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Penny Loretto

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INTERNSHIP PICK OF THE WEEK: Dominion Enterprises

Friday May 30, 2014

Dominion Enterprises is seeking talented and motivated college undergraduates in their sophomore year or later to join their LAMP/PHP development team as paid interns. Students will get an opportunity to learn the in's and out's of becoming a software engineer through a rigorous problem designed to teach significant job responsibilities.

Interns will work with Dominion's engineering team, developing both front-end and back-end web applications and API's. Students will get a chance to contribute to all stages of development, from product specification, to programming and testing, to bug fixes and long-term maintenance. Interns work independently on projects as well as with others, using PHP, MySQL, Javascript/AJAX, JQuery, Python, Subversion, PHPUnit, and JIRA technologies for issue management.

Margaret-Ann's Story After Living with EHS for 4 Plus Years

Friday May 30, 2014

Margaret-Ann just graduated from New York University after living 4 plus years at the New Yorker Hotel through Educational Housing Services.

As Mary-Ann herself says, "Being able to live in New York has helped my career tremendously. While majoring in Broadcast Journalism, I've had the pleasure to live in the #1 Broadcasting market in the world, and succeed in ways I never thought I could in my early 20's."

INTERNSHIP PICK OF THE WEEK: MathWorks

Monday May 26, 2014

MathWorks provides technical computing software for data analysis, visualization, and mathematical computations. MathWork's products include MATLAB, Simulink, and Polyspace and are used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, communications, electronics, financial services, and industrial automation. MathWorks products are also used for teaching and research at more than 5,000 universities. MathWorks has operations in more than 15 countries worldwide and gets roughly half of its revenues from outside the U.S.

MathWorks provides technical computing software for data analysis, visualization, and mathematical computations. MathWork's products include MATLAB, Simulink, and Polyspace and are used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, communications, electronics, financial services, and industrial automation.

MathWorks is seeking college students that are pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and who are able to make a 3 month commitment and be able to work in the Boston, MA area.

Conrad Shares His Summer Housing Experience in New York City

Monday May 26, 2014

Conrad shares his summer housing experience as a student from Waxahachie, Texas, graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, who spent a summer living in one of the residences in New York City through Educational Housing Services.

Here's what Conrad has to say, "I would most definitely recommend EHS to others and the accommodations during my stay were fantastic. Coming from Texas I was worried about finding southern hospitality in the Big Apple, but I found that through the RA's and welcoming staff who worked there. Clean atmosphere and fun-filled events also added to my overall great experience."

Is a College Education Worth it?

Monday May 26, 2014

Since the recent recession, the debate over the value of a college education has been attacked and defended vehemently by those opposing and those seeing it still of value for the majority of high school graduates.

High unemployment, shrinking pay checks, high health insurance premiums, the difficulty college graduates have in finding gainful employment in their field, plus the high cost of a college education makes it only natural that some would question its value in today's society.

There is currently a huge division in opinion as to if a college education still leads young people to living the great "American Dream", or if the time has come that the time and cost of an education have made it less attractive and affordable forcing many students to seek employment right out of high school.

2014 College Graduates Face Both Success & Challenges

Sunday May 25, 2014

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According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey, employers indicated that they plan on hiring 8.6% more new college graduates than they did last year and that they plan on increasing the number of new graduates that they hire which is good news for this year's graduating class.  In conjunction with these numbers, many colleges have seen more recruitment taking place on their college campuses resulting in talented students getting jobs in their field immediately following college.

On the other hand, the past 6 years has seriously impacted many college students as they've sought to find employment immediately after graduation.  It is believed that the recession that we find ourselves still digging out of will cause many years of financial set-backs for the millennial generation. Many new college graduates are either unemployed or totally overqualified for the jobs they are doing. There are two sides to every story and the outcome for the graduating class of 2014 can be viewed as both positive and negative

Assessing Your Summer Internship Before It Ends

Saturday May 24, 2014

Even prior to the end of your internship you will want to assess what knowledge, skills and accomplishments you have taken away from the experience.  You may have increased your knowledge around technology or perhaps learned how spreadsheets are actually used in a business situation. Your new skill may be more around communications and how your summer internship experience taught you how to speak with supervisors and colleagues to get assignments completed to the best of your ability.

Internships are a great learning experience that helps students gain the knowledge and skills it takes to get hired and be successful in a specific career field.  Internships are especially important in today's competitive job market.  Internships create the link between academics and the real world. If you are a college student and have not yet completed at least one internship, I recommend that you start looking and find one prior to graduating from college.

Top 6 Tips to Make Your Summer Internship a Success

Saturday May 24, 2014

Achieving success at your summer internship begins that very first day that you step into the office. The first impression you make with your supervisor and colleagues will set the first stages of becoming successful in your summer internship.

So many ask what does it take to be successful in an internship? Not surprisingly it takes many of the  same things that it takes to be successful in a full-time job.

The first tip is setting realistic and specific goals. Goal setting can make any experience more valuable, but when planning out your summer internship (which can be extremely short-term), goal setting is the primary thing you need to do in order to maximize the effects of the experience. Be sure to read the article to learn about the other 5 things you can do to make your summer internship successful.

It's Not Too Late For Summer!

Thursday May 22, 2014

I'm still meeting students  just starting their search for summer internships and jobs. Although they are feeling a little behind in their search, they are surprised to find that there are many opportunities being listed and there's still a good chance they'll be able to find something for the summer.

Today I was speaking to a young woman who expressed that she didn't want to just go back home and find a job at the local retail store close to where she lives.  With a double major in business and studio art she wanted to find some real work experience that would help him take her current knowledge and skills to the next level.  She also wanted to gain relevant experience that she could add to her current resume.

Below are some suggestions for those still seeking internship or job opportunities for the summer:

1. Be sure to continually network with family, friends, faculty, previous employers, and alumni and parents from your College.

2. Search the internet to come up with companies of interest in a location you will be in for the summer and prospect for potential summer opportunities.

3. Read the local newspaper to identify companies to contact and ask if they hire college students for the summer.

4. Check out places like Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com, and Idealist.org on the internet to see what new listings they have to offer.

Good luck!  There's still time to land an awesome summer internship!

The Importance of Personal Connections

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Whether you're enjoying a summer barbeque at your best friend's house or meeting up with family at summer vacation home on the ocean, be sure to share your personal and career interests and let everyone know that you are looking for an internship/job. Summer is a great time for adding to your personal connections. It's also a great time to learn more about LinkedIn and other social media options.

When looking for internships or jobs it can be very helpful if you have a network of people who know and are willing to vouch for you and speak about your knowledge, skills, and personal work ethic. It's also important to keep increasing your network by adding faculty, alumni, coworkers, previous employers, new acquaintances, and professionals to your list of personal contacts. Since networking is the # 1 job search strategy, it's an important strategy to learn how to network early in your career.

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