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Landing The Job: Marie Alcober

1098038_10153178729605160_2066378516_nOnce you land your dream internship, where do you go from there? Many students take on internships with the hopes of coming out with a job. Although it’s never a guarantee, there’s always opportunity to put yourself out there and get noticed. Recent Ryerson University journalism graduate Marie Alcober shares insight into how she went from an intern to a web producer at the Business News Network (BNN).

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m a curious, fly-by-the-seat-off-my-pants kind of girl. I don’t shy away from new things and I’m not afraid to admit that I know very little. That’s what’s so great about the journalism industry. I get the opportunity to meet smart people and learn from their expertise everyday.

How did you first land your internship with BNN?

To be able to graduate, I had to complete an internship program during my fourth year at Ryerson University. The only goal I set for myself, really, was to do an internship that would really put me out of my comfort zone. I figured that this was my last chance to try something different before going into the “real world.” Initially, I had planned to do reporting in the Philippines, where I thought I could test my resilience. But when that didn’t pan out, I thought of the second hardest type of journalism that I thought I could never do: business. So I emailed my internship coordinator and she gave me a contact at BNN. I emailed the network’s executive producer and got an interview in two weeks.

What attracted you to this company?

The fact that it’s the only TV channel in Canada that focuses only on business and finance news. It’s a great place to have an immersive learning experience because you don’t get pulled into different areas of news.

What skills did you learn during your internship?

I learned to actually read reports—cover to cover. Journalism school teaches students to listen for “juicy quotes” but a lot of reporting is simply poring over documents. Surprisingly, in most cases the more interesting points are only glossed over in page one. You’ve got to dig deep.

How long did you intern with BNN?

Six weeks.

What was the most valuable thing you took from your internship experience?

When you throw yourself into a situation knowing that everything about it will be new and unfamiliar, it sort of gives you a sense of self like never before. That’s probably the most valuable thing I took from this—a self-assurance that I can dip my toes into all sorts of new and unfamiliar endeavors and not be afraid of them.

How did you turn your internship into a job?

The truth of it is, I simply asked. I let my supervisor know that I would make myself available for them if they ever need any help. I asked if I could stay on as an intern, so I could get the hang of everything, in case they needed someone to fill in during the holidays.

What role do you have within the company now?

I’m part of BNN.ca‘s web team. I edit and post videos and wire stories to the website. I also write mini-articles that go along with interview segments. Basically, I help make sure that the television segments are translated into web content that’s hopefully valuable to both the core BNN viewers and the wider online audience as well.

What advice do you have for other interns?

Don’t pretend like you know it all. The veterans will see right through you. And besides, it’s easier for you to absorb your surroundings when you let yourself become a blank slate.


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.

What has been a highlight so far?Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 9.58.01 PM

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!


Intern Spotlight: Michael Koh

Michael Koh

Interviewee Name: Michael Koh

Intern Position Title: Associate/Writer

Company: Office Lease Center

Company URL: OfficeLeaseCenter.com

Location: New York City, NY

Tell us the steps you took to land an internship or entry-level position?

I first moved down to NYC from Buffalo after getting my Bachelor’s and spending an extra year copyediting and proofing a manuscript for an author. I put myself out there in NYC and actively looked for internships—I got in touch with Marc at CreativeInterns.com, who was extremely helpful and willing to connect us recent graduates with people looking to find internships or entry-level positions.

How did you find CreativeInterns.com?

I Googled internships in New York City and I’m glad I did!

Coffee or tea?

I love tea, I love coffee (black, please), but right now, I’m hooked on this energy drink called Runa. Check it out; the advertising agency I intern at has their fridge stocked with it.

What made your internship experience unique?

I get to attend some really cool technology events and meet fantastic people. Also, free beer and pizza (sometimes).

What skills did you learn or improve while at your internship?

Networking skills, definitely. You need to be comfortable with yourself to be approached and approach other people at events. I also learned to have a pitch when introducing yourself.

