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Thanks to my second cousin’s friend’s daughter’s friend’s mother, I landed a wonderful internship.

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With these simple suggestions, so can you.

by Guest Blogger Jane Olsen (name has been changed for privacy reasons)

My career of choice – publishing – is a very apprenticeship-based industry. Having an internship – or two, or more – under your belt is practically a prerequisite for any entry-level job. This summer I was lucky enough to land an internship in New York City. Yikes, but I learned a lot in two short months!

If you’re going to be looking for an internship, here are some simple suggestions that can help you earn a place at the table – and make them want to ask you back.

1. Use your network to find a job. I started working on getting internships for this summer last December. I made sure that all of my family members, friends, peers, and professors knew that I was looking for experience in the publishing industry. And, lo and behold, my grandma called me one day to tell me that my second cousin’s friend’s daughter’s friend’s mother works at a magazine in New York and was interested in helping me out. My second internship, at a literary agency, came about in much the same way. So cast your net far and wide – you never know where you’ll find the connections that count.

2. Accept any internship that comes your way, whether the job is paid or not, in your industry or not. While I was looking for a paid internship in the book publishing industry, accepting my internship at a well-known magazine was an incredible decision. I’ve learned how to work as a member of a professional editorial team and how to market writing to the consumer. I understand professional hierarchy more than I did before and have learned that if you’re qualified for a job, you’re qualified for a job. (In other words, don’t be afraid to accept a job just because you feel it’s a stretch – they’re not going to hire you unless they believe that you’re the right fit.)

by Kaysha

3. Don’t be intimidated by the city. A random but very important fact about New York City: It isn’t the intimidating place we see so often depicted in movies and on television. It’s pretty much a town like any other. That means that the best way to fit in with your temporary work/life environment is to blend in with the locals. In New York, blending in is pretty simple: Don’t get in the way of other commuters on the subway; have your MetroCard ready when you enter the station; walk quickly and make room for others on the train. Oh, and know which train you need to be on. Not sure? Give yourself a little extra time to make mistakes.

You might also try wearing sunglasses in the subway (well, okay, that part is optional, but it does give me a certain air of je ne sais quoi, even if I do say so myself). Simply put, no one is going to know you’re an intern in the city for the first time unless you tell them, so have confidence in your rightful place as a [temporary] New Yorker.

4. Prove that you’re grateful for the opportunity your employer has given you. It’s easy to be the bright-eyed and eager intern your first two weeks, but it takes real dedication and passion to want to lick your boss’s shoes the entire time you have the job. While I haven’t literally licked anyone’s shoes, I gladly gave up my first weekend during the internship to finish a job that needed to get done. No one asked me to take the work home but I wanted to prove how happy I was to have the job. And my hard work paid off.

Not only did my supervisor’s supervisor tell me that while she normally hates interns, she thinks I’m awesome, but my supervisor’s supervisor’s supervisor told me that she loves me and gave me a gift certificate for a free pedicure to prove it. While I gladly put in the extra hours to establish myself as the willing intern, I solidified my relationship with my employers and will most likely be getting a great recommendation at the end of my time here.

5. Cherish your time at your internship. Both my internships only lasted two months and I just left New York two days ago. Time has never flown more quickly. By the time I really felt at home here, a month had gone by. I felt like I would never have enough time to accomplish everything that I wanted to do.

Then again, there will always be lots more that I want to learn – and plenty more tourist sights to see.

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Bamboo, Bruschetta, and the Beginnings of a Killer Tan

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All in all, not a bad first day at work

As I sat at home and enjoyed the breeze flowing through my window, I looked at my arms and thought, “Wow, I’m tan!” How many people can say that after their first day of work at a company housed in an office building?

Like the first day of school - by Nicole Baarde

I started my social media internship at BookRenter yesterday. Right after I opened the door, my boss Rebecca (the Community Manager) rushed me into a conference room for a webinar on Twitter’s promoted tweets and promoted accounts. We set up two campaigns and marveled over the analytics dashboard. I sloppily took notes on a borrowed notepad and felt like a student on the first day of school forgetting her pencil.

Next up were introductions. Everyone was super hilarious and welcoming. I immediately felt, “People here love working together!” The VP of Marketing asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I answered honestly, “I don’t know.” He laughed and said, “That’s a good answer. I still don’t know what I want to be!”

Now here’s where the tan comes in: Rachel (one of two PR/Corporate Communications interns), Whitney (PR), Rebecca, and I went out to a local Italian restaurant called B Street & Vine for a lunch/brainstorm session. We ordered four dishes of bruschetta with various toppings, from brie cheese and apple slices to gorgonzola and honey. I’d forgotten how difficult bruschetta was to eat (I’m already a sloppy eater), and I spilled toppings all over my plate as I loudly bit into my bread. Embarrassing moment #1: Check!

Around noon, the sun started beating down on our outdoor patio table. Made it a little tough to concentrate on brainstorming, but I was super thankful for the chance to catch a few rays. Stuck in dreary Oregon, I had been pale for way too long!

Whitney had scribbled all over the butcher paper underneath our plates and cut the section out, coffee stains and all, to bring back to the office.

It was time to actually get work done, and Rebecca gave me my first task: Turn the editorial calendar into a Gantt chart. Two problems: First, I only vaguely remembered what a Gantt chart was. Second, I abhor Excel with a passion. I tried to teach myself how to translate Gantt into Excel for an hour and failed. (Embarrassing moment #2: Check!) I finally asked Rebecca for help, and she sent me an example that made perfect sense. I set away plugging information into cells and playing with color-coding.

Curse you, Excel!

I wrapped up my day by taking my fresh bamboo plant out of its box, a gift Rebecca’s daughter had picked out. I still couldn’t believe I had my own cubicle; I felt so adult. I walked out of the office into a wall of heat and tanned even more at the Caltrain station where the trains were half an hour late.

A few more days like this and I should be looking pretty cool. Thanks, BookRenter!

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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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