Archive for May, 2011
Lindsay is a former Intern Queen Campus Ambassador from West Virginia University and is now part of our job blogging network. She will continue to keep us posted on her journey post-graduation! Good luck, Linds!
Graduation… if I had to use two adjectives to describe it they would be “bitter” and “sweet.” Everyone is so thrilled to never have to sit through a boring undergrad lecture again but we forget that means the end of being a student. No more free passes to athletic events, student discounts or summers off. Possibly never having to study for another final or write an endless paper in the middle of the night feels great, but it dawns on you that in the process your leaving behind a place and a group of people that you’ve spent four (or five) years of your life with. It becomes impossible to ignore the fact that although there may be reunions and the occasional “get together,” nothing will ever be completely the same. The “norm” of college life that we have settled into is completely disrupted and I for one have been left feeling completely uprooted.
This is why it’s so important to start thinking about graduation before it actually happens. Don’t let it completely blind side you or wait for it to creep up on you and slap you in the face. I started preparing for graduation during Winter Break to ensure that I had a plan. I was determined that when I finally slammed the down the roof of the overflowing trunk of my car and pulled out of the driveway of my college home for the last time, that on top of my bittersweet mix of depression and joy I wouldn’t be having to ask myself “now what?”. In December, I started searching for jobs and internships in my top three dream living locations. I landed a summer internship in New York City during February, and trust me when I say that it was a huge relief knowing that after graduation I wouldn’t be stuck on my parents couch. It allowed me to be excited and gave me something to look forward to. In other words, it softened the blow of having to say goodbye to good friends and experiencing a million “lasts” (for example: last time having happy hour at my favorite bar, last time going to the student rec with my roommate, etc…).
Sitting in my parents house unpacking from college and repacking for New York (I leave in four days) I’m still a little sad. But having a plan and finding an internship early has made all the difference in helping me to let go and move on from college. Seriously, how can I be depressed when I’m about to start a new life in the Big Apple at the internship of my dreams? NYC here I come!!!
Meet Kimberly! Kimberly is currently studying abroad in Australia!
I will graduate in May 2012 as a Public Relations major with over eight internships on my resume. I’ve done media relations for a SEC athletic department, drafted legislation debated on by South Carolina State Senators and scouted locations in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for a Toyota commercial. The summer after my freshmen year, I obtained a coveted internship doing public relations for L’Oreal Paris in NYC. My internships helped me figure out what areas of public relations I liked and disliked so when I graduate I know exactly where I want to work. As a sorority member and community volunteer, I feel readers can relate to the triumphs and obstacles I face in my daily collegiate life.
This blog is written by Victoria, our IQ Campus Ambassador from West Virginia University. If you go to WVU and want to blog for us please comment on this and Victoria will get in touch.
My name is Victoria Rihl, and I am currently a sophomore at West Virginia University. I’m majoring in Public Relations and loving every minute of it! I’m home for the summer and knew that I would have to start looking for a job right away. I was warned before coming home this summer, that jobs were scarce in my hometown, and would be tough to find. So the second I got home, I went and filled out at least fifteen applications at a variety of places. The lack of response I received was frustrating. After almost three weeks of searching, I found a job. I have a fund job working at the Coach store, selling handbags and accessories…a girl’s dream! During my search for a job, I learned a lot of tips to help me in my future job searches and interviews.
1. Be confident and happy walking into an interview – I am a bubbly person, and walked into all my interviews with a positive, upbeat attitude and that really helped to show that I had a great personality. Everyone notices a girl with a big personality.
2. Dress for the part you want – This became such a huge part of my interview process. If you don’t feel like your dressed for the part, then why should they hire you? You need to show employers that you will fit in with the rest of the company. After all, physical appearance is the first thing everyone notices.
3. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there – Like I said, the past three weeks have been a very long process of searching and searching for jobs. At times, it was stressful and frustrating, but I kept going and filling out more applications. I just had to keep going until something came along (which thankfully, it did).
Although this is a summer job, and not something that will be my career, it taught me so much about how I will have to present myself and interact with prospective employers when I do start looking for a job in my career of choice.
Attitude, presentation and persistence, these are all things that I feel really helped me to land my current summer job!
InternQueen.com is home to one of the top campus brand ambassador programs in the country. Currently, InternQueen.com has key influencers at over 100 colleges and universites worldwide. See if you have what it takes to join our family!
We are looking for male and female students who are:
- Graduating May 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015.
