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Seven Degrees of Stacy Hanas: Social Media Intern Spotlight


Social Media Week 2014 is upon us. “The Future of Now” theme focuses on the paradigm shift of communications, how we currently interact with technology and the impact of this “always on, always connected” world. We wanted to kick off our efforts for social media week by highlighting Stacy Hanas, a stellar social media intern at Seven Degrees Communications.

Creative Interns: What are the steps you took to secure your internship at Seven Degrees Communications?

Stacy Hanas: My journey to Seven Degrees Communications came as a result of a sequence of unique opportunities. As Vice President of Stockton’s Public Relations Student Society (PRSSA), I discovered the importance of professionalism – a skill that transcended to the social media community. My opportunity with John Wiley & Sons as a Public Relations and Branding intern shaped my writing skills. Each stage taught me an exceptional skill set that President and Chief Connector, Jessica Levin, found to be of strength to her company.

CI: Tell us about your experience at Seven Degrees Communications. What is a normal day or week life for a social media intern/coordinator?

SH: Seven Degrees Communications’ ultimate mission is to help clients build relationships in both online and offline communities. My main responsibility is to enhance the company’s online presence as well as the amount of leads for each client. With that said, my day consists of utilizing strategy in preparation, planning and posting for clients’ social media outlets.

The preparation process includes analytical skills to disclose information pertaining to viewership. Planning includes multiple steps in order to secure an influx of followers and leads for clients. For example, I often search Forbes, The UnderCover Recruiter, and The Society of Human Resources for our human resources client. To achieve leads, I search through streams like #SHRM, #HR, #nextchat, #HRCI and #Tchat. From the aforementioned websites, I post intriguing content, and with these streams, I engage and retweet industry professionals.

The posting process includes discovering the most frequent times viewers engage in posts and scheduling posts around those times via Hootsuite. Analytics also shows which posts receives the most engagement so I know what type of content to post and how to concentrate on the wording of the post.

CI: What specifically motivated you to go this direction in your career?

SH: My interest for the field of public relations was piqued while working in my former position as Promotions Director at Blue Colt Radio. The opportunity allowed me to fine tune skills in exceptional patience, detail, and marketing. However, it wasn’t until Jessica Levin trained me in Hootsuite social media-marketing platform that I was able to unlock my true enthusiasm for the marketing sphere. While to most it might seem like light-hearted fun to tweet for a living, to me it is much more. It takes analytic skills to determine the best time to release tweets for optimal viewership, strategic skills to expand small amounts to stronger players in the field, and critical thinking skills to find the most relevant articles for my audience.

Social media strategy is a great marketing tactic that positively enhances a company’s online presence and their amount of leads. Ultimately, I find myself developing creative tweets and following industry professionals in my spare time for fun.

CI: What blogs, websites and feeds do you read to stay up to date on new digital and social trends?

SH: I find mobile applications and Twitter to be my most prominent form of news. My most frequently viewed mobile applications include Newsify, Flipboard, CNN and ABC News. Whereas Forbes and New York Times have been my two most commonly viewed Twitter accounts for news related issues. Newsify is an application designed to inform users on current news from their preferred media outlets. I stay informed on industry and social trends by following Inside Facebook, Hootsuite and CNN.com on Newsify. 

CI: Social Media Week is finally here. What do you hope to learn from this year’s “The Future of Now” theme in order to accelerate your career?

SH: “The Future of Now” strongly represents our society today. Innovations such as Google Glass, the Fitbit and other examples of wearable technology allow consumers to remain persistently connected to data. As an attendee at Social Media Week 2014, I hope to walk away with greater understanding of Big Data and how it impacts a marketer’s decision. I also hope to gain a better understanding of how to utilize big data to develop a stronger social media strategy.

Furthermore, I am hoping to attend The Art & Science of Storytelling presented by the New York Times. This session description states, “brands are publishers and publishers are platforms,” which indicates the importance of publishing creative content to attract consumers. I am interested to discover consumer’s interests and how I can develop ingenious content that would apply to consumers of today.

