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This is a guest post by Justin for InternMatch’s Student Stories. If you’re interested in getting involved with Student Stories, learn more here.
Without a doubt, getting a job in investment banking with a top firm is statistically impossible.
Out of the couple of left over full time spots allotted to your prestigious university from each respective firm, you’ll compete against the best, brightest and most connected individuals from your graduating class. Being that I’ve been able to do so despite having several disadvantages (i.e., lack of business fraternity affiliation) using specific tactics, I believe that my template for becoming a highly competitive applicant will be applicable to students seeking employment in industries including, but not limited to, investment banking.
I believe there are three main barriers preventing you from being a competitive applicant: qualifications, cultural fit and effective interview skills. Another “x factor” that you can leverage to differentiate yourself is proper networking strategy/execution. Let me explain:
This is a guest post by Kirsten Anderson for InternMatch’s Student Stories. If you’re interested in getting involved with Student Stories, learn more here.
It’s April 2013 and I am eagerly awaiting my graduation ceremony on the 18th. Things will be different; I will no longer be a student slaving away at assignments and can finally do what I want to do; achieve goals that I sacrificed in order to attain a college degree; I cannot wait to be finished.
Fast forward a few months and I’m wishing I were still a student. Trading my Spring Breaks and three-day-a-week class schedule for working full-time at a coffee shop was not my idea of post-graduation life. To say the least, post-graduation life was not what I expected. That’s not to say that graduating wasn’t what I wanted – I just had different expectations.
Most students expect to get a salaried job worthy of a four-year degree. But in the current circumstances of this country, that isn’t always the case. In fact, I found myself working with high schoolers and people who had never gone to college when I first graduated and began working at a coffee shop. As much as I can complain about not landing my dream job straight out of college, these smaller jobs have allowed me to start thinking about where I want to go and what I would like to do.
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Carlos Villalobos (@carlosvivaldi), globetrotter and student entrepreneur, goes above and beyond what Google’s internship application asked for to stand out from the crowd. How? He proposed a game changing initiative to promote Google Maps. Oh, and he posted it online for the whole world to see.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in El Salvador, went to a British high school that put a lot of emphasis on international experiences. I applied to Northeastern University because of its leadership opportunities as well as their co-op program. I am currently pursuing a major in Finance & Entrepreneurship. Well, I started off as a marketing major, and did my first co-op, six month internship, at Adobe Systems in San Francisco, California. I discovered that marketing in a classroom environment wasn’t something that I was looking for, so I switched into Finance to gain more technical, hands-on skills. In general, I’m fascinated by technology and seek every chance I get to fiddle with the newest gadgets out there. My other interests include going out for coffee, brunch, running and photography.
What position at Google were you applying for? How did you stumble upon it?
During my second co-op program, people kept telling me that now was the time to start building my network and they were right. I wasn’t going to wait until graduation to put this networks to work, so I decided to start reaching out to people in the technology industry in the efforts of getting my second co-op. I cold called and e-mailed recruiters in the industry until one thing led to another. An opportunity came abroad – the Google BOLD internship program. I was rejected during the first round of applications but I wasn’t going to take no for answer — not for something I had worked so hard on. In about a week I put together the Google initiative project and sent it back to the recruiter who originally sent the rejection e-mail.
This is a guest post by Julia Lucia for InternMatch’s Student Stories. If you’re interested in getting involved with Student Stories, learn more here.
5:45am –Wake up and roll out of bed. I like to have time to fully wake up, get ready, and eat breakfast; I hate the feeling of being chaotically rushed in the morning. Then I go through my usual primping regimen: the most detailed part being my make-up routine, which has been perfected over the past 8 years. I consider myself to be somewhat of a connoisseur of mascara, an eyelash architect, if you will.
7:45am –My train leaves for Penn Station. I have 3 playlists for my commute that I go between, depending on my mood: 1. A mix of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday for when I’m feeling romantic, which is more often than not. 2. Norah Jones, for when I’m feeling nostalgic. 3. A variety of pop music: Mumford & Sons, Lorde, The Lumineers, which basically covers all of my other moods.
9:00 am – Make a stop by one of Stone & Strand’s designers’ studios to pick up the jewelry for the day.
9:30 am – Grab my second cup of coffee at my favorite corner café in SoHo, Gasoline Alley, and go directly to the office to start the work day.
Let the countdown begin.
With the most cherished season of the year right around the corner, students are scrambling to make preparations for their summer excursions into offices around the nation. If you’re still unsure about where to intern, what type of internship to get, or how to stand out during the application process, follow our guide for assistance during your search. And don’t panic, April is the busiest time of the year for companies recruiting summer interns. If you apply now, you still have a very good chance of getting hired.
Having an internship during the summer is an invaluable experience and employers are now focused on transforming summer recruits into full-time employees. So before you jump onto your laptop and send out applications, take into consideration a few key decisions to help focus your search.
This is a guest post by Amanda Pipich for InternMatch’s Student Stories. If you’re interested in getting involved with Student Stories, learn more here.
It’s no secret to any college graduate – looking for a job is daunting. It’s a race, and we’re all competing against each other: battling it out to land the perfect job, work in the highest paid industry, and throw all the glory in our peers’ faces. Some get lucky and land their dream jobs right away while the rest of us feel left in the dust, so what do we do?
