interns, you wrote a stirring cover letter and applied on Internships.com – and now, the nail biting begins. Of course, you know that anything you want this bad won’t come without competition. In all likelihood, there are probably a lot of qualified candidates who have done the same. And the suspense of not knowing if you’ll even be contacted can make hours seem like weeks, and weeks seem like eons. So what do you do now? Here are a few pointers: 1.,,)    Keep applying. It may seem exhausting to put another spirited effort into an application that just isn’t as exciting as the opportunity you really want. But making other plans isn’t just important for the obvious reasons. It [...]

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