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Is a summer internship in your future? It’s time to apply for internships

Senator Rodney Ellis and the Texas Legislative Internship Program, Class of 2013. (Credit: Texas Senate Media Services)

Senator Rodney Ellis and the Texas Legislative Internship Program, Class of 2013. (Credit: Texas Senate Media Services)

The winter break is a time to rest, celebrate and apply for a summer internship. Wait, what? That’s right. It’s time to start looking into internships for summer 2014. Why so early? Because most internships require you to follow a set procedure to apply and be accepted. Plus, you need time to find the best internships to apply for. Let’s get started.

Summer internship benefits

Why is an internship a good idea? There are many benefits including: valuable experience that you can put on your resume, the ability to make connections with people in your chosen profession, class credit and job offers after graduation. Read more

Fair Labor Standards Act ruling: Judge says unpaid student internships illegal

Unpaid internship

internship (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, a federal judge ruled that three unpaid internships were in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The ruling concerned interns for Fox Searchlight Pictures but it may have far-reaching effects that could eventually render the practice of unpaid student internships illegal. In recent years we have seen the number of unpaid internships grow as both employers and colleges take advantage of the fact that students who crave experience and references are willing to work for free. Read more

Why to consider an on campus job or internship…and which ones to snatch up!

On campus jobWhether or not to work during college is a tough decision for a university student to make. On one hand, it would be great to have some extra spending cash. On the other hand, a part-time job might eat into your study time, take away your relaxation on weekends and erase your social life. Fear not! An on campus job doesn’t have to turn into a career — and there are some great ones out there that offer stellar hours and fair pay. Need a student internship? That counts as working, too. So, read on to see how holding a job can help you during and after your university years — and don’t forget to take a peek at some of the best jobs and internships out there! Read more

How to lose your internship in 10 easy steps

(p.s. — Don’t do these things!)

So, you’ve finally secured your dream internship. You may think it’s smooth sailing from here on out, but internships call for a lot of hard work and dedication. You could easily lose your internship if you’re not careful. Steer clear of these 10 simple mistakes, and you’ll walk away with a rewarding internship experience.

  1. Arrive late everyday: Yep. Being the last one in the office every morning is a good idea if you really hate the place and want to get canned. Otherwise, invest in a Clocky Alarm Clock on wheels and get to work on time.
  2. Dress like you’re in last night’s party clothes: If the office you’re working in is business casual, please don’t go in dressing like you’ve spent the night drinking martinis, passed out on the floor fully dressed, and walked into work wearing the same outfit. Be professional. Take a hint from Virginia Tech’s Career Service department on how to dress business casual. Read more

2012 Summer job and internship ideas: Get started now

Summer jobs and internships

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Summer break is just around the corner but you have time to land a summer job if you get started now. Plenty of jobs sites will help you narrow your search to the type of job that you’re looking for. While a summer job is not likely to be related to your major, an internship can be arranged that will help you fill in your resume with some real-world experience to help you jumpstart your career. Because it takes longer to get accepted for an internship, don’t wait another second to apply. Here’s what you need to know.

Summer jobs — You can get hired now

You’re probably an old hand by now at summer jobs, so you know what you can typically expect to find. Read more

Seven job fair tips for college students that will wow recruiters

With spring approaching, now is the time to get started preparing for job fairs. To help ensure success at these events, take the time to review the following seven job fair tips for college students and learn how to stand out from the crowd and impress recruiters.

  1. Do your homework. Get online and do your research. Determine which companies will be attending the job fair and plan with whom you want to meet. Most importantly, go to each company’s website and research the job and/or internships openings the company has available. Read more

Jobs and internships: The benefits studying abroad may have on your career

We’ve all heard that the job market is difficult these days, and it will take something special to set your application apart from the others. What better way to show you’re capable of being thrown into unfamiliar situations and thriving than by signing up to study abroad in a foreign country?

It may sound scary or expensive, but if you consider everything you’ll gain from spending a semester abroad in Barcelona, as opposed to sticking around that boring college town you’re in now, you may earn a better chance at scoring offers for jobs and internships upon graduating. Read more