Last week I had the opportunity to co-host a Twitter chat with social media marketing agency, Splash Media. Using #SplashChat, we had an insightful discussion on being professional – and how social media can help (or hurt!) your job/internship search.
Here are the biggest takeaways from today’s #SplashChat conversation:
Hey Old Dominion University Students! Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen, is speaking about internships, careers, and connections at your school! She'll be speaking Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m. in the ECSB Auditorium in Room 1202 . See you there! Make sure to RSVP here! http://on.fb.me/17tmqv8
Stage 1: Excitement, Eagerness and Enthusiasm
Three months ago, I walked out of Kenan Stadium at UNC Chapel Hill where I was one of 35,000 graduates and their families to hear Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, encourage us to go out into the world and seek opportunity. So, in typical Gen Y fashion, I left commencement inspired and ready to get out there, eager to make a difference.
Whether this is your first internship or your fifth, you want to stand out from the crowd and make the best impression possible. Use these tips to get the most out of your internship and make sure your supervisors and colleagues know your value -- without being the intern who's always jumping around going "look at me!" (We've worked with that intern. Nobody liked her.)
Wake up. Rush to spanish class. Forget your textbook. Grab a quick lunch. Spill your coffee on your new boots. Go to your internship. Spend an hour at the gym. Go straight to your calculus exam. Stop at the grocery store on your way home. Lock your keys in your car. Eat dinner. Finish that homework assignment. Finally fall asleep at 12 o’clock.
Most people have a passion for something that they want to potentially land a career in. For me, that passion is sports. Ever since I was little, I have been a diehard New York Yankees fan. My dream is to work in their public relations department one day, but that can only happen if I have had sports internship experience.
Sometimes it easier to intern in a sport that is not as competitive. The most competitive sports are football, baseball and basketball. If you can look for a soccer, or lacrosse internship first, you have a higher chance at receiving one of those internships.
If you haven’t had a tough boss just yet, chances are you will one day. Working under a supervisor who may not be the nicest person can be a daunting task. But don’t worry. This Intern Queen Campus Ambassador has got the perfect step-by-step guide.
Step 1: Know that you are there for a reason. You were chosen or hired for the internship because you are qualified, prepared and meant to be there. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Step 2: Continue to work hard and improve your work skills. Complete any task with the utmost enthusiasm and level of professionalism.
So first, let me say, “Congrats on deciding to take the LSAT and taking the first step towards your future legal career.” Deciding that you even want to take the LSAT is a huge deal and it shows your true passion for becoming a lawyer. Now that you have made that decision, you must realize the investment in time (and perhaps money) necessary to excel at this exam. The LSAT, a standardized test for law school admissions that is scored on a 120-180 scale, is an extremely hard test, but if you have the time to master all of its intricacies you can surely get the score you want!
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.