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Intern Spotlight: Jacky Le

1797057_10153791614345725_818946895_nName: Jacky Le

Intern Position Title: Digital Intern

Company: FASHION Magazine

Location: Toronto/Vancouver

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m a West Coast boy at heart raised in the yuppie and yogi-filled city of Vancouver. I kind of fell into writing and journalism during high school and eventually I cultivated a love for the fashion publishing industry, which has led me to relocate here in Toronto. I have a huge affinity for Beyonce, London fashion and pop culture, and I never shy away from a dance floor.

Can you tell us the steps you took to land this internship?

For FASHION I was able to land the internship with a good word from an editor at FLARE Magazine where I had interned prior. Honestly it’s all about who you know and leaving a good impression from the get-go, that can really determine what your next job will be. Also, I landed the FLARE internship after spotting a tweet from one of the editors. It truly shows the power that social media has in our generation.

What attracted you to this company?

In my opinion FASHION & FLARE are at the highest echelon in the fashion industry within Canada. I always believe it’s important to learn from the best so that obviously influenced my decision on where I wanted to intern.

What skills are you learning at your internship?

Digital and interactive media plays a huge part in the fashion publishing industry now. People always say digital is where things are heading and I slightly agree. Unlike print, the turnover rate for content is super fast paced so you always have to be on the ball and ready to product content, as well as know what is current and in the news.

What has been a highlight so far?

Getting to be an integral part of the team. And I get a kick out of seeing my name in the magazine masthead as well.

Most challenging part?

Learning that it’s okay to make mistakes. As an intern this is the time in your career where you should be making mistakes. Simply learn from them and make sure you never make those mistakes again in the future when you enter the real work field.

Could you describe what a typical day is like for you as an intern?

If I’m not skimming the internet or looking for pitches and buzz-worthy articles, I’m most likely working on an assigned post. As well, I’m scheduling tweets and Facebook posts for the ongoing days.

Give us one word to describe your workplace environment:

Fast-paced. I think that’s two? Oh well…haha.

What advice do you have for someone who is just starting to look for an internship?

Pick a magazine that you would ideally want to work for. Once you land that internship, chuck your ego and pride at the door and soak up as much information as you can. Be polite and always look as if you’re having the time of your life even when you’re not.

Who do you look up to in the industry?

Katie Grand, Nicola Formichetti , Derek Blasberg. As well as my former teacher Tyler Udall.

What is your dream job?

Senior editor at Vogue UK or W Magazine.  A boy can dream…



Intern Spotlight: Jonathan Jackson


Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 9.56.02 PMName: Jonathan Jackson

Intern Position Title: Social Media Editor

Company: TOPMAN Canada and Hudson’s Bay

Location: Toronto

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Toronto native. Worked in retail since 2006 for Hudson’s Bay and H&M. Attending Ryerson in the Business Management program majoring in Global Management and minoring in Finance. I knew about the brand before Hudson’s Bay launched it in Canada so I jumped at the opportunity to transfer to the new location on Queen and move downtown in 2012. I then worked for the brand for a year before I pursued an internship.

Can you tell us the steps you took to land this internship?

The position had been posted in the back of the Topshop stock room for a solid month. After the position had been filled, I worked up the courage to send a detailed cover letter and resume asking to provide any help to the Marketing and Events Manager for Topshop/TOPMAN. I was called for an interview the next day in the afternoon and went in for an interview early that evening. On my way to another job I received an email asking to begin as soon as I could.

What attracted you to this company?

Strong company profile and market presence. I have worked for Hudson’s Bay for nearly 5 years now. Over these years I’ve witnessed first hand the changes the new board of directors have implemented and they are phenomenal. No other company in Canada has the history, the customer loyalty, and has been able to reinvent themselves so well to meet the needs of the Canadian consumer. These are key in companies that stand out to me when I look at where I want to be employed with in the future… Not to mention they just acquired Lord & Taylor!

What skills are you learning at your internship?

