Archive for August, 2011
I had a great chat about sorority/fraternity life with one of my favorite Fox Business reporters last week. I’m also super excited that our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador & my newest intern, Hannah, was interviewed! Congrats, Hannah!
Read the article HERE.
xx Lauren Berger
This is a guest blog from our NEWEST University of Georgia Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, Katie.
As a senior in college, I am constantly stressing about finding a job upon graduation. To alleviate some of this anxiety, I am taking two classes at my college to get ahead in the job search (Career and Life Planning for Seniors and Intro to Interviewing). To my surprise, very few people in these classes have LinkedIn accounts. As a senior, I strongly encourage those of you in college or just entering college to set up a LinkedIn account, and personally brand yourself online. You will be a step ahead of the average college student, and it is important to begin building these professional connections early! Get involved, keep track of your contacts, and get connected online. Here are three easy tips to do just that through LinkedIn:
1) Create a Vanity URL: Every LinkedIn profile has a default URL that usually consists of ugly and confusing codes and numbers. To really set yourself apart, claim your LinkedIn vanity profile and feature it in your resume, blog, or business card. To do this, simply choose to edit your public profile on your main page. You will see an editing screen where you can attempt different combinations of your first and last name. For example, my LinkedIn vanity URL is http://www.linkedin.com/in/katieotto.
2) Share an update once a week: LinkedIn has hopped on board with other social media sites and has added a “share an update” section where users can share real-time information with their followers. I recommend posting an update at least once a week to keep your LinkedIn profile relevant and interesting. It would also be beneficial to post things that might interest your potential employers. For example, you could share a recent blog post you have written, or a news article that is relevant to your professional field of interest.
3) Ask for recommendations: Do not be scared to ask people to recommend you for the work you have done. While an employer loves to see all of the great things you have outlined in your resume, there is something powerful about seeing a personal message from an employer, a fellow employee, a teacher, or a classmate. I would recommend targeting specific people from each area of your resume rather than sending a bulk e-mail out asking for recommendations. To do this, go to your profile tab and select “ask for recommendations” in the upper right corner. I also recommend creating a personal message when asking for endorsements.
As a college senior, I wish that I had begun this process of personal branding on LinkedIn sooner. That is why I’m here to tell you to get connected! It is so important to build your professional network early. To do this, I encourage you to get involved in things you enjoy, keep track of your contacts, and personally brand yourself on LinkedIn.
The Summer has quickly come to a close, and for most of us, the Fall semester arrived a little too soon. Even though the semester has just started, many of us jumped right into a full course-load of classes, extra-curricular activities, jobs, and internships. Our Fall internships may have just started, but is it too early to start looking for internships for the Spring and even the Summer? No way! It’s never too early to start planning and researching internships for the rest of the school year and even into the Summer semester. Planning ahead is nothing but a positive tool that will help you land your dream internships later on in your college career. I’ve included a few of my own personal tips and tricks for finding and planning for Spring and Summer internships.
Companies Don’t Need Only Fall Interns. They Need Spring and Summer Interns too! – Most companies are in need of interns year-round, not just one season out of the year! Right now, internship sites like Intern Queen are full of listings for Fall interns. Even though the positions are listed for the Fall, most of these companies will be seeking Spring and Summer interns too. Go ahead and make a list of companies you’re interested in, so when the application process for the Spring rolls around, you’ll already have a solid list of companies to intern for.
Internship Requirements Aren’t Going to Radically Change! – Although some companies may add a few tweaks to their internship requirements for following semesters, the core qualifications and requirements are most likely to stay the same. After making a list of companies that interest you, go ahead and write down the requirements and qualifications needed for the Fall intern positions. See what the companies are looking for, and over the course of the semester, work to improve those skills and make yourself a better candidate for that position. If at all possible, download and save a copy of the internship application for the Fall semester, so you can use it as a reference.
Fill Up Your Planner With Internship Deadlines! – Many companies have a year-long outline of the internship selection process on their website. Write down the application deadlines and other important dates in your planner or add it to your online calendar. The Fall semester will only get busier as time progresses, so it’s important to write down those dates before they pass you by. In addition to adding those dates and deadlines, check out your school’s calendar to see if there will be a school internship fair! The internship fair is a great way to mix and mingle with companies who are serious about finding interns!
Get Your Name Out There, Ahead of Time! – If you see a company you’re really interested in interning for, send the company an e-mail. Let them know you saw the posting for their Fall internship and are really interested in interning with them in the upcoming semester and include a copy of your resume. Introducing yourself ahead of time will show you’re committed to finding an internship and that you’re serious about landing that particular position. Some companies may add your resume to their files for the upcoming semester as early as now! If the company doesn’t seem to have a publicly advertised internship program, still go ahead and e-mail them, because they still may need interns!
