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Annie Wolf GCC 2018


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Presentation for the Massachusetts Green Careers Conference on October 4, 2018

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Annie Wolf GCC 2018

  1. 1. Worthwhile Internships Annie Wolf, CVA Volunteer Program Manager, The Trustees October 4th, 2018
  2. 2. Outline u Intro u The Basics u Select & Apply u Interviewing u Next steps u Resources u Contact Info
  3. 3. Hi! u Volunteer Program Manager, The Trustees u Previous positions include live blue™ Service Coordinator at the New England Aquarium u Internships: Dolphin Research Center, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New England Aquarium u Certified in Volunteer Administration
  4. 4. The Basics: What is an internship? u Takes place at a big company, small company, government office, non profit, independent organization, school… u Hands on, experiential learning opportunity u Skill development u Career experience
  5. 5. The Basics: What is an internship? u Legal Definition (For profit companies) u No expectation of compensation u Training is similar to that which would be found in an educational institution u Tied to formal coursework or credit u Corresponds to academic calendar u Beneficial learning experience u Complements but does not displace work of paid employees u No expectation of employment
  6. 6. The Basics: Why bother? u Experience u Demonstrates commitment u Resume builder u Skill development u Career path
  7. 7. The Basics: Where to look u Still in college? u Online u Talk to people!
  8. 8. Select & Apply u How to select an internship: u Read through the description carefully u Make sure your availability aligns with the needs of the department u Review qualifications u School credit u Is the job description well written? u How to apply: u Submit a cover letter AND resume u Tailor your cover letter to the position u Do some research
  9. 9. Interviewing 101 u In person : u How to dress u What to bring u Over the phone: u Choose a quiet place with good service u Skype u Questions to ask/avoid
  10. 10. Interviewing 101: Questions to Ask u What is the office environment/work culture like? u How much time with I be spending with you/other members of the department? u Are there opportunities to work with other departments, people from other areas? u Are there any other interns in this role or in the company? u How much experience does the supervisor have in their role? How much experience does the supervisor have supervising interns? u What attracted you to X? What do you like about working for X? u ONLY if not in description or unclear: u Are there set hours or does the schedule allow for some flexibility? u Is this internship paid/unpaid? Do you support school credit?
  11. 11. Interviewing 101 u In person : u How to dress u What to bring u Over the phone: u Choose a quiet place with good service u Questions to ask/avoid u After the Interview
  12. 12. Next Steps
  13. 13. You get the internship!
  14. 14. Next Steps u Great, follow the instructions sent to you u Confirm start & end dates u Ask any questions that went unanswered u Start the college credit process u Keep in contact with the staff person or internship advisor before you start
  15. 15. You don’t get the internship
  16. 16. Next Steps u It’s okay, it didn’t work out for a reason u Follow up-ask for feedback u Take another look at your materials u You got this!
  17. 17. Resources u Legal Resources u u u Search engines u u Hireculture u u Conservation Job Board
  18. 18. Thanks & Keep in touch! Annie Wolf