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  • Ladan 7:34 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: internships,   

    Using Facebook and Twitter to HELP your Internship 

    A lot of employers get upset or skeptical when they see their interns cruising Facebook or constantly updating their Twitter statuses. Sometimes interns will do it out of boredom or because they have down time, but other times they are using it to help complete their job.

    I find out about many stories I do at work because of Twitter. I also build up a following by posting my internship’s stories online for my followers to see. It is a great marketing tool, resource center and networking opportunity.

    But what about Facebook, you might ask? While Facebook is more of a social medium for me, you can use Facebook to join in group discussions, hear about what your fellow journalist friends are doing, and find news articles of interest. You can also use it to find out about area Happy Hours in your field (for example, the Online News Association Happy Hour tonight) and make other life plans that you wouldn’t have time for at home. Businesses that ignore the value of social media and having their interns use it at work are missing an opportunity.

    Instead of scolding interns for visiting those sites (or worse, BLOCKING them), teach them how to use it in a productive way and measure its effectiveness through the content they post, how often they update, what events or stories they learn about and how many more followers they get.

  • Samantha Hacker 2:42 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: internships, relationships, sorority   

    All Roads Lead to an Internship 

    So besides interning at NatGeo, babysitting and going to class, throughout college I’ve been active in a sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. I know Greek life is a touchy subject at plenty of schools including AU, but besides the fact that I have had so many great experiences with AEPhi, I promise that this post is really about career advice.

    Using a sorority, or any other type of academic or non-academic group you’re affiliated with, is a great way to find networking opportunities. Just the other day, an e-mail went out over our listserve from an alumnae who is looking to fill 5 awesomely salaried entry-level jobs in DC. Also, the relationships my sisters or I have made have really benefited future AEPhi’s. I’ve had a ton of internship offers, a job interview and endless babysitting jobs from older girls in my sorority. Even right now at my internship at National Geographic, my boss asked me to find people to submit resumes for my same internship for the summer and she ended up hiring a sister of mine.

    So, as my title says, all roads lead to an internship… or job… or something. Use whatever relationships you have, or even those of someone you know, and it will get you somewhere awesome.

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