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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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Several years ago, I had a certified blast as a summer multimedia intern at a somewhat major website that shall remain nameless. The editorial department was looking for someone to help blow up their hit counts on the company YouTube channel, and they figured viral videos were the way to do it. I’d spent most of high school shooting and editing video shorts with my friends, so the job seemed like an awesome fit for me. Besides, I had an interest in internet marketing and thought viral videos were on the cutting edge of that field. Producing them for eight weeks AND getting paid for it? Sign me up. The problem became apparent in just a few days: My young multimedia team’s concept of what would go viral clashed massively with the sensibilities of the site’s chief editor. By the end of it all, even though we did some great [...]

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It’s been exactly one year since Internships.com launched, and we’ll be celebrating all day! (By which we mean working, but also eating free food.) Want to wish us well? Retweet @internships‘s birthday message on Twitter here.

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Wednesday’s Coffee Clicks

February 16, 2011

College Candy outlines six common speech mishaps you should, umm, cut out of your interviews. I prefer not to even think about the time I could have saved if this barcode-to-bibliography app existed when I was in college. PRSA members tell why tackling a PR internship beats reading about it every time.

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One of the Big Five (or so) questions we get asked all the time on Internships.com’s Answers forum is how you can tell if an employer has glanced at your application. Sure, it’d be nice to know whether you’re getting rejected or if the employer simply hasn’t seen you. But here I am, raining on your parade: You can’t. It’s not just some feature we’ve neglected to implement. All of the job search sites we know of choose not to notify applicants when their resumes are read because it puts the employer in an awkward position. As the No. 1 goal of Internships.com will always be to provide you with lots of high-quality, relevant internships, we have to offer employers a system that works with their needs in mind. If we gave our users “resume read” notices, we’d be putting pressure on employers to respond immediately to every application – [...]

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By Vannessa Vargas In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy had to follow the “yellow brick road' to get to where she belonged. I’m following my own “yellow brick road' to get to my dream career. In the past year, I got my first internship and a blog writing position. I never thought I would be gaining experience so fast. When we’re little, we always think, “When I grow up, I want to be a __________.' Then we grow up and realize it’s not so easy finding which career you belong in. It never occurred to me that I could actually choose a career in writing/directing/producing. It’s seems like such a make-believe career. Yes, it’s risky. Very few people actually make it, but in this time of my life I realized I needed to find my direction and joy. When I decided to go for what I wanted, I realized those [...]

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V-Day’s over, so toss your significant other by the wayside and get back to business. Carnegie Mellon’s student paper answers that age old question: “Why are all my jerk friends getting internships before me?” Didn’t get up the nerve to ask a coworker out this Valentine’s Day? If they’re one of these five people, it’s definitely for the best. Graduating this year? Your job prospects are looking a little better — but you’ll still need to keep your head down.

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