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Why Unpaid Internships Are Worth It

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by danielmoyle

If you’re like me, as a college student, you’re always scrambling to make a few extra dollars. Although we quickly adapt to the dollar-menu lifestyle that is college living, we’re always looking for a way to live just a little more comfortably.

That’s why many students totally rule out the idea of working for free, under any circumstances.

Fact is, though, that many of the internships out there today are unpaid. So before you rule out an unpaid internship, here are three reasons why accepting one could be well worth laboring for free.

1. It’s great experience. This is the usual selling point for any internship, and with good reason. Interning in the industry you’re interested in working in will provide you with skills that are invaluable – and that can help give you an edge when you’re going for your first job after graduation. You’ll also get a first-hand idea of what a job in the industry of your choice is like, and whether or not it’s a good fit for you.

2. You’ll get to network. One of the great things about interning is that you get to meet a ton of new people, from other interns to the heads of major companies. The connections you make as an intern are super-important: Down the line, one of them may be able to clue you in to a job opening or serve as a professional reference.

3. You might even get a foot in the door. There are a huge number of people who are willing to compete for that extremely rare paid internship. By taking an unpaid internship, you’re showing an employer that money isn’t your main concern, but instead, the work you’ll be doing and the experience you’ll be getting. By showing dedication to the work itself rather than the benefits attached to it, you may have a greater chance at getting your foot in the door with that company.

The important thing to remember about any internship is that it’s your first step into the professional world. Making your mark is important, and there’s no better way to do that than taking your job seriously and giving it 100%. With an unpaid internship, there may not be a paycheck on the line, but your professional reputation is.

By Guest Blogger Angela Andaloro I PACE UNIVERSITY: Smart, ambitious, and committed to the creative life, with a list of personal and professional goals that would stretch from here to the moon and back. Currently a Social Media Marketing Intern in New York City.

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Still No Idea What You’re Doing This Summer?

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If you don’t land an internship, there are some great alternatives.

Drenched by a sudden downpour, I left campus wondering how summer could suddenly be only two months away. But the date on the calendar isn’t lying, and an unanswered question remains stuck in my head: “What am I doing this summer??”

Back in December, when I embarked on my search for the perfect internship, it seemed like I had so much time. Sure, there’d be plenty of competition. But worry? Not me. I’d find something. That was then, and now here I am, still looking. What, you too?

So what happens if summer comes along and you’re still empty-handed? Nothing can completely replace the benefits of the experience and connections that you gain from a good internship. But alternatives do exist!

Do good for others.

by Christy Sheffield

Volunteer for a group, organization, or non-profit. Not only does this charitable act allow you to contribute to your community, it’s also a chance to pursue an interest or indulge a personal passion. For example, I grew up with my nose buried in library books, so I’ve always wanted to volunteer at a branch, shelving and organizing titles. Or try something completely new. Think outside the box. Consider venues that always need more help, like museums, theaters (not the cinematic kind), and political campaigns. Check out VolunteerMatch and Idealist for listings and more ideas.

Be willing to learn something new. Aside from adding a little weight to your wallet, working can have unexpected benefits. When I started at the University of Oregon Cinema Studies Program, I thought revamping its website would take priority. Instead, I’m now becoming best friends with data entry and office duties. They might not be my favorite tasks, but they’re still useful skills to master.

Start a mini-business.

by Amy Gizienski

This fun tip comes from the University of Chicago’s Career Advising & Planning Services. While you’re still young, let your entrepreneurial spirit run free. (Just don’t scam people!) One of my friends picked up people’s Christmas trees for a small fee to save them a trip to the recycling center – a win for my friend, the client, and the environment!

So don’t worry if you don’t land an internship – you have plenty of other options. And if all else fails, gather your friends, embark on a cross-country adventure, and tell us about it!

By Guest Blogger Charmaine Ng I UNIVERSITY OF OREGON:Ambitious and talented, honest and human, this tri-lingual social media strategist and curator is also a published author. Harbors a secret desire to one day have a multi-hyphenated title

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10 to 1 We’ll Soon Have a Great New Social Media Intern!

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We want YOU to help choose the lucky winner.

We’re feeling pretty lucky this week. Not only did our search for a Summer 2011 Social Media Intern attract a record number of applicants, it produced 10 totally great finalists.