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

I go to events around six or so, but at the events, I’m usually introducing myself, trying to promote the company, and then when the event actually starts, I take notes for the article I write to recap the event.

Give us one word to describe your workplace environment?


What advice would you give to someone just starting to look for an internship or entry-level job?

Chin up, back straight and always smile. Wear something nice, too. No hoodies or stuff like that unless it’s a laid-back culture at the office.

What do you do to fill the inspiration gas tank?

Laughing and drinking a lot of caffeine.

What’s next for you?

Hopefully a full-time job in the advertising world!



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


Questions to Ask During Your Internship Interview

Internship Interview

In many ways, an internship interview is very similar to a job interview. However, there are some key questions every potential intern should ask their interviewer in order to know where they stand in the company if they do in fact get that position:

What is a typical day like?

Some companies aren’t clear about what an intern will actually do day-to-day in their office. It’s important to clearly understand what your responsibilities might be as an intern to ensure that you will actually be learning things that are worthwhile and gaining skills that are relevant to your goals.

Is there potential to extend my internship?

I’ve had internships in the past that ran the entirety of an academic quarter/semester but that I wanted to extend. Thankfully, I asked a couple weeks before my last day if I could stay longer and they said it would be fine, but not every company can accommodate this – some have already hired new interns for the next round. If it’s something you think you might want to stay at, ask during the interview or very early in the internship if extension is a possibility.

Could this lead to a full-time position?

Because of the growing competitive nature of internships in the past few years, it is no longer a given that an intern will gain rights to full-time employment after their term is finished. It’s a good thing to ask the interviewer whether or not they think the internship could realistically become a job if you do the job well. Some companies are too small or cannot at the time afford a full-time employee.

What positions have past interns gotten after completing this one?

It might help you get an idea of what career path this internship could lead you down. And don’t leave it up to the interviewer to tell you about the program. Depending on how large the company is, if you search enough on the Internet you will most likely find an intern review or testimonial.

Written by Diane Ly


International Internship Experience: Climb Every Mountain-Sail Every Sea


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.


Tips for Interns’ Success

An internship is a valuable learning opportunity. As an intern you want to make the most of your time on the job. This is your chance to learn, show the employer what you have to bring to the table, and grow professionally. Here are some tips that will help:

Don’t be afraid to talk to people. Sometimes supervisors and coworkers are busy and might unintentionally overlook you. It’s ok to talk to your coworkers and supervisors. Get to know people in other departments as well. Networking is a great way to get to know others. And be sure to stay in touch and keep yourself memorable in case a full-time job becomes available. 80% of jobs are landed through networking.

Ask for things to do. If you complete tasks and have free time don’t wait for your supervisor to tell you what’s next. Take some initiative and ask what else you can work on. This will show that you are efficient and know how to take initiative.

Learn all you can about the industry. Read everything you can – training manual, press releases, trade publications, and even company memos. These things will help you stay in the loop. This also shows your interest and willingness to continue learning about the job.

Don’t complain about the grunt work. Every job has tasks that no one likes to do, but those things have to get done. Never say, “That’s not my job”. Treat these tasks as a learning experience and think about how it fits the bigger picture. You can also add these duties to your resume.

Take advantage of the fact that you are a student. Most people will want to help a student learn. Consider conducting an Informational Interview with people in areas you are interested in. For example, if you are a Communications major interning in Marketing, go talk to those working in PR to see what it’s like.

Ask to attend meetings and events. These are great learning experiences and you will get to see your supervisor and coworkers in action. The more involved you are, the more you will learn. Impressing your supervisor will help you build excellent references and keep you at the top of the list for potential job openings.

Don’t burn any bridges.You never know when you will cross paths with someone later in your career. Never speak negatively about past employers or coworkers. If you have a bad intern experience just put it behind you and move on.

Keep these things in mind and you are sure to stand out during your internship.

