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As a poor college student you may be wondering if there are any upsides to having an unpaid internship. I mean, working at a supermarket job won’t make you the next Carrie Bradshaw, but let’s be honest:  very few paid internships will let you live like Carrie Bradshaw either. For me, weighing the options of an unpaid internship was resolved using my favorite tactic: a  Pros and Cons list. So what are the Pros of having an awesome unpaid internship? Experience:  First and most importantly, an internship gives you opportunities and experiences you may not get anywhere else. Having an internship gives you a way to get experience and your foot in the door. Test-drive a career:  I have an internship with CBS 3 Springfield where I work as a writer and editor for the material that goes on the air. I get to see all of the chaos and [...]

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One of the most crucial aspects of your internship will probably be how adept you are at making mundane ideas sound like they are groundbreaking, paradigm-shifting, or even universe-detonating. But you don’t need the cocaine peerless zeal of Billy Mays to make a lasting impression on your superiors. All you need is a brutally strong affinity for the following Power Verbs: Aggregate – To throw together. This is one of my favorites, because all the G’s make it sound like such a titanic struggle. Did the finance department frantically print off 42 pages of a bonobo’s gene sequence before the meeting and pass it off as quarterly report data? No, they did not. They aggregated vital statistics. Synergize – Just do it. This hideous amalgam is usually invoked to get you and your team on board with an idea that makes little to no sense. When everyone pushes with synchronized [...]

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5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week we have Gary from Teach for America. 1.      What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate? One of the most important things we look for in an intern is evidence of past success.  Past success is indicative of future success, so whether it’s success in academics, success in a work environment, or success in extracurriculars, we see that as potential for a successful internship. 2.      How did you get started in the industry?  How can someone who is interested get started? My first job out of college was as a fifth grade teacher, and the disparities I saw in my own classroom were the impetus for me to take my involvement in education to the next level.  I think an internship—either with Teach For America or with another education-related organization—is a great way to see whether education [...]

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In the age of cyber communities, it’s no surprise that companies have started to higher virtual interns. From my personal experience as a virtual intern, I have learned that now a days, what you do at work, you can definitely do at home. Emailing, instant messaging, and social networking sites make it extremely easy to complete the tasks that you would in the office at home. My internship with Internships.com began this summer, and I worked full-time in the office. I loved all that I did, and I knew that leaving would be difficult. My Fall semester began at the end of August, and by July, my supervisors and I had already decided that I would be continuing my internship, but it would turn into a virtual internship. Before begin the virtual internship,my supervisors and I sat down to discuss the terms of the internship. We took a close look [...]

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Hello world!  I want to start off my series of blog posts discussing one of the best experiences (besides my internships) that has helped prepare for my career: joining a sorority.  From recruitment to networking, going greek has given me years of practice for life after I graduate. Right from the start, I put my interviewing skills to the test with fall recruitment.  Just like interviewing for a job, I could prepare for the interview, but I never truly knew what kind of questions I would be asked.  And while I wasn’t asked to talk about my strengths and weaknesses during recruitment, it was still great practice for thinking on my feet, knowing my audience, and knowing myself. Fake smiles and weak handshakes aside, joining a fraternity or sorority is also great practice for future office etiquette.  It’s common knowledge when you live with 100 people you will not get [...]

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The Internet is a great tool for collecting information, but it can be an awful place to try to get work done. If you’ve ever ran out of time on an online exam because the cute girl in your Humanities class was Facebook chatting you a stream of emoticons, you’re probably already nodding your head. (Unless you’ve already ditched this post for Hulu.) There’s mounting evidence to suggest that getting distracted on a computer isn’t just a matter of poor self-control. Last summer, New York Times and Atlantic columnist Nicholas Carr argued in The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains that the Internet has fundamentally rewired our brains for multitasking at the expense of our ability to focus. Carr cited some research that actually shows the difference in the way neural pathways are built when we are confronted with a storm of quick-hitting information bites on the [...]

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David Ross is an Associate Director in Career Services at the University of Pennsylvania.  His experience includes positions in employer relations in the MBA Career Management office at Georgetown University and at the Toppel Career Center at the University of Miami.  He holds degrees from Olin Business School and the University of Pennsylvania. David is an avid NBA basketball and NFL football fan and enjoys mysteries, comedies, music and investing in the stock market. After much anticipation, the pieces of the puzzle slowly began to fall in place:  I finally decided what majors and minor to declare.  My interest in marketing inspired visions of an exciting and dynamic career.  All that was left was obtaining the ever-elusive summer internship.  I was a business school undergraduate and, according to conventional wisdom, my upcoming summer internship would greatly influence my future job prospects.  Reflecting back on that summer, my experience did just [...]

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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. Three things about yourself, please.  :,,) I am a Business Major w/ an emphasis in Marketing. I know it’s pretty long, but doesn’t that sound professional and cool? I like to keep busy, whether I’m finishing school work, typing papers for class, or completing projects for work. I don’t like to sit still and have nothing to do… unless I am taking a nap! Everything about social media interests me… no lie! It sounds dorky and geeky, I know! But, Mashable.com is my favorite go-to website for all things social media. Bonus: If you stay updated and in-tune with social media and all its tricks, show it off to your fellow coworkers and boss, they will be [...]

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Our generation has been called many things: Generation Y, Echo Boomers, Millennials, or Generation Next.  My personal favorite comes from political pollster John Zogby; he chose to refer to people born between 1983 and the early 2000s as “First Globals.' What the heck is a “First Global”?  Zogby asserts that our generation is going to be tasked with renewing the American promise abroad and learning to thrive in a truly globalized world. So what’s that mean for you?  Get comfortable working with a variety of people and develop international literacy early. Interning abroad is one of the best ways to develop international experience as well as make incredible memories. I spent last spring in the United Kingdom working in the House of Commons and left with a new understanding of parliamentary democracy, and a new appreciation for our own system. In every job interview I have had since returning from my time [...]

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