The downside: Of that 10, only one will get the job. Thankfully, the job of narrowing the field isn’t on our shoulders.

That’s because we’ve asked BookRenter’s Facebook fans to choose the lucky winner by popular vote.

Here’s how it works. Photos and short descriptions of the 10 finalists are just below. Click a pic and we’ll shoot you over to our Facebook page, where you can learn more about the candidates (look for the “Pick R Intern” link on the left-hand side of the page). To cast a vote for the person you think seriously rocks as a budding social media guru and BookRenter blogger, click the “Vote Now” button next to that person’s name. That’s all there is to it!

Voting ends at midnight on April 30th. Between now and then, you can vote up to once a day for your favorite candidate. The winner will be announced here and on Facebook the first week in May.

Mia Mishek I UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH: Self-described curly-haired, potato-chip-loving day dreamer from Minnesota. But when it comes to social media this girl has some serious chops.

Charmaine Ng I UNIVERSITY OF OREGON: Ambitious and talented, honest and human, this tri-lingual social media strategist and curator is also a published author. Harbors a secret desire to one day have a multi-hyphenated title.

Keith Kaplan I ALBION COLLEGE: Brains (double-major honors student, Mortar Board, College Fellow) and brawn (swim team captain and an avid outdoorsman who most days can be seen paddling on the river that runs through his campus). Regular blogger. Co-founder of the eponymous DK Cookies (on Facebook!).

Kimberly Erskine I ROWAN UNIVERSITY: Currently her university’s Social Media Coordinator. Near-perfect GPA. Made it to Round Three of Charlie Sheen’s #TigerBloodIntern contest. This media-savvy girl – who dreams of becoming a successful writer and has just published her first major article – is seriously cool.

Brittany Goodman I PEACE COLLEGE: Creative. Well-connected. Has interned with non-profits in Germany, England, and South Korea. Believes in social media as a form of communication that’s every bit as important and meaningful as any other channel (we agree!).

Angela Andaloro I PACE UNIVERSITY: Smart, ambitious, and committed to the creative life, with a list of personal and professional goals that would stretch from here to the moon and back. Currently a Social Media Marketing Intern in New York City.

Sarah Coffey I DRAKE UNIVERSITY: Friends describe her as a loyal, driven, creative goofball. But this high-octane double major (graphic design and PR) has a laser-like focus when it comes to achieving her goals. Weakness: “I’m absolutely addicted to the Food Network.”

Rachel Freeman I SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY: Creative, outgoing, detail-oriented. Undergrad degree – cum laude – in communications. Currently pursuing a master’s in broadcast and electronic communication arts. Currently Social Media Consultant at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Not-so-secret passion: Baseball (go, San Francisco Giants!).

Samantha (Sami) Main I UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA: Bright, passionate, a fierce multi-tasker. Claim to fame: Made it to Round Three of Charlie Sheen’s controversial #TigerBloodIntern contest.

Taylor Dunnigan I EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY: Funny, kind, passionate about social media (check out her YouTube channel and her popular blog, College Glamoration). Claims to fame: Competitive dancer, member of United States Dance Team, Silver Medalist at World Tap Dance Competition in Riesa, Germany.

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Top 4 Tips Finding Summer Internships

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By BookRenter Eric

How to make your summer a real resume builder!


I know it’s only January but it can never be too early to start planning your summer.  Summer internships offer a unique opportunity for you to gain valuable work experience before you head out to into the job market for real. An internship can give you a leg-up on the competition in the job market post-graduation.  Challenge yourself, reach for the stars, and most importantly go out and impress some people with your hard work!

Here are my tips for finding an internship:

1.   Start with the people you know – Ask your parents, ask your friends, ask your uncle, ask anyone you know if they can help you get in contact with a potential gig.

2.    Visit your school’s career center – The career center is not just for graduates! Don’t be shy, take a visit and see what you might find…

3.     Check your favorite company’s websites – You never know, your dream internship could be waiting for you!  Just make sure you apply early because most likely you won’t be the only one applying.

4.    Know what you’re interested in – No, you’re not deciding on a life-long career, but knowing what industries interest you can help narrow your search.

A Few Online Resources for Summer Internships:
Monster.com College – A good starting place with a lot of available internships and interview tips
College Recruiter.com – Another good starting place with a lot of available internships and interview tips
College Magazine – Awesome site for students which includes a listing of internships and other goodies

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