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Archive for July, 2011

29
Jul
2011

Behind The Scenes With The Next 36′s Student Entrepreneurs: Week 6

TalentEgg Incubator

Last week, The Next 36-ers attended an event at Galen and Hilary Weston’s home in Toronto, where Galen and some of the other most wealthy people in Canada became the Founding Patrons of The Next 36.

To view the remainder of the article please visit:
http://www.talentegg.ca/incubator


28
Jul
2011

Have You Met Sarah from Mizzou?

InternQueen

This is a blog post from our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador from University of Missouri, Sarah.

1.      What are your three must-have items for an internship?

Confidence, Planner, Open-mind

2.      What are your three must visit websites each day?

Microsoft Outlook for emails, Twitter for news and friend updates, Blackboard to stay updated with classes

3.      What kind of cell phone do you have?

iPhone4

4.      Age-old question: Mac or PC?

Currently PC

5.      What has been your favorite part about being an Intern Queen Campus Ambassador?

My favorite part about being an Intern Queen Campus Ambassador was watching Lauren speak at Mizzou.  Through the process, I was able to make connections with people that I otherwise would not have established and the response to Lauren’s presentation was so great that she will be returning in the fall!

6.      Any advice for other interns?

My advice for other interns is to take each experience as a learning opportunity.  You may find that you love the industry you are interning in or you may find that you do not like it as much as you thought.  Take that experience and apply it to your future endeavors.

28
Jul
2011

Standing Out in the Intern Crowd

InternQueen

This is a blog post from our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michelle. If you attend UWM and wish to blog for us, comment below!

Many of us interning this summer are not the only interns at the company.  At major firms they hire hundreds of interns every summer to get their daily work accomplished, so when I came to my internship I wanted to be sure to make myself stand out in the group of college students making their ways through the office everyday.

I began by learning everyone’s name in the office and when I see them in the hallways I am sure to say hello and ask them how they are doing.  Even though they all aren’t my boss, it shows that I cared enough to go that extra step and get to know them.

I have also been sure to go above and beyond the call of duty.  When we’ve had early morning news shoots (starting around 5:30 a.m.) I have always been there.  I have also been the only intern in the group.

I always make sure and ask my boss if there is anything that I can do other than my long-term projects.  Something there are just little things like making copies or sending e-mails, but I want them to know that I am there for them, and not just concerned with my own projects.

While I’m still at my internship and won’t really know how effective these tactics have been until I’m done, I can be sure that I’ve done what I can to make myself stand out in the hoard of interns at my office on any given day.

28
Jul
2011

Have You Met Taylor from Ball State?

InternQueen

This is a Q&A with our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador from Ball State, Taylor.

1.     What are your three must-have items for an internship?

Blazer, comfortable heels, PLANNER

2.     What are your three must visit websites each day?

Twitter, Facebook, People.com

3.     What kind of cell phone do you have?

Purple Blackberry Curve

4.     Age-old question: Mac or PC?

Mac

5.     What has been your favorite part about being an Intern Queen Campus Ambassador?

I’ve loved having the opportunity to improve my blogging skills, while also helping others in their intern search. I’ve also loved starting video blogging!

6.     Any advice for other interns?

ALWAYS stay busy and ask for more work to do : )

28
Jul
2011

College Bucket List 101

InternQueen

This is a blog post from our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador from West Virginia University, Victoria.

College Bucket List – The things you must do before you graduate!

I’m going into my sophomore year at West Virginia University, and while my freshman year was a lot of fun – now it’s time to get serious and figure out what I want to do before my next three years are up. As a freshman I learned about a lot of things that I need to be involved in, and about a lot of things that are important to making sure I have the best experience possible.

The first thing on everyone’s college bucket list, is get involved with a group that is centered on you major! I’m currently a Public Relations major and involved in PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America). We meet once a week and organize activities and fundraisers throughout our school. They will help with internships and steer you in the right direction of your major. In fact, PRSSA is how I got to be an intern queen ambassador! ☺ But it’s not just PRSSA, there are thousands of groups out there for every different major. So when you go back to school this year, look into it – and if there isn’t a group for your major, start one! Nothing looks better on a resume then leadership.

The second thing on everyone’s college bucket list, is take crazy electives! Do something completely out of the box, and not relating to your major at all – it may just lead you into something amazing. At every college, electives are something that everyone has to take. So why take electives that just relate to your major? Take something completely off the beaten track. This year I’m taking a nutrition elective and a fashion elective, which has absolutely nothing to do with my major. However, when future employers see that I have some knowledge in those fields, that’s going to give me that extra push over someone else.

And last but certainly not least, make friends with everyone! Even if it’s someone that you may not think you would normally hang out with, talk to him or her. Everyone in my freshman year told me that it’s all about networking. So why not step outside the box and talk to people that you wouldn’t normally? And who knows, you may just meet your best friends that way (and maybe someone who can help you with those hard assignments here and there). Talking to anyone and everyone will help you to try new things, and become a part of your college.

