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Why Considering an Unpaid Internship Matters

Why Considering an Unpaid Internship Matters

In this current competitive environment, it’s not enough to just have good grades. You need something on your resume that sets you apart from the rest. That’s where internships come into play. There are some great paid internships out there for the taking; perfect for students who want to put some money in the piggy bank while going to college. Sometimes, finding those internships can be harder than you expect. When you use an internship finder like InternAlliance, in addition to the coveted paid internships you are matched with, there are other fantastic opportunities that you won’t want to miss. These often overlooked jobs are unpaid internships. While you may be a little hesitant about choosing an unpaid internship, there are plenty of reasons and benefits that come from them, some of these benefits include college credit, experience, access to leadership, and work perks – to name a few. Still unsure as to why you should choose an unpaid internship? In following the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” method of thinking, here’s why you shouldn’t overlook unpaid internships. Why Considering An Unpaid Internship Matters: If skills match the job requirements, then focus may be on culture fit. If focus is on culture fit, then a path is paved for career success. If a path is paved for career success, then an entry-level job may follow. If an entry-level job follows, then potential for quality of life increases. If quality of life increases, then balance may be achieved. IF your skills match the job requirements and a focus is on culture fit, THEN a successful career path yielding monetary rewards & quality of life may be achieved. So, the...

Networking Trade Secrets – Infographic

Ever hear the phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? While it may not be entirely true, the core of the statement certainly stands on a logical premise; getting along with people will help you achieve success. That said, we’ve put together an informative little piece to help you understand the fundamental principles of “Networking”.   Networking Trade Secrets – Infographic   Or Download the PDF: Networking Trade...
Why Being Timely Matters To Interns

Why Being Timely Matters To Interns

Why being timely matters to interns: If reporting to an “early morning or late night” boss cramps beauty sleep, then agreement on work hours is imperative.  If arriving 5 minutes early is perceived as late, then be 10 minutes early.  If relishing nightlife is effecting start time, then reassess priorities.  If apologizing when the discussion permits individual insights, then being late to a meeting won’t be as disruptive.  If missing deadlines is the norm, then sharpen organization & communication skills.  IF leveraging flextime is a benefit, THEN ensure you demonstrate organizational value by work schedule, meeting, & project punctuality.  Being timely...
Why Being Social At Work Matters For Interns

Why Being Social At Work Matters For Interns

Why being social at work matters for interns: If showing interest in coworkers is routine, then commonalities will be found.  If discovering commonalities is the standard, then trust may be nurtured.  If exhibiting interest is superficial, then fickle allies will vocalize at review time.  If nurturing affiliations is apparent, then support will be provided with insight.  If leveraging coworkers’ insightfulness is the norm, then project success will ensue.  Lesson:  IF finding commonalities breeds trust and increases insightful guidance, THEN relationships may be leveraged for project & career success.  Being social at work...
Top 5 Ways To Prep For Your Internship First Day

Top 5 Ways To Prep For Your Internship First Day

If you are like me, you get nervous when starting a new job – it can be downright stressful. Your hard work has paid off – great GPA, bang up job interviewing, and you beat out hundreds of competing interns to land this job – No Pressure, right?! Here are the Top 5 Ways To Prep For Your Internship First Day: Dress Appropriately – Ask the recruiter, or your new boss, ahead of time how you should dress. If you can’t get a hold of them or their answer is vague, it is always better to overdress than underdress. If you wear a suit jacket but everyone at the job is business casual (nice top, khakis or slacks), you can always remove your jacket and you’ll fit right in. Perfect Your Elevator Speech – Prepare a 30-second explanation of who you are – name, school, major, job/division where you’ll be working, what you hope to learn – and a fun fact (i.e. Pit Bull rescuer). Network – People love to talk about themselves. Listen to what they are saying and find a commonality. Once you both start talking about what you have in common, you will forever remember this common affection and have something to talk about when you run into each other later on. Don’t Try Too Hard to Impress – Be genuine in your interactions. Listen more than you speak. Nobody likes someone who constantly toots their own horn, so make sure you balance out how you share your impressive background and abilities. Don’t Be a Slave To Your Cell Phone – Put your phone on vibrate and...
Why Providing Project Work For Interns Matters

Why Providing Project Work For Interns Matters

Why providing project work for interns Matters: If providing long-term projects to interns is part of their experience, then time gaps in daily routines may be filled with work instead of siestas. If clarification of the project end result is provided, then interns can figure out the detailed steps to get there. If taunting interns when they ask questions is funny, then they will stop asking and project jeopardy will increase. If approachability is one of your attributes, then interns will ask for help when they come to an impasse. If scheduling weekly check-ins is the norm, then a balance of structure and calculated risk may be achieved through two-way communication. IF providing project work for interns Matters to you, THEN downtime in an intern’s day will be minimized, questions will be answered, and status updates will be provided throughout the duration of the project. Sounds like project work Matters for both student and...