Homework Over Winter Break? You Got That Right.

Ten Things Students Should Do In Between “Games of Thrones” Episodes
By Kate Szumanski

With finals approaching, now isn’t the best time for students – this means you – to think about your career and professional development is it? There are deadlines to meet, tests to study for, and papers to write.

But during winter break when free time’s a plenty, there is serious homework to be done, only this homework is ungraded and “counts” for much more than a grade on your report card.

There is career and professional development homework to complete, and winter break is the ideal time to focus on this area.

Here are the Top 10 things you should do during your winter break to be best prepared to hit those spring career fairs strong when you return to campus.

(And parents of college students who are reading this, you can help spread the word and encourage your son or daughter to take serious action before a new semester begins.)

  1. Create a killer résumé. It’s true: your résumé is your sales pitch. If written right, it has the power to convincingly “sell” your abilities, experiences, and skills to a future internship supervisor or employer. Review résumé samples. Identify what you like. Build your résumé to represent you.
  1. Memorize your elevator pitch. So we meet at a career fair and after we exchange pleasantries about the weather and if the Philadelphia Phillies will trade Cole Hamels, where does the conversation go? If you are asked about you – your interests, your focus, your mission, your purpose – what do you say? Write and memorize your elevator pitch, the 30-second introduction that will captivate and convince the person on the receiving end that you are a serious student with fascinating interests and tremendous value looking to build a career and contribute in meaningful ways to an organization’s mission.
  1. Google “common interview questions.” It might seem silly, but do it. Research the typical questions hiring managers’ ask during interviews and brainstorm compelling answers. Never be caught off guard again during an interview.
  1. Include an e-mail signature to all outgoing mail. After you sign your e-mail messages, do you include a professional signature line that directs recipient’s to your Twitter handle, Web site, or other relevant contact information? No? Do it moving forward. It’s like including a business card in an e-mail every time you hit “send.”
  1. Get a handle on Twitter. I’m consistently surprised by the low number of students who use Twitter to not only research industries, but also to build their personal brands. Twitter allows you to converse and connect with industry professionals, keep updated on trends in public discourse, and stay current on all things. Contribute to the conversations related to your emerging area of expertise by becoming active on Twitter.
  1. Write a cover letter template. Yes, all cover letters should be customized and tailored to each opportunity for which you apply. But that doesn’t mean you need to start from scratch each time. Build a meaningful cover letter that you can revise quickly.
  1. Create your Linked In profile. Perhaps you already have a Linked In profile, but you haven’t visited it in months. Or maybe you don’t have a Linked in profile yet. Now’s the time to edit it or create it. And with powerful resources like these at your fingertips, there’s no good reason to say you don’t know where to start.
  1. Cleanse your social media presence. Increasingly, employers, hiring managers, and interviewers will google candidates who’ve applied for positions before extending an invitation to meet. What does your public social media presence say about you? Does it convey a powerful image of a creative problem-solver and critical-thinker seeking to grow her professional career and take on the world, or does it convey an image of someone who’s been out too late at one too many parties? Remove inappropriate content. Enable the privacy settings on your Facebook page. Be smart about social media and understand its power to influence. It’s a hard truth: people will judge you without knowing you. Don’t give them any reason to judge you in an unfavorable light.
  1. Invest in stationery. When your Aunt Mary sends you a lovely holiday sweater, do you thank her in writing with a courteous and warm note? No? Well, you should. Rarely am I so forceful, but I encourage all students to be the one – maybe the only one – who sends a hand-written thank-you note to someone who has helped you, encouraged you, interviewed you, gave you a cup pf water while you waited for your interview to start, etc. Now, don’t go overboard and thank everyone for every common courtesy, but be smart and savvy. Express gratitude appropriately. If you are the candidate who sends the note, you’ll be remembered. And in our electronic age, those hand-written notes are all the more meaningful.
  1. Buy a suit. Are you comfortable in your interview attire? Right now, yoga pants and jeans are your staples, and that’s perfectly fine. But when you begin to interview for internships or jobs, you’ll need clothing that serves many purposes. You want to feel confident and comfortable in your skin. You want to send a professional message to the person across the table. For men or women, a suit that comes with its requisite component parts can help you begin to gradually build a professional wardrobe. Keep it on the conservative side. Black and navy blue are staples. Women easily can add a pop of color with an appropriate blouse, and men can add just a touch of color (again, think conservative here) with their choice of necktie. And you shouldn’t spend a lot of money here – there’s no need.

