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  • emily 5:24 pm on March 24, 2015 Permalink
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    Here’s My Card 

    Love it or hate it, there is almost no way to avoid it in DC. The business card. It’s a networking staple and an easy way to stay in contact with people. Having your own is a great way to show initiative and professionalism during your job or internship search.

    How to get started on creating one of your own:

    The essential information to include is your name, email, phone number, and your basic education information. Additional information, like your Twitter handle or other social media account, can be included, but be careful. If your social media account or blog is original and professional (articles, photos, videos, etc.) and you want to showcase your work, then go ahead. But if your accounts are full of selfies and cat videos, better to leave them off.

    For your education information you can include American University, your school, and your class year (ex. Class of 2015). An extra title that indicates your professional interest is a great addition as well, for example “Student Videographer”, “Future Educator”, or “Marketing Professional”.

    Today it is simpler than ever to create your very own business card. Here are some fast and cheap sources:

    DeLong Lithographics – Get the American University business card, logo and all. This is a fast way to get cards with easy instructions. It is also a good option if you want a professional card with the university’s logo front and center.

    UPS AU Campus Location – The UPS store on campus offer business card printing services that include templates with the AU logo.

    Vistaprint.com – Prices depend on paper quality and some additional fees, but prices start at $16 for 100 cards.

    Moo.com – Another online resource for business cards. Prices start at $19.99 for double-sided cards.

    This is an opportunity to be creative, have fun with creating a professional business card. Are there other resources for business cards that you have used? Share in the comments section below.

  • Marie Spaulding 7:50 pm on September 26, 2013 Permalink
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    Do you want to intern during spring 2014? 

    Think about your class schedule in the spring. Will you have blocks of time when you will not be in class and can intern? Can you spare one-two days a week to gain experience outside the classroom? If yes, here are some tips:

    • Start early. Make an appointment to meet with your career advisor now and bring a copy of your resume to your appointment. If you have not created a college resume, go to the Career Center website for helpful tools and sample resumes to offer you guidance.
    • Think about what skills you want to use: do you enjoy writing, doing research, interviewing people….
    • What organizations are you eager to work with?
    • Create a profile in AU CareerWeb (AUCW), the Career Center database of jobs and internships.
    • Then, do an advanced search in AUCW of all job listings, internships, with Metro access, in DC, MD and VA and enter a keyword that you hope appears in the job description or the job title. Click Submit and see how many positions you find.
  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 10:00 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink
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    Networking Is Not A Dirty Word (Part II) 

    To further dispel the notion of networking-as-dirty-word, I may be forced to use the F-word. A number of F-words, actually,  none of them unseemly, and all crucial to career success.

    Let’s start with Facts of Life. The truth is that we all start our adult and professional lives with different networks in place (in part related to our family, how and where we grew up, etc.), and with different levels of skill and confidence in networking.  That’s just the way it is. But none of us are stuck with that starting point. Those who come into adulthood well-connected are still going to have to prove their ability and worthiness of those connections, and those with talent and fewer connections are going to have to build their networks on their own.

    For everyone, the place to start is with those already in your corner: Friends, Family, Family Friends, and (a key resource here at AU) Faculty (both full-time and adjunct).  Get in touch, tell them about your interests, your long-term and/or short-term goals, and see what ideas they have for you.

    If that goes well, it will soon be time to reach beyond that circle, to the strangers-to-you they recommend you contact, or to others further afield who may be helpful to you.  At that point,  you can no longer expect contacts to automatically want to help you in your career exploration or job/internship searching. (Not even if you’re talking to your Uncle Fred‘s oldest friend.)

    You’re swimming with the big fish now. But don’t panic! This is simply where another layer of “f-words” comes in:  Fact-Finding and Face-Time. (More …)

    • Alex Priest 8:48 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink

      Great, great, series of posts. I’m constantly amazed by how amazing my network has been for internships and job opportunities–already, even though I haven’t graduated yet.

      Glad to see you mention LinkedIn, but to be perfectly honest, Twitter is a far more powerful networking tool! 😉

    • Minna Scherlinder Morse 2:07 pm on September 28, 2010 Permalink

      Ah, yes, but Twitter is for those who need not be convinced that networking is somehow tainted! LinkedIn can be a nice first step on the social media food chain, leading folks to take bigger steps later, don’t you think? That’s the thought, anyway 😉 Thanks for reading–and for weighing in!

