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  • Brittany Horowitz 12:02 am on April 17, 2012 Permalink
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    Trying New Things 

    When in college, students like to explore their options by interning, which is especially true at American University. However, many students tend to think that they need to intern with companies or organizations that completely compliment their majors and/or minors. Of course, it is smart to intern with places that interest you and that will teach you important skills and information about your future workplace industry, but I don’t think students should be scared to branch out and experiment in areas that are outside of their areas of study.

    How will you ever know if you like something if you don’t try it? In the beginning of the year, I had been contemplating going to law school after graduating, but I had never interned in an area revolving around law. So, I took on an internship that allowed me explore the law field. Most importantly, I made sure this position did not seem completely out of place on my resume by having the position involve my minor as well. In the end, I have been able to learn about law while also combining it with another one of my interests and areas of study.

    When exploring options that are outside of your comfort zone or area of knowledge, it can be useful to use resources that AU has available to students. I suggest going to the Career Center and seeing if an advisor can point you in the right direction. Also, the Career Center has a library full of information on how to get a job and other important industry basics. I also suggest asking professors for help. If you’re looking for a position outside of the school you study within, then there is no harm in exploring the other AU school web sites and professor information pages. There might be a professor or staff member who is perfect for helping you. You just need to do your research! Lastly, as a School of Communication student, I am a strong supporter of using Twitter to connect with people. Tweet about a position you’re interested in, and you might be surprised by how many people are willing to help.

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

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