Archive for January, 2012
This blog is written by Aviance, our Campus Ambassador for the University of Southern California.
For the college student on the go, there isn’t a lot of time to go off campus to shop. For those who aren’t quite ready to resort to wearing their old sweats to class, there is still a shopping destination that is within reach for every intern: the World Wide Web. Just follow these tips and get better deals plus exclusive clothing all from the comfort of your twin XL dorm bed.
Check for student discounts: Many retailers understand the plight of the broke college student and offer discounts for those who want to look good on a budget. Sign up for a Student Advantage card and get 10-15% at online stores like Armani Exchange, Topshop/Topman and Target. Other sites like StudentRate.com offer discounts or cash back at shops like Urban Outfitters, Free People and Nordstrom.
Shop around: Look on other website for the product that you want. If the brand isn’t exclusive to one store, you can usually find it on other websites with better prices. Nordstrom has a wonderful policy where they will match the price of any competitor who has the same color and size of a product.
Shop at the right times: Sometimes it can seem like torture to wait to purchase those perfect shoes but good things come to those who wait. If you don’t think it will sell out or if the product is brand new, wait a little for the website to either have a deal (check out the next tip) or lower the price. Online shopping is amazing right after holidays, around your birthday and, of course, on Cyber Monday.
ALWAYS look for online coupons and NEVER pay for shipping: Please don’t ever click that “Confirm Purchase” button without at least checking for online coupons! The thought of paying for shipping makes me shudder. Hunt as long as you can for a coupons online, especially free shipping ones. Simply go to your favorite search engine and type in the retailer your shopping from then “coupons,” and you’ll be amazed at the kinds of deals you can find. **BONUS TIP: Sign up for e-mail alerts for even more coupon codes and advance notice of upcoming online sales.
Use Broke Girl’s Guide: As a student in LA, this website has helped me tons when I’m looking for deals (and with giving me inspiration for this post J). Not only do they give you the latest deals for on and off-line shopping but they also give awesome ways to save when you want to go out. Check it out!
This blog is written by Jackie, our Campus Ambassador at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Even the most fashionable people need some inspiration every once in a while. Here are a couple fashion blogs to help you out of a fashion funk:
1. Lookbook – Where better to gather fashion inspiration than from hundreds of girls and guys worldwide? (European fashion, anyone?) Here users can “hype” up looks they see, and the most popular ones land themselves higher up on the home screen.
2. College Fashionista – My favorite thing about this site is that it registers on-campus trends. Your school likely has a few “style gurus” that blog about fashion and beauty here – and if not, call up Amy from the site and let her know you want to be a guru! I love that each post is written by students, giving the website a unique, campus-y tilt.
3. Refinery 29 – With markets in LA, Chicago, San Francisco, D.C. and Miami, Refinery 29 covers markets all across the board – er, USA. Offering more than just fashion advice, R29 covers news about celebrities, art & culture, dining and more, in addition to shopping tips and – my favorite – DIYs.
4. Cheetah is the New Black – I’m not afraid to hide my love for cheetah print or Alicia, writer of Cheetah is the New Black. Every outfit she is photographed in is spot-on, at least for my fashion taste. She has recently started a Friday column where she features some uber-affordable (less than $25) items – perfect!
5. The Man Repeller – To me, the Man Repeller is the queen of offbeat fashion. I don’t have the guts to wear a lot of the stuff she does – but I love looking at it.
This blog is written by Silvia, our Campus Ambassador at Ithaca College. She is studying Integrated Marketing Communications and will graduate May 2013.
Hope you’re keeping up with your New Years resolution to eat healthy. As students, interns, athletes or employees, we have very busy lives and in a college setting it’s easy to choose the quickest option that usually isn’t the healthiest! Below, are some tips on how to eat on the go in a healthy way.
1) They always say having 5 small meals is better than having 2-3 large ones. So keep that in mind.
2) Pre-package your snacks. Measure your food and pack them into small bags. This will help over indulging and will give you more variety.
3) Eat colorfully. Pack carrots, almonds, grapes, celery, etc.
4) If you’re really crunched for time, buy 100-calorie snacks. Usually, these snacks aren’t the healthiest but you know how much your having, which is key!
5) Always keep yogurt, power/granola bars, and fruit around in your dorm/apartment. These are easy snacks that will keep you satisfied until your able to have a meal.
I hope these tips will help you during your busy day. Remember, only snacking isn’t healthy, but it will help you from overeating when you sit down for a meal.
This blog post is written by Paola, our campus ambassador from UT-Austin.
You got the internship, you’ve prepped, bought supplies, researched the company, now what? You have yet to choose the outfit for your first day. First impressions are crucial, and you want to look good for those who may be your co-workers or bosses in the future. As an intern, the dress code can get confusing, you have to be ready for any task you may get yet still look presentable. So here are some fashionable tips to succeed and impress!
One of the staples for my intern wardrobe are black jeans. Black jeans go good with everything, are comfortable, and you will never look entirely under dressed. Combine them with a cute top or a sweater and you are good to go.
The second staple in my intern wardrobe are ballet flats. Although high heels and their extra inches are fabulous you never know what your day may bring. Opt for some comfortable flats, in any color you wish, to combine with your outfit.
The third and final staple in my closet is a tote. This big bag is one of the best inventions ever made for a woman, so put it to use! These come in handy to store your laptop, iPad, phone, notebook, camera, or anything else you may need and still look chic.
These three fashion musts will never let you down and keep you looking your best. If you need a few ideas I created a styled intern set which you can see in the picture. Happy styling interns!
The Intern Queen Campus Ambassador program provides a forum for driven college students to express themselves through professional networking, personal development, blogging, and peer-to-peer connections. They actively promote the Intern Queen message on their respective college campuses. These bright and ambitious students will one day be leaders in their fields.
