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Professional Pathways April 2011


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This is a newsletter that wrote, designed and editted for my internship with the Liberal Arts Career Development office.

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Professional Pathways April 2011

  1. 1. Professional Pathways COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTSLIBERAL ARTS CAREER DEVELOPMENT April 2011A Letter From Lisa: The end of the semester is upon us and for many that means packing up and heading home. Some of you have summer jobs, some have internships, and some will travel to reconnect with family and friends and try to relax. How many of you will spend a portion of your summer investing in your future career path? In the current economic and job market climate, it is vital to do just that – invest in yourself and your future career. One way to do this is to volunteer. Volunteering at a local not-for-profit can be a great pathway to employment. Volunteering can help keep your skills fresh, build relationships through networking, add vital experience Where should you volunteer? Look around your to a résumé, and help gain crucial references that can community for organizations for which you have some lead to employment. According to Helen Smith, Talent passion. In most communities there are hundreds that you Acquisition at Allstate, “many employers are looking can call. Call the director and offer to volunteer your time for candidates who are well rounded, who are invested in an area of expertise or in which you wish to build skills. in their community, who have gained leadership skills And get started building your skills, your network, résumé through volunteer work.” and references. Do more this summer – volunteer!
  2. 2. Major STRA LAREBIL FO EGELLOC COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS Bene tsEnglishThe Benefits of a B.A. in 1102 lirpA April 2011 Graduates who recieve a degree in English are students will apply this knowledge in corporate well equipped with the communication skills that settings while others will apply it in academic settings. are highly valued in today’s job market. English No matter where their professional lives might take majors at Purdue University have a wealth of them, it is safe to say that English majors will be resources at their fingertips. First, their department sought after for both creative and managerial positions is filled with award-winning and world-renowned upon graduation. professors who give students the guidance they need to succeed. Second, the English Department is To learn more about the Department of English, visit home to the Purdue Writing Lab and Online Writing http://www.cla. Lab, a first-of-its-kind student resource designed to help students grow and develop in their academic writing. As a smaller department within CLA, the Department of English is able to provide their students with a much more one-on-one instruction experience through smaller class sizes. English students not only learn the rules and nuances of our language, but also how to use it Above: Heavilon Hall houses the offices for the effectively in many different environments. Some Department of English. Study Abroad Programs The Department of English offers exciting study abroad opportunities. Here are a few programs that are being offered for the Summer of 2011: Reading London - 05/16/11 to 06/18/11 Postindustrial Scotland: Professional Writing Abroad - 06/13/11 to 07/22/11 While Reading London is open to all, undergradu- ates, it is a Study Abroad program that will spark Gain incredible insight into the postindustrial business the interest of many English majors. This four-week world on this Professional Writing centered program. experience begins in the familiar setting of the West Professional Writers are expected to have a wealth Lafayette campus and moves to London, England, for of knowledge on new and emerging technologies. At the remaining weeks of instruction. With incredible the University of Dundee, you’ll begin your tour of course options that will fulfill many core and English Scotland’s rich history and bright future. The pro- major requirements, this tour of a literary landmark gram promises to help you build the bridge between and study of its roots and history will not only delight consumers and businesses and teach you to communi- a lover of written word, but help them on the road to cate information about technology and technological graduation as well. Contact Melanie Shoffner (shoff- research in our modern world. Contact Michael Salvo for more information. ( for more information.
  3. 3. Alumna SpotlightKate Bouwens translated her strong communications skills into a Professional Writing degreeand is now working at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Kate, like many and Border Protection, Kate learned the value other students, came of gaining experience before graduation. to college unsure When asked what advice she had for current of how to translate students, Kate said, “I’d tell undergraduates: her strengths into GET AN INTERNSHIP!” Why take her a major. After a advice? One of Kate’s internships led to her chance meeting landing the amazing position she now holds with the mother after graduation. of a Professional Writing major, Kate’s Customs and Border Protection was so father suggested that impressed with Kate’s hard work that they she look into the offered her a position at the U.S. Department Professional Writing of Homeland Security. Kate now works program at Purdue. reporting to the Department’s headquarters A gifted communicator, Kate quickly found in Washington D.C. Her work directly effects her place within the major. She enjoyed the the budget of the department where she is versatility of it. Kate comments, “I firmly required to work with Project Managers to believe that PW students can do great work in efficiently procure the right information. any industry.” Kate says that networking is just as Kate explored that versatility through important as internships to her professional internships that she held as an undergraduate. development. “Networking is the absolute Working as an intern at the Purdue Writing best way to get what you want. Informational Lab, the Lafayette Crisis Center, and Customs interviews are a great way to get your foot in the door of a company and get noticed.”Above: Kate Bouwens on the job at the Departmentof Homeland Security.
