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Archive for September, 2011

30
Sep
2011

A Day in the Life: Taking on Monday!

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This blog post outlines a day in the life of Campus Ambassador Mary, a junior at Quinnipiac University!

7:00am: Wake up, check emails and InternQueen.com, and get ready to tackle the day.

9:00am:  Consumer Behavior class

10:00am: Study time!

11:00am: Business Communications class (perfecting my business writing skills!)

12:00pm: Work in Admissions Office talking to families and prospective students

4:00pm: Intern Queen time! Writing articles, catching up on my emails and tweets with other Campus Ambassadors, love them!

5:00pm: Product and Pricing Strategy class

7:00pm: Dinner with my roommates after a loooong day

9:15pm: Student Team Consultants meeting (love being involved!)

11:00pm: Bedtime (if I am lucky)!!

30
Sep
2011

New Campus Ambassador from Binghamton University!

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This blog is written by our newest campus ambassador Lauren from Binghamton University!

I am currently a sophomore at Binghamton University. I am pursuing both a Bachelor’s of Science in Management and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science. I have interned at the International of Azerbaijan as a research assistant and EDP School of Computer Programming as a Bookkeeping and New Programs Intern. I am currently active on campus in Phi Alpha Delta, Pre-Law Fraternity Inc and am currently serving on the Philanthropy Committee. I am also active in Hillel and do a number of things with them from networking with Jewish students to volunteering at their events.

30
Sep
2011

Event Planning 101: How to handle BIG duties as an intern!

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This blog is written by Jessica, our campus ambassador from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh!

When I was offered a public relations summer internship at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wis., I never thought that two months later I would be shaking hands with the governor, welcoming over 80 veterans home from an Old Glory Honor Flight, helping Sully Sullenberger (think Miracle on the Hudson) with a book signing, watching a one-off car be auctioned off for $400,000, listening to the stories of Apollo astronauts, speaking Spanish to foreign reporters or, well, flying through the hot summer air in a door-less helicopter. To put it lightly, my summer at EAA has been incredible.

For the past 59 years, the EAA has hosted the world’s largest aviation event, AirVenture, which draws on average about 500,000 people to my small college town. It gets pretty crazy here, especially since the size of the city during July is 66,000—only 13% the size of EAA’s event. Below are some of the things that I took away from what was the busiest, craziest, and most valuable summer of my life.

Attend every meeting you are invited to. As an intern, it can be a little bit scary to walk into a meeting without knowing anyone and without knowing what everyone is talking about. However, I can tell you that if I didn’t sit in on all of the meetings I had the opportunity to, I would have been even more lost. Even if you don’t think the meeting has anything to do with your role or position, I can guarantee that you will meet someone who can help you at a later date.

Ask a lot of questions. This is especially important when you are thrown into an industry that you know nothing about (like aviation!). I spent countless hours with my boss, who is also a private pilot, learning about aviation. Do I need to know how a plane flies to do my job? Probably not, but it does make things easier when you have some idea what is going on.

Know where things are. If you ever have the opportunity to plan an event that takes place outside, make sure that you know how to get around. At AirVenture, employees have to ride in golf carts to get around because the grounds are spread out over 1,500 acres. That’s intimidating if you are a newbie. Not to mention, anyone wearing a staff T-shirt was fair game to receive questions from attendees. If you are asked, “Where’s the ‘Sikorsky Innovations’ tent?”, first– know what Sikorsky Innovations is, second– know where it is located.

Make peace with the fact that things will go wrong. Yes, even after your two solid months of planning and stressing that everything is all set before the event, things will still completely fall apart. It’s not your fault. The reality is that, at any large event, things come up that you don’t expect. Usually, they are things that need to be dealt with or solved in a small amount of time. Practice ‘thinking on your toes’, and never let that skill fade.

Network with people. This one is on here mostly because I think interns should always be doing this. And really—you are at a huge event! There’s a ton of opportunity to meet interesting people who may help your career in the future.

Have fun! Of course, this is the most important thing to remember and the easiest thing to forget. Try not to let the day-to-day stress of the event take you away from enjoying all of your hard work. You deserve to take an hour to walk around and look at everything that you accomplished. It will go by so fast, so don’t forget to have fun during it!

I sincerely hope that all of you have the chance to take part in any type of event planning or coordination. I promise that it will be more rewarding than stressful, and you will walk away from it with an awesome portfolio.

30
Sep
2011

Tips for Studying Abroad!

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This blog is written by Sandhya, our Campus Ambassador at Ohio University. Sandhya is sophomore studying Broadcast Journalism & Spanish.

Are you studying abroad? Tips to stay on top of your game so that you’re ready for when you come back! As I’m getting close to midterms (quarters go by so fast!), I can’t help to think about my study abroad trip next quarter in Mérida, Mexico.  While attending my study abroad weekly meetings, I’ve kept several things in mind. Here are my top four tips for studying abroad!

