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  • Amanda Osborn 4:27 pm on November 24, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: au careerweb, , internship search, interviewing, , , 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.

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    • 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!

  • Cole Mellino 9:26 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , interviewing, search process   

    Let’s start at the beginning… 

    I knew I wanted to work for a environmentally focused and progressive organization, so I did a lot of browsing the web for these types of organizations in DC. I used sites like idealist.org, which I highly recommend because you can really narrow your search and it has an extensive list of jobs and internships. I discovered the Center for American Progress’s internship program in late April and then I foolishly waited until the deadline in July to throw together my application in a day. I do not recommend doing this as it is stressful. Give yourself time and apply ahead of time. You’ll feel a lot better. How many times have you heard that line? But it’s true! I turned it in a few hours past midnight, which I’m sure does not look good and which just made me worried that I wouldn’t get the job. After a few weeks I got a phone call from the Center for American Progress saying they’d like to do a phone interview. I had my phone interview and I was nervous and I felt like I didn’t answer as well as I could have. But I think, in retrospect, I did just fine. So be confident because if you are like me, you tend to be too critical of yourself. After a few more weeks, I finally got the call that I was hired as an intern for the fall and I was ecstatic. So if I could offer advice for seeking and applying for internships, I’d say look hard for internships you’re really interested in. You’re going to have to go there for the entire semester. Let your passion drive your work and find something you’re truly interested in and not just something that looks good on a resume. Apply early, don’t wait until the last minute. And be confident in interviews and throughout the application process. Tell them why you are uniquely qualified for the position.

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    • Francine Blume 8:33 pm on October 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nice advice, Cole! I think in school. We get so used to having to do things at the last minute that we sometimes feel the same way about job or internship applications. But by waiting to the last minute, you’re just increasing your own stress. In most of the time, you’re more likely to make silly mistakes that get your application thrown out in the first place.

  • Natasha Bavolar 2:40 am on October 25, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , interviewing, , sticking out   

    Personality: What to Do When You Have A lot of it 

    Being a loquacious person in the working world can be a difficult struggle. Trying to balance witty banter and constructive discussion of your current work projects can be a tricky one. But, who says you have to choose one or the other? So many interviewees have extremely similar resumes filled with student positions, great internships or just overall good experiences they feel have provided them with superior skills for the job. However, if everyone has the same basics, what will make you stand out? You.

    Don’t read those articles that tell you to dim down your nail polish, don’t listen to those people who say to wear neutral and conservative colors, and definitely do NOT listen to anyone who tells you to not be yourself in an interview or job setting, to a certain extent. These are the little pieces that will allow YOU to stay fresh in the employers mind and friendly with coworkers around the office. They are looking for that special spark; this can come in the way you speak passionately about your goals or interests, in your desire to improve an aspect of an organization, approach or process, or just having a creative idea you want to explore.

    However, this isn’t to say you should get carried away.
    1. Make sure you are listening to what the interviewer is saying and asking; stay on topic, be alert and to the point when it is your turn to respond.
    2. Always be respectful, from your outfit choice to your demeanor to your language choice.
    3. Ask questions. Go into any meeting, interview or conference with questions to ask and write down more as you think of them! This will show your enthusiasm and desire to be more engaged and knowledgable.

    9 times out of 10 that will land YOU the position and not someone else who’s GPA may have been slightly higher than yours. People want to work with other people; someone who can help push the company further in a new direction or can be that positive energy in the office they have been needing. Let yourself shine with that shattered nail polish you did at 2AM while you were procrastinating, wear that funky patterned tie with your favorite suit combination because that describes you, and definitely do not be afraid to share with your potential employer what makes you special and unique.

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    • Francine Blume 9:19 pm on October 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You are absolutely right about listening!

      You are absolutely right about asking questions!

      You are absolutely right that employers are looking more at who can push the company along and contribute rather than just what your GPA was!

      I love the attitude and the spirit of the advice about what to wear, but I have to disagree with you when it comes to going all out. It really is important to be YOU, so maybe the question is not what to wear at your interview as much as doing your research to find a place where, if you really want, you can wear a funky tie and shattered nail polish because everyone else there does, too!

      But sometimes, you just need a job. I’d say be yourself, but at least consider it as a living anthropological experiment. Dress like your subjects in order to blend in, so that you don’t make them uncomfortable. Find out who they are and what they’re about. Then, if action research allows, choose what part of your funky self you’re going to share with everyone else and when you’re going to share it. But honestly, if folks perceive that you’re going to an interview dressed in a disrespectful manner, they’re not getting care who you are or what you have offer. You said that yourself and number two!

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