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Personal Connections Do Matter

Tuesday April 15, 2014

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.

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.

Educational Housing Services

Tuesday April 15, 2014

In a recent interview with Jill Strominger from Educational Housing Services (EHS), she provides a brief snapshot of what it's like being a student living in EHS housing as well as her experience working with students as an employee of the company. Educational Housing Services provides housing in 7 different residences for college students and interns in the New York City area.

From Jill's experience EHS provides safe, affordable housing for those students wanting to experience one or more semesters studying or interning in the New York City area. For many students it is the experience of a lifetime while others use this opportunity to springboard their careers from college student to company intern or potential full-time employee.  As the Assistant Marketing Director, Jill focuses on spreading the word about EHS in hopes of helping more people have the incredible experience of interning and living in NYC as she did.

It's Not Too Late For Summer!

Friday April 11, 2014

I'm still meeting students  just starting their search for summer internships and jobs. Although they are feeling a little behind the 8 ball and wonder if it really is still feasible to find something for the summer, 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 between now and the end of the semester.

Today I was speaking to a young man who said the last thing he wanted to do for the summer was to go back to his hometown in Michigan and just sit around or find some menial work to fill his time.  With a double major in business and economics he wanted to find some real work experience that would help him take his current knowledge and skills to the next level; as well as give him a chance to add relevant experience in the real world to his resume.

Here 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!

Applying for Government Internships & Jobs

Monday April 7, 2014

The key to good resume writing is targeting your resume to the position and employer to win the company  over and want to call you to come in for an interview.

For jobs related to the theater industry, it may not be relevant to include experience working for the government or even jobs related to psychology or social work since they have no relevance to the job.  On the other hand, if you are interested in government, politics, or community service you will want to create a resume that focuses on government related internships and experiences.

You also want to focus on what skills are required to do the job. Many transferable skills such as interpersonal, communication, organizational, and leadership skills can be included when applying for any almost position while skills in graphic arts, math, or computer may only be relevant for internships or jobs in those specific areas. Government has its own list of specialized academic coursework and special skills that make you ideal for jobs and internships working at  local, state, or federal level positions.


Internships at Symantec, One of the Largest Software Companies in the World

Monday March 31, 2014

Symantec has evolved into one of the world's largest software companies with more than 21,000 employees in more than 50 countries.

Symantec provides security, storage and systems management solutions for business segments from consumers and small businesses to some of the largest global organizations.  Symantec helps secure and manage their information "against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently than any other company."  Other companies in this same market segment include IBMMicrosoftCisco, EMC, NETApp, and VMWare.

Symantec was ranked # 3 in 2014 by Vault.com as one of the Best IT Internships in America.  Some of the other awards and accolades given to Symantec include Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign (2012), Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign (2010), America's Top Companies, Forbes (2009), Barron's 500, Barron's, (2009), Best Companies to Work for in Mexico, Great Place to Work Institute (2009), Top Intern Employers, CollegeGrad (2009), Top Entry Level Employers, CollegeGrad (2009), Top Master's Employers, CollegeGrad (2009), and World's Most Admired Companies, Fortune (2008).


Internships at Garmin, a Leader in Navigational Products

Monday March 31, 2014

Garmin's Internships provide their interns with a real life work experience.   Their interns work in many of the major departments, including:  software/hardware/mechanical engineering, IT, operations, legal, etc.

Most internships are located at the Garmin World Headquarters in Olathe, Kansas (Kansas City area).  The internships last a minimum of 10 weeks during the summer.  Engineering Interns work side by side with full time engineers assisting with development, testing, designing and/or developing software/hardware features that will be used in Garmin products.

Interns at Garmin walk away from the experience with real industry know-how, which will definitely give them a boost in their future career path.


Monday March 31, 2014

Nick Animation Studio, part of Nickelodeon, is responsible for the creation and development of all their animated features, both TV and movies.  Vault named them #7 as one of the top internships in 2013 and 14th in 2014.  At Nick Animation Studio they seek creative people and rewards them by providing the latest in state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

Interns at Nickelodeon Animation Studio get a wide range of experience by working as production assistants.  They are able to gain a wide range of experiences by working in various departments including TV productionpost-production, casting, animation and live action development, writing, special events, college relations and recruitment, as well as business and legal affairs.

Previous interns remark that the overall experience was even better than they could have hoped for.  Their advice to potential Interns was to make the most of their experience and that you get out exactly what you put into this program.


Hiring Projections are Up for 2014 Graduates

Sunday March 30, 2014

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) hiring projections are up 7.8% for U.S. operations over 2013.  Projections are up to 12% if we included international operations which is very good news indeed. According to employers, increases in salary and benefits are also in the works for 2014 graduates.

The key majors being included in this year's growth in hiring include:

Top Business Majors:


Accounting Business Administration/Mgmt.

Management Info Systems


Top Science Majors:

Mathematics (inc. Statistics)



Top Engineering Majors:

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Computer Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Top Liberal Arts Majors:

Political Science


On the bad side is that hiring is expected to decrease for students graduating from MBA programs in 2014. This will leave a gap for those students and will force them into considering alternative careers at least for the near future.

Accepting or Declining an Internship Offer

Sunday March 30, 2014

After spending weeks or months finding the right internship, you finally get an offer from a company but you realize that you would prefer something else.

Getting an internship offer is great news but what if the offer you received is not your first choice?  Should you accept it or turn it down?

Finding yourself in a situation like this can be very sticky and could pose problems when seeking a future job in the field after graduation.

In an industry where everyone knows everybody else, declining an offer after accepting, could pose some real problems when seeking future jobs.

At the very least you could ask to speak with your hiring supervisor to see if there's a way that you could decline the offer gracefully.  If the position is really not one that will likely give you adequate experience in your field of interest and the other one is, the employer may understand if you allow the courtesy of discussing your dilemma.  Timing can also be an issue. If the internship is four months away it may be easy for the employer to find another candidate; but if your internship is to start in the next several weeks it could pose some hardship for the employer.

It's important to maintain a strong work ethic and your integrity to avoid creating hard feelings and potentially lose your chances for getting a future job in your field.

Do Employers Hire 1st Year College Students for Internships?

Sunday March 30, 2014

Although 1st year students usually have less knowledge and experience than students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year; there are still many opportunities available if students are willing to engage in some specific techniques and strategies.

Taking a global perspective to your internship search can be helpful. This means not just looking at summer internship listings online but looking in other places as well, such as: community service, volunteer, etc., and engaging in some networking and prospecting in order to summer opportunities.

Here are several steps you can take to make yourself more marketable as a first year student:

1. Create a strong professional resume and cover letter

2. Conduct informational interviews

3. Network

4. Prospect for internships

5. Make social media your friend

6. Speak to faculty and your peers


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