On Wednesday, December 4th, InternMatch hosted a Google Hangout with Aston Motes, the first engineer at Dropbox. Whether you’re a Computer Science major or not, his tips from what classes to take to what ice cream to eat can teach you a thing or two. During his time as a student at MIT, Aston interned at Xerox, Microsoft, and Google. He transitioned to smaller technology startups, like OkCupid and Dropbox after he graduated. Now he has his own business, Assorted Bits. Here are the top five things I learned from the Hanging out with Aston:
Exciting news! InternMatch is hosting a Google Hangout with Aston Motes, the first employee at Dropbox. Hangout with us tomorrow at 6pm PST for a chat with Aston as we learn more about his personal journey from South Carolina to Silicon Valley, what inspired him to start his own business, and how to build an awesome career in the tech industry (including the scoop on how to choose a side project, what classes to take, and startups vs. large companies).
If you’re interested in learning how to score some awesome internships, take a look at the InternMatch Community Forum featuring Dawn Dai. She held several internship positions in media, entertainment, and pr at awesome companies like Ketchum, Sirius XM, and BET; and was once coined “the voice of radio” by the New York Times. With so many internship experiences under her belt, Dawn offered some great insight on how to stand out as an intern and what to focus on during an internship.
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There are thousands of professional conferences that happen each year. If you’ve never been to one, or if it’s been a while, then you should consider checking one out soon! Whether you’re a student or recent grad, you can learn a lot from attending.
I recently attended Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored in San Francisco (IUSF). I had never been to a full day conference before. I was very excited to finally go to one when my co-worker won tickets through a contest on Twitter and invited me. When I was in college, the career center at my school stressed the importance of going to professional conferences, but I had two main reservations:
Every year on November 11th we celebrate Veteran’s Day in honor of everyone who has fought for our country. However, no matter how much veteran’s have done, many face struggles once they return home from war. It is challenging to apply for benefits, get back to school and finish their education and find jobs.
How InternMatch Can Help:
The GI Bill provides assistance for veterans to get back into an academic atmosphere. However, getting back into a professional environment can be a challenge for those who have been out of the workforce for some time, as there is currently a 9.9% unemployment rate for veterans. (more…)
This is a guest post by Madeline Leahy from Emmanuel College.
I had slept a total of 8 hours in the past three days, leaving me at work downing a five-hour energy and praying that I didn’t fall asleep on my desk. If you are a college student, you can most likely relate to this scenario. I accepted it as an inevitable part of the college lifestyle.
Ever take a look at a salary for a job description and wish it were higher? Are you torn between your desire to take a job that gives you great work experience and needing to make enough money to pay rent and eat? Have no fear, this a common issue and there is actually a solution. And no, it’s not to get another part time job making minimum wage just to make ends meet. Something we all must learn to do when entering the working world is to learn how to negotiate a salary.
Happy Halloween! Dressing up at work is a fun way to celebrate the holiday and many people do a great job of being festive, while still looking professional. Here are some of our favorite office costumes that we’ve seen today. How is your office celebrating Halloween?
Here at InternMatch.com we polled our team to find out their “tricks” to nailing tough questions during an internship interview. Some of the trickiest, most difficult questions can be turned into a “treat” – another way to market your skills and experience to a potential employer.
Trick: “Do you have any further questions?”
Treat: You might be tempted to say, “no!” Of course, you’re ready to get out of there! You’ve spent the last 20 minutes convincing your interviewer that you know the difference between SEO and SEM. You’ve watched their assistant interrupt them twice for a phone call and you’ve seen them check their Blackberry enough times to know that this interview is the last place they want to be. Your stomach is grumbling. Your parking is expiring. However, don’t give up just yet!
Landing your dream internship is no cakewalk. But don’t worry. We’re here to help you every step of the way.
The Intern Blog is one of many resources we offer for students who want to rise to the challenge of landing a perfect internship. On The Intern Blog we offer multiple articles every week on how to be a better internship applicant plus lots of hacks and tips you can use to get ahead of your peers. The intern blog isn’t all work either, we also have weekly spotlights on cool new internships and some amazing competitions, like our mentorship lunch series where we pair students with industry gurus to get lunch at a 5-star restaurant.
Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section or to email us with intern blog topic recommendations.