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This blog is written by our Ferris State Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, Samantha B.
When interning/working in New York, if you’re thinking about bringing your car, expect horrible gas mileage in the city, tons of traffic, and aggressive drivers constantly honking and cutting you off.
The best way to travel, whether you’re in Jersey, Brooklyn, Manhattan, or the Bronx, is the subway. An unlimited 30-day pass is only $104 – saving tons of money on individual subway rides, taxi rides, gas for your car, and other costs, including time!
Here are five things to remember while traveling via subway:
1. Have a subway map on your phone, or plan out your trip before you get on. If there is construction going on your stop, and the train isn’t stopping, you need a back up plan. Google Maps is going to be your best friend. If you need help or are unsure of something, ask a subway employee or a person nearby. People are willing to help you here, too!
2. Bring a book, magazine, or iPod with you – always. My subway ride is a good 35-40 minutes. Cell phone service doesn’t exist underground, so texting is worthless. If you have games on your phone, they’ll come in good use. Otherwise, a good book or magazine is good to have when you get bored. A lot of people even have Sudoku books and crossword puzzles to keep them occupied during their rides.
3. If you’re claustrophobic, you may want to consider other options. Late at night, subways can be really calm and kind of dead. However, if you’re traveling in the morning or during rush hour, especially on popular trains, it can get packed like a can of sardines. Don’t be afraid to sit down as soon as somebody gets up or to push your way through to get to a more open area or off the train. It’s New York, after all.
4. If you get harassed about giving money to a bum, don’t hesitate to move to another part of the train, or even get off at the next stop to wait for the next one. Don’t get feisty with them or start getting into a battle of words – it’s better to be safe and ignore them. Possibly giving them a little bit of change will make them leave you alone too. If you’re going to give money to bums or musicians, have a special compartment in your purse or pocket where you keep a couple of singles. You should never bare your wallet full of 20’s to any stranger!
5. Hang on tight and enjoy the ride. It can get a little bumpy and turbulent on the trains, so if you’re standing up, make sure you’re stable so you don’t stumble all over the train. All in all, the subway can be pretty relaxing and give you a little time to yourself. I’ve gotten lost in a book and caught up in baby watching and trust me – 99% of the time on the subway, it’s just a normal ride with normal people trying to get from A to B (or F to C to the 6, then walk a block). So don’t sweat it, and enjoy your time in the big city!
My name is Angelica Zatarain and I’m 24 years old. I was born in San Diego, CA and raised in Tijuana, Mexico – !Ajua! It took me a while to get here, but next spring I’ll be graduating from USC with a major in Communication and a minor in Screenwriting. I have never interned anywhere, but only because this last semester I got an awesome job doing exactly what I want to do. I work for the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences as a video production assistant, and I love it. Though my job is not an internship I greatly value the experience that we as students can gain in our chosen career paths with opportunities such as the one I was lucky enough to find and procure for myself.
Ever since Lauren Conrad interned for Kelly Cutrone on MTV’s The Hills, it seems that almost every girl in America wants to work in fashion PR. Guilty. I started my summer internship earlier this week with Elle Communications, a boutique PR firm that works specifically with fashion and lifestyle clients in both San Diego and Los Angeles. The owner, my boss, Danielle Gano, spoke at a PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) meeting that I attended last fall. I was instantly intrigued with the company and looked to Danielle as a role model, being an entrepreneur and having studied communications at San Diego State also. Danielle said something during that meeting that has stuck with me ever since.
“In college, I went to networking events on Saturday nights. Going to frat parties isn’t going to get you anywhere, except waking up the next morning with a nasty hangover,” Danielle said.
Those networking events have obviously worked for Danielle. Since then, she has been named by 944 Magazine one of “San Diego’s Most Innovative under 30” as well as one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch.”
Having a well-known boss and working with a team of super-chic publicists are only a few of the many exciting aspects that I know I will grasp while working with Elle Communications. Through the relationships I have built with previous “Elle” interns, I have been given a lot of good advice and they all assure me that this internship is like no other. Unlike other interning experiences, I can tell that I will actually learn what it takes to make it in PR, rather than just doing “busy-work.” Even on my first day I had the chance on actual projects for actual clients.
From the moment I walked in the door on my first day, I already felt like part of the team and was welcomed with open arms. As many internships as I complete during the rest of my college career, feeling welcomed is one thing that I hope to experience in each of them. I never want to be referred to as simply “the intern,” I want to be recognized as a team member, and a valuable one at that.