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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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“Ally? Competition? There’s a big difference between ‘texting fingers’ and ‘typing fingers.’ ” OHHHHH those are FIGHTING WORDS.

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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. 1.        Type of internship you’re searching for and why. My ideal internship would give me two things: A better sense of the direction I see myself going after college, and real-time work skills. I would be most comfortable in a creative atmosphere, it’s just the way my brain works I guess. The desired location is TBD, but if I had to choose between Colorado and another state, the native in me would choose Colorado. I aspire to be an agent of change, which makes somewhere like Alex Bugosky’s Fearless Cottage in Boulder a superb place to work and learn. 2.       What you do in your free time. My free time is most often spent with friends doing [...]

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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. 1.        Type of internship you’re searching for and why. My ideal internship would give me two things: A better sense of the direction I see myself going after college, and real-time work skills. I would be most comfortable in a creative atmosphere, it’s just the way my brain works I guess. The desired location is TBD, but if I had to choose between Colorado and another state, the native in me would choose Colorado. I aspire to be an agent of change, which makes somewhere like Alex Bugosky’s Fearless Cottage in Boulder a superb place to work and learn. 2.       What you do in your free time. My free time is most often spent with friends doing [...]

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Meet the interns.

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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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