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Jun03

International Internship Experience: Climb Every Mountain-Sail Every Sea

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Ten years ago, who would have thought that one company could have employees working together from different countries, from all parts of the world, miles and miles away? The world is becoming more interconnected every day. Companies want to hire people from all around the world, exchange experiences and make their workforce more diverse and powerful.

As an international student, I can tell you from first-hand experience that companies like when you have overseas or international experience. I’m originally from Serbia. I found my way to Russia to study Russian in The Pushkin State Russian Institute over one summer and later in New York City to study Business and English at  New York Institute of Technology.

Every student that cares about their career and is hungry for experience should do at least one internship during their undergraduate studies. You can learn a lot from internship experiences. Even if the internship is unpaid, a quality company with knowledgeable workers and a structured internship program can boost your learning and help you develop new skills. Some unpaid internship programs are actually better than paid programs. It all depends on the type of experience and connections you are interested in obtaining.

You can earn industry experience, learn problem-solving skills, achieve accomplishments and all of that you can put on your resume to make it easier for you to get the job you are dreaming about. An international internship experience can benefit your career even more. Employers will recognize you as courageous for getting on the plane and flying into the unknown, working with other cultures and being able to use your knowledge and skills in any environment.

“Completing an internship overseas not only provides international work experience for your resume but also serves as a valuable cultural experience and network building opportunity. Also, if you want to practice improving a foreign language skill such as Spanish or Mandarin, consider interning in a country that requires you to speak these languages.”  says, Marc Scoleri, CEO of CreativeInterns.com and Co-Founder of Creative Village. There is no better way to master a foreign language than to immerse yourself in that country, so you can speak the language every day and hear it all around.

Some may think you need rich parents to get international internship experience, not true, you can first intern over the summer somewhere local and work a part-time job to save money to complete an international internship the following summer. There are many travel guides  explaining how to save money for traveling, and also revealing facts on how to travel for cheap. You might be surprised how many different opportunities there are and how many companies are seeking fresh talent coming from other countries to make their business better and  exchange knowledge, experience and ideas with them.

Housing and transportation can be costly so make sure you do your research and create savings goals and a budget before you hop on the plane, train or boat to your new destination. If you do good research you will be able to find great deals. Most of the companies will be happy to help you out, give you tips and tell you about local deals. Once you get there you will see that everything is not that complicated. You might go through a little cultural shock, but definitely by the end of the experience it will all be worth it. You will have expanded your horizons and gained more knowledge about different cultures and the world.

Long story short, an internship abroad offers you many benefits. It promises a memorable and enjoyable experience, but more than that it offers you the chance to impress potential employers.

May23

Flore Dorcely-Mohr from Drew University Discusses Volunteer and Internship Programs

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Flore Dorcely-Mohr, Internships and Federal Community Service Program assistant director at Drew College shared her experience with Creative Interns around the globe. Take a close look on what Mrs. Dorcely recommends to current students who are trying to find their way into the creative field.

Tell us in your opinion on how internship or volunteer experience can help students during and after their studies?

They help students realize the practical aspects of their career passions by helping them experience some of the pre-professional activities involved in a particular field. It is helpful to network with people who are already working in their area of interest or just to be able to explore other options, if expectations are different than reality. Through this type of experiential learning, students can more vividly see whether their skills, personality or values match their career choices much more effectively than within the walls of a classroom.

What are some most valuable internship employers your college partners with? What makes their program special?

We value all our employer partners, but those in the field of law or medicine are some of the hardest to come by. Typically, these areas hire interns at the graduate level so undergrad opportunities to do research or get involved in substantial projects are less common. We do however have some special opportunities provided by alumni or friends of the center so these are relationships we try to nurture carefully. And also we have a few employers who only advertise exclusively at Drew so we try to earn their loyalty with strategic efforts at recruiting top candidates for those opportunities.

What professional development courses or workshops does your college offer to students?

We have offered and continue to offer a myriad of opportunities to help students in marketing themselves. We have networking events, panel discussions, resume review days, information sessions, etc. We held a social media branding workshop with a leading author/speaker on the topic and often invite guest speakers (often alumni)from across multiple industries to give their perspectives on interviewing and job searching in general.

What piece of advice would you offer a student struggling to obtain interviews?