My boss has truly been inspirational in helping me to understand what an individual can achieve for a brand with social media marketing. She has helped me to keep cool and stay authentic to the brand when creating. Another skill I am learning to master is the art of editing. Less is always more in marketing so it’s key to make sure that what is being presented is clean and concise—most importantly COOL.

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I had the opportunity to implement, monitor and report on a national marketing campaign for TOPMAN during the Christmas season called TOPMAN After Hours. It was exciting to be able to facilitate it with little help and receive the reaction that we did on our social platforms. Another highlight would be on Black Friday. As Black Friday is heavily dependent on social media, a lot of pressure was placed on the interns to deploy the content provided from those above us at the right times and drive sales.

Most challenging part?

Time management. I now go to school full-time, intern, and work in a restaurant so I am always short for time. The challenge doesn’t seem so challenging though when you enjoy working with your team as much as I do!

Could you describe what a typical day is like for you as an intern?

Walk five minutes on Queen St. to the Simpson Tower. Whip my Mac open and start scoping out TOPMAN Generation (TOPMAN’s online magazine/also an app), check their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see what the head guys are doing back home in the England and in the US. Next I head downstairs to the store floor to snap a few shots of items, mannequins, and outfits that would be perfect for TOPMAN Canada. I then curate a Content Calendar using photos that other personal shoppers in TOPMAN locations across Canada and I have taken and create texts to accompany the shot. After a lot of editing and prayers, I either email my boss or we sit and go over everything. That is when the real learning happens.

Give us one word to describe your workplace environment:

Dynamic. While it looks like your standard office with no windows, women everywhere dressed in business casual attire and heels of course, the individuals working there are all full of life and truly have the goals of Hudson’s Bay at front of mind.

What advice do you have for someone who is just starting to look for an internship?

Be confident. Know what field you want to get into but don’t feel that you need to know exactly what you want in the future to gain knowledge from the internship. I was not sure about getting in to marketing but now that I have experience with a major corporation, I can see why the jobs are so attractive to business students.

What is your dream job?

I don’t really have a dream job. I just want to be able to do something that makes me happy and allows me to be just as content outside of work. Right now that would be to continue to work in marketing for an amazing company. Somewhere warm year-round would be ideal though!


Career Path to Becoming a Freelance Graphic Designer: Interview with David Jacob Duke

David DukeInterviewee Name: David Jacob Duke

Job Title: Freelance Graphic/Web Designer & Illustrator

Company URL: http://www.davidjacobduke.com

David Jacob Duke is from Windsor, Ontario and attended the Windsor Centre for the Creative Arts (WCCA) during his secondary schooling. The program had just begun and only accepted students who showed a propensity for artistic endeavours and offered an enriched course in Visual and Performance Arts.  There David studied traditional painting, printmaking, illustration, sculpture, fashion illustration, musical theatre, drama and video.

At the early age of 17, David first showed his ambitious entrepreneurial nature when he opened his first business, a comic book store. While not yet old enough to own a store outright, it was in his father’s name yet with a Power of Attorney, which granted him full control. It was a short lived venture as David had decided to study Traditional Animation at Sheridan College. At that time the school was world renown and had the reputation of ‘producing the best animators in the field’. During the second year Duke left the program due to external issues which needed his attention.

In the year 2000, David was residing in Toronto, Ontario. He had purchased his first computer and found himself intrigued by the creation of webpages. He began learning HTML and Web Design through viewing source files online, and dissecting them in notepad. He began to experiment with hand coding and began learning these new languages or ‘code’. His intention at the time was to be able to showcase his artwork on the internet and be able to reach a worldwide audience. David’s ever-growing skill in web design got noticed fast and lead to his building sites for others, and eventually evolved to working with and for companies.

David’s capacity for web design grew and became more diverse in order to meet the ever-changing needs and specifications of the clientele. As David refined his skills he found that he was also beginning to be approached for work with print media. Over the next few years, David completed numerous projects for several companies while working freelance, and in some cases directly employed on contract. His passion for Illustration however, still continued and has resulted in many of David’s works being published as covers and interior artwork.

