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  • Brittany Horowitz 2:37 am on April 26, 2012 Permalink
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    It has been a great year of blogging for the Career Center. I have enjoyed it so much. Writing all of these posts made me reflect on the internship experiences I have had this year and even further in my past. I have learned a lot, and I was happy to share my experiences with the public. I hope my posts helped those out there interested in interning or currently interning. As a graduating senior, my biggest advice is to intern, intern, intern! You get to try new jobs over and over again – it’s seriously such a lucky thing. Take advantage of it! Thank you for reading!


  • Amanda Osborn 4:27 pm on November 24, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: au careerweb, career center, internship search, , , , resume builder   

    Five Tips for the Internship Search 

    Here are some tools, resources, and tips I thought I’d share in hopes of making the internship search a little easier. As a current intern at Amnesty International and student employee of AU’s Career Center, I could go on for quite some time about all the ups and downs of the internship search and application process. However, I’ll stick to some of my top tips:

    • Start Using More of Career Center’s Resources
      AU students are incredibly lucky because not only do they have an awesome Career Center (consistently ranked in the Top 20 Career Services by the Princeton Review) but the aforementioned Career Center provides wonderful (and free) resources for the job and internship search. These include Optimal Resume Builder (and Optimal Letter Builder) and Virtual Mock Interviews. All of these are really great tools for the internship search. I’ve used Optimal Resume Builder to format and style my resume and found my current internship at Amnesty International through AU Career Web.
    • Become a regular user of AU Career Web.
      AU Career Web is an online career management tool. Users can create and manage an online profile to search and apply for jobs and internships. I’ve been successful with numerous internships I’ve applied for via AU Career Web. Currently, I am checking it on a near-daily basis this semester to see what internships I can apply for in the spring. It’s a constantly updated resource that has a ton of different opportunities on there.
    • Make an appointment with your career advisor.
      Every student has a career advisor assigned to them based on which school he or she is enrolled in. By making an appointment with a career advisor, you can get advice and insight about career paths and internship opportunities within your chosen field. Career advisors are an invaluable resource that have a plethora of information, so never underestimate how much even one appointment with a career advisor can benefit the internship search.
    • Go to Career Center Events
      The Career Center has a ton of events throughout the year to assist students in the job and internship search. From the Job and Internship Fair (held every semester) to numerous on-campus recruiting sessions (think CIA, Deloitte, Teach for America, and CNN) to networking events held for every school, there are plenty of opportunities to network and make a professional connection that could land you that next internship opportunity.
    • Create a LinkedIn profile.
      Connections can be everything in the working world, and it’s never too early to start maximizing and solidifying your professional network. LinkedIn is a great way to establish and maintain professional connections. Additionally, one can even land a job through LinkedIn with the site’s resources.

    Originally posted at HerCampus AU.

    • Julia Beyer 10:16 pm on November 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nice tips and sharing how these tools have been useful to you!

  • nn1702a 7:01 pm on November 18, 2011 Permalink
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    Getting The Chance to Intern Next Semester 

    I’m really grateful that I’ve been given the opportunity to have an internship this semester. Since Thanksgiving break is near and so are finals, time will definitely fly and it will soon be over. So at the moment, I am currently at my desk and I am making most of what I have left to do at the office. I have learned so much and I hope that everyone can do an internship whenever possible.

    The way I got my internship was seeing if it would fit into my schedule, which is crucial because if you don’t have the time to commit, it will not work out. Then, I made an appointment at AU’s Career Center and this was the best thing that I could have done for myself. An adviser will show you the tools and resources you can use to find your “dream” internship and editing your resume so that it’s in tip-top shape. Afterward, once you identify the online resources that will help you find internship opportunities, you need to apply to more than one. I would say at least 10, which will allow you to have options, just in case you don’t get the one you want…it’s better to be safe than sorry. It can sometimes feel overwhelming and it may remind of you filling out college applications all over again!

    When you apply, most organizations ask for you to email them your resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample. Some of the competitive positions ask for your unofficial transcript. I learned that it was best to apply early because you have a head start among the other students not just from AU, but also from all the other schools in DC. I also realized that it best to address your email and cover letter to a specific person and not just “To Whom it May Concern.” It gives you an advantage because it shows that you went out of your way to find out who is in charge of the internship program at the company/organization. You can simply call the location or send an email, but most times it may say the person’s name on the website.

