As an introvert who wasn’t always comfortable in new social environments, the word ‘networking’ was one that I tended to shy away from. It seemed too overwhelming.
However, since I recently entered the real world, I’ve become attuned to how increasingly imperative it is to meet new people and make connections with like-minded individuals. I moved to a brand new city and forced myself to get out there and talk to new people.
Over the past year, we’ve had an increased interest in our site from high school students. This is great news, as it shows that young people are taking their future seriously and thinking about what they want to do with their life even before they get to college. It’s important that high school students – and really any students – learn how to construct professional emails to their business contacts. I put together some advice based on a few emails I received:
My friend and fellow-CEO, Alyson Roy, is a huge publicist in NYC. Aly and I met as interns at the NYU Summer dorms (of course!). Aly is one of my closest friends and we see each other everytime I’m in NYC. Aly always takes on some great fashion interns so I asked her to write a blog from the employer’s perspective on how to survive a fashion week PR internship. Enjoy!
Over the past year, we've seen a huge increase in high school students coming to our site. We're so exctied to have these ambitious young groups of people reading our content. We partnered with a great organization Smart Girls Group to do some more high school content. Please check out our most recent post about how to get an internship in high school. Click here.
I spoke at LSU a few weeks ago for their regional PRSSA Conference. One of the students wrote this great blog post on what she learned from my presentation. I thought I'd share. Enjoy! Read the article here.
I got an email from a student at Michigan State today (yes, I'm a little backed up on emails and still handling emails from MSU). The student had a great question. She identified her dream job at a magazine in London but then admitted that she was scared that working at the company might be different than she imagines. She also raised a concern about not being able to do an informational interview in London before potentially starting a job with the company. What if she doesn't like it?
Yesterday, we posted a blog about Glassdoor's article on the highest paying internships. After that article was published, Workopolis.com reached out and asked for my tips on how to land big opportunities like this. Check out my thoughts here.
I received a note from someone in Australia who said she graduated in 2006 and was thinking about going into a new career - she also mentioned wanting to potentially work in another country. She asked if internships were a potential solution for her situation. Here are my thoughts on the subject of professionals going back to internships to help them transition into new career paths or even new countries:
Lauren Berger created Intern Queen Inc. in 2009, after successfully completing 15 internships and college and recognizing a need for more internship resources. Her online platform, www.internqueen.com, serves as the home of the business and allows students access to apply for any internship they want free of charge. The site also features daily content on how to make the most of high school, college, and post-grad experiences.