Archive for April, 2011
This blog was written by Intern Queen Campus Ambassador Celia Karp, from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Celia is a freshman studying International Public Relations and Business Management. She is a Spanish Minor. If anyone else from University of North Carolina, Charlotte wants to get involved with our site and blog – please comment here!
5 Places to Know About for a Charlotte, NC Intern
1. Amelie’s- This amazing little French bakery is open 24/7 for all of your food cravings. From the pastries to the house blend of coffee to the freshly cooked Panini sandwiches, there’s something for everyone. It’s fun, eclectic and will not only feed your appetite, but the atmosphere will also help you blow off some steam from a rough day.
2. Freedom Park- A beautiful park full of trees and a lake is a nice escape from the bustle of the city. It’s a great place to go for a jog, walk or even a date! There are a ton of events that take place here on throughout the year, so check the local calendars to see what’s happening.
3. Jackson’s Java- Possibly one of the best kept secrets from the Starbucks lovers, this little half coffee shop half ice cream parlor is the perfect spot to get work done when you know you’ve procrastinated past the point where the library would be of any use. The coffee is incredible, the pastries are delicious and the people are extremely nice. Oh, and did I mention that it’s open until 11pm every night of the week?!
4. Concord Mills- When you need to shop, this is the place to go. It’s a huge outlet mall just outside of Charlotte, and virtually anything that you are in need of, they have it.
5. EpiCentre- Some of Charlotte’s best nightclubs, restaurants and shopping are all here at the EpiCentre. It’s an exciting place to be at night with great food and fun people. With its live music events like Alive After Five, delicious sushi at Enso and clubs right upstairs, if you’re interning in Charlotte during the summer, the EpiCentre is a place you don’t want to miss out on.
Writing a resume can be tough work, especially if it’s your first time writing one! You want it to perfectly resemble who you are and make you stand out over the hundreds of other papers employers may receive. However, do not be alarmed! It can be easy and fun if you take the time and put forth the effort into making it the ideal resume.
When writing a resume for the first time I was completely lost! I didn’t know where to start or what I should even include in it. From experience, here are a few tips for those of you writing a resume or wanting to fix your resume to be the best that it can be!
1. Limit your resume to only one page. If it gets too lengthy, employers may skim over the most important information because remember, they have so many resumes to look over! So, only include the most important information and the information that suits best to the internship that you are applying for!
2. When typing your resume, try limiting it to one or two fonts. If you start getting a little designer crazy, it gets a little hectic to read and the employer may not be able to read what is actually on your resume. Keep it to a simple, but professional font. When you align your resume, keep it to the same format. Use equal margins around the edges, indentation and spacing should be the same, and make sure the line breaks are even! If your resume looks professional at a first glance without any cluster, you’re already ahead of the game!
3. Organize your resume by headings and in a logical order. You should bold your headings so it’s easy for the employers to be guided through your resume. The most common headings in a resume are “Objectives”, “Education”, “Achievements”, “Skills”, and “Experience”. Of course, you don’t have to use all of these, but choose the ones that will help display your talents and experience the best for you.
These are just a few basic tips when it comes to creating your resume for the first time! Do not over think the process and just throw information onto a sheet of paper. Take your time and choose what information will best represent your skills and talents because, remember, the employer may not get to actually see or speak with you, it is all based first on that one piece of paper! Relax and good luck!
This is a blog post written by our Ball State Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, Taylor Ellis. If you attend Ball State and want to get blog for InternQueen.com comment on this blog and we’ll introduce you to our Ball State gal, Taylor!
By: Taylor Ellis
Journalism isn’t your typical major that is learned completely inside the classroom. While I do believe that my classes have improved my writing skills, I think my most valuable lessons have been learned from being involved in student media and listening to professionals speak on the industry. You can’t just go to class and expect to land a journalism internship. You have to take the initiative outside the classroom to show potential employers that you are serious about improving your skills. Here are 5 tips on how to land a journalism internship:
1. GET INVOLVED-I know I’ve said it before and it sounds cliché, but it truly is the only way to stand apart from the rest of your fellow students. Anyone can show up in class everyday and do their assignments, but it shows so much more initiative when someone is willing to push themselves to get involved and gain experience. Your assignments usually don’t impress employers, but your clips from student media will.