We scour job boards until our fingers fall off, hoping that hard work and diligence will soon reward us. For those who have had successful internships, you’ll hear stories of how great the experience was, how much they learned, and the value it brought to their next job. One thing you don’t hear much about is the other side of the proverbial fence: what happens when an internship isn’t what you thought it would be.
I graduated from Northeastern University in September 2013 with a BS in Organizational Communication, and just like any other college graduate, I’d been searching high and low for a job in my field. During college, I developed an interest in marketing and public relations, yet when it came down to looking for a job in that sector, I had no such luck. One day I came across an article stating that you’re more likely to be hired for a job if you’ve done an internship, so I took the bait – after months of searching, I finally found a full time, paid marketing internship in Boston. I was ecstatic – I got a job in my field doing something I went to school for and it was something I was interested in! What more could a college graduate ask for?
As an intern, I did whatever I could to prove that I belonged as a full time employee: I’d come in early, work through lunch, stay late, and in between projects I’d scour the internet and read everything possible about the industry. I worked tirelessly, but three months into the internship, I was offered a full time position. Finally, everything I had worked for as an intern paid off!
I leapt from the couch awoken by a loud thud. Alert, I stood up and rubbed my eyes making sure each contact was still intact. I waited for another series of boisterous sounds to follow, but the house stood still. I thought nothing of it, glanced at my phone to note the time, then made my way upstairs to use the restroom and check on the children.
As I tiptoed back downstairs, desperately trying not to wake the kids, I heard another bang. This time it continued, and I was able to follow the thuds through the kitchen, directly leading to the back door. Once I undid the lock, the parents I was babysitting for drunkenly stumbled into the doorway demanding an explanation for my late arrival. They forgot their keys and claimed that they’ve been waiting more than 20 minutes for me to let them in. Ruefully, I pondered on my answer, and laid out my rebuttal.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, the Webinar has been postponed. We will be sure to update you with further information on a new date and time.
Microsoft, one of Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For, is now looking for interns to join their all-star team. Rated as one of the most highly regarded internship programs in the country by Glassdoor, you can bet this is a company you don’t want to skip out on. As an icing on the cake, Microsoft is a proud supporter of the Veterans community and seeks to provide a fulfilling work experience for America’s heroes. At Microsoft, employees are motivated and inspired every day by how their customers use their devices and services to find creative solutions to business problems, develop breakthrough ideas, and stay connected to what’s most important to them.
Here’s your chance to find out more:
Tune in on April 23rd at 5PM PST to Microsoft’s University Recruiting Team as they answer your questions on:
- Internships and entry-level jobs available at Microsoft’s Redmond, WA headquarters
- How to standout as an applicant and what the interview process is like at Microsoft
- Culture and what the employee experience is like on various teams at Microsoft
- Diversity and Microsoft’s commitment to building a global workforce
- …and much, more
Click the button to RSVP to Microsoft’s Be More, Do More! Webinar on April 23rd at 5PM PST and learn from the experts. Have additional questions? Tweet us @InternMatch using #AskMicrosoft.
This is a guest post by Leo Thom – a graduate from University of California, Davis. Although he no longer works at Intel, he’d like to share his story and advice on getting hired.
Before my Intel internship, I never thought I’d have the opportunity to work at a large corporation during the academic school year. Interns are traditionally brought on during the Summer months when universities are out of session, but many companies hire interns year-round. By paying attention to corporate job mailings, not accepting “no” for an answer and with a little luck, you can secure a position during the school year and beat the Summer application rush.
During my Intel internship I helped support the Cisco and Oracle supply-chain accounts. My daily tasks included communicating with my clients about their hardware needs, working with Intel stakeholders to drive demand and updating forecasts in Intel’s worldwide product database. Long story short, I helped get the customer what they needed, when they needed it.
Voted one of the “Best Places to Work” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2012, Eventbrite is a online ticketing service deidcated to bringing people together for live events.
Although we can’t promise you tickets to the next Beyoncé concert, we will reassure you that interning with Eventbrite will bestow hands-on experience in sectors like marketing, sales, engineering, and more!
Located in the heart of San Francisco, Eventbrite provides an open workspace where “Briterns” (as they like to call them) can grow and learn, while assisting in the expansion of an upcoming brand.
The Account Manager intern will oversee the success of high-profile events, managing massive music festivals and international films. The ideal candidate is creative and passionate about technology, event industry, and startups.
The Mobile Engineer Intern will work closely with advanced developers, assisting in the improvement of iOS and android apps. Successful candidates will develop the same tools used by event organizers to sale tickets and check in attendees on their mobile phones.
If you have the “Gift of Gab,” sales may the industry for you. The Sales Intern will be responsible for multiple projects including updating sales materials and developing projects to present to senior managers.
The Category Marketing Intern will help conduct market research and marketing strategies. Duties will include employing offline and online advertising, running social media channels, email marketing and content strategy. Applicants should be creative, excellent writers, and pursuing an MBA.
The Field Operations Intern will work closely with the Asset Manager to confirm the delivery of equipment to clients spread across North America. Candidates should be tech savvy and have a solid understanding of asset management business functions.
For more information about Eventbrite’s PAID internships, head over to their Campus Hub to apply!