  4. 4. Featured Blog EntryIn the final issues of the semester, the Liberal Arts Career Development team hasdecided to feature a blog entry from the LACD Intern Blog. This month, we featureAngela Cooley, Senior Intern, and her advice on resume design. To read more blogsfrom Angela and the other interns, visit http://www.LACDIntern.Blogspot.comNo matter what field you’re going into, attention to the visual details of your resume are important. The resumeis often the first thing an employer sees when considering a candidate and creates a lasting first impressionbefore you even set foot in an interview. Now, a spruced-up design won’t magically make a sub-par resumemore impressive, but it will reflect how you present yourself and the pride you take in your work. With just afew simple tweaks, you can set yourself apart from similarly-qualified competitors—all without leaving theconservative “comfort zone” most industries demand.Create a visual hierarchy.Good organization should be the backbone of any resume design; it’s extremely important that the reader beable to easily find specific information at a glance (employers don’t exactly spend hours poring over eachapplicant’s qualifications). What this means for us is that we need to establish headings and sub-headings thatclearly distinguish each section of your resume from each other. You have a whole arsenal of tricks at yourdisposal! Font choice Font size ALL CAPS Bold Italic Underline Color Spacing/indentationMix and match these elements to create the effect you need, but don’t pile them all on at once! The mostimportant information on the page should be your name; therefore, it should carry the most visual weight; thatis, it should draw the eye the most. Your category headers (e.g. “Education,” “Professional Experience,” etc.)should have the second most visual weight, followed by any sub-headers you may have, like your list of jobtitles.To learn more resume design tips, check out Angela’s blog on font usage at
  5. 5. Internship and Career Opportunities Sun-Times Media Inside Account Executive create a social media strategy that caters to the needs of a Sun-Times Media is the premier source of local news modern energy company and their clients. and information for the greater Chicago area. Sun-Times Media owns eight daily newspapers, including the To Apply: To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Chicago Sun-Times, seven suburban daily newspapers, and many weekly newspapers and websites. Their company is looking to hire a Inside Account Executive Matching Donors Marketing Internship who would be responsible for selling print and interactive is the world’s most successful advertising for all Sun-Times Media Publications and company finding living altruistic organ donors for people Web Partnerships. This is a full time position. For more needing transplants. is seeking information about the company, please visit http://www. current students and college graduates to join them as they begin a massive national advertising campaign. The position will allow applicants to work with high- Requirements: The company would prefer prior sales or ranking officers within the company and to assist advertising experience, knowledge of Microsoft Office them in executing their new campaign through project (Word, Excel, PowerPoint,) and that the applicant has management, research and distribution of educational and earned a high school diploma or GED, although a college press materials. To learn more about this company visit degree is a preferred. To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Requirements: An applicant must be a current student or college graduate. GolinHarris Internship To Apply: Please contact Paul Dooley at CEO@ GolinHarris is a leading public relations firm based or call at 781-821-2204 if you are in Chicago, with over 34 offices around the globe. interested in applying for this internship. GolinHarris prides itself on a tailored and personal approach to public relations for each and every client. Chinese Culture Center TESL Internship The company is currently seeking juniors, seniors, and The U.S. Chinese Culture Center is currently seeking recent graduates to apply for their summer internship, camp counselors for an English teaching summer camp which will take place from June 6th to August 31st, 2011. program. Located in several of China’s major cities, They are looking for applicants with a strong interest and students have a chance to teach English as a second background in public relations, strong writing skills, and language to children who range from kindergarteners enthusiastic attitudes. For more information about this to twelfth graders. The Chinese Culture Center charges company, visit their website at http://www.golinharris. a fee to manage the application process and handle the com/. internship placements, and interns must pay for their own airfare. Once there, expenses are covered for the month. Requirements: Applicants must be must be students or To learn more about the Chinese Culture Center, visit recent college graduates who received academic credit Http:// at an accredited college or university. The company also requires that applicants be available to work a full-time Requirements: Applicants must be college students schedule. or college graduates, age 18-60. They must be healthy To Apply: Visit English speakers free of any accent. aspx/Careers/Internships for more information and submit To Apply: Visit to a completed application package to ChicagoIntern@ register for this opportunity. Big Ten Plus Virtual Career Fair Select Energy Social Media Internship “Big Ten Plus” virtual career fair will take place Select Energy Partners manages electricity and natural from April 5th to April 7th. This career fair is a great gas purchasing for clients in deregulated markets. Located opportunity to connect with prospective employers in Chicago, Select Energy is seeking interns to execute that don’t normally visit campus. Visit http://hirebig10. and operate social media plans through various websites such as Twitter and Facebook. Interns will be expected to registration/ to register.
