The truth about unpaid internships

For college students, getting an internship is one more step toward a career. Prospective employers like to see internships on resumes, and internships provide real work experience that adds to your academics and helps you be prepared for a career path after graduation.

Learn more about unpaid internships. (Credit: University Times)

Learn more about unpaid internships. (Credit: University Times)

But when considering your prospects of getting a job offer, there is a significant difference between paid and unpaid internships. Read more

Ed O’Bannon vs. NCAA — Should college athletes be paid?

For the NCAA there is more than just March Madness going on right now; the organization currently is in court, hoping to overturn last August’s ruling from the U.S. District Court in Oakland, California, regarding payment for college athletes.

Should athletes receive a stipend from the NCAA? (Credit: Danielle Grossman)

Should athletes receive a stipend from the NCAA? (Credit: Danielle Grossman)

Former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon is behind the court case, which received even more attention when it became the focus of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” on Sunday, March 15. What will happen during the appeal, and how will any decision affect the billion-dollar industry that is the NCAA? Read more

Want $100? Tell us why college students should be On Tap with MindTap

There’s a chance that when you started your semester, one of your college instructors mentioned MindTap to you. Maybe? Not sure? Whether or not you have heard about MindTap from a friend, classmate or instructor, we at CengageBrain believe this is one of those pieces of “must know” advice that will truly benefit you during your academic college career.

Now is your chance to share with us how MindTap changed your learning experience for the better for your chance at a $100 gift card! Find out how to enter as well as explore what MindTap is and how it can be of value to you. Read more

College hacks: How to survive group projects

You can hear it in the walls of past students, and smell it lingering in the classroom; group projects are everywhere in college, and we all dread them!

Don’t be that guy, survive college group projects with these tips. (Credit: Pinterest)

Don’t be that guy, survive college group projects with these tips. (Credit: Pinterest)

They’re not going away any time soon so you might as well suck it up and learn these college hacks on how to survive group projects, because they really are good practice for the workplace! Read more

DIY electronics projects for college students

If you like to tinker with do-it-yourself projects then you might be a member of the maker movement. This community of electronics aficionados takes pleasure in various DIY electronics projects that are created from simple electronics circuits. Some of the electronics maker projects include robots, wireless cameras, toys and 3-D printing.

It's easier than you think to come up with DIY electronics projects. (Credit: MemeGen)

It’s easier than you think to come up with DIY electronics projects. (Credit: MemeGen)

Tools that were created specifically to help college students learn how to use electronics include Arduino software and the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. Let’s take a look at how you can get started with your DIY electronics projects. Read more

Congratulations 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest Winners!

Last month we began a search for a group of students, who were willing to spend their spring break serving those in need. Students who were looking to utilize their leadership skills to make an impact in the community for our annual CengageBrain Alternative Spring Break Contest.

Winners of the 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest by CengageBrain. (Credit: AB Damar)

Winners of the 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest by CengageBrain. (Credit: AB Damar)

Our search has ended with immense success! We at CengageBrain are proud to announce that the Alternative Breaks Damar group at the University of California, San Diego have been awarded the 2015 CengageBrain Leadership in Service Award. Joie Fan, Zenas Singh, Xuyao (Sunny) Jiang, Alma Montenegro and Connie Ruan will receive $2,500 towards funding their alternative spring break project. Read more

7 tips to fight writer’s block for college term paper

Spring break gave your brain a rest, now it’s time to get back into the swing of doing schoolwork. Writer’s block is bound to hit and hit hard. You stare at your blank computer screen and your brain turns to mush. You can’t write anything intelligible.

Learn how writer's block can be prevented. (Credit: Pinterest)

Learn how writer’s block can be prevented. (Credit: Pinterest)

Have no fear; here are some writing tips, some are from famous writers, to help you with your college term paper or for creative writing ideas. Read more

Change your style—DIY fashion makeover for men and women

Ready to change your style? Whether you are simply in desperate need of a fashion makeover, or are just tired of your old look, giving yourself a DIY reboot in terms of clothes, hair and makeup is easier than you may think.

Refresh your image with a DIY fashion makeover. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Refresh your image with a DIY fashion makeover. (Credit: QuickMeme)

For men and women, here are some ideas to help you refresh your image. Read more

Planning to travel abroad? The strong dollar will get you far this summer

My decision to travel abroad during my junior year of college was the best decision I made regarding my education. Travel was still relatively affordable, and luggage was still free to carry on and check in while flying.

Make plans now to travel this summer. (Credit: iBackpackerTravel.com)

Make plans now to travel this summer. (Credit: iBackpackerTravel.com)

A lot has changed since then, but if you’re planning to travel abroad this summer, a strong dollar will definitely get you further than it has in recent years. Read more

How to be healthier — life hacks for college students

There probably aren’t many people out there, college students included, who aren’t looking for ideas on how to be healthier. But making those kind of lifestyle changes can be challenging.

There are many ways for college students to be healthier. (Credit: weknowmemes.com)

There are many ways for college students to be healthier. (Credit: weknowmemes.com)

Read on for some life hacks that can help, from diet tips to easy workouts, all with the goal of a healthier you. Read more