InternMatch Student Blog
InternMatch is thrilled to announce that we have partnered with MLT (Management Leadership for Tomorrow) one of the most prestigious and impactful organizations in the country for helping diverse students launch their careers.
Diverse students face a number of unique hiring challenges. They are under-represented in many fields (for example just 3% of startup founders are black and under 2% of top corporate executives are hispanic) and they often lack peers and family members who can help them navigate the career process. MLT helps turn the tide for these students by connecting them with mentors, job resources, and opportunities at leading companies like Google, Nike, and Accenture, where they can start a career and eventually, help more students like them also succeed. By partnering with MLT, InternMatch is excited to bring more attention to these issues, drive more students into MLTs top-tier career readiness program (see below) and help MLT students use the InternMatch platform to find internships and jobs.
#MySideProject profiles awesome side projects from the InternMatch community! Working on something cool, or know of a friend who’s working on something awesome? Email: email@example.com
This week, we chatted with a graduating senior at University of California, Davis who’s founded two startups in the span of two years. He’s a double major in Economics and Japanese with a career goal of bridging the gap between the United States and Japan. Let’s welcome Michael Eidlin, a student entrepreneur with grit, perseverance, and a whole lot of passion.
Hi Michael, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I came to Davis wanting to become a Doctor. That didn’t work out too well when I failed Intro to Chemistry and then Calculus (Shh, I don’t think my parents know about this yet). I decided to do something else. A big burden was lifted off my shoulders when I switch to Economics. Honestly, I would not consider myself a model academic. I don’t have a high GPA and I’m completely ok with it. I’m more of a hustler. I go for the experience and treading off the beaten path. Before founding my two startups, I got an internship with Morgan Stanley and with a startup hedge-fund. At the startup hedge-fund, I did frequent cold calling on top of a little trading, and this helped me to learn how to keep going after you receive thousands of nos. Much needed when you’re an entrepreneur.
As exciting and educational as school gets, it might not be providing you with the creative outlet that you need. Every young, driven student has a passion. With that passion comes the desire to do something on your own. Whether it’s starting your own business, developing your own software, or encouraging a social movement – you have an idea and you want to make it real.
And now is the time to. In today’s competitive industry, recruiters are looking for young ambitious students to excel at something outside of just pure academics. Your side project will define you as someone with an innovative vigor that’s not afraid to take action on the things you’re passionate about. In our interview with Google’s University Program Coordinator Jessica Safir, she states that recruiters “don’t just stop at your resume where it says education, and then stop looking.” They are always looking for more, especially involvement outside of a candidate’s studies.
So stand out from the crowd, explore your passion, and attack your side project today. Take these four steps to get you started.
Who needs vacation time!? Lets escape from our desks and save the world!
NetApp’s Volunteer Time Off Program allows each employee to volunteer up to 5 consecutive days per year to lend support to their favorite cause or charity. In 2012 alone, NetApp employees donated a total of 50,000 hours of community service!
This year, NetApp invites the InternMatch community (aka students like you!) to share photos displaying what we would do with 5 days off to volunteer. Would you run a marathon? Save animals? Raise awareness for an awesome cause? What ever it is, grab an inspirational photo and let us know. Your entry could earn you a cash prize!
Today we’re launching a new blog series called #MySideProject to profile people working on cool side projects in or outside of the classroom! Whether you started your own business, developed your own app, frequently attended and conquered Hackathons, built something with an API, or coded a sweet website, we want to hear from you. Or if you know someone who fits this description, send him or her our way!
E-mail TJ@InternMatch.com with who you are and what your side project entails.
Let’s get an article written and get YOU featured on InternMatch.com.
In a study conducted by Ignite, a ‘purpose-based’ firm, two thousand randomly selected employees between the ages of 23 and 28 were asked if they were interested in switching professions, and 1,571 said yes. Founder Tom McDermott argues that, “most people never go far enough in exploring and questioning what they are profoundly curious about.”
We compiled 5 tips on how to find a career you LOVE:
- Is this something you would do for the next 30 years? Make sure you pick the right match! Don’t create fantasies around positions, thoroughly research companies and job descriptions.
