The Intern: How To Prepare For Your First Day

This is a great post if you are starting to get ready for your fall internship. Most of these tips can be done over the summer!


If you are anything like me, your work placement will not start for a few days or even weeks, but that little voice in your head will be telling you to prepare and you will do so by desperately searching the web for any advice on how to prepare and what to expect on your first day. To all of you, it will be fine. Obviously, you are not going to take my word for it, but I suggest you keep reading for a few helpful survival tips – at least it will calm your nerves.

  • Research
    At this point you should have done some research on WHO you will be working with and exactly what they do, if you have not done so previously, I strongly suggest squeezing in a little bit of research. Maybe you will even pick up a few facts to woo them with on your first…

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The Intern: How To Secure The Work Placement Of Your Dreams


Whether it is for school, university or for a CV boost, most of us will have to do a work placement/internship at some point in our lives. Though the lack of pay might make it seem like a bit of a chore, it is a great way to gain experience in your chosen field. So, how do you find and secure the placement that is right for YOU?

What do you want from your placement?
This is an important question to ask yourself. Why do you want to do this placement? If you are looking for a CV boost you might want to look in to applying with the big companies in your field. For media (my field), examples would be; BBC(TV, news), Cosmo(mag, fashion) or Saatchi and Saatchi(PR/Comms). Though any of those would make a CV look good, they might not offer as much hands on experience as a smaller…

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University of Montana Study Abroad

The end of the semester is upon us!  There are many things to keep organized as you prepare for your study abroad experience next semester.  You have checklists galore, but it can still be hard to keep track of all the things you need to do before you leave, especially if you won’t be on campus during winter vacation.  Here are some things that may help you as you prepare for departure:

– Run through your checklists to see if there are any loose ends that need to be tied up on campus.  It’s may be easier to get those items cleared up before you leave campus.

– Check and double check your visa procedures.  Every country and Consulate differs on their visa requirements.  Make sure you are familiar with the visa procedures required for your particular situation.

– Leave important information with family members, such as the address where…

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MassMutual Scholars

MassMutual has a scholarship program for students of African-American, Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islander descent who are interested in pursuing a career in financial services. The need-based awards are $2000 for 2 year schools and $5000 for 4 year schools. Most agencies would like to have these students as interns as well. Apply by May 3, 2013.


Summer Institute in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)


The Sunshine Education and Resource Center at the University of South Florida College of Public Health is now accepting applications for its summer institute in Occupational Health and Safety June 9 – June 14, 2013. Applications strongly encouraged from students interested in exploring graduate studies in occupational health and safety disciplines. Travel, lodging and meals will be provided.
Participants will:
• Explore academic and professional opportunities in occupational health and safety disciplines
• Learn about occupational health and safety topics through lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions
• Observe real-world applications of occupational health and safety initiatives through field experiences
• Meet USF students, faculty, and professionals affiliated with USF’s occupational health and safety program experience college life on USF’s Tampa campus

Contact Dr. Rene’ Salazar at (813) 974-9623 or at for more information and applications. Space is limited. Apply today!


Internships: Take Second Place

By Dr. Cheryl Minnick, Ed.D, Internship Coordinator & Career Advisor

Legendary Green Bay Packers coach, and five-time Superbowl winner, Vince Lombardi once said “There is no room for second place – there is only one place in my game and that is first place.” While that sentiment may hold true on the football field, second place can still be considered a winner in the academic world. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), internships are considered the #2 way to launch a career. In fact, 60% of 15,715 college seniors in a 2012 NACE survey reported that their internship positions turned into real job offers. Even though networking may take the seven pound, 22-inch Vince Lombardi Super Bowl first-place trophy, when it comes to launching a career, completing an internship is a close second.

The findings of this report reflect the statistics of this campus as well. This month, a report launched by the School of Business Administration at The University of Montana found that 42% of December 2012 business school graduates obtained a job offer through networking referrals through friends and/or family members. Twenty-one percent of graduates used their internship experiences to land full-time job placements.

Why are internships so valuable in launching careers you may ask? Well, internships offer hands-on experience in the field working on professional-level assignments and building relationships with professionals on the job and in the field. Because the majority of job vacancies are never advertised but sourced and filled by referrals, internships and relationship building (aka, “networking”) are complementary career promoters.

Keeping our eye on the ball is important in football and in career development too. Super Bowls come and go, but most of us only get one chance to compete for our dream careers and internships are definitely a game winning play!

Summer Research Internship at the University of Virginia


The Early Development Lab, directed by Dr. Angeline Lillard, is looking for exceptional undergraduate students for a summer internship in cognitive development. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors. Successful applicants typically have at least a 3.3 GPA in psychology, and have completed or are currently taking courses in developmental psychology, statistics, and research methods. This internship experience has been designed to provide exceptional undergraduate students an opportunity to gain experience conducting psychological research in a child development lab. Students do not need to have previous research experience to be competitive applicants; in fact, students from liberal arts colleges and smaller universities are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline is March 8th. Apply today!