Finding Your Internship


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Presentation targeting MSU students to help them understand and search for internship opportunities on-campus and around the mid Michigan area. Career development skills apply to any internship search as well as full time job search. Presented to 110 students at MSU Federal Credit Union business etiquette dinner in February 2011.

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  • thank you I’m Bill Morgan… how many of you have had 1 internship? 2 internships? 3 internships? Etc. presentation should reinforce what you already know…
  • Survey: 50% of employers want to see at least one internship on your resume (many want to see 2-3-4-) Survey: 40% more likely to get a full time job offer with internship experience than without Survey: 20% higher starting offer with internship experience than without
  • Best case is to end up with a job offer for when you graduate!
  • it’s okay if it doesn’t work out – clean end for both the student and the employer
  • Finding a relevant internship is hard work
  • your resume tells your story – enough to get you an interview MSU provides a free service – we’re here to help! your search strategy should go beyond just looking in want ads you’ll need to make adjustments and get help as you procede
  • it’s common for employers to ask for references – line them up before handing out contact info! now’s the time to tighten your privacy settings on Facebook – no more party or beach photos, please Linked In = Facebook for people at work Once you set up your LinkeIn account you can join groups like MSU Alumni = Spartans work at a lot of companies out there!
  • in addition to updating your digital profiles it’s a great time to talk about internships and careers with the people you know
  • How many of you have logged in to your My Spartan Career account this year? How many of you enjoy using you’re My Spartan Career? OK, like most job posting sites, it can take time to figure out a way to make it work for your needs Keep in mind: Employers posting on MSC are interested in YOU Keep in mind: Only Spartans can search for and apply to jobs in MSC – Limited Competition!
  • A few tips on how to move up the learning curve Forget your Password?
  • Job search starts with the jobs tab 1,706 jobs posted at 2:31pm Today 510 internships posted => 70% paid internships
  • I recommend trying the advanced search option => more filtering filter for keywords filter for internships filter for miles from a zip code (10 miles from 48824 = MSU area) Set up Search Agents => automatically get emails when new jobs are posted!
  • Tip: Put MSU in the Keyword search box to locate MSU job listings
  • “What advice to you have for an MSU Junior who’s interested in a career in advertising?” Let us talk – we love to talk, listen to our own voices, bask in your admiration… Ask for an Informational Interview => you bring a list of questions and interview the supervisor about the company Have your resume and story ready; research the industry and key companies It’s a two way street => one thing you can offer is to be a “brand ambassador” (I’ll tell my friends to take your class!”)
  • Google Manager in Ann Arbor = “…75,000 applications came in over past few weeks…”
  • Google Manager in Ann Arbor = “…75,000 applications came in over past few weeks…”
  • Research: most people work at small companiesResearch: really small and really big companies are back on track and hiring!
  • There are a lot of great companies right here in mid Michigan – places to look for an Internship!
  • Business associations are a good source for information about local companies – some even post jobs Governments have a lot of employees and often hire interns Colleges also hire students as interns!
  • Many internships are posted on MSC Also look for part time jobs that are relevant to your career interests (Hospitality Management; English; Computer Science) Students need to ask their supervisor about creating an internship opportunity I can help Supervisors with setting up an Internship
  • Your tuition includes access to the MSU Career Services Network We have offices around campus! We’re available online at Career Network . Msu . Edu
  • Think about the skills you’ve developed through school, clubs, sports, jobs, hobbies Think about how these skills can relate to the types of internships you’d like to find Figure out what you want and show your passion => employers are suckers for passion!
  • Finding an Internship can take as much work as finding a full time job The job search skills you develop looking for internships will carry over to help you throughout your career
  • Thank you I’ll post this presentation to my LinkedIn account => I welcome all of you to connect with me on LinkedIn!
  • Finding Your Internship

    1. 1. finding your internship<br />Bill Morgan, Internship Coordinator<br />MSU Career Services Network<br />
    2. 2. What is an Internship?<br />Real world <br />Learning<br />Relationships<br />Connections<br />Paid + Unpaid<br />Credit + No-Credit<br /><br />
    3. 3. internship = test drive a careergood career fit<br /><br />
    4. 4. internship = test drive a careernot so good career fit<br /><br />
    5. 5. Internship Search = Full Time Job Search<br /><br />
    6. 6. Preparing for your internship<br />prepare resume<br />meet with career advisor<br />develop a job search strategy<br />repeat (refine)<br /><br />
    7. 7. Preparing for your internship<br />References<br />Online Personality Scrub<br />LinkedIn Profile<br />LinkedIn Connections<br /><br />
    8. 8. Building your connections<br />Career Services Network advisor<br />MSU faculty & staff<br />Family <br />Friends (they have family, too!)<br /><br />
    9. 9. Searching for internship postings<br /><br />Go Green!<br /><br />
    10. 10.<br /><br />
    11. 11.<br /><br />
    12. 12. Advanced Search + Search Agents<br /><br />
    13. 13. MSU internships = search keyword “MSU”<br /><br />
    14. 14. Stepping out of your comfort zone<br />Asking for advice<br />Informational interviews<br /><ul><li>Do your homework
    15. 15. Know yourself
    16. 16. Offer something in return</li></ul><br />
    17. 17. “What about Google?”<br /><br />
    18. 18. “…75,000 applications…”<br /><br />
    19. 19. “Where else should I look?”<br />Most people work at small companies you never heard of (Fewer than 200 employees)<br /><br />
    20. 20. Getting to know your local companies<br />MSU Federal Credit Union<br />Biggby Coffee<br />Two Men and a Truck<br />Jackson National Life<br />John Henry Company<br />Emergent BioSolutions<br /><br />
    21. 21. Getting to know more local companies<br />Liquid Web<br />Neogen<br />TechSmith, Corp.<br />Spartan Internet Consulting<br />Demmer<br />AutoOwners Insurance<br /><br />
    22. 22. Local connectors you should know…<br />LEAP (Lansing Economic Area Partnership)<br />Lansing Chamber of Commerce<br />Lansing Rotary<br />Lansing State Journal<br />Lansing Area Capital Gains<br />Greater Lansing Business Monthly<br />There are more!<br /><br />
    23. 23. Getting to know even more companies!<br />Michigan Nonprofit Association<br />Mid Michigan Creative Alliance<br />Michigan Education Association<br />State of Michigan (government)<br />City of Lansing, East Lansing<br />Michigan State University<br /><ul><li> Internships@State program</li></ul><br />
    24. 24. Internships@State<br />On-campus <br />240 departments<br />11,000+ student workers<br />137 internships<br /><br />
    25. 25. Internships@State<br />On-campus <br />240 departments<br />11,000+ student workers<br />137 internships<br />RH&S<br />Wharton Center<br />Physical Plant<br />Library<br />Advancement<br />National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab<br />Community Music School<br /><br />
    26. 26. Three points to take home tonight:<br /><br />
    27. 27. Three points to take home tonight:<br />Use your MSU Career Services Network<br /><br />
    28. 28. Three points to take home tonight:<br />Use your MSU Career Services Network<br />Get to know yourself<br /><br />
    29. 29. Three points to take home tonight:<br />Use your MSU Career Services Network<br />Get to know yourself<br />It’s worth the extra effort!<br /><br />
    30. 30. Thank you!<br /><br />