In 2009, Canada was in the midst of a full scale recession. Duke decided to return to school to formally study Graphic Design at St. Clair College. There he excelled, achieving a 4.0 Grade Point Average and receiving several scholarships and awards.

Recently graduated, Duke maintains a steady flow of freelance work in graphic, web design and illustration. He prides himself on his ability to be versatile and able to achieve any style necessary.

Tell us about an internship or volunteer experience you completed that was related to your field during or after college?

I have only had the one internship, and that was mandatory for completion of my Graphic Design degree. The internship was at HCA| Mindbox, an advertising agency. I was accepted there due to my experience. They wanted someone that would not have to be guided every step of the way. An internship is meant to place you in a real world experience in your chosen field. There you should learn if you have what it takes to excel and be successful within the industry. Due to my previous years of experience working in the industry, I did not learn the fundamentals I could have from an internship, but I did learn many important skills. I studied and observed the daily operations of the agency as a whole, and began to understand the operations in the context of a network. This gave me an unique opportunity to experience and comprehend what it takes for an advertising agency to succeed.

What advanced education, online training or development programs would you recommend for people interested in becoming a Graphic Designer?

I do not know what the courses are like all over the world, but I would strongly suggest that anyone interested in Graphic Design study as much multi-media as you can. Many Graphic Design programs, I feel do not focus enough on this based on what is required or asked of for an entry level position in Graphic Design. I believe that there is too much focus on print at this point. While I would not want to take away the print experience of learning to work in print, there needs to be more balanced training to reflect the needs of the industry.

Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently while in undergraduate studies?

I can only state that one possibility would have been to study Graphic Design earlier in life, but in doing so I may have ended on a completely different path by now.

What specifically motivated you to go this direction in your career?

Serendipitous events that fell in place like dominos led me down the road that I travel now. I started off as a traditional animator, which led to coding and designing websites to showcase my illustration work, which led to graphic design which is where I am at this point: designing, coding, illustrating, animating and eventually in a few years I want to start educating.

What type of activities, appointments and meetings do you have during a typical week? 

Typically, I have a few meetings a month with clients. Usually this consists of an information session to lay out what is needed, or brainstorm possible solutions. Mostly though, with long term clients a phone call, or even just conversing through email is enough to sort through things and start working.

In addition to your full-time career, do you freelance, consult or have your own business?

If yes, please share any information you’d like readers to know.  Currently right now I’ve moved into just freelancing. Most companies now only hire on contract, and I myself would rather work remotely and be able to pick and chose the work I want to do. Full time freelance is not for the feint of heart. You must be extremely well organized and diligent with your own work schedule. I actually love to work and feel a great sense of accomplishment by doing work, so my days are generally longer than most. When there is downtime, and either no work or not very much work, spend that time investing in yourself. Learn new things and skills, make personal projects that you can pick up wherever you leave off, and spend time networking and promoting.

Tell us about an unpleasant work experience that resulted in an invaluable career lesson?

Do not be afraid to fire a bad client. We have all had them, and if not then one will eventually cross your path. Bad clients take up a lot of time and energy that you could be using to move forward. They can be unethical, unprofessional, unwilling to pay on time (or at all), or just very unpleasant to work with. Fire them and move on.

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

When I have entered interviews for entry-level positions I have always found that it is best to treat the people or person that is interviewing you like old friends that you have not seen in years. Tell them what you have been up to relative to what it is they are hiring you for. Do not be afraid to laugh or show your true self, as not only are they will be looking to see if you have the skills they need, but also that you will be well suited to work with the company. After everyone is comfortable, make sure to ask questions to see if what they are doing and what they want you to do suits your expectations. An interview is not only about them, it is about if you want the job and it is right for you.

What piece of advice do you wish you followed earlier in your career?

Do it for yourself. A large chunk of my life was spent trying make sure that everyone else was okay before myself.  It was a long hard lesson to learn in life.

If you were hiring someone for your position, what five skills would you require in all applicants?

