InternMatch Student Blog
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.
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!
This is a guest post by Ashley Hart for InternMatch’s Student Stories. If you’re interested in getting involved with Student Stories, learn more here.
Can I do this? Am I qualified for this job? Would I even get an interview?
Needless to say, I use to be a little timid and unsure of myself. These are questions that would go through my head before I was able to bundle up enough courage to apply for an internship. I always knew I wanted to do something great, but I didn’t know how or where to start.
I am from the land of palm trees and endless beaches, Orange County, California. Being so close to Los Angeles, everyone knows someone in the entertainment industry. I, myself do not. I have always wanted to be a broadcast journalist, but not just any reporter. I want to be the “A List” reporter, the reporter who tells all, and uncovers hidden details. But I didn’t know the steps I needed to take to get there.
My parents are the laid back type. They were in and out of college in their late 20’s, made their whole life a party, and failed at planning for the future.
Low-skill jobs, financial burdens, and children that lack the proper guidance needed to compete in today’s job market. My mom doesn’t understand why it’s important to create a professional brand, and my dad isn’t able to recommend a website for the launch of my online portfolio.
They always encouraged me to attend college and strive for success, but they never were able to bestow the “inside information” every student should receive before and during college. I love them, but I wish I would have known where to look in order to obtain the right advice.
#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
Luke Jenkins (@ljenks23), a startup enthusiast and army hockey player, sets forth to creating the only place online where you can trade a favor for a favor, like money.
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I’m a 23 year old entrepreneur born and raised in River Falls, Wisconsin. I played 3 years of Junior A Hockey in Amarillo, Texas before being recruited to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. I’m currently a sophomore here studying Engineering Management with a track in Computer Science.
What is OweYaa and how did you get started with it?
In laymans, OweYaa is a web based skill exchange. Users complete tasks/get their tasks completed using our virtual currency ‘favors’. My friend Jackson Rohde and I have been embarking on entrepreneurial adventures ever since we were young. About a year and a half ago we started working on a new mobile application called StreamNightLife.
This is a guest post by Carissa Collins for InternMatch’s Student Stories. If you’re interested in getting involved with Student Stories, learn more here.
1. Respond early.
If you’re a Millennial (age 14-34), you are acquainted with procrastination. If you search “#procrastinate” on Tumblr, you’ll see memes that go something like this: “Procrastinator? No. I save all of my homework until the last minute because the I’ll be older, therefore more wise.” We know we’re procrastinators and we’re not ashamed. But the thing is that employers don’t appreciate procrastination. Submitting your job application the day of the deadline is not applauded. Responding to an email five days later doesn’t get you any brownie points. The reason is because procrastination is not efficient. And employers are looking for initiative and efficiency. If you’re the very first applicant, your application will get the freshest look-over. It’s as simple as that. Also, get InternMatch job alerts. If you register at InternMatch, you’ll get recent job listings. These are prefect for applying early and showing your initiative. This is great small step if you’re a known procrastinator.
Are you the next Donald Trump or Jack Taylor? If so, Enterprise is looking to recruit go-getters like you!
Taking the lead as the #1 car-leasing company in the world, Enterprise is located in more than six thousand locations in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
If you’re interested in learning the day-to-day workings of a large-scale international business, pack your bags and get ready to train at the company HQ in Denver, Colorado.
The Management Trainee Internship places you in a team-based environment where you will gain valuable knowledge in business management, customer service, sales, and marketing. Trainees will even take on the same challenges and responsibilities as full-time professionals. If you’re ambitious, hard working, and want to learn the basics of business management, check out the Enterprise Campus Hub and apply TODAY!