Written by Monique Skinner


Intern Spotlight: Jamilla Pipersburg


Interviewee Name: Jamilla “JM” Pipersburg, International Marketing BBA Class of 2014

Position Title: President, Ad Club

Company Name: Pace University

Location: New York, NY

Tell us a little about yourself…

I am originally form Chetumal, Mexico. I currently attend Pace University where I am studying Marketing with a concentration in International Marketing and a minor in Economics. Besides from the serious stuff, I love going to the beach and practicing yoga.

How are you developing your leadership skills while still in school?

I currently am the President of my schools Advertising Club. In this position I gain leadership experience because I am constantly required to interact with please in the industry, but also our club membership which is roughly 280+ people.

Tell us the steps you taking to land internships or entry-level positions?

To land an internship or entry level position I am developing a personal brand. I have my own website, I am connected through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, CreativeInterns.com and other social media sites. I also try to attend local events or conferences when I can. Networking and being able to introduce yourself is the most important skill to have when starting out.

How did you hear about CreativeInterns.com

I heard of CreativeInterns.com through Dr. Larry Chiagouris. Add him on Twitter or LinkedIn, he has great advice for young people starting their careers.

What is the most important lessons you’ve learned about the work world thus far?

I have learned to Be Open. You never know who you will meet or how a small opportunity can lead to a bigger one. Also, never take things too personal, in the real world people have many things on their minds not just you and your needs.

What skills did you learn or improve while acting as the President of the Ad Club?

I am learning to speak to a mass of people and be comfortable. I also learned how to manage situations and making them work. Not everything happens as planned, but having a back up plan or strategy goes a long way.

What advice would you give to someone just starting to look for an internship or entry-level job?

Start working on your personal brand. It will take time, but it will definitely pay off.

What do you do to fill the inspiration gas tank?

My family and friends of course, but I also love art and design. I use those things to let my mind wonder and also relax. My best ideas come when I’m relaxed.

What’s next for you?

I took a proactive approach by directly contacting a company I wanted to intern with. They responded and I am scheduled for an interview within the next week. Hopefully I will be working there soon.


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


Benefits of Having an Internship Program

StudentsThere are many benefits of having an internship program. It doesn’t matter if you are a startup or a big company, having good interns can benefit your business in many ways.

Hiring interns is probably the best way to find future employees. An internship program can be a year-round recruiting process. For many that process can drain company’s resources but if you use your sources wisely it can be pretty simple and enjoyable. You can use different online job posting sites like CreativeInterns.com for getting word out to a wide crowd; as well as individual college career services departments.

Once your company completes its first round of an internship program you should be able to identify the kind of changes and improvements to make to your program. If you already have a developed internship program with learning exercises, word about your internship program could spread between students quickly. Soon you will have many students contacting you and asking for new opportunities.

Emerging talent looking for full-time work often apply to well-known companies. But when seeking internships, learning is the main motivation. Some students feel they’ll get more hands-on training and mentoring opportunities with smaller organizations. Internship programs can help smaller businesses secure quality talent while still in school. One great thing about hiring from an intern pool is that you can test skills and get to know them before offering a full-time position. In addition, interns will have a chance to understand the company culture and decide if it is a good fit for them too.

An intern can be a great extra pair of hands with a fresh, eager mind full of new ideas and creativity. Interns are also inexpensive source which is great advantage. Salaries of interns are much lower than full-time employees and their motivation is extremely high. After you find your perfect intern you might notice an amazing increase in productivity.

As a small business, you likely rely on community support. Creating an internship program is an excellent way to give back. Hiring interns not only helps students in your community get started, it improves the local workforce as a whole. Internships also provide students numerous benefits such as: industry experience, skill development, new connections and a chance to build their resume.

Offering a paid internship is extremely beneficial to emerging talent because it enables economically disadvantaged youth to participate. Students who have to help fund their own education will need a job, regardless. Providing an internship makes it easier to get job in future.

Written by Ana Komnenovic