‘Internship Week’ Posts

3 Important Lessons Learned From My Summer Internship

3 Important Lessons Learned From My Summer Internship

This summer, I interned at a nonprofit called Engine in Downtown Minneapolis. It was one of my first real jobs working for someone else, and I learned so much in just a couple of short months. On my last day there, I wrote down the three biggest lessons I had learned over the course of ...

Create a Master Resume for Easy, Targeted Applications

Create a Master Resume for Easy, Targeted Applications

an class="full-image-float-right ssNonEditable">Your resume should be brief, but probably not t-shirt-sized. Image courtesy of Flickr user Social is Better. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.College students are in an awkward position when it comes to resumes. Because most of us aren't yet settled in a career path, it's difficult to come up with one document that will have relevant data for all of our applications for internships, jobs, and grad school. Some programs don't care about your club involvement on campus, while on-campus positions will be thrilled to know you're a club president; many internships want a mix of on- and off-campus involvement.

The easy solution for those of us who don't want to create an XML Resume is creating a master resume in our word processor of choice. It can be as long as you want. Create a document, formatted however you like, with everything you've done since graduating high school. Include jobs, internships, club affiliations, and personal projects. Name the document something that will alert you that this isn't the document you want to send--mine's named "Obnoxiously Complete Traditional Resume.odt." This is the resume that you will keep updated as you win awards, take on new positions, and complete research projects.

Then, next time that you need to submit your resume to an internship, research opportunity, or secret spy mission, pull up your master resume and cut out all of the positions, awards, and achievements that are irrelevant to what you're applying for.

Be Prepared for A Group Interview

Be Prepared for A Group Interview

Standing out; you’re doing it right. Photo by Flickr User: Amrit… Licensced Under CC 2.0For summer interships, jobs and research oppourtunities, spring is application and interview season. And now that you have a personal brand and resume set up you’ll probably score a few interviews with your desired employers. In this day and age it’s a ...

Guest Post: Summer Research Interships

Guest Post: Summer Research Interships

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This is a guest post by Mohammad Arfeen from Pre-Med Hell where he writes tips for succeeding as a pre-med student. We weren't planning on covering summer research internships since that's outside our expertises, but he offered to pitch in. In this post he writes about finding a summer research internship in the sciences.

What is a Summer Research Internship?

Summer research internships tend to go by many names such as SURF (summer undergraduate research fellowship), REU (research experience for undergrads), summer research fellowships, student summer research and many more names. Some of these programs are funded by various agencies like the NIH, NSF, HHMI, and others, while others are funded by individual universities. The majority of these programs are very similar in that, they tend to focus on hard science research, last approximately 10 weeks, you are required to work full time in research for those 10 weeks, and they are usually attached with a $3200-$5000 stipend. Some programs include housing, while others require you to find your own. Most applications are due by the middle of February to the first week of March, I have seen the occasional program with a application deadline in April, but I would apply early.

Guest Post: Set Up a Personal Brand Home Base

Guest Post: Set Up a Personal Brand Home Base

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Today's post in Internship Week is actually a guest post. (Oh my!) Today's advice comes from Shep McAllister, a sophomore at Trinity University. If the name sounds familiar, that's probably because you read his previous two contributions The Best iPhone Apps for Students and Dealing with a Car Accident in College. Let's see what he's got to say about putting yourself online for that killer internship you just zeroed-in on.

These days, any employer considering you for a position or internship is likely to Google your name. While there is no overstating the importance of maintaining a clean and respectable online identity on social networks and blogs, it never hurts to have a personal page, an online business card if you will, designed specifically to show your would-be bosses just how tech-savvy you are. You don’t necessarily need to know anything about HTML to set up an online faceplate, as there are many ways of doing this.

Choosing the Best Internship

Choosing the Best Internship

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This week is Internship Week at HackCollege. Keep your eyes out for advice on securing a coveted summer internship throughout the week!

For many students, just getting an internship in the first place might be difficult. But that is just not the case for the readers of HackCollege. You guys have business cards, have landing pages and have SEO'd your name to the top of the stack. Hopefully. It still might be difficult to get exactly the internship you want. Don't use the crappy job climate as an excuse; there are plenty of high-quality internships out there. You just might have to look a little bit harder. This post will be about identifying the summer internship that you will be the most beneficial to you.

Next Week is Internship Week at HackCollege

Next Week is Internship Week at HackCollege

I would hate to brag too much, but last summer my team for blip.tv won the Gawker media startup beer pong tournament. We edged out the long-standing champions, College Humor, one night on a rooftop high above New York City. Photo by blip.tv founder and awesome sysops baller, Jared Klett. Hello! It’s been a slow ...