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How to Get the Most Out of Your Summer Internship

InternshipAfter spending hours submitting applications and polishing your resume, you have finally received that coveted email of acceptance into the internship program you have so fiercely sought after.

But before you get caught up in updating your Facebook status and announcing your achievement via Twitter, take a moment to read these quick tips on how to get the most out of your summer internship:

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Most Unusual College Internships

Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum

Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum

Maybe going on Starbucks runs and scheduling appointments isn’t your thing. So for those of you who are looking for a unique internship that’s more than just paper pushing, check out some of the following crazy internships available:

Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Maybe one of the wackiest museums on the planet, Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum is in search of interns who possess qualities, such as being weird or liking to have fun. If you’re into artifacts such as shrunken heads or a lock of Elvis’ hair, maybe this is the internship for you.

The Vatican: Communications students at Villanova University in Pennsylvania may get a chance to work close to the pope. The school lets communications majors intern for the Vatican by working on the website, helping with public relations surrounding papal celebrations and writing for the Catholic News Service.

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Old Spice Fresh Adventure Internship Contest

What do deodorant, Fiji island, internships and professional snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler have in common?

The Old Spice Fresh Adventure Internship Contest.

The search is on to hire two candidates to participate in the Old Spice Fresh Adventure Internship to celebrate the brand’s first line of destination-based anti-perspirant/deodorant. The Fresh Collection gives guys the chance to smell like some of the freshest places on earth: Fiji, Matterhorn, Cyprus and Denali.

Have a look at what the contest is all about:


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Internships are More Important Than Ever for College Students

detroit internToday’s guest blog comes from Tarik B. Green, the Director of Marketing and Community Relations, and James C. D. Wahls, the President, of, LLC, which operates the DetroitIntern Network, a national collection of regional sites that link students and young professionals to employers of all sizes.  Registration and all basic site services are free. See DetroitIntern Network at

architect internWith this tough economic market continuing to plague us, the importance of internships has risen dramatically for college students. These relatively short work experiences, many of which are unpaid, assist internship seekers beyond any monetary level. Internships enhance one’s resume and vital problem-solving skills. Students are able to apply critical thinking to real-life situations.

Internships provide college students a competitive edge in this tight economy. Because employers are embracing more conservative hiring practices as a result of the economic troubles, internships frequently serve as a direct entry into the workforce. If an employer is pleased with an intern’s work, upon graduation, that student may have a job offer waiting while others are starting their job search. Read the rest of this entry »

50 Best Internships for Undergrads

Where will you find the brightest minds in college this summer? Probably sitting at a desk working some of the most sought-after internships in the country. For undergrads, internships are really the first opportunity to test themselves in the waters of their chosen career field. No matter how many “hands-on” activities, hours spent studying, or mock presentations made, nothing can prepare a student for the realities of the job like actually doing it.intern

Many degree programs list an internship as part of their graduation requirements, giving students credit for the work completed. Most students throw themselves at the mercy of human resources and will work without pay, or for a mere penance, and get stuck shuffling copies and earning a minor in coffee making.

However, undergrads lucky enough to find themselves chosen as an intern for one of the companies BusinessWeek calls the 50 Best Internships, prepare to roll-up your sleeves and get down and dirty in corporate America. Read the rest of this entry »

Dressing for Success Wins Job Interviews

There is a time in every student’s life when there are judged by his or her appearance. I know this sounds shallow, but what you choose to wear in an interview will affect your chances of getting the job either positively or negatively.

Do you think someone is going to hire a person that shows up to the interview wearing torn-up blue jeans and an Affliction t-shirt? I think not. It is for this reason that you must dress for success when looking for that precious job or internship.

Most of the time, an interview is a first encounter with a businessperson. This is why it is important to reflect the dress code of the office with the attire you choose on your fateful day. If you find yourself in a situation where the dress code is unknown, a simple call to the HR department will fix your woes. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Summer Internships

worker1Me being the delightful optimist that I am, I decided to give you a list of what I consider to be the top 10 summer internships of 2009.  I am optimistic in the belief these positions are still up for grabs, and that you can and will get them. There is no rhyme or reason to the list, other than they would be an excellent opportunity for anyone fortunate enough to have them. These positions are in several different industries, and encompass both the goods and services industries.

The top 10 summer internships are as follows:

1. Wieden+Kennedy – Art Direction/ Copywriting. Creativity is a funny thing. When creative people get together, what else can you expect? This advertising agency is know for just that, and would be an amazing place for an aspiring advertiser to find them.  Read the rest of this entry »

College Students Have a lot to Gain by Working Summer Internships

summer_vacationWith the next couple weeks comes a major change in the scholastic ideals of college students across the world. I am not speaking of declared majors or classes to be taken. I am, however, referring to the summer break. For a vast majority of college students, the next three months will be lived to its fullest, enjoying all this time of year has to offer. This may seem like a great idea at the time, but I promise you, you will pay for it later. Read the rest of this entry »

Make Time for a College Internship

One of the things I regret most about college is that I never got a college internship. Because I was paying my way through school and working many hours a week, I figured I didn’t have the time. In retrospect, I should have made the time. Internships allow students to network, to add marketable experience to their resume, and to “try on” a career path. They really are worth the time.

But what do you do if you’re working your way through school, or if you have kids and other obligations that don’t allow you much time? Keep in mind that most internships either (a) pay, or (b) don’t expect students to put in long hours. I didn’t know this when I was a student. With a little searching, I could have found an unpaid internship that still allowed me enough time to work and meet my other obligations. In addition, many departments offer college credit for internships, which can make it more reasonable to take an unpaid internship.

Still, if you don’t have unlimited time to intern for free, you might have to do some looking. Many internships do require long hours for little or no pay, so these will get snatched up by those lucky students who can afford this option.

Spend some time looking for an internship that has terms that are reasonable for you. You can find internship opportunities listed at your school’s career office, in your academic department, and on the Internet. And don’t be afraid to call companies that interest you to ask if they could use a free intern for a few hours a week. Smaller companies often are especially open to this idea, and if they don’t need you, they may be able to refer you elsewhere.

If you don’t know much about how the internship process works, or how you can make an internship fit into your busy schedule, educate yourself by using resources on your campus. Make an appointment with someone in the career services office, and come prepared to discuss your needs. Chances are that this office will be more than willing to help you. I definitely wish I had done this, so don’t make the same mistake I did by ruling out the possibility of an internship!


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