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Internships pervade pop culture (and reality TV) and if you’ve read our blog in the past, you know that tons of celebrities got their careers started as interns. Sweet. Shows like The Hills and The City have come and gone – offering viewers an inside look into the competitive lifestyle of high fashion interns in New York. Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a new entrant into the pop culture internship domain through the uber-popular show Gossip Girl. Blair and Dan landed internships at a fashion magazine in NYC, and well, the rest was history… No spoilers here, in case you still have the last few episodes saved on your DVR. We just wanted to give a little shout-out to our neighbors, the CW Network, here in Los Angeles, for developing an internship storyline smack in the middle of internship search and application season. Though the events may be [...]

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Hello, students and recent grads! My name is Sarah, and I am an illustrator. If you are an art student putting together your resume, you must have wondered whether or not to incorporate your design or drawing skills into your resume. I have applied to 220 jobs and internships so far (possibly more, because not all positions I applied to were written down in my mini ‘Places I Applied To’ notebook!). I want to share my personal experiences with two types of resumes: the standard one-page and the creative resume. Everyone is familiar with the standard one-page resume. Recently, I talked about writing for resumes and artist statements with my supervisor at the Letterpress shop (where I am currently an intern). She mentioned the College Art Association website, where they have standard guidelines for artists’ resumes. I found it to be very helpful. The second kind of resume is the [...]

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The most important part of a resume package will always be its content, no matter how many gold fasteners and wax seals you adorn it with. But once you’ve put time into crafting a technically solid pitch, here are a few tasteful presentational upgrades you can make to ensure a mailed application is especially memorable. Print it on card stock paper. If you want to splurge a bit to making your resume look fancy, it’s best to stay clean and professional. Printing on a slightly thicker matte material not only gives your application a nice weight, but it also improves legibility. Steer clear of glossy printing materials, as they tend to have the opposite effect. And please don’t decorate your resume. PLEASE. Know typography – or pass your resume to someone who does. You can have the strongest resume in the stack, but it’s guaranteed to get laughed at if [...]

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Every week, 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. So what’s beyond the resume? Well, I’m currently a Business major with a concentration in International Business. The idea of different people and cultures working each other, despite their obvious differences, is fascinating to me. I’m hoping to study abroad sometime in future–hopefully the near future! To be honest, I’m a real nerd at heart! I wouldn’t mind spending a whole day just browsing through the books at my local public library. And I absolutely love shopping for new school supplies when the beginning of the school year rolls around! Living life to the fullest is my ultimate goal. I want to learn as much as I can and do as much as I can in the [...]

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Coffee Clicks

February 7, 2011

Think critically when it comes to unpaid internships. Hey recent grads: 11 ways to build your network after college The economy is recovering, but local government jobs may be at risk A few easy investments to guarantee a professionally-fashionable future. Once you get an internship…how and why to network on the job.

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Coffee Clicks

February 7, 2011

Links to click while letting the caffeine sink in… Internship tips from a recent post on BNET. Top 10 companies that pay their interns the best. Virtual internships: for those who want to spend more time at the office? Calvin Klein intern spotted on NBC NY’s Street Style feature.

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Putt-putt. This week, we find out which intern watches Grey’s Anatomy. Hint: not Tracey or Ally.

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Career fairs. Job fairs. Internship fairs. I am a big fan of these. The reason I got my first internship (which led me to this amazing first job) was because of a career fair on campus. We found one of our amazing interns Tracey at an internship fair. You hardly ever will get to meet with a bunch of different companies in one place (the internet doesn’t count). AND, there’s always I-don’t-need-it-but-really-really-want-it s.w.a.g. I’m biased, obviously, but there are some really simple ways to make a huge difference in the way you approach these fairs. Go down the list of companies that will be attending and do some homework. Google them. Find them on Facebook and Twitter. Have something to talk about when you get to the table. “So what do you guys do?’ is not the question you want to start with. Wear a decent outfit. Business casual is [...]

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Coffee Clicks 2.4.11

February 4, 2011

Links to click while you wait for the caffeine to kick in. Stop slouching! Make your mom proud. We don’t have to tell you: it’s competitive out there. Krispy Kreme or bust: one super fan’s social media campaign to land his dream job U.S. News&World Reports’ “Money” column says passion will get you the offer.  What about hugs?

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Walking across campus the other day, I couldn’t help but notice the constant barrage of fliers and signs put up by student groups. Sure, some were for purely social events meant to draw you in with a free slice of pizza, but most of them were focused on helping others. Because I’m a finance major who’s looking to make a difference, I wanted to intern at organizations that had a mission or objective that I felt connected to. So when the recession hit, I decided to look for internships away from the big banks of Wall Street. Soon, I found myself at the Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Stability (OFS) in Washington, D.C., and I couldn’t have been happier. Working at the heart of our government’s solution to the recession was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. While the Treasury Department’s headquarters is mainly a policy shop, the OFS stood out because it [...]

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