Whew. By now, you’re exhausted. You’re hoping to find the remote to see if Mom or Dad DVR-ed “Sons of Anarchy.”

Remember, no one said winter break homework would be easy, right?

And newsflash! Did you know that there’s extra credit available, too? Yes, I said extra credit.

For the ultra-motivated and ambitious, take on these challenges:

  1. Send your first Tweet.
  2. Connect with someone you know on Linked In.
  3. Research potential internships and apply to those that most interest you.
  4. Buy a roll of stamps.
  5. Write a thank-you note and mail it. (See #4 for stamps!)

Got it? Excellent. I know you do.

In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University, and in the Office of Undergraduate Students, we teach our students – liberally educated young adults – to be adaptable, nimble, and flexible students and professionals who contribute powerfully to society.

We want our students to realize their full potential, to discover their passions and to pursue them with relentless determination. Maybe it’s through an internship. Maybe it’s through a professional development course. Maybe it’s through one of our many professional development events. Discovering who you are and what your impact can be should help define your Villanova journey.

When you return to campus in 2015, encourage our students to visit the Office for Undergraduate Students in SAC 107 often. Discover who you are and who you are meant to be. Let our office of dedicated professionals help you on your journey of discovery.

Kate Szumanski, ’95, ’97, is the associate director for experiential education in the Office for Undergraduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. Follow her on Twitter @KateSzumanski.    

Achieving Professional Success With a Degree in the Liberal Arts and Sciences

By Kate Szumanski

Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University are often told that they can do and be anything, that with their excellent liberal education, they can work any job, excel at it, and be paid well for it.

Strong evidence suggests that this and more are true.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) released a report in January 2014 on earnings and long-term career paths for college graduates with different undergraduate majors.

In How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment, authors Debra Humphreys and Patrick Kelly analyze data from the 2010-11 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and provide answers to some common questions posed by students, parents, and policy makers who are increasingly concerned about the value of college degrees.

Their findings are reassuring:

  • Liberal arts majors close earnings gaps—earn more than professional majors at peak earnings ages
  • Unemployment rates are low for liberal arts graduates—and decline over time
  • Liberal arts graduates disproportionately pursue social services professions
  • Many liberal arts and sciences majors also attain graduate and professional degrees and experience significant earnings boosts when they do
  • Graduate and professional degrees provide earning boosts for all; largest boost for science and math majors and smallest boost for professional majors

The report argues that “whatever undergraduate major they may choose, students who pursue their major within the context of a broad liberal education substantially increase their likelihood of achieving long-term professional success.”

In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University, and in the Office of Undergraduate Students, we teach our students – liberally educated young adults – to be adaptable, nimble, and flexible students and professionals.

We want our students to realize their full potential, to discover their passions and to pursue them with relentless determination. Maybe it’s through an internship. Maybe it’s through a professional development course. Maybe it’s through one of our many professional development events. Discovering who you are and what your impact can be should help define your Villanova journey.

I encourage students to visit the Office for Undergraduate Students in SAC 107 often. Discover who you are and who you are meant to be. Let our office of dedicated professionals help you on your journey of discovery.

Kate Szumanski, ’95, ’97, is the associate director for experiential education in the Office for Undergraduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. Follow her on Twitter @KateSzumanski.  

Think Internships and Join the #InternNation

By Kate Szumanski ’95, ’97

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Career-building, mentoring, networking. You’ve heard the terms over and over again. How can you as a student –right now – actually “do” these things?

Think internships.