- Take immediate action! Start dedicating large chucks of your time to your passions. Take classes and join professional groups that will launch you closer to your dream career.
“Passion is something that is cultivated.” Create your passions and find a job that you are “passionately curious” about.
“It is not a question of how many hours you put in during a week of work, but about doing what you love as much as possible.” Choose a lifestyle, not a job.
Sometimes our deepest passions can expire, so don’t be afraid to go back to the drawing board. If it’s not fun to go to your job or internship, start planning for something else.
Last Thoughts: If money was not an issue, what would you do in life?
Photo Credit: grindd.com
One building. 36 hours. Over 1,000 college students. Let the hacks begin!
This past weekend, MHacks III invited college and high school students everywhere to come together in Detroit and build awesome tech products in just the span of three days. What were the prizes? $5,000, in addition to other great awards and prizes from sweet companies such as Yahoo, Bloomberg, Evernote, and NEST. We took a look and discovered 5 epic hacks from the most epic university hackathon this year. Here they are:
Want productivity of a desktop computer on your iPad? That’s what Veeral Patel, Nick Frey, Conrad Kramer and Ari Weinstein made real in their iOS application. According to these savvy app designers, it’s an app that allows users to “drag and drop to create powerful workflows and automate daily tasks.” They deserve that $5,000 grand prize. Check this app in action here.
A team of four consisting of students from DePaul University and University of Michigan swooped up second place with their three-dimensional Quidditch simulator called “Oculus Quidditch“. The player puts on a pair of 3D goggles, straddles a Wii remote with a stick taped to it to resemble a broomstick, and flies through a recreation of popular Harry Potter landmarks. Matt Kula, James Kotzian, Val Litvak, and Douglas Gursha hopes this game will “usher in a new era of realistic gaming and motion control.” Can we say magical?
In December, AppDynamics, the secret weapon behind some of the largest web applications around, moved to a new office space in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. As part of our new profile series on cool startup offices (we’re still working on a name. got ideas?), they invited us to the launch party for their new space. While feasting on fancy bacon-wrapped hor d’ourves and specialty cocktails from the open bar, I was treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of their new diggs. #humblebrag
And let’s just say, in true startup fashion, they didn’t spare a detail.
The office was designed by Butchershop Creative, whose roster of clients reads like a Who’s Who list of the Bay Area — Levi’s, NEST, the San Francisco Giants, and VANS. What inspired the design? AppDynamics wanted their employees to stay inspired, creative, and collaborative. #MissionAccomplished
Their new office space is open and airy, allowing for easy collaboration between teams, with plenty of bean bag chairs and lounges to chill out with a coffee or chat about your latest code. Then there’s the pixelated quotes and photos of legendaries ranging from Bill Cosby to Gandhi. Then there’s the graffiti wall that spans the length of an entire conference room. And for those of us who need to walk or ride it out, there’s the standing treadmill desks and bike racks.
Colombia provides fantastic conditions and opportunities for students looking for internships or volunteer in South America as the country is still relatively unknown to foreigners while the need for high-quality interns is higher than ever.
As many people that do not know much about Colombia, we came to Medellin, the country’s second largest city, with some negative presumptions in mind.
However, we were pleasantly surprised to feel at ease straightaway, feeling very safe and immediately fell in love with Medellin and its 3.5 million people.
One of the aspects that blew our mind is the blooming business culture in the city.
The entrepreneurship spirit is strongly developed. For example, Culture E, a program funded by Medellin city government, sponsored the creation of 1,843 new enterprises with 3,025 new employments between 2008 and 2010 alone.
Dorm room startups, new app developments, and entrepreneurs in college are no new thing, but it’s always exciting to see the success stories. Recently InternMatch had the opportunity to interview Brian Adams, an Entrepreneurial Communications major and Senior at Ohio University, who founded the app MyCampus. MyCampus is an app that allows students to communicate with one another about textbooks that they want to buy or sell. They can use the app to contact one another, send payments, and get their textbooks without having to divulge any personal information. It’s a safe way for students to get rid of old textbooks and make some money. Future plans for app include to expand to a shipping method as well, so students are not limited to their own campuses.