  6. 6. Internship and Career Opportunities The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis of Associated Press style are preferred but not required. Samuel Kroot Internship Program The internship is available for the 2011-12 academic year. The Samuel Kroot Internship Program provides an op- It is requested that the individual be available to work two portunity for those who have consecutive semesters and divide the 10-15 hours over 4-5 completed at least one year of college to work at one of days per week. Pay will be $8-$10 per hour. the Federation agencies and to learn about the structure and social services in the To Apply: Please send a resume and three writing samples Jewish community. The goal of by April 22, 2011 to Valerie O’Brien, manager of internal this internship is to interest an individual in a career communications, at choice in Jewish communal service. This internship features four different positions: Nature/Wellness Trail DePuy Communications Co-op/Internship Development, Wellness Coordinator, Nursing Home The Marketing Communications department at DePuy Activity, and Media Production. Duties vary by posi- Orthopaedics manages the external communications to tion. For more information visit both professionals and patients. The team works closely with product marketing and outside agencies to develop To Apply: Please submit cover letter and application to marketing materials. In addition, the team plays a heavy June Herman at focus on educating potential patients. The co-op’s role is the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, 6705 integral to the team by providing support as needed for Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260 many aspects of Marketing Communications. Duties may or by April 11, 2011. The applica- include: management, customer service and correspon- tion is available for download as a dence, development of new or updated patient resources .pdf from our website, tools, and other miscellaneous duties such as but not limited to routing, faxing, shipping. For more information Marketing and Media Publications Internship about DePuy, visit The Purdue Office of Marketing and Media - Publica- tions is looking for an intern for a 10-15 hour per week Requirements: Candidate must be at least a sophmore position. The individual will assist Publications staff available to work part-time from May to December 2011. with developing content for Purdue Today, the Univer- G.P.A. of 3.0 and experience using Microsoft PowerPoint sity’s daily e-newsletter for faculty and staff. Respon- and Excel are highly desired. sibilities will include responding to client communica- To Apply: Log in to CCO Express at https://www.cco.pur- tions, conducting interviews, and writing news briefs Click on “Campus interviews I qualify and stories. Opportunities to work on the University’s for” and enter “DePuy” in the keyword search. Check out college magazines and newsletters also may be avail- the full description & click the “Apply” button to submit able. Coursework in journalistic writing and knowledge your resume. Seniors…if you are still looking for a job, here’s a program for you! Job Search -- Working Offline 10:00 a.m.– 3:30 p.m., Wed., May 11 Employers and CCO Staff will present workshops on a variety of job search topics including: Job Search Tips Networking that Works Creating Your Brand Targeting Your Search Resume Critiquing Speed Interviewing Also, join us for a Networking Luncheon at no cost! Register opens on Monday, April 25 at Space is limited.
  7. 7. Liberal Arts Career Developmentis looking for interns!Communications | Professional Writing | Visual Communications Design Internship Liberal Arts Career Development (LACD) has a variety of exciting Opportunities opportunities for college students to join our Summer and Fall 2011 internship programs. Work in a fun and fast paced environment alongside seasoned professionals in career development in marketing, Web-page design/development, print and multi-media design, and fundraising, sponsorship & development. We offer interns substantive roles that call for initiative, creativity and analytical abilities across a broad range of functions. Interns will provide entry-level support including research, planning, trouble- shooting, reporting, production, and creative problem solving. Location This position is located in Beering Hall, room 1114 on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. Eligibility This internship program is open to undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and have will have completed their freshman year by the start of the program. Interns must meet the following criteria: • Currently earning a college/university degree in mar- keting, graphic design, and/or professional writing • Available to work Monday through Friday, 10-15 hours each week (at least 5-7 in the office) • Excellent communication skills • Internet and email proficiency • Demonstrated computer proficiency with Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint Duration The Summer 2011 internship program runs approximately from May 16, 2011 through August 19, 2011. The Fall 2011 program runs throughout the fall semester. Compensation Interns are offered course credit in their respective majors based on previous experience and grade level. Interns must work with their respective department internship coordinators to arrange appropriate credit and registration. Interns are not given financial compensation. To Apply Send resume and cover letter to Lisa Lambert Snodgrass, Director
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  9. 9. Liberal Arts Career Development TeamFrom Left to Right:Stephanie Grebe, Caitlin Charles, Kate Agathon, Sidonna Materson,Lisa Lambert Snodgrass, Director,Adam Beasley, Christina Ripley, Angela Cooley, Meg FingertCOLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTSLisa Lambert Snodgrass, M.S.Career Development DirectorBeering Hall, Room 114clacarer@purdue.eduMegan FingertNewsletter editorLACD Intern