Now more than ever, internships provide you with tremendous value. From gaining real-world experience in a variety of fields to collaborating with diverse professionals and expanding your network, internships allow you to experience the workplace as an insider – a true participant.

The value of an internship cannot be denied. You can experiment and test the waters. You can learn how to apply your academic experiences to a variety of careers, and begin to understand where you fit, what you like, and what you don’t.

In addition, many employers consider their own interns ideal candidates for full-time positions.

Where should you start your internship search? Visit GoNovaJobs. Here you’ll find opportunities and application instruction.

If you seek to earn academic credit for your internship, please visit me, Kate Szumanski, in the Office for Undergraduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in SAC 107. I look forward to discussing with you everything you need to do to secure credit for your internship.

In the coming days, our office will host a series of Internship Workshops designed to fuel your passions and ignite you on your professional journey. Be on the lookout for those dates, times, and locations.

Kate Szumanski, ’95, ’97, is the associate director for experiential education in the Office for Undergraduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. Follow her on Twitter @KateSzumanski.    

Deutsche Bank DB Achieve Sophomore Internship Program

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At Deutsche Bank, we believe that diverse teams are smarter teams. We believe that success comes from many perspectives – and that an inclusive workforce goes hand in hand with delivering innovative solutions for our clients. It’s why we employ 135 different nationalities. It’s why we’ve created our DB Achieve sophomore program which celebrates diversity in all its forms. And it’s just one of the reasons why you’ll find the working culture here so refreshing.

DB Achieve is an eight-week introduction to a career at Deutsche Bank designed for students who are diverse and/or students who can show a commitment to diversity. Join us and we’ll pack your summer with training sessions, challenging work assignments and networking opportunities. You’ll experience our commitment to diversity and an inclusive work environment first hand.

How to apply?
Submit your resume AND a 500 word essay telling us how your commitment to diversity makes you the ideal candidate for DB Achieve. Application deadline is Sunday, November 16, 2014 with interviews to follow in December. Only complete applications will be considered

Asset & Wealth Management
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CB&S: Markets
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CB&S: Corporate Finance
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Discover something different at db.com/careers/dbachieve

Application Deadline Approaching – 2015 MultiCultural Advertising Internship Opportunity

Applications for the 2015 Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) are now being accepted. This program is organized by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) and is a wonderful opportunity for students seeking an advertising internship. Please see links below for more information.

·         2015 MAIP Application (Deadline to Apply: October 15, 2014)

·         2015 MAIP Registration Link

·         MAIP Website

·         MAIP Facebook Page

If you have any questions please contact Shannon Galvin, Diversity and Inclusion Programs Coordinator, at sgalvin@aaaa.org.

[GUEST POST] Internship Experience by Jonathan Tam ’15

Every incoming college student knows of the college triangle aka the graphic of a college student’s time management. The three points of the triangle are labeled good grades, social life, and sleep and it tells you that you can only choose two. What the graphic does not tell you is that it is possible to have all three; you just need to have good time management and a plan.

            My freshman year was a big transition year for me and I figured out what I needed to do to be a successful college student. I also have the added filler of college baseball to my schedule, which helps to focus my time to where I need to spend it. I am a rising senior in the class of 2015 who is majoring in Psychology in the Liberal Arts and Sciences College.

            This summer I interned at a large-scale insurance company called ACE Group USA that specializes in insuring companies with a net worth of $1 billion or more. I spent time in the Risk Management Finance department, which looks at the expectations of every policy from every branch and looks at how the policies are doing compared to how they were projected to do.

            When I entered Villanova as a Psychology major, I was really hoping to be able to counsel and provide therapy but I would have to take way too many classes to earn that right so I have moved on. Now I have been looking at jobs in the insurance industry because it gives me the same kind of social networking without having to go to grad school to get a job. My summer internship in the Risk Management department was excellent for understanding how insurance works and how important social networking is in a workplace environment.