  1. Taking initiative, I would not want anyone that needs to be babysat every step of the way.
  2. Laid back and easygoing.  Being comfortable with yourself and able to separate your work from yourself.
  3. Versatile, the ability to not only shift gears among the many hats you need to wear but also the ability to emulate a variety of styles whenever called upon.
  4. Strong skills in graphic design software such as Adobe Creative Suite.
  5. A thirst to continue to expand and learn.

Who has inspired you as a mentor during your career and what was the most valuable lesson you learned from them?

A mentor, you mean like Yoda?  I have to say, I never have had a mentor. I’ve always been of the mind-set to just get out there and do it. Take charge of your own future and teach yourself.

If you had an opportunity to broadcast a special “thank you” to anyone via this interview, who would it be and what would you like us to say?

I like to express a big shout out to all the bad clients I have had over the years to prepare me for the stage I am at now.

What online resource do you read on a regular basis to get industry news and knowledge?

Truthfully, when I have the time I simply just log into LinkedIn and scan through articles that I have tailored to my interests. When a particular article strikes me I branch off by “googling” points of interest that lead me to further information on the subject.

What design books would you recommend for upcoming designers?

A book that I read recently while on a trip to Ottawa for the Van Gogh exhibit was “Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!) by America’s Master Communicator George Lois”.  The book is written with 120 in-your-face examples to uncover your creative potential.

What industry trend has recently peaked your personal interests and why?

One trend that I see is beginning to grab hold is the use of SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) for graphics.  I’ve been very keen on starting to learn and implement this in my own work and can envision doing so more when designing graphics or illustrations in the future. With the evolution of responsive design, SVG is a valuable solution as a file can be used at any scale and resolution. SVG retains crisp clear graphics at any size.



Intern Spotlight: Hilary Taylor

DSC_0049Interviewee Name: Hilary Taylor

Intern Position Title: Planning Intern for AnnTaylor.com

Company Name: ANN Inc.

Location: New York City, NY

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

As a fourth year Retail Management student at Ryerson University, I have worked from the retail floor to the head office, soaking up every learning opportunity along the way. I am a passionate and driven student who is inspired by being told that something isn’t possible, or that I can’t do it. Hearing those words heightens my motivation and pushes me to my limits. Retail is what excites me, but I’m someone who finds happiness in accomplishments. I love finding a great deal while I’m shopping, running for an extra minute or mile, working that much harder. My passion for retail expands past the classroom, as I am the president of the Retail Students Association next year, and returning back to work at LOFT in the Eaton Center when I get back to Toronto. My eagerness to learn sets me apart from my peers, and I am continuously searching for new books to read, articles to share, advice to take and experiences to embrace that will further me in my career and my character.

Can you tell us the steps you took to land this internship?

ANN Inc. actually came to Ryerson and did a presentation about the internship for fashion and retail students. After the presentation I approached one of the presenters and told her how amazing the opportunity seemed, that she’d be hearing from me and gave her my business card (and now that I know her well she said I made a good impression by doing that and she remembered me). The application was pretty extensive (it was offered on the ANNLOFT careers page) and I worked with our career counselor to perfect my resume. A recruiter from ANN actually called me to set up an interview before I submitted my application and to this day I’m not sure how they got my phone number without my application (it’s not on my business card!) — but we set up an interview, I submitted my application and completed my interview via Skype. A few days later, they called me and said I got the job! I then had to complete a bunch of visa paperwork and try to find an affordable apartment in NYC, which turned out to be a more difficult task than the actual application. For the month of May I offered to work at LOFT in Yorkdale (this was something I offered during the interview process to set myself apart from other applicants) in order to get a taste of the company culture, and a better taste of the Canadian market: a job to which I will be returning in September.

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ANN Inc. has a great company culture. It’s all about women understanding women, and creating product for women. I really liked that and it is definitely something that I can relate to. Internships in retail planning are also very hard to come by in Canada so I jumped at the opportunity—and obviously the location played a big part in the decision!

What skills are you learning while at your internship?