First, they should come to our office and meet with our counselors to talk about what is happening at the resume application stage and get their resume/coverletter reviewed. If they are not able to get any call backs, I would be concerned that their resume or coverletter may be the issue. Or it could be that they are not applying for the right type of opportunities for their level of experience. Or it could simply be a problem with their email or voicemail! I once had a student who complained to me that they had sent out 50 resumes and did not get a single call back. When I finally got to see her resume, I realized that she did not have her phone number on it! Another student had trouble getting interviews and when I saw her unprofessional email address, I suspected that employers might have been turned off by it.

What kind of skills are in demand by employers these days?

Employers want people who are innovative, critical thinkers, problem solvers, take initiative and show enthusiasm for the field or business. These are more character traits but since they really can’t be taught, I think it very important to convey the right attitude on the job. These are the types of skills/qualities that we emphasize in the liberal arts. I can teach technical skills with a basic competency level employee, but if I don’t like you, it will be tough to keep working with you. The job marketplace is very competitive and if you are not willing to show these types of high demand strengths, someone else will.

What online resources do you recommend for students looking for jobs in creative industry?

Well, we first point them to our own online database, DrewLink and then we have a few online resources depending upon what type of job they are looking for and in what career field. We just acquired an account for a new resource called CareerShift and that is working out pretty well for finding jobs and contacts.

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Flore Dorcely-Mohr is Assistant Director and joined the Career Center at Drew University in 2006. She manages all aspects of the academic and zero-credit internship programs for undergraduates and serves as the Instructor for those courses. She also directs the campus-wide Federal Community Service (FCSP) Program for students earning work-study funds at local community service agencies. She assists employers from all fields in developing and advertising internship and FCSP opportunities for Drew students. Prior to Drew, she worked as a High School Youth Employment Specialist and for the Career Services department at Bloomfield College. Her background includes working with an Executive Recruiter and Career Coach and teaching career development coursework online. Flore is a Drew Alum with a BA in Sociology and an MA in Counseling with a concentration in Student Affairs-Higher Education from Montclair State University.

May21

How important is internship experience?

Photo by coletivopegadaIt is widely known that nowadays a college diploma will not guarantee you job, no matter how high your GPA is or how many honor societies you are involved with. Hands on experience is valued more and more.

Once you start college, you usually have 4 years before you have to get a job, start earning money and supporting yourself. I agree that some time in college is for parties, and having fun,  but I know that if you manage your time wisely you will actually have something of value to put on your resume so when you graduate, you can start looking for a job.

It is ideal to have few internships completed by the time you graduate. This experience counts as a huge asset. Employers will be looking for this experience on your resume. In fact, a lot of companies say that they will consider this as an important deciding factor on whether they will be accepting a new graduate for full-time position or not. I think this should be enough to get you motivated to build your resume while still in school so you can get out there and start looking for a internship. Resume building experience is just one benefit of completing several internships.

Many of us have been studying our major for few years but we don’t really have a clear picture of how it all applies in “real life” and the “work world.” When you are working as intern you get to know the secrets and techniques of different practical knowledge that you can’t really learn when you are confined in the four corners of your classroom. Although, this knowledge is concentrated on the practical application of your major, it could be very useful to you after you graduate.

A 4.0 GPA is not going to guarantee you a job, and a 4.0 GPA doesn’t always mean that you are able to use all your knowledge effectively in everyday life. During an internship, you are asked to perform specific tasks or help out on projects. Having these experiences can be your proof of your abilities and expose you to actual industry experience. You can use this experience to build up your portfolio or resume. In fact, it can be very beneficial for you if an entire project is assigned to you. This way, all credit for the project would be yours and you can explain the project and your achievement during an interview..

One of my favorite benefits of an internship is the networking and relationship building opportunities you get from working side by side other industry professionals. You can meet lots of very interesting people in your field, exchange experiences, knowledge and build your contacts or Linkedin profile. THis will benefit you when looking for a job. Also you will be more confident in yourself if you go through an internship experience.

These are just some of the benefits that you can get from completing several internships. So, if your college curriculum does not require you to complete an internship, it could only benefit you to find and complete at least one, if not three in your field of study.

