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This weekend, a contentious debate over internships and their effect on social mobility was revived in the UK, when it was revealed that the conservative Tories – the party helmed by Prime Minister David Cameron – sold off high-profile finance internships at institutions connected with the City of London for an average of about £3,000 ($4,800) at an annual political fundraiser. Many of the attending families were already part of Great Britain’s social elite. That revelation was particularly offensive to regular critics of the modern internship system, who argue that one’s financial ability to do unpaid work already determines whether or not they can “buy access' to great connections the most prestigious careers. In the United States, the Obama Administration signaled its opposition to unpaid internships last April, when new Labor Department regulations made the vast majority of them illegal. (You can read Mark Cuban’s rant about this in one [...]

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Buzzfeed tells how it targeted the entire female populace of SDSU to get its intern, Matt, a Valentine’s Day date. DePaul University’s career center has some advice for those rocketing through their internship search: Take time to read your e-mails. Been cramming for your exams? New brain research suggests you’re doing it wrong. Director Spike Lee speaks to Rutgers students about motivation, career choices and changing racial perceptions. Career advisor and Examiner.com blogger Allison Cheston says networking is about access, NOT information.

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Had a brutal week of class? Internship search got you stressed? Slow down for a sec. Breathe. Repeat after me: It’s Friday. In the spirit of Carnival season, we offer you a music video from Trinidadian soca artists JW and Blaze that is pretty much guaranteed to make you feel better. Unless you are not keen on dancing Grovers, bouncy castles and general jubilation in the office. Oh, and in case you were wondering — here’s UrbanDictionary’s definition of the word: palance — a word used by Trinidadians to reflect a sense of enjoyment, fun, partying, and any other sort of liming

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This morning, Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman announced the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak after weeks of massive public demonstrations in Cairo demanding that Mubarak vacate his post for mismanaging the country’s finances. Though dozens were killed in the early days of the protests, Egypt’s transition to a new government is remarkable in that only a handful of protesters appear to have turned violent, instead opting to build support for their cause via social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. In fact, the casualties that did occur coincided mostly with the administration’s initial attempts to clamp down on the protesters’ message by blacking out internet access across much of the country. So that begs this morning’s breakfast debate: Did social media limit violence in Egypt’s revolution? Let us know what you think.

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Featured Student: Wyatt Kanyer

February 11, 2011

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You’re gonna get carded. Business cards, that is. Here are some stylish, affordable places to order them. A compelling plea to get your ducks in a row before graduation from a frazzled UCLA senior. We love internships, but I think we have to agree with Gawker here. Don’t pay $9,000 for one.

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Recently, an account executive at the PR agency I’m interning for told me about a girl who walked in the door and asked if there were any jobs available. When the account executive informed her that there weren’t any openings, but that she could apply for an internship position, she said she wasn’t interested in an internship. She wanted a job. Now personally, I don’t approach my job search with such chutzpah (Yiddish for ballsy), but what this girl might not have realized when she dismissed my coworker’s suggestion is that internships are now the entry-level job. It’s the opportunity for an employer to see what a person brings to the table before talking salary and benefits. It may seem unfair to some – especially those who entered college before the economy turned – but fairness aside, it’s the way it is now. For one thing, employers don’t have time [...]

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5 in 5! with Her Campus

February 10, 2011

Annie Wang singlehandedly built and continues to develop HerCampus.com, branded as “the collegiette’s guide to life.” She was named to Inc. magazine’s “30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs,” Glamour magazine’s “20 Amazing Young Women,” and The Boston Globe‘s “25 Most Stylish Bostonians.” In September 2010, Annie took a leave of absence from Harvard to work full-time on Her Campus. She was a senior majoring in visual and environmental studies with a concentration in animation and a minor in psychology. Follow Annie on Twitter: @annie_wang 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? I look for professional, efficient, self-motivated individuals who I can trust. Because Her Campus is a startup, it’s extremely important that everyone, including interns, understands that giving 100% requires more initiative, attention to detail, and creativity than perhaps would otherwise be required at a “normal” company. We look for rockstar interns who are excited about this [...]

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HackCollege champions the time-saving Master Resume Theory. Not a bad idea, but you’re still going to have to write original personal statements. And cover letters. Thanks to our friends at Her Campus to pointing us toward this hilarious chronicle of a recent law school grad forced to move in with her 73-year old cranky Italian grandmother. This post on dealing with days when you REALLY don’t want to go to work sounds totally rad … but good luck finding an employer that’s cool about it.

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Though some signs point to a slightly improving labor market, many employers have been very reluctant to expand their payrolls during the long climb out of the Great Recession. The result? Today’s graduating classes are becoming very familiar with the phrase “unpaid internship” — and not everyone feels the same way about it. Is the explosion of unpaid internships an opportunity, exploitation or a little of both? Today we present two (somewhat) opposing viewpoints on the matter. Dallas Mavericks owner, entrepreneur and media mogul Mark Cuban lashes out at the government’s attempts to regulate unpaid internships in this blog post from 2009. Small business owner Dawn Reshen-Doty of Benay Enterprises, a Connecticut business management service, suggests employers can help the economy, a frustrated generation, and even Egypt by doing whatever it takes to hire one extra paid intern. Do you think it’s fair for employers to hire unpaid interns? Leave [...]

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