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Virginia Tech marketing student Annie Pryatel (@anniepry) landed in a workplace she loves for a digital marketing internship at Venveo. As a college student, I used to live for the weekends. But these days I look forward to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There is no typical day at my internship as a junior marketing analyst at Venveo, a digital marketing agency in Blacksburg, Va.  Some days start off with chocolate chip scones and a relaxing recap on life with my co-workers, while others day begin with a list of 20 things to do, a client conference call that lasts longer than expected and testing every clickable link on a new website design.  Whichever way the day may start, I can always count on it being a day full of learning and laugher with my wonderful co-workers. At 10:15 a.m., I walk into the Venveo [...]

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Smart, reasonable steps you can take to clean up your social media accounts. Changing your last name isn’t gonna cut it, folks. NPR intern Trevor Lowman asks whether we should be concerned that so many young Americans aren’t voting. PR student Jessica Bedore compiles an excellent list of tips for polishing your Twitter image.

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Today we hear from PR enthusiast and recent Central Michigan grad Jenna Frye (@jenna_frye), who interns for a Detroit food blog — but not in Detroit. There’s no dress code at my internship, so I can wear whatever I want; I don’t have to wake up early every day, I can take breaks whenever I desire and I can even work from my bed if I want to! No, this isn’t a joke. I do have an internship, but I work remotely and I don’t have set hours. I’m the public relations intern for a Detroit food blog called The Hungry Dudes. The group is dedicated to connecting restaurants with hungry consumers. Members of the group visit restaurants and shoot photographs and video to share via social media. I tag along to restaurants and attend their events a couple of times a month. I’m also researching speaking opportunities for the [...]

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It’s Friday, and we’ve got something for you to ride into the weekend with. For years, Peoria, IL was thought to be such a bellwether for American attitudes that producers used to ask “Will it play in Peoria?” when assessing would-be national touring acts. So we’re pretty confident that equestrian primates transcend all barriers.

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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. I’m a psychology and international studies major (and Spanish minor) at Northwestern University — within psych, I think child psychology is fascinating, and I focus on Latin American politics and culture for my other degrees. When I’m not in the classroom or doing something for my sorority, I love to write and play piano. I also am addicted to Top Chef and The Bachelor and love to play badminton — I was on my high school’s varsity team (state champs two years in a row!!) and still help out with the program there! I LOVE travel and adventure; I’ve been on student trips to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and France, and this summer I’ll be working as [...]

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A women’s guide to assembling an appropriate and fashionable business wardrobe on a budget. I promised myself I would never post a cat meme, but here I am linking to Business Cat. Feeling uninspired? Read this blog account of how a simple idea launched a nonprofit that has brought comfort to more than a million cancer patients.

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Today, we hear back from student blogger Taryn Sidney about the best and worst parts of interning for her local CBS affiliate station. You can go back and read her first post on the pros and cons of unpaid internships here. Working at CBS 3 in Springfield, Mass. was my first internship … ever. Of course, on the first day when I walked through the door, I was nervous. But my last day there was the most confident I had ever felt leaving that place. Even though my internship was an amazing experience, I had some pretty crappy days too. The Best: I can’t stress enough how great it is to get experience in your field of study. I feel so much more prepared for the real world than I would have if I just stuck with the campus media clubs. Another great thing about my internship was getting to [...]

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5 in 5! with Mercy Corps

February 17, 2011

Jennifer Schmidt is the director of cause marketing partnerships at Mercy Corps, a 32-year old humanitarian aid organization that works to save and improve lives in the world’s toughest places. 1. How did you get started in the industry?  How can someone who is interested in your work get started? The nonprofit sector has a keen appreciation for free labor, and doing internships was how I learned how the sector worked, gained experience, and made contacts. For prospective nonprofiteers, internships or meaningful volunteer work are critical to getting your foot in the door. For anyone interested in oversees work, you still can’t beat the Peace Corps for the experience and the network. 2. What’s the future of your industry or job? Today there are more than 1.2 million registered nonprofits – almost twice as many as 15 years ago – and the need for nonprofit services is greater than ever. [...]

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Forbes hits us with its list of the 20 Most Powerful CEOs Under 40. And lots of them are way under 40. How internships set the table for a real job. This intern got called out in grand fashion after he blew off work for a theme party. Next time you dress up like Tinkerbell, you might want to turn off Facebook tagging.

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Brandon Mendelson (@bjmendelson) is the author of “Social Media Is Bullshit”, which will be published by St. Martin’s Press in April 2012. You should buy it, or something. Got lots of free time? There’s always Brandon’s website, blog and Twitter. 1. In a recent interview, you commented that, “If you follow even the worst social media advice, you wind up sounding like a robot.'  So what’s a college kid to do? If you’re in college, you’ve got two things already that most people will never have: An active, offline social network, and time. So the key is to start making friends, a lot of them, because you never know who may help you out later. That may sound shallow,but let’s face it,that’s why people network in the first place. And on the Web, you’re generally punished for promoting your own things, but if your friends spread them for you, other people see that as [...]

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