Previously Rejected? Don’t Be Afraid to Re-Apply! – It’s always disappointing to not score your internship of choice, but there’s no reason not to reapply! In most cases, companies encourage you to reapply. It’s likely that the company thought you were a good candidate, but they probably had numerous other good candidates with similar talents. It’s just as hard for companies to pick a few interns from an excellent pool of applicants as it is for us to pick that one internship out of so many great options! Think about what you can do to improve yourself and better market yourself for that position, and when the application process for the next semester rolls around, reapply. Companies will be impressed that you took the rejection as an opportunity to improve yourself rather than let it discourage you.
Want to Intern Away from Home? The Housing Search Starts Now! – If you’re interested in interning in another city, begin looking for student housing options now! There are a variety of student housing programs in NYC and LA, but it’s beneficial to look now not only to get a price point but also to reserve your spot. Many housing programs fill up quickly, so it’s important to get yourself signed up. Even if you don’t know where you’ll be interning, you can go ahead and start the housing process if you know you’ll be living in that particular city.
Interning For Credit? Make Sure You Need the Credits! – Many companies require you to intern for college credit, and at many schools, those credits fall into the elective field. Make sure to save and allot credits just for interning before you sign up for elective classes at your college. Talk to your internship coordinator ahead of time to learn about the requirements and procedure for registering for a credit internship. Many colleges have specific guidelines and requirements when it comes to credit internships.
As crazy as it sounds, there’s nothing wrong with planning all of your internships for the course of your college career. Some internships have specific requirements and others don’t, and because of this, some internships will fit best during particular semesters. There are wonderful internship opportunities away from home, but it takes time to plan a semester away. Interns are some of the busiest young people out there, but if you’re determined to gain real-world experience, it’s important to take the time and find the perfect combination of internships for you.
I had the privilege of speaking with a reporter from METRO about how interns can become employees. It was a great conversation. Read the interview HERE.
xx Lauren Berger
“The Intern Queen”
This is a blog by Mary Mooshian, our Quinnipac University Campus Ambassador. Follow her on her path to her dream internship!
When you’re little, everyone has a dream career. I know for me I bounced around between being Britney Spears and a lawyer/architect for about the first 15 years of my life. My story starts 4 years ago almost to the day. I was watching Michael Phelps win his 5th gold at the Beijing Olympics. That’s when my dream job hit me square in the face. I saw the pure electricity the stadium had. At the time, there was a lot of unrest in the country of Georgia and protesting, but everyone, regardless of the country they represented, unified and found peace for 12 days in seeing something nearly impossible happening right in front of their eyes. It was the Olympic spirit.
Now, I’m no world class athlete. I knew there was only one way to feel that spirit and it would be to work right in the middle of it. So here I am, 20 years old, doing everything within my power to make my dream internship in Sports Event Marketing my reality by next summer. I’ve weighed the impact of nearly every scholastic decision I’ve ever made against how it will help me be the best candidate possible for landing a Marketing internship at one of the most competitive places in the country—the US Olympic Committee.
Every month I’ll be updating you on my progress with the internship process and giving you tips and tricks for landing your own dream internship. So here are some tips that I’ve gathered so far:
- Never be afraid to make a new contact: I met a speaker at my school almost two years ago now that works heavily in Sports Marketing. I was a scared little first semester freshman when I met him. I stood at the back of the line of people talking to him waiting until I had his undivided attention and I went over and introduced myself. We chatted quite a bit leading up to the Vancouver Olympics and fell out of touch for a year, but now we’ve reconnected and he’s working with me to make contact with someone in the USOC.
- Always save a business card: The gentleman I met two years ago gave me his card and I have it sitting with about a dozen more in my stationary box. Yes, without it I could have still found his contact information, but having it reminded me of him, and our interaction, specifically. Definitely jot a quick note on the back of a business card with any important contact info—where you met, what you discussed, a mutual contact, etc.
- Call—DON’T EMAIL: I’ve been contacting a lot of very distant connections with the hope of getting my foot a bit further into that door. Often times, an important individual in the field you are trying to get into is looking to see how badly you want it. Do not email—Call. Yes, it is really nerve-wracking, but it’s absolutely worth it. Too much is done electronically now. Calling shows a lot more initiative than someone sending out a bland, lifeless e-mail. Keep in mind that no one is going to hang up on you when you call, but they are more apt to just delete an email. IMPORTANT—if you are leaving a voicemail, tell the person you’re contacting that YOU will call them back, not the other way around. You’re the one who needs help. If you go the extra mile to get in touch with them, they just might go the extra mile to help you.
If you don’t have a dream internship in mind, it’s completely fine! Internships are learning experiences meant to teach you what you want out of a future career. Think about an internship in a field you never thought of—you could surprise yourself.
This is a guest post by Kellie from Ohio University, one of the Intern Queen’s very own interns!
With classes starting and assignments piling up, we students are in need of one thing – a distraction. Our brains can only handle so much communication law material, and even fewer calculus problems, before we need a mental break. My favorite college “recess” comes in the form of blog browsing. I enjoy surfing the web for blogs about fashion, fitness, food, love, careers and beauty. Actually, I enjoy reading blogs about, well, just about anything. I could spend hours blog browsing. Of course, I do not generally have hours to spare, and I know you don’t either. In order to help make your blog finding process a little easier, we have asked our trusted Intern Queen Campus Ambassadors to share their blog suggestions.