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Internship with the Marian Moskowitz for State Representative campaign

Are you interested in politics, government, policy, or campaigning? Are you looking for a way to get started in politics or looking to solidify your skills and gain some real world experience?

If so, come work with the Marian Moskowtiz campaign for State Representative in PA’s 157th District! Marian is a business woman and community leader with over 30 years living in her area. This race is receiving a lot of attention as one of the state’s premier races. This is the perfect opportunity to help build a campaign up in the exciting months leading to November 4th win! We need to show power players in the state that young people can affect politics.

We’re looking to build a Millennial based campaign to overturn the stagnant politics of the current state government, all while building up our skills and electing a good woman into the legislature. Everyone is a part of the learning process here, and the skills you can build working as a part of our team will make you a more marketable professional once out of school. Come build your skills and your resume.

Contact James Ebersole, Campaign Manager, at MarianforPA@gmail.com with your resume and we’ll get you on board!

Internship Opening: Political Journalist

PoliticsPA, Pennsylvania’s longest ­running political news website, is seeking talented individuals to contribute to our news coverage throughout the Commonwealth. Interns will have the chance to gain journalism experience and a stronger understanding of Pennsylvania politics. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to build a portfolio with published political writing. Internship openings are available for the Fall 2014 semester. The position can be performed remotely and applicants are welcome from anywhere in Pennsylvania as well as Washington, DC.”

Intern duties include:
-Writing news stories.
-Monitoring press releases and regional news outlets for relevant source material.
-Covering political and government events.
-Conducting other research, including taking transcripts.

Requirements:
-Applicants must have strong writing skills.
-Applicants must have strong knowledge of Pennsylvania politics.
-Applicants must possess strong research skills.
-A commitment of 15 hours per week; specific times based on news events.

The strongest applicants will have a background in politics or journalism. Positions are unpaid. Please send a resume, cover letter and a writing sample to nick@politicspa.com. The ideal writing sample will demonstrate the applicant’s familiarity with PoliticsPA subject matter. Email Nick Field nick@politicspa.com with any questions.

Main Line Health – Recruitment Seasonal Internship

Note: this is a non-paid internship – 20 hours per week: schedule (days/times) is flexible

Main Responsibilities:
-Process Criminal Background Checks and Education Verifications (Certiphi®) for potential new employees
-Send interview invitations with appropriate documents as well as link for online reference checking (Skill Survey®)
-Ensure completed files for new employees by printing necessary paperwork
-Phone Screen applicants in applicant tracking system (e-Recruit®) as assigned by recruiters
-Schedule internal applicants for interviews at various Main Line Health campuses
-Perform other administrative tasks as assigned by coordinators
-Complete file audits at Main Line Health entities to ensure compliance of recruitment paperwork

Potential Projects:
-Learn and utilize the video interview tool (ASYNC) to help pre-screen applicants
-Learn and utilize CareerBuilder’s Talent Network to help increase applicant pipeline

To apply, email Megan Galeone at GaleoneM@MLHS.ORG

Villanova Office for Undergraduate Students Video Production Internship

The Office for Undergraduate Students, located in the Saint Augustine Center, is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences resource for academically related student needs. We strive to provide students with the resources needed to be academically successful achieve through comprehensive Academic Advising, Leadership and Professional Development and Internship Programs. Currently, we are seeking a video production intern to assist with promoting our office through video communication. This exciting opportunity will provide a student with the chance to help script, shoot, edit, and debut videos pertaining to the Office for Undergraduate Students’ services, and Villanova students.

Requirements:
-Current full time undergraduate student in good academic standing seeking a for credit internship opportunity
-Technical fluency with editing and graphics software for video (preferably access to FinalCut)
-Knowledge and ability to use video production equipment
-Ability to troubleshoot technical concerns related to required software & hardware
-Creative thinking and flexibility
-Ability to work independently and problem-solve
-Availability to work during office hours and some evenings/weekends as needed

Applicants should email their cover letter and resume to Chuck Francisco at charles.francisco@villanova.edu no later than 5pm on Wednesday, August 27th.