I have learned so many things during my time in NYC and at ANN Inc, both personal and professional. I’ve learned a lot about working with people, and when to keep my mouth shut! I have learned so much about the retail business and how customers can tell you so much about the positives and negatives of your business. My excel and math skills have definitely improved as well.

Can you describe what a normal day is for an intern at your company?

I work a LOT on excel! A LOT! I consistently work on mini projects, analyzing metrics to make business decisions. For example, I will look at current under-performing products (based on retail metrics like stock to sales, inventory count and gross margin) and decide on appropriate markdowns. I am in charge of keeping the team up to date on certain metrics that change every day and updating certain methods of communication. I also update several spreadsheets where we are testing different things and how the customers react. For example, we test different “free shipping” amounts to see which amount the customer resonates with best. I sit in on really interesting meetings with company executives, which is a really great experience to be able to watch them in action. The internship program hosts lunch and learns, where we hear from one company executive at a time about their experiences and advice for us entering the workforce. We are also working on a project with other interns so I am in charge of creating short term and long term plans for our new business and forecasting dollar and unit sales. All of these things make up a typical day!

Give us one word to describe your workplace environment:


What advice would you give to someone just starting to look for an internship?

Show your eagerness to learn and your passion will also shine. One common piece of advice I’ve heard is that your passion shines through when you’re not trying to show it (or else it comes off fake). Also, don’t be afraid to set yourself apart. Yes, it may be awkward going up after a presentation to hand over your business card, or to speak up about something that is unique about you, but that’s what makes you memorable and brings you to the top of the list for possible hires.

What do you do to fill the inspiration gas tank?

I have a blog full of pictures that I find all over the Internet. If I had the time I’d love to have a blog with pictures that I’ve taken…but maybe when school is done. The pictures are of outfits that I love, and that I think encompass my style. I love seeing new ideas of ways to wear the clothes I already have! I also love quotes and song lyrics. I’m one of those girls that writes every single quote and lyric down that connects with me and any time I’m having a bad day or just looking for a little pick-me-up, I go back to that list.

What’s next for you?

I return to Toronto in three weeks and start getting ready for school! I am the president of the Retail Students association at my school this year, so I am already starting to get ready for a crazy year. I’m hoping to move into a job in retail planning or allocation when I graduate. My ideal places to work would be Winners or HBC, but who knows! I may end up back in NYC.

What’s your dream job?

My dream is to become the CEO of a large retail company (like Bonnie Brooks!) but to move up at a company through the buying/merchandising path. I’d love to be a DMM (divisional merchandise manager) and oversee the bigger picture of buying for shoes, accessories or handbags. (I’m an accessories girl all the way!)


Sharing Wisdom: Tips From 8 Interns

With any internship experience, whether you’re just doing it for college credit or want to network your way into your dream job, you’re going to want to make the most out of it. How you might ask? If you’re new to the world of interning and need a bit of guidance, here are eight hardworking interns who were kind enough to share their wisdom.

We asked: What is the most important thing you’ve learned from an internship?

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“Go after what you want. In a time when companies are increasingly relying on the help of interns, it’s not always easy getting to do everything you had hoped to do during your internship. So on top of being an asset to your workplace, you should also make personal objectives for yourself as well – whether that’s exploring the different departments or building relationships with editors.”

1059402_10151705432759875_1799658392_nNaomi Leanage, University of Guelph-Humber

The most important thing I’ve learned from an internship is that going above and beyond of what’s expected of you is what’s going to make you get noticed. There are dozens of other interns with the same skills and knowledge that you have, and the one thing that will make you stand out is your passion! At my internship at Tribute, I made an effort to check in with my editor everyday to chat, even about things that didn’t relate to tasks that I was working on. It helped build a relationship with her, and I’m for sure someone she’ll remember in a line of ever-changing interns. I also made sure to express my interests (doing interviews, writing movie reviews) and because of that, I’ve gotten opportunities in two weeks that other interns had to wait months to receive. It’s important not to be intimidated, and if you have a great idea, to go ahead and pitch it!