Check out these sites, and let your brain breathe!
A great blog filled with fabulous college love advice . . . and stories!
A blog that is “colorful, crazy, and oh-so –Suze,” according to the description. This blog is totally fun and fashion-y and also includes daily outfit photos, DIY posts, interviews and more!
Three 20-something girls document their NYC experiences and share them with you! This blog is a great go-to for career advice and city life tips!
This is an incredibly motivating blog by none other than Andrea Teggart, a former Intern Queen intern and Ohio University Campus Ambassador. Visit this blog and you will instantly experience a burst of positivity. I promise you will leave this blog feeling happier and more inspired than ever before.
This is truly a blog for everyone. Seriously, If blogs were clothes, then this would be a one size fits all. With sections including “Outfits,” “Recipes,” “How To,” and “At Home,” I dare you to try to not find something that interests you.
This is technically a magazine, but hey, I’ll let it slide. (Yes, it’s that good.) If you love culture, entertainment or enjoy your current events served with a side of humor, then you cannot skip this site.
This blog captures one girl’s journey to live a happy, healthy fun and fulfilling life – And she’s letting us join her along the way!
This blog tells you how to be smarter, prettier and (less) awkward in all sorts of situation. This blog is basically a training manual for life, and it’s a good one at that.
. .. And now for the fashion finale! This section is for the fashionistas, self-proclaimed or otherwise. Browse these blogs to explore the latest trends, view the latest street chic styles and pick up some seriously awesome shopping tips!
Have a favorite blog that you want to share? Comment below!
You prepare for hours for an interview. You consider every question that could possibly be asked (or so you think) and then map out the perfect answer. Well, what happens when an employer throws out a totally oddball question from left field? Do you freeze? Or do you step up to the plate and knock it out of the park? We are sharing with you ten of the strangest interview questions for interns from Glassdoor’s latest report. How would you respond?
- “What was your first AOL screen name?” – Asked at Red Frog Events
- “How do you rob a bank?” – Asked at Oliver Wyman
- “How many ping pong balls fit into Gampel Pavilion?” – Asked at Aetna
- “How much do women in America spend on haircuts each year?” – Asked at FindTheBest.com
- “If you could have lunch with anybody, living or deceased, who would it be?” – Asked at IMG
- “How much would you bet for your answers to be correct?” – Asked at Jane Street Capital
- “Describe what happened to cause the financial crisis, in a couple of minutes, as if you were telling it, to say, your grandmother.” – Asked at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
- “Given 999 distinct numbers between 1 and 1000, find one/two that is/are missing.” – Asked at Salesforce.com
- “Would you say you learn a lot about a little, or a little about a lot?” – Asked at Stryker Communications
- “How many people in this city do you know? – Asked at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
Have you been asked any oddball questions in your recent interview? Share below! We would love to hear!
This is a post by Elyse H., our Spring Creek Academy High School Ambassador. If you would like to be part of our Intern Queen High School Ambassador program, then comment below!
A typical school set-up consists of long days, tons of tests, and loads of homework. A typical student hastens through the eight school hours, refuels for an additional two hours of extracurricular activities and then comes home to a mountainous heap of assignments. That typical student used to be me. Then, a unique opportunity came my way.
The opportunity was to engage in an alternative learning program. This program promised only two and a half hour school days, no Friday classes, intimate settings, accommodating schedules, and undivided attention throughout the year. It sounded perfect, but I knew that once I signed this contract, gold and yellow pep rallies would rest in peace, homecoming games would take place without my observations, and finding the perfect prom dress would remain in my dreams. Was I kissing the highlights of school goodbye, or warmly welcoming a new adventure?
In the end, the agreement was signed with pride and sealed with a smile. In fact, I have been smiling since. Many are unaware of the plethora of alternative learning programs available. The innovative methods of teaching they offer tend to have a disregarded presence within the mainstream mix of private, public, Montessori, and boarding schools. However, there are plenty of programs available, and I encourage you to look into this unique opportunity and to engage in a phenomenal learning process.
In any form of schooling, learning is not limited to the classroom. Students further their experiences by pursuing outside interests like clubs, sports or volunteer work. In alternative schools, this is a key factor that plays a distinct roll in the education of all students. I’ve met nationally ranked tennis players, 14-year-olds who have established non-profit organizations, competitive dancers, and professional golfers. Alternative schools cater to student needs and enhance students’ strengths while defeating their weaknesses.
Enrolling in an alternative learning program has broadened my horizons and changed my perspectives on what are truly the best methods for learning. It is not an easy choice to enter into an alternative learning program. Sacrificing common activities in high school can be a challenge and making an extreme schooling transition can seem impossible, but throughout the process, valuable life lessons are learned. Taking the leap taught me how to adapt to changes, welcome changes and appreciate changes. Taking a chance and entering an alternative learning program can be frightening. However, in the end, you will gain experience and confidence, and those are two priceless treasures.