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I recognized it before I even opened the email. I recognized it by the courteous yet curt subject line and the unnecessarily long introduction emphasizing my talents and how pleasant it was to meet me. Any time a potential employer takes that much time to tell me how nice it was to meet me before getting to the punch line, it’s almost always the internship/ job kiss of death: the dreaded rejection email. As a senior in college, I’ve applied to more than my share of internships. I’ve had a good number of successes, but unfortunately, they’re generally preceded by many rejections. And, sadly, it still stings every time. That first hour after reading the email and processing the fact that I won’t be working at the company I was so excited about is very disheartening. But not only is it disheartening, it’s also incredibly frustrating because of all the effort [...]

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Paper Airplane Races – including fastest, thru-the-loop, and best trick. “I’ve never made an airplane in my life. These boys, they probably make airplanes everyday to like, throw at each other. I’ve never made an airplane before.”

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It used to be that getting your college degree was all you needed to get a great job after college, but times have changed! Grad schools and employers are looking for real-world experience when they are looking at your resume. One great way to go this is by getting an internship. Are you thinking about an internship? Are you required to have an internship for your major? Getting started can be intimidating and confusing unless you know the right questions to ask and the right places to look. Where to look When I started my internship search, I went to talk to a career advisor at my school about jobs and internships, and while I was there I signed up for the College Central Network, which had a huge listing of internships and jobs for students and alumni of my college. Internships.com is the largest internship marketplace and a great [...]

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At the very least you should be a little bit picky about what you apply for. For example – we were looking for a graphic design intern the last few months. The title is somewhat self-explanatory. So what’s the first line I see when looking at one of the resumes submitted? “Objective: To obtain an internship in mechanical engineering.' Eh… Ok, there is no problem at all with applying to jobs and internships that are outside your major or something you have no experience with, but you have to at least let me know why you’re applying. The problem is this is a graphic design internship and this person just straight up said it isn’t what they’re looking for. Not only that, it makes it seem like you are lazy or don’t bother to read. Both of which, by the way, didn’t make the cut on my “Intern Qualities' list. [...]

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Hi, my name is Robin, and this year I started a psychology internship with a great company called Mass 2-1-1. It is a health and human services referral line, which sounds like a mouthful but is pretty easy to explain. Basically, when someone in the state of Massachusetts dials 2-1-1, they get connected to us. We have a big database full of resources all over the state, and we connect people in need to the resources and companies that can help them. I love interning here! I had only ever worked in retail stores and restaurants, so being able to work in an office and be able to help people everyday were so much more rewarding than being able to help people pick out the right sized shirt. The environment at my office is relaxed and friendly and I get along really well with everyone there, which I am so [...]

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If you’ve ever watched a mafia film of any kind, you’re already aware that power, influence and emphatic hand gesturing are closely related. Science has proven that people who motion with their hands while talking business are four times more likely to be promoted in their first two years, three times more likely to lease a submarine and six times more likely to have one or more exotic concubines on payroll. (I don’t feel the need to back this up with a citation.) If you want a piece of that action, you need to grab it. Or, if you’d like, you can swipe, slash, clutch, cup or push it. Here are some of the most bosslike hand motions you’re likely to encounter in the American conference room, and how they can touch your career. The Dueling Dogs: This thumbs-up, palms-in gesture was a favorite of former President George W. Bush. [...]

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I was so excited when, after several months of volunteering, I was approached about becoming a media intern at The Indus Entrepreneurs, or TiE – an  organization that mentors up-and-coming entrepreneurs. It’s an international nonprofit with over 40 chapters and 13,000 members worldwide. In my internship, I’ve gotten to see what production and writing is like in the real world—my “Carrie'(from Sex and The City) moment! Beforehand, I thought it was going to be more focused on writing. But at the second event I attended, I simultaneously interviewed and shot my first professional interview. It felt great! I made a short preview for the interview and then posted the preview and full interview on TiE’s various media outlets. The first event I attended was very corporate-oriented. I’m not particularly interested in business affairs, but it was interesting to see my peers make a business proposition to investors. Seeing people my [...]

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It’s been a little over six weeks since we launched our Answers forum, and in that time, we’ve received a healthy outpouring of questions from users like you. Today, I thought we’d focus on a few of the ones that get asked the most – and offer up some possible solutions. How do I decide the right keyword to use in my search? We list more U.S. internship postings than anyone, but occasionally it can be hard to find specific types of internships in a certain area – even if they really do exist. One problem is that different companies might use different terminology to describe essentially the same job. To solve this, I suggest entering the term you originally tried to search into Wikipedia. If you can find an entry, click on it and scroll down until you see a list of related terms. Then, where applicable, try using [...]

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I.M.H.O (In My Humble Opinion) is an ongoing series of posts written by guest authors who have been there, done that…and have great stories to show for it. The Doctor is in! Michael “Dr. Woody' Woodward, PhD is a CEC certified coach trained in the field of organizational psychology. Dr. Woody is author of The YOU Plan: A 5-step Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career in the New Economy! He has appeared on CNN International, Fox News, Fox Business, Daytime, CBS, and the Bravo Network. Yes, you might be a starving student and times are tough. I know that, particularly when someone else is paying the bill, it’s hard to resist the temptation to indulge. However, when it comes to the art of the lunch interview,trust me…you aren’t there for the food! I’ll never forget a lunch I had with a former student of mine. She was a star student from [...]

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hi I went on vacation and was actually excited about coming back to work (and not because it was a boring vacation, because you’d have to try really hard to have a boring time in Europe with 2 of your best friends). See video for proof. . Back to the point. As one part of my job I get to hire and manage our interns (of course Internships.com has their own interns! You silly.)  Pretty sweet deal considering that I was an intern myself just a year and a half ago. Also, pretty sweet deal for you because now I can give you the inside scoop. It’s like the circle of life. Kind of. OKAY: Did you notice the typo and misspelling in the title of this post?  Don’t let this happen to you! Friends don’t let friends send resumes and emails with bad grammar and spelling so that’s why [...]

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