Erin McHenry, Drake Universityerin

“After interning as a communications intern for a government agency, I learned that I’m NOT interested in corporate communication the government . I learned a lot and greatly improved my writing skills, which will be helpful for any job I take. Even if you don’t enjoy an internship you still learn something: It’s not the right place for you, and you’re one step closer to finding your perfect job.”

DSC_0298Kaela Popoff, Kwantlen University

“The key thing I learned from my internship was the importance of communication. Checking in with your supervisors or boss about where you are at with your work and what you’ve completed helps them know how much work to give you. This way you’re never swamped nor bored, and you can meet your deadlines!”


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“The most valuable thing I’ve learned from interning has to be that organization and attention to detail are key. There are so many small details that go into running a big company and they truly make all the difference. If you aren’t naturally organized, make sure to use an agenda and download organization apps on your phone keep you on point!”

Dun011112 - Version 2Hillary MacDonald, Ryerson University

“Listen, observe and pick the brains of those who work in positions that you would like to one day have.”



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“What I’ve learned most is how important it is to work as a team with your coworkers and fellow interns. At the beginning of my internship, I felt a little competitive about who was getting the best assignments or doing the best job. But now I realize that we’re all working toward the same team goals. It’s more important for each of us to play to our strengths for the benefit of the team than to compete with each other for recognition or attention.”

DSC_0151 - Version 2Terrence Freeman, Humber College

“The most important thing I have learned from my internship so far is that things are rarely black and white, and you have to expect the unexpected. You have to figure a lot of things out on your own as you go, and you will likely run into dilemmas and have to figure out a lot on the spot without the help of your bosses who are often busy, or may not be there to help such as in a case where you are out of the office running an errand. I’ve now learned to expect to run into slight dilemmas here and there, so I try to ask my bosses an many questions as possible when I can before a task, and I also try to understand and remember what my bosses would want or do in the situation.”


5 Tips to Be A Great Intern

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Now, you got an internship. You are excited to begin a new journey of your life. You are eager to enter the professional world and show your potential. With full energy, enthusiasm and ambition, you want to make the most of your internship and stand out from others. Well, here are some tips to help you become a great intern.

Be on time

Showing up on time is a way of demonstrating your professionalism at work. It directly affects what others think of you on your performance. If you happened to be late for once or twice, it might be ok. But if you form a habit of being late, people will remember it. I heard a true story from a friend of mine that’s a very hard-working person but is always late for work. She finally got fired because two times she arrived late and had missed two very important meetings. If you want to make a good impression to your company, arrive early, and don’t be the last person that everyone else has to be waiting for.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

An internship is a learning experience. As an intern, no one expects you to know everything. So don’t be afraid to ask a question if you don’t quite understand your assignment. People often feel embarrassed and pressured to ask questions, as they think it shows their inability. However, if you don’t ask and assume things should be done in certain ways, you might end up messing things up and wasting everyone’s time. Asking questions can show you are eager to learn and care about what you do.

Take initiative

You might find a time when you finish your tasks and have nothing to do in the office. Don’t sit still and wait, take the initiative to ask for more work and offer help to your fellow interns or any other employees in your company. If they don’t have anything for you to do at the time, they will remember you and will undoubtedly appreciate your efforts and proactive attitude.

Always take notes

Taking notes will help you organize your thoughts and remind you of all the tasks you need to do. Prepare a notebook and take it wherever you go. When you are assigned with multiple tasks, it is especially important to take notes so as to arrange your time more efficiently. It’s also good to have a to-do list to keep track on all your tasks, so that you will have a clear idea of what you have accomplished and what needs to done the next day.

Maintain a positive attitude

Maintaining a positive attitude at work is crucial. Being an intern, it’s often the case that you might have to do the tedious work, such as data entry, mailing or copy making, etc. Do not complain. Do the work well, no matter how small it is. Have a good attitude towards whatever task you are assigned to complete. If you make the best of the smaller tasks, larger more excite projects will follow.

Written by Cathy Qiu