Written by Ana Komnenovic

May09

Building Experience and Starting Your Career

Rosie Antonecchia

We contacted Career Center Director, Rosie Antonecchia from Palomar College and asked her to share her experience in helping students develop their careers. All the way from California, Rosie replied back with great advice and encouragement for current students. She encourages students to stay humble and invest in their future by earning valuable work experience while still in school. Here are some of the questions we asked Rosie:

In your opinion, how do internships or volunteer experience help students? Internships can provide a glimplse at a career they are strongly considering. Also, students can get valuable experience from volunteer opportunities and walk away with skills they can add to their resume. Maybe most importantly, they meet PEOPLE that have first hand experience and can give feedback to the intern about what they can bring to the table as a potential employee.

How do you help students to prepare resumes, portfolios, social media, and interviewing skills?  We offer job readiness workshops: resume and cover letter building, job search strategies, and mock interviews with career counselors.

What piece of advice would you offer a student struggling to obtain interviews? Practice, practice, practice with a live audience and be open to feedback. Making small adjustments during mock interviews can hep your correct the wrong behavior before the real interview.

What kind of skills are in demand by employers these days? Creativity and innovation, up to date technology skills, effective listening, verbal and written communications skills, strong interpersonal skills, critical thinking skills, a strong work ethic, having a “can do” attitude, self-starters and strong team players.

What do you recommend for students looking for jobs in the creative industry? Instructors in the creative departments are a great resource of information for students in these programs. CreativeInterns.com seems like a valuable resource for entry-level talent and hiring employers.

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Rosie Antonecchia’s 20+ years of counseling experience includes: group counseling, individual counseling, outreach activities, workshop facilitation, teaching classes, newsletter writing, marketing material production, that range from mental health facilities, high school settings, social work agencies, career centers and community colleges.  Rosie is currently a Career Center Director at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. 

Written by Ana Komnenovic

Apr11

Chat With Professor About Creative Careers

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Professor Brian Moriarty

During Meetup events you have a chance to learn, network and connect with many knowledgeable people. Recently, we spoke to one of those people at the Wix Lounge, Professor Brian Moriarty from Stevens Institute of Technology. We had chance to chat with Professor Moriarty and he shared tips, trends and resources that he provides to his students at Stevens Institute of Technology.

In your opinion how can internship or volunteer experience help students during and after their studies?

Internships are critical to academic and professional development is critical to the student experience, as it allows the student to apply academic skills in the real world.

What are some most valuable internship employers your college partners with? What makes their program special?

We have students working in internships currently or have recently completed internships at NBC UniversalMTV, Slingo.com, and the CLIO Awards.  Each of these companies have been valuable to our students as they provide real world experience for our students working on complex projects.

What student services or events do you offer to assist students in finding internships in entry-level positions?

We work on a one-on-one basis with our students to identify the right internship for our students.  This is done by individual faculty members and in coordination with our Career Services office.

What professional development courses or workshops does your college offer to students to prepare the following: resumes, portfolios, social media, and interviewing skills?

We cover many of these topics in our design and studio courses.  As well, we suggest that students enroll in courses in other disciplines such as Project Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship.

What tips can you offer a recent graduate that is preparing to interview for an entry-level position?

Always make your case to your potential employer personal.  Do your research on the company, know your interviewer when possible, without sounding like your Google stalking them, and make the employer understand how you can help solve their problems.

What piece of advice would you offer a student struggling to obtain interviews? 

Exploit all possible avenues of engagement, from traditional means like a college career services office, to social media. Consider every interaction as a possible link to an interview or job.

What kinds of skills are in demand by employers these days?

From my position in education, I am seeing a lot of interest in students who have a traditional arts background, both in theoretical principles and in practice, who merge those ‘outdated’ skills with technology skills in order to provide a new depth of understanding of creative work requirements.

What online resources do you recommend for students looking for jobs in creative industry?

Though new to me, I am finding CreativeInterns.com to be a good resource.  As well, meetups are a very useful resource.

 Stevens Institute of Technology

Professor Brian Moriarty studied photography, receiving his BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1994 and an MFA from Yale University in 1996. His photographs have been published in a number of fine art and editorial publications including 25 and Under/Photographers published by W.W. NortonFortuneWired, Detour, and Yankee Magazine. His work has been exhibited widely, including the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Getty Museum, the Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery at Manchester Community College, and most recently at the Verge Brooklyn Art Fair. He is currently a photography, web programming, and visualization professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and is taking part in photography and imaging research projects in remote locations in the Middle East. He is also pursuing a PhD as Stevens Institute of Technology in Systems Engineering, with a research interest in developing games for education.