  1. Apply for scholarships. Don’t wait to apply. Check out your study abroad office or the office for international studies at your school. They have tons of resources about scholarships offered by your school & other organizations. Also, be sure to check out the language programs at your school if you are studying a language.
  2. Figure out a way to document your experience. Even if you’re not a journalism major or like writing, your study abroad trip is going to be a huge part in your life, so you might as well document it! Get a camera, make a blog, or find an outlet that might even host your blog! It’s a great way to document your experience & add something to your resume at the same time!
  3. Do some research. Look up yummy dishes or what the specialty dish is in the area! Find out what you’d like to do in your free time & keep it all in a notebook that you can take with you on your trip. Also, write down some key phrases or things that might be helpful to know about the country you’re going to (ex: the President, tourist attractions, money).
  4. Let your advisors/friends know ahead of time. If you hold leadership positions on campus or have a job, make sure that you let your advisors or friends know that you’re studying abroad. Since you won’t be there to help out, find out if there is a way that you can help out now to help them prepare for when you’re not around! It’s always better to let people know ahead of time then later.

With these four tips in mind, I think you’ll be ready to study abroad. Feel free to leave comments/questions on your study abroad! Look out for future blogs on my experiences abroad!

29
Sep
2011

Kick the Coffee

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This is a blog post from Mollie A., our Northern Michigan University Campus Ambassador!

As I’m sitting here in Northern Michigan University’s library, debating what to blog about, I am sipping on a cup of Starbucks coffee. College is an endless cycle of late nights and early mornings, and some of us just cannot make it through the day without a little caffeine pick-me-up here and there. Half way through my latte, a feeling of guilt has come over me, thinking of all the unneeded calories I have ingested, just for a little energy. Here is a little bit about the ways that you can stay energized for that late night studying without packing on the pounds.

For long lasting energy – When procrastination at its finest makes an appearance and you have a killer exam in the morning, a long night of cramming may be your only solution. To keep yourself focused and energized for hours, the first thing you should do is have some nuts. Nuts, whole grain pasta, and peanut butter are going to give you what you need to go strong all day or most of the night. Oats or oatmeal – not that instant stuff – are also great because they are high in fiber and gradually give you energy over time.

For a quick burst of energy – When you just have one page left on that long paper and it is 2am, you just need a quick burst of energy to finish strong. Instead of breaking out a Red Bull, grab an apple. Fruits are filled with natural sugars as well as carbs, which is what you need when you have to stay motivated for just a little bit longer. Not only are you going to get your carbs, but you are going to get vitamins, minerals and fiber that are good for you too. Fruit can be fresh or even dried fruit still works. Other foods for quick energy include veggies, 100% fruit juice, or whole grain cereal.

My personal recommendation for a late night study snack would be trail mix. You get some dried fruit in there for quick energy and some nuts for long lasting energy. Getting proper amounts of sleep, drinking lots of water, as well as staying active in your daily life will also help you stay energized.

29
Sep
2011

Read all about Silvia’s Day!

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This blog is written by Silvia, our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador from Ithaca College. If you go to Ithaca and want to blog for us, comment here!

Okay, fine so it’s not that story but it’s the story of a day in the life of Ithaca College’s Intern Queen Campus ambassador (Me)! This is a typical day that varies during the week based on the activity I’m involved with.

Tuesday:

7:30: Wake Up!

8:00: Class

9:30: Internship at the Downtown Ithaca Alliance where I’m currently working on the first and hopefully annual Restaurant Week, here in Ithaca. As well as, writing a grant proposal for next year’s outdoor art exhibit.

12:00: Work. I work on campus at the residential life office. My job isn’t so demanding and it allows me to do my school work while making money (which we all need!).

4:00: Get out of work, catch up on some reading, and try and eat something.

5:25: Class

6:45: PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) E-board meeting. As treasurer I am discussing my proposal for the Student Gov. Association (SGA) on getting “The Intern Queen” on campus.

7:15: PRSSA meeting begins. Great news, SGA has completely allocated all funds and the Intern Queen is officially speaking at my school. (Happy Dance!)

8:00: Review Session for a test tomorrow.

9:00: Finally home! Eat dinner, watch a little TV, and shower.

The rest of the night is devoted to doing homework, reading, or simply catching up with my fellow bloggers.

Bedtime. Never the same hour.

28
Sep
2011

Internship Cheat Sheet: Apps for Succeeding in your Internship

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This blog is written by Hillary, our campus ambassador from Virginia Tech!

For those who have completed an internship before, you’re probably well aware that it is not always easy. Though an internship can be tough at times, there are certain tools out there that can make your life easier. Looking back on my past interning experiences, I realized that there were four apps in particular that had a tendency to swoop in and ‘save the day’ pretty often:

Evernote- This lifesaving app allows you to take notes and access them from virtually anywhere. Besides being highly accessible, this app allows you to create different notebooks and tags, so you can stay organized. Not only can you take notes with this handy app, you can also create a to-do list. As an intern, this app will become your lifesaver when it comes to prioritizing.

Dropbox- Like Evernote, Dropbox is also accessible from nearly everywhere. It basically works as a virtual flash drive, allowing you to never have to worry about losing any information you have stored. If you’re interning in an office, I would highly recommend this app for bringing in proposals, PowerPoints, or any other virtual work for your employer.