We are looking for students who are:
- Attending school outside of the United States
- Graduating May 2013, 2014, or 2015
- Involved, ambitious, and always seeking new opportunities
- Great organizers and communicators
- Active on social media platforms (such as Facebook and Twitter)
- Influential on their college campus
- Aware of the importance of internship opportunities and are ready to focus on their future!
What do they do?
- Spread the word about InternQueen.com to their campus (and social network)
- Share insight into the internship landscape outside of the United States
- Expand the Intern Queen brand internationally
- Blog and video blog once per month, which are posted on Intern Queen Blog
- Participate in one Campus Ambassador contest each semester
- Help us spread the word about our partner brands and test new products from brands we work with
- Provide feedback about new websites, ideas, brands, and products
- Network with other Ambassadors and their connections!
Interested in applying? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, school, and anticipated graduation date for application materials! All application materials will then be sent to you for completion.
This blog was written by Steph, our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador from Drexel University.
Tell me about yourself. It’s the first question your employer will ask during your internship interview, but has always been one of the hardest for me to answer. What do they want to know? After almost 20 interviews in the past two years, here’s what I’ve learned about how to get past the first interview question and impress your employer:
- Don’t forget the basics: Make sure to include your major, year and past internships in the first 2 sentences. Even though they have your resume in front of them, it’s still good to highlight the credentials you have right up front.
- Keep the jargon to a minimum: Instead of telling your employer that you’re hard working, dedicated and detail oriented, give them a specific example of a time when you were dedicated to a group project or previous intern assignment. For example, if you increased your media lists by 15% due to research you initiated, highlight that upfront in your speech. It will have the employer asking more and eliminates the “dedicated, hard working” jargon.
- End with a personal touch: While the “tell me about yourself” question is asked in a formal interview setting, it’s also a great way to include something personal about yourself. If you like to run 5ks or follow fashion blogs, let them know!
This blog was written by Saya, our UCF Intern Queen Campus Ambassador. Do you go to UCF and want to be involved? Comment on this blog post and Saya will be in touch!
The search is over and you have landed an interview with your dream internship! Congrats! Take a breath, but now the challenging part is just about to begin. From the hypothetical work situations, to highlighting your skills and achievements, and being bombarded with questions about your previous work experience is overwhelming. That’s why preparing for the interview is crucial. Here are a few interview prep tips to make your interviewer say, “wow!”
Back to Basics
Your first impression is just important, if not more important, as your last. Taking the extra time to iron your professional attire is a must – your interviewer will notice. Make sure to look clean-cut and nicely groomed with your hair properly brushed before you enter the interview. Give yourself enough time to check yourself one last time in the restroom before you enter the interview. Don’t apply any cologne or perfume for your interview. You never know if the person will be allergic or have it trigger any unwanted emotions.
It is always necessary to bring extra copies of your resume. Even if the employer already has a copy of your resume, it will show that you are prepared in case you are being interviewed by more than one individual. Create a portfolio with any previous projects you’ve completed (whether in class or for work), references, and letters of recommendation in a nice, professional folder. This will not only give you an advantage to your competitors, but it will give the interviewer a chance to see your skills first hand and see what you are capable of creating. Of course, you can’t forget a pen and notebook for notes!
Spotlight on You
Then comes the question we all dread being asked, “What are your weaknesses?” Your weakness should be answered as a strength that will benefit the employer. Emphasizing on a weakness that you have overcome over your employment history shows that you do have flaws, like everyone else, and you are still being honest. One of the best responses is incorporating these attributes in personal accomplishments. Take a step back and put yourself into the employer’s shoes. If you were the one doing the hiring, what would you want to hear?
Take a breather, the stressful part is over! You have finished the interview, now what? Follow up with your employer and send a hand-written “thank you for your time” card. It shows that you are serious about the job offering and they will admire that you took the time to send one.
Use these tips as a helpful cheat sheet for your next interview and just relax, be yourself and you’ll do great! Good luck!
This blog is written by Jessica, our ambassador from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
An important thing for college students to think about is their personal brand. Having a strong personal brand is something that will separate you from your classmates after you graduate and begin looking for jobs. I originally heard of personal branding after I got my first internship at Weidert Group. One of the things that was stressed to me by our internship coordinator was that it is imperative to figure out what makes you unique and to capitalize on it.
So how do you start creating your personal brand? Below are a few tips to help you get started.
Find what makes you unique. Like I said above, everyone has something that makes him or her stand out from the crowd. It may be a special skill or a unique internship experience that you’ve had. Whatever it is, the first step is to identify it and to strengthen it.
Believe in your skill. After you’ve identified what makes you unique, start believing in it! The more that you are confident in your skill set, the more that other people will believe you, too. The biggest part of displaying persuasiveness to your future employer is having confidence in yourself.
Develop a unique resume. This next step is perhaps one of the most important. In order to properly display your uniqueness to employers, it is necessary to create a resume that resonates with your skills and personality. Everything from the font on your resume, to the color in your header, to the way that you layout your information will have an effect on the brand that you display.
Create a personal bio. Just as important as the resume itself is your personal biography. This should be about 3 to 5 sentences long and should be the core of your personal brand. This is the place where you get to show your personality and your skills together. It should be solidly written and should concisely explain who you are, what you can do and where you want to be after graduation.
Expand your brand. The last thing that you should do is expand your brand into all of your social media profiles. This can be as simple as making sure that all of your “about me” descriptions contain your personal bio. By streamlining the information about yourself, you will create a very strong image for prospective employers. Another important part of this step is making sure that all of your social media profiles have links to one another. This will make it very easy for people to find you online and see what you have to offer.
As always, if you have questions on personal branding or anything else related to internships, don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the Intern Queen campus ambassadors.