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Rock Your Internship: How to End with an Offer


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Thriving in an internship is no small potatoes. You have to make killer first impressions. You have to learn a new job (very!) quickly. And you may even have to ‘compete’ against other interns for available entry-level positions. (Think The Office meets Survivor.) Rock Your Internship: How to End with an Offer will walk you through the entire internship process, from how to find the right company and interview techniques, to specific behaviors you should demonstrate to get hired. Hosted by Emily Bennington, Contributing Writer for, College Blogger for The Huffington Post, and author of Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job, this webinar will shrink the proverbial learning curve and give you tools to turn a part-time internship into the start of a full-time career.

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Rock Your Internship: How to End with an Offer

  1. 1. Hosted by Emily Bennington Effective Immediately: How To Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job Rock Your INTERNSHIP : How to End with an Offer
  2. 2. My first six months post-college.
  3. 3. Why do companies hire interns, anyway?
  4. 4. Um, Hello? (Just kidding.)
  5. 5. In our economy, businesses with the best ___________________WIN. talent
  6. 6. And companies without a steady pipeline of talent lose .
  7. 7. “ Hey, rookie!”
  8. 8. No one likes to make a bad hire.
  9. 9. But unless you’re completely off your rocker… … most people can create a positive impression in an interview alone.
  10. 10. So staffing is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.
  11. 11. But internships are a high-value, low-commitment way to audition new hires. Who has what it takes?
  12. 12. And who will wipe out?
  13. 13. That’s great, but how do I get an offer ?
  14. 14. Starting Point: How to Get Hired
  15. 15. Create a Prospective Employer List “ Aim small. Miss small.” Company Website Position Contact Follow-up
  16. 16. Reach Out Online Site Recommendation Follow. Comment. Retweet. Connect, but personalize. Like, but don’t friend immediately.
  17. 17. If you’re not a Twit, you’re missing out! Company Twitter Handle Company Twitter Handle Accenture @Accenture_Jobs LexisNexis @LN_Recruiting Allstate Insurance @AllstateCareers MTV Networks @MTVnetworksjobs AT&T @ATTjobs Raytheon @Raytheon_Jobs Bank of America @BofA_Careers Sodexo @SodexoCareers Deloitte Touche @JoinDeloitteUS Thomson Reuters @JobsWithUs Expedia @Expedia_Jobs Twitter @Jobs Forrester Research @forresterjobs UPMC @UPMCCareers Hyatt Hotels @Hyattcareers US Dept. of State @DOScareers Intel @JobsatIntel Verizon @VerizonCareers KPMG @KPMG Warner Brothers @WBCareers
  18. 18. Helpful Sites for Finding Internships
  19. 19. But even if you’re placed, you’ll probably have an interview, so let’s talk about that…
  20. 20. 93% of communication is nonverbal.
  21. 21. Going Up? Your Elevator Pitch. What’s your objective? Why you? Why them?
  22. 22. “ I’m looking for a forensic audit internship before my senior year. I’ve just completed my first mock trial and I already know this is my preferred track. I’m very impressed by your litigation support division and the caliber of the clients you serve – and I’d love to have the opportunity to be part of your team next summer.” Elevator Pitch Breakdown Objective Why you. Why them.
  23. 23. The remedy to anxiety is clarity. (P.S. I spend at least 15 hours preparing for a 4-minute interview.)
  24. 24. <ul><li>Tell me about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you want this job? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you know about our company? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your greatest strengths? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your greatest weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li>What projects have you worked on? </li></ul><ul><li>When was the last time you really felt challenged? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you volunteer? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have any questions for us? </li></ul>Interview questions you should be able to answer:
  25. 25. Note: If it’s this guy, I’d read this book! Find out who is interviewing you…
  26. 26. Speed Round
  27. 27. Does the company have to pay you? Yes.
  28. 28. Who pays the most? Average hourly wage for an intern is $17. Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers These guys.
  29. 29. You’re Hired: Now What ?
  30. 30. Word of Mouth Potential (a/k/a WOMP) is your secret sauce. If no one is talking about you, you must not be doing anything worth noticing!
  31. 31. You’re Hired #1: Mind Your -Ilities Punctuality Likability Accountability Dependability Responsibility Humility Visibility Credibility “ Little” things are BIG.
  32. 32. You’re Hired #2: Speak UP!
  33. 33. Not Okay!
  34. 34. You’re Hired #3: Think About What They’ll Need NEXT .
  35. 35. You’re Hired #4: Lead Something
  36. 36. EQ You’re Hired #5: Mind Your EQ IQ
  37. 37. You’re Hired #6: Send a Friday Memo
  38. 38. Two Ways to Say “ Don’t Hire Me.”
  39. 39. Compete with your fellow interns.
  40. 40. Act like the company is auditioning for you.
  41. 41. When it’s over…
  42. 42. Schedule a meeting with each of your supervisors. Say “Thank you” Mention something specific you learned Present a small gift (optional) Ask for a LinkedIn recommendation
  43. 43. Update your resume / LinkedIn profile
  44. 44. STAY IN TOUCH !
  45. 45. Let’s Recap.
  46. 46. Success = High Focus High WOMP High Touch
  47. 47. <ul><li>To move up, you must </li></ul><ul><li>get noticed. </li></ul><ul><li>To get noticed, you must </li></ul><ul><li>attract attention. </li></ul><ul><li>To attract attention, you must </li></ul><ul><li>be distinctive. </li></ul><ul><li>To be distinctive, you must </li></ul><ul><li>become known for RESULTS. </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Immediately </li></ul>
  48. 48. Emily Bennington @EmilyBennington [email_address]