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  • Aly Seidel-Thorn 2:23 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , american university financial aid, american university scholarships, financial aid, , , good day philadelphia, interview, ,   

    Repping AU! 

    asdfawer (2)AU doesn’t have a small price tag. Ranked as the second most expensive school in the country, it takes a pretty big chunk of change to attend our school. However, AU isn’t oblivious to this fact: over 80% of incoming freshman received financial aid and distributes almost $75 million to students. I’m a Frederick Douglass Scholarship recipient, and that money really helps me be able to attend AU.

    So what does this have to do with my internship? Today on Good Day Philadelphia, we had a segment on universities and scholarships. A financial expert came in and talked about all the ways that parents can find “hidden money” for their students. On top of that, I was asked to come on the show and talk about my experience as a student! I wore my AU hoodie and spoke about the advisors we have who can help you navigate the financial aid maze. Probably not my best television debut (should have worn my contacts to get rid of glasses glare!), but it was a lot of fun and I’m glad I was able to represent our school. Everyone knows college is expensive, but there are ways to make it a little more bearable.

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  • Paul Lopreiato 9:30 pm on July 27, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , experiences, , interview, soccer,   

    Interview With an Unpaid Intern 

    A follow-up to this interview with someone who manages interns. I’ve known Brendan since seventh grade. Even though several other writers on this site are involved in unpaid internships, I’d like to know exactly what makes this one tick.

    me: Brendan, in what industry do you intern?

    Brendan: I am currently interning at YSC Sports which is a youth sports complex. It is also affiliated with the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.

    me: What kind of person does an unpaid internship? What kind of person doesn’t? (More …)

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    • Jennifer Carignan 1:18 pm on July 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for an insightful interview, Paul. I thought I’d add another perspective to the “who takes/doesn’t take an unpaid internship” response.

      It’s important to keep in mind that unpaid internships, while a nice learning experience for students, are not always a possibility given the financial constraints of many enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. It may be the case that some folks take paid internships because they are attracted to the paycheck, but I suspect that this is more the exception than the rule. From my perspective, there are many students who would love to do an internship like this but simply might not be able to afford to work several hours a week for no financial compensation. This is less a case of “caring more about getting paid than actually gaining useful experience” and more of needing to keep their finances in mind when making tough decisions about how to spend their time.

      Just my $.02, and perhaps others have opinions too.

  • Paul Lopreiato 11:05 pm on June 22, 2011 Permalink
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    A gChat Interview 

    I’ve known Shane for a while now. I’ve witnessed his transformation to the other side – once an intern himself, he now supervises several of his own. Since all of the writers for this blog blog solely represent the intern perspective (myself included), it couldn’t hurt to hear from someone who’s crossed over. Right?

    me: So tell me, Shane: What industry do you work/do you help with the hiring?

    Shane: I currently work in the communications department of a political committee. Unfortunately, I do not have any input in the hiring process.

    me: What a shame. Let’s move on to your personal history. Were you ever an intern at any point in your life?

    Shane: Yes, I worked as an intern each semester of my final two years of school. (More …)

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  • Zach C. Cohen 8:05 pm on June 9, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , e-mail addresses, housing, , interview, , , , , , , , ,   

    How to Get an Internship at TIME 

    Hello, my name is Zachary Cohen, and I am thrilled to begin working at TIME Magazine on Tuesday. It’s been a bit of a scramble to get everything in order, but I’m excited to get started. But before I tell you much more about my internship, I should tell you everything that’s happened before and what I learned from just the preparation.

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    • Francine Blume 2:55 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      These are great pieces of advice! You are absolutely right about connections. They get you in the door, but no one is going to hire you if they think they’ve got a better candidate who can do a better job. The interview is so key!

  • Danielle Wilsey 3:43 pm on March 28, 2011 Permalink
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    Transitioning into a New Semester… Again 

    Even though it is still technically March, the application/interview/resume sending process is in full swing for summer internships and jobs. Currently finishing up my first year in SPA graduate school, I am no stranger to the list-serve emails, notifications and ongoing networking opportunities. What really (pleasantly) surprised me today was receiving the summer internship posting for my company through the American list-serve. What surprised me even more, however, was the fact that 6 out of 7 summer internship positions were already filled! (More …)

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