Skype- When it comes to Skype and internships, Skype comes in handy if you are working remotely. When your internship is purely online, it is definitely helpful to be able to conduct a video conference with your boss. Skype also allows for screen sharing and file sharing, which can also be very useful.

LinkedIn- Most people are familiar with the professional social network LinkedIn. What you may not know, is that they offer an app that allows you access to LinkedIn from anywhere. For an intern whose always on the go, this app is a must. Staying connected to those you network with is a vital part of an internship, and this app makes staying connected simple.

28
Sep
2011

A Day in the Life

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This blog is written by Jackie, our campus ambassador from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

8 a.m. – Still sleeping…

10 a.m. – Wake up. Intern Queens need their sleep, okay?

11 a.m. – Write Intern Queen blog post about interning fashion staples – I’ve been seeing so much inspiration around campus!

12 p.m. – Make a delicious lunch while going over some Effects of Mass Communication reading

1 p.m. – Attend Strategic Communication class

3 p.m. – Grab coffee before Effects of Mass Comm. – busy Intern Queens need to stay caffeinated!

5 p.m. – Meet up with Michelle, the other campus ambassador at UW, to discuss progress on getting Lauren Berger to our campus!

7 p.m. – Settle in to the library (or burrow in my room) to get some serious homework done – these Spanish verbs aren’t going to conjugate themselves!

10 p.m. – Take a study break – browse through my Facebook groups for Intern Queen and my class project to see if there’s any new content/stuff to catch up on.

12 a.m. – 1 a.m. – Hit the hay. Dream sweet dreams about getting internships!

28
Sep
2011

Own Your Career with Organization

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This blog was written by Jackie, our campus ambassador from the University of New Hampshire!

Organize your computer: Always saving your work is by far the most important step when completing projects. However, where you save them is also important. Understanding where things are located on your computer helps you utilize them quickly and efficiently. To better organize your documents, befriend your right click button! Right clicking in your document folder allows you to create new folders and be more resourceful with where you chose to save things. My advice would be to separate all of your projects into different folders so that they are easily accessible.

Do not over commit: In over committing you can spread yourself too thin and performance can suffer. For work you do commit to, keep it orderly so that you can stay on top of it. Utilize binders with separate sections for each project you are completing and invest in a planner that includes both weekly and monthly calendars so you can keep track of when projects are due. Lilly Pulitzer has great ones for 2011-2012 that come in a variety of colors and holds a lot of information. Lastly, concerning planning you can update outbox email calendar so that you can receive email reminders of when things are do or what obligations you have coming up.

Clear up your desk space: Small notebooks and post it notes are great ways to stay organized and in control of your work. Michael’s has great sale notebooks that are normally about $1 each and hold around 100 pages, which is a great deal! Post-It notes are another good way to keep you prepared, however they sell for as much as nine dollars at most drug and office supply store. Instead, buy your Post-Its from Michael’s (same as with small notebooks) or the ‘Dollar Store’ as they are normally a tenth of the price. If you enjoy writing things down and crossing them off to feel accomplished, there are also printable PDF to do lists available online.

Extend your organization: Organization is not limited to the office, extend it outside the office too and into your car. Unless you have extremely tinted windows, a messy car is another poor representation of good work ethic. You and anything associated with you in a professional setting should be neat and polished. If you chose to bring your work home with you as you drive away from the office, purchase a flash drive, they can be expensive but are a great investment.

Maximize your potential: Include personal time in your schedule. Get to work early so you have time for yourself to set up and be comfortable before the day begins. Manage your time efficiently so that you have time for yourself and do not skimp on lunch. If you are not properly nourished you will not be able to work up to your full potential.

If you remain anti organization after reading this article my only advice would be the bigger the purse the better. In using a large bag, you can store almost everything and anything concealing your messiness.

28
Sep
2011

My Senior Year Bucket List

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Michelle Langer is one of our campus ambassadors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a senior majoring in theatre and journalism.

As I approach the end of my undergraduate career, I’ve come to the harsh realization that there are so many things that I’ve never gotten to do or experience while I’ve been at student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  So, here are the things that I MUST accomplish before I graduate in May.

1.      Touch Abe Lincoln’s foot: On the top of our main hill at campus, Bascom Hill, is a statue of Abe Lincoln.  Supposedly, it is lucky to rub Abe’s foot, and in all my time here I’ve never done it!

2.      Sign my name in Science Hall: Up in the tower of our Science Hall is supposed to be a ceiling where students from generations past have signed their names, and I need to leave my mark there.

3.      Visit my grandfather’s dorm: I am third generation to come to school here and the dorm that my grandfather lived in when he was a student is still in existence, but I have never been inside.  I want to experience that nostalgia.

4.      Leave school without any regrets: I want to enjoy every minute that I have left in college and I don’t want to feel when I graduate that I didn’t enjoy my time here enough.  Also, I want to be able to graduate with the attitude that I worked hard and didn’t slack off.

5.      HAVE FUN!!!!

It’s never too soon to start your college or even internship bucket list, just have fun while you do it!