Now those are just my top three, but here’s a list of the other things that you must do before you graduate.
• Meet the mascot and get a picture with him
• Eat at every single dining hall possible (just so you can say you have)
• Go to a sporting event
• Just pick a day, and wear you colors – be proud of where you go!
• Just get involved and try things you never thought you would!

28
Jul
2011

Interns Do Cool Things #2

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28
Jul
2011

Have You Met Melinda from Miami University?

InternQueen

This is a Q&A with our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador from Miami University Ohio, Melinda.

1. What are your three must-have items for an internship?

Number one is my Blackberry, so I’m always connected and able to send and receive emails. Two is a diet coke or coffee for my caffeine fix.  And finally an awesome work bag to carry all my necessities in.

2. What are your three must visit websites each day?

My must-visits are the Daily Muse (I’m their senior intern), all things Google, and a number of different blogs related to the public relations field.

3. What kind of cell phone do you have?

I have a Blackberry Curve and it is my pride and joy.

4. Age-old question: Mac or PC?

I use a PC and I love it.

5. What has been your favorite part about being an Intern Queen Campus Ambassador?

My favorite part of being an Intern Queen Campus Ambassador is getting to speak with Lauren Berger. She’s so helpful and it’s great to interact with her.

6. Any advice for other interns?

Use all the resources available to you—including Intern Queen!

28
Jul
2011

Balancing Act: Having an Internship During the School Year

InternQueen

This blog was written by Hillary, our campus ambassador from Virginia Tech. If you go to Virginia Tech and want to guest blog for us, please leave a comment below!
Midway through my sophomore year in college, I accepted a virtual internship in PR and marketing. After accepting the internship, I realized I had a lot on my plate. I needed to make some adjustments in my life in order to have the most beneficial experience from my internship, while also doing well in school. After trying many different adjustments, I found a way to balance school and my internship. Each morning before I went to class, I set aside enough time to get my goals for the day completed. Also, I started getting into the habit of reviewing my notes before conference calls with my mentor. This made juggling class work and the internship more manageable. So, for those who are considering an internship during the school year, my advice is to map out your schedule and goals before even starting your internship. Do this and you’ll be fully prepared to take on an internship, while also attending class.
28
Jul
2011

How To Negotiate Salary: 8 Tips To Help You Earn More

TalentEgg Incubator

Many new-grad job seekers make the crucial mistake of not learning how to approach salary negotiation during a job interview. Whether you’re in the early stages of your professional career or a job…

To view the remainder of the article please visit:
http://www.talentegg.ca/incubator


28
Jul
2011

Making a Career out of your Internship – Kind of

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This blog was written by Lucie our campus ambassador from Penn State University. If you go to PSU and want to blog for us as well, please leave a comment below!

Sometimes I am envious of people who have known what they have wanted their career path to be from an early age; my friends who have wanted to be nurses, teachers and the list goes on.  I however was different.  I was always able to rule things out by knowing exactly what I DIDN’T want to do.  That worked perfectly when deciding to choose a major, and what classes to take, but using that same technique to figure out what type of job I wanted—not going to cut it. I had to learn how to figure out what certain jobs entail, what the hours and responsibilities are like, and how to get from the ground up, without ever having a “real” job.

I quickly learned that through internships it is possible to learn about a certain field, find out what you like and dislike, and figure out how to get where you want to be in life all in the time frame of a few months.  Introducing yourself to everyone can be intimidating, but it is important to get to know every person that you work with, from your fellow interns to the president of your company.  It may take a while, but people feel special and appreciate when the effort is made to remember their name and what their job is.  Make sure to ask questions. I can’t stress this enough.  It is impossible to know what kind career you want to have if you don’t even know what you would be doing in that position. How long do people normally stay in that position? What is the turnover like? What is the time frame from entry level job to (insert dream position you want to have here J)?  These are all things you want to know before you apply for that first job if you have the opportunity to find out.  By having an internship and being genuinely interested in other people, you have all the tools you need.  Another thing to remember —  you never know who you could become friends with that could end up helping you find a job three years from now (if you stay connected).  This also works both ways, it is important to show opportunities you know about to friends you might think are interested as well.

The downside of most internships can be working for a company for a period of time and then heading back to school when the experience is over.  After you leave an internship, it is important to continue to connect with the people you worked for, especially if you enjoyed the opportunity and would like to work there again, whether it is a full-time position, or another internship.  Email is a great way to stay in contact with former employees.  Before you go, send out a goodbye email with your personal email address (not through your work account, because how will you get the replies?)  and if you feel inclined, attach your cell phone number as well.  Be sure to stay in touch with the people you worked with throughout the year, and come time to apply for internships/jobs again, reach out to them for advice or possible opportunities.

Learning the ins and outs of the career and internship world can be tricky.  Asking questions, making friendships and staying connected are just a few ways to help you find the job you want.