internships

Top Tips to Make the Most of Your Internship

By Jennifer Pluta and Lucy Rodgers

Internship panel hosted by the Lubin House and Syracuse University Career Services
Internship panel hosted by the Lubin House and Syracuse University Career Services

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:

  1. 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.”
  1. If you experience any “down time,” don’t wait for direction. Instead, look for assignments and present ideas.
  1. 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.
  1. You drive yourself and that itself is motivation. Even if you make a mistake and you may get discouraged, keep going.
  1. Treat your internship seriously. Treat it like a job. For example, go beyond your assigned responsibilities and ask to sit in on meetings.
  1. 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!
  1. 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.”
  1. 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.
  1. Be sure to attend any professional development opportunities or networking events within the organization where you’re interning. Local events are great, too.
  1. Get and stay connected with fellow Syracuse University student and interns in order to build your network.
  1. 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!

Local Internship Fair brings 100+ employers to campus next week

by Dan Klamm
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Like many SU students, you might be thinking about pursuing an internship in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., or even abroad, but have you ever considered taking an internship right here in Central New York?  Local employers LOVE to hire SU students for internships.  Next week, you will have an ideal opportunity to connect with these very employers at the Local Internship Fair.

Students at the 2010 Local Internship Fair

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. under tents on the Syracuse University quad. More than 100 employers will be in attendance, including advertising agencies, media outlets, financial firms, non-profits, government organizations, hospitals, and start-ups. The full list of participating employers can be found here.

An internship is a great way to explore professional interests, gain hands-on experience, and bulk up your resume. In many cases, you can even receive academic credit for your internship experience!

Whether you’re interested in taking an internship during the academic year or you’re planning ahead for next summer, I encourage you to check out next week’s Local Internship Fair.

Jennifer Pluta, the event organizer, was kind enough to speak with me about the Local Internship Fair. Here’s what she had to say about why you should attend and how you can best prepare:
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