2. MOVE UP- So now you’re working for student media, but don’t stop there! Continue to push yourself to get more involved and take on more responsibility. After you feel comfortable with this, apply for editor positions. While you probably won’t get to work on as many of your own stories, you get great leadership experience to put on a resume and will improve your editing skills. Some of these positions are even paid depending on the position!
3. ATTEND SPECIAL EVENTS AND CONFERENCES-There are typically several Society of Professional Journalists conventions and conferences, and your university might even bring in professionals from the industry. Go to as many of these as you can because you never know who you may meet! I went to a fashion convention in Chicago with my fashion class and chose to attend a fashion-reporting workshop while I was there. After the workshop, I introduced myself to the Editor in Chief of Michigan Avenue Magazine. She gave me her card and months later I landed a journalism internship with her publication!
4. NETWORK-Like I said above, always be aware of potential contacts and professionals who could help you land an internship. Believe it or not, your professors are actually some of the best people to network with! They usually have worked for major publications and can give you advice on how to go about landing an internship. Get to know your professors and respect them and they usually will return the favor by helping you out with internships!
5. USE YOUR RESOURCES- There are thousands of journalism internships out there; however, it can be overwhelming to try to sort through them all. I suggest listing some of your dream publications and local publications and looking for their internship postings first. Use sites like ed2010.com and Intern Queen to narrow down your list to about 10 internships to apply for. If you try to apply for more than this you’ll be going cover letter crazy!
Remember that journalism is a very competitive field; therefore you have to stand out from your peers. I think if you do the five things above as well as strive to do your best in your classes that you will be on your way to landing your dream journalism internship!
· Buy a planner! It will be the best investment you make during college. Highlight, color code, use post-its or whatever it takes to keep you organized! Be sure to write down assignments, exams, meetings, or anything important coming up.
· Plan ahead. Once the semester has started and you see advising appointments in the near future go ahead and plan your classes for the couple semesters. Planning ahead will not only help keep you on track but it will also allow you to have a little flexibility if you need to drop a class.
· Take time for yourself! We all know college is stressful and if you’re like me, it’s hard to stay focused when overwhelmed. Take an afternoon to yourself once a week to relax. Even if it’s just a few hours to get caught up on your favorite shows, work out, or pamper yourself with an at home mani/pedi. Trust me, it will pay off in the end!
· Take summer/winter term classes. I know this is your time to relax and take a break from school but taking classes during these semesters allow you to get caught up if you’ve fallen behind or even get ahead if you want to graduate a little early.
· Ask for help! If you know someone who has had your classes before or the same teacher get together with them to talk about it. They can usually provide helpful hints that will get you through the semester.
· Stay positive! Find quotes that inspire you and write them in your planner, on post-its, or on your mirror. Keeping a positive attitude even during the stressful, overwhelming times in the semester will make it easier to push through and before you know it graduation will be here!
This is a guest post from our campus ambassador Sarah Fitterer from University of Missouri.
My spring semester has been one continuous learning process. Due to a busier schedule than previous semesters, I have developed my time management and organizational skills further than I could have imagined. Thanks to two of my courses, I have also learned how to gain the most from this semester’s experience.
For these courses, we are required to reflect on certain competencies that we are developing throughout the semester. Over the recent months, I have reflected on topics such as my internship, current service work, and past employment experiences to see where I have developed and how I can further develop my competencies.
Here are the tips that I have learned to gain the most from my experiences:
1. Journal it: forcing yourself to think about and recreate your experience will help you to see aspects that you may have missed while in the moment. By journaling my experiences, I am able to take advantage of similar future opportunities and use them to my benefit.
2. Create a Developmental Plan: choose an experience to focus on, such as a current internship, service work, or past employment. Then list and explain the steps that will lead you to reaching your end objective for your chosen subject.
3. Be aware of your goal: know what you want to get out of the experience and focus on what you can specifically do that day to help you reach it. Being aware of my end goal has helped me to stay focused on the task at hand and push myself out of my comfort zone.
4. Measure it: create a measurement system in which you are able to track your progress and see what works and what does not work for you. This way you will be able to see what is helping you reach your goal and what aspects you should alter to succeed in reaching your goal.