How to Crush Your Next Internship

The best internship experiences aren’t the ones you simply list your resume. They are the ones where you learn new skills and apply those you’ve already acquired in school. They are also training opportunities where you develop strong professional contacts that will carry you well into the future.

Here are a few tricks to make your next internship amazing:

1. Don’t quibble about money.

Students often balk at the notion of unpaid internships. This can be a big mistake. Many staff members go above and beyond to create great learning opportunities precisely because their interns are not getting paid. Students often work part-time jobs to make ends meet, knowing that the short-term pain of an unpaid internship can lead to long-term gains.

2. Bond with your boss.

The internship experience does not have to be one where you grovel at the feet of a sinister supervisor who commands you to get coffee. Many interns often find that their supervisors are very much invested in their learning. Help nurture that relationship by being responsible, open, and willing to do whatever type of work comes your way.

3. Leave with talking points for your next interview.

After every professional experience, try to communicate what you learned and how you can apply it moving forward. Try to do this as succinctly as possible so you can convey this information effectively on your next job interview.

 

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Boost Your Résumé Bit by Bit

Many college students worry they have to engage in exotic activities to bolster their résumé. Let’s say you are a business major. It could be satisfying to explain to a potential employer that you did a marketing internship in Madrid, but you don’t necessarily need to cross the globe to acquire résumé building activities. Sometimes, all you need to do is simply cross your campus.

Are there any on-campus business clubs you can join? Better yet, does the club have any leadership positions available? Other résumé enhancing activities include any community service or volunteer positions. And if you don’t have any, try to volunteer a couple hours a month for a cause where you can use your business savvy.

Lastly, don’t forget to include any awards and scholarships. If you don’t have any under your belt, apply! You’ll have nothing to lose, and who knows, your efforts may earn you bragging rights even better than an internship in Madrid.

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Plan a Skill-Building Summer

It may only be spring, but summer will be upon us before you can say April Fools’. Have you thought about what you’ll be doing this summer? Some think of summer as a time to hang out with friends and work on the old tan. Others use it as an opportunity to get ahead and work on their resume. One of the best ways to do that is by acquiring skills to put on it. How do you know what skills to acquire?

The best way forward is to work backward. For example, say you know you want to go to graduate school for forestry. What sort of skills would help you get into forestry school—skills you CAN’T get in a classroom? Can you volunteer at a state park or intern at an environmental agency?

The important concept to understand is that while having a college education is important, the degree itself won’t be enough. Take action now to think about how you can use those hot and lazy months to your advantage. You can still use your summer to work on that tan—just make sure you have a plan!

 

 

 

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Reading with a Raucous Roommate

So you’re trying to cram for a psych exam, and your roommate is blasting Miley Cyrus.

Before taking a wrecking ball to her stereo, you might want to think about what it is you really want to accomplish: getting a little peace and quiet so you can concentrate, right?

Here are a couple of tips to make sure that you do just that:

  1. Get to know your roommate. While you and your roommate may be vastly different, try talking to her to find out where she’s coming from. Even knowing just basic facts about each other can help you relate to one another.
  2. Set ground rules together. Try to agree on times when it’s too late to play music and decide what times the room should be noise free.
  3. Speak up when you have something to say. One of the worst things to do is to be upset and not say anything. If you have a concern, voice it POLITELY. Your roommate may not understand that what she is doing is annoying or offensive.
  4. Provide alternatives. If your roommate plays loud video games, suggest she use earphones.
  5. Step up your game if necessary. If after repeated requests your roommate is still disrespecting your boundaries, set up a meeting with your roommate and your RA. Your RA will have had practice in trying to help people overcoming similar problems.

 

 

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So Long, Summer Sun. Hello, Getting Work Done.

As September sets in, summer memories of mountains and marinas slowly begin to recede…

But coming back to campus is not all bad, especially if you take control during the first few weeks of your return. Here are some tips to help you get back into the swing of things so you can have a successful semester:

  1. Baby your syllabus. When you get your hands on it, don’t let it go. This little document holds the key to your success. Once you have all of your syllabi, enter all the due dates in a master calendar. Analyze your calendar and look for the crunch times. This will help you figure out when to start on assignments—write those times into your calendar as well.
  2. Start studying ASAP. It’s not always the most fun approach, but studying early on in the semester will reap big rewards when it comes time for exams. While your friends will be drooling and cursing themselves during all-night cram sessions, you’ll be relaxed and refreshed for test day.
  3. Make connections right away. Meeting new people in class isn’t always easy. But it’s far easier to meet people before cliques start. The best way to get to know your classmates is to simply lean over and introduce yourself. Hopefully, you can make some new friends. At minimum, you can get a few email addresses to contact people if you miss a class and need to copy someone’s notes.
  4. Get to know your professor. If you are lost in class, don’t hesitate to see your professor during office hours (see your syllabus for this information!). Professors are more receptive to struggling students who take the initiative to contact them. They will try to help you themselves, or provide you with resources that can. Even if you are not struggling, it’s great to try to get to know your professors. You’ll need to get recommendations from someone, so have them get to know you as well.

 

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Winning Out Over the Winter Blues

The warm glow of the holiday season has gone cold. Bitter temperatures keep you in your room. Spring seems an eternity away, even though spring break is supposedly around the corner. For many, winter can be a lonely and disheartening time of year. Some people can get through it with invigorating activities such as exercise or spending time with friends. Others, however, may need a bit more support to get through it. If the doldrums of winter have gotten you down, fortunately, there are resources available.

Loyola’s Counseling Center offers a place where you can get help for a host of issues ranging from depression to eating disorders to everything in between. To learn more about Counseling Center services, visit:

http://www.loyola.edu/department/counselingcenter/.

 

 

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