    Yes, it will take time, so be prepared and organized. But, it in the end it’s all worth it to see whether or not your next semester at AU will include you being an intern. After applying, all you have to do then is to wait and see. Hopefully the whole process will work out for you, just like it did for me! So, I’m sending you all best wishes 🙂

    PS: Start applying now for internships for Spring 2012!

  • jv9968a 3:19 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink
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    Introduction: Jordan Van Clief 

    Hi! I’m Jordan Van Clief. I’m a senior double majoring at American University and I’m currently the Marketing Intern at Riot Act Comedy Theater.

    I found this internship on AU’s career web over the summer. Riot Act was being built this summer and opened up this August 11th. To me, the idea of starting an internship with a brand new company was exciting. I would get to see what it takes to launch a successful business in a recession.

    This major also was a great combination of my majors. It was primarily a Public Communication internship, but the theater element was a big reason I applied, and probably a big reason for why I was hired.

    As a new company, there are always a million things to do and not enough hours in the day to do it. As an intern my job ranges from stuffing envelopes to events to writing our monthly press release, but more on that later.

    As for my future in PR, I have no idea. Perhaps as a senior I shouldn’t be admitting that, but I have six or so months to decide. I love my internship with Riot Act and the things I’m learning here will definitely be a marketable skill for the future.

    Stay tuned to find out more, this is only the introduction.

    • Francine Blume 6:40 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We don’t like internships where people are just stuffing envelopes! Has that gotten better yet?

  • Divya 8:46 pm on October 17, 2011 Permalink
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    Intern Intro- Divya Baliga 

    Hi y’all! My name is Divya Baliga and I’m a senior at American University . I’m majoring in Public Communications with a minor in Marketing. I’m the President of my sorority, intern 3 days a week, and take a full course load. I’ve started to realize that doing all these things while trying to maintain a social life may drive me crazy in the long run, but it’s the most beneficial lifestyle for me.

    I’m originally from Jackson, Mississippi(hence the y’all) and absolutely love the hospitable attitudes of southerners, but I knew that DC was the place that I could find a future. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic in during the Fall 2009 semester. It’s too beautiful for me to not add some pictures in!  Below are two photos, one is of my best friend(Amy) and I at Prague Castle overlooking the city and the second is of a graffiti artist’s work that I saw being created at the Lennon Wall.
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    • Francine Blume 5:50 pm on October 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Where were your other two internships? How did they help you prepare for this internship?

  • Paul Lopreiato 9:17 pm on June 15, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: career center, , , receptions   

    Times When Networking Wasn’t About Receptions 

    I didn’t know about networking receptions until sophomore year at AU. After a freshman year that left me feeling too petrified to attend one, I became desperate enough for employment that I bit the bullet and went. Unfortunately, I already discovered how useful receptions were[1] several years before without knowing it. (More …)

  • Paul Lopreiato 9:30 pm on June 3, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , career center, , , , , lifestyle, paint   

    A Baseball Card Introduction 

    All (two) women in my life knew what company they wanted to work for. They established a goal, educated themselves, and worked to get to it. Currently, both are where they want to be.

    I am the opposite. I have no shining corporation on the (metaphorical) hill that I want to join. I think that makes me somewhat like the person I imagine reading this post. I’ve got professional interests – communication and marketing – and I’ve got a strong sense of who I am. It’s sort of a flowchart for life. (More …)

    • Francine Blume 6:35 pm on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What a great post! A person really does need to know who they are before they can start pursuing a specific career path. You have to answer to yourself more than anyone else. You have to make yourself happy and fulfilled. So you’ve got a great attitude and good luck with the process! Love the baseball card by the way.

  • Emily Fleitz 9:20 pm on February 12, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , career center, good advice, , parents, rejection, winter break   

    In the beginning… 

    There are a lot of great internships out there.  I’ve been checking out the other intern blogs this afternoon and am amazed by all the cool things everyone is up to!  Clearly, DC is the place to be for internships, but how do you actually go about getting one?  I’ll share my story:

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    • Francine Blume 2:53 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You make a lot of good points, Emily! One can always apply for an internship! Our AU deadlines have to do with registration. A site has a deadline, but you can always reach out to them after that to do informational interviews, or apply for the next semester, or in case they didn’t fill the position. And just because you’re great at school, be humble enough to realize that the internship and job search processes require different skills and knowledge than you use for school. Help is ALWAYS a good thing!!

    • miranda78 9:16 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is great that you did not give up on internships! I agree with your sentiment that internships are a great way to sort of “taste test” certain careers. I can’t wait to hear more about what you accomplish at your current internship.

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