By Jennifer Pluta and Lucy Rodgers
A few weeks ago, Syracuse University in NYC hosted a program in partnership with Career Services called “Making the Most of Your Summer Internship.” Attendees heard from a fantastic panel of alumni, including:
Josh Books ’11, Nielsen Catalina Solutions
Daniel Greenberg ’13, MediaLink
Josh Levy ’10, William Morris Endeavor
Pamela Medina ’13, General Assembly
Ciara Schoenauer ’14, Fullscreen
These recent alumni from various industries and fields provided their perspectives on how to have a successful internship in New York and elsewhere.
Here is what they had to say:
- What we hear most from employers is that they wish interns were more proactive. They encouraged everyone to follow the advice, “be a go-getter.”
- If you experience any “down time,” don’t wait for direction. Instead, look for assignments and present ideas.
- Be sure to take advantage of your resources because the connections you make at your internship can definitely go a long way in the future.
- You drive yourself and that itself is motivation. Even if you make a mistake and you may get discouraged, keep going.
- Treat your internship seriously. Treat it like a job. For example, go beyond your assigned responsibilities and ask to sit in on meetings.
- Your connection with Syracuse University is huge. You can see all 50,000 alumni who call New York City home on LinkedIn. So, use those Orange connections!
- When you are trying to network and make a connection, a great way to end an email is to ask “if there is ever any advice that you can give me, please reach out.”
- Don’t ask someone you are trying to connect with to meet for coffee and then expect them to do all the talking. Be prepared and ask insightful questions.
- Be sure to attend any professional development opportunities or networking events within the organization where you’re interning. Local events are great, too.
- Get and stay connected with fellow Syracuse University student and interns in order to build your network.
- After the internship, make sure to maintain your connections through emails, thank you notes, or holiday cards.
Check out all of the tweets from the event for a full re-cap of the evening.
For more advice on how to make the most out of your internship or if you are still seeking a summer internship, Career Services can help – call 315-443-3616 to make an appointment today!