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 12:00 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink
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    J.I.T. Hiring for Internships! 

    Some companies have large, structured internship programs, and strict application deadlines a full semester or more in advance (which should serve as a reminder to all to plan ahead!). On the other hand, many companies are looking for fall interns RIGHT NOW, and engaging in J.I.T (Just in Time) hiring. They know you’re coming back to campus, and they’ve posted their openings on AU Career Web, and are waiting to hear from you! Time is short to expect that any of these will be for credit (since the deadline for registering for credit is September 13th), but anything is possible, including getting great experience (and, in some cases, pay!) without logging it for credit.  Either way, if you’re still looking, carpe diem!

    (Opening photo by TheTruthAbout…)

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 9:54 pm on August 9, 2010 Permalink
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    Fall Internship Countdown! 

    The fall semester is fast approaching, and internships are on the mind of many a returning student. Currently, there are more than 1500 internships posted on AU CareerWeb, and more coming in daily!

    For further inspiration and background information on great places for internships (OneDayOneInternship.com), or jobs, for that matter (OneDayOneJob.com), I still recommend these pages by job-hunting-survivor-and-entrepreneur Willie Franzen. For my SOC advisees, here’s a page with just the communication-related companies he’s listed. Scroll down the list; you’ll be amazed how many are DC-area companies! (Or pick another tag and you’ll get a list of all the intern-hiring companies he’s profiled from Washington, DC.)

    For a different, and totally local, source of internship info, there’s also DC Intern Net, where you can sign up for regular email updates of great gigs.  But these go to students nationwide. At the end of the day, don’t forget all the employers who are seeking AU students specifically through AU CareerWeb, where you can also set up an email alert system, as described in a previous post. Just remember, if you want or need to do an internship for credit, the deadline to get offered the position, accept it and hand it all the paperwork to register is September 13th!

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 12:15 am on June 9, 2010 Permalink
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    Lazy Days of Summer & Ways to Job Hunt 

    Can you imagine the tedium of circling adverts in a print newspaper every day? Well, whatever its limitations, this process took less time than the hours job-and-internship seekers spend online scouring countless sites to find often-redundant openings. And time is precious…especially during the lazy days of summer, and definitely during a job search. We’re not suggesting that you refrain from searching for a job, or a great fall (or not-for-credit-last-minute-summer) internship. We’re just saying: There’s a better way. (More …)

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 8:00 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink
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    Idealism Meets Pragmatism in the Job Hunt 

    Now that the 2010 spring semester is coming to a close, we’re throwing a line to seniors who have put off thinking about job hunting, or who may just need a jump-start. We just heard that Idealist.org is publishing hard-copy editions of its great job search handbook, The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-time Job Seekers, on sale at Borders et al.  That’s great for them. But the news for you is this:

    (1) The guide is still available online, free to read or download, chapter by chapter, or in its entirety, and

    (2) It’s a great general guide to the job-search, not just to the nonprofit world.

    In addition the Career Center’s own resources, we highly recommend folks check out the following chapters in the Idealist guide, especially:

  • Jessica Beasley 4:49 pm on March 18, 2010 Permalink
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    Job Searching – A Full-Time Job 

    Whether you just started or have been at it for a while, the job search process can really take a toll on your schedule and your nerves. Fortunately, the Career Center has plenty of tools to ease your search. If you’re new to the Career Center, get acquainted with library before coming in with this short video I prepared:

    [vimeo http://vimeo.com/10264457 w=549&h=309]

    So stop by the Career Resource Library , pick up a free cup of coffee and relax! The following books are sure to help you land a great position.
    (More …)

  • Geoff Silverstein 5:40 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Intern: It's Go Time! 

    Prepare for a High Quality Internship for next semester now. We posted new and improved resources on our website including internship details, intern blogs, and search options for your future internship.

    We also added new features!

    We revamped our internship maps, adding helpful information. Our new High Quality Internship map displays past and current internship locations. Sites with a golden yellow placemark include student success stories, student advice, videos, internship descriptions, and ways to find an internship with that location.

    And now, we’re Tumbling intern advice.The Tumblr features illustrated advice from fellow students. Explore illustrated advice from fellow students.

    You can follow updates with a Tumblr account, subscribe to updates with RSS, or check back to see regular updates.

    If you want to share your own advice or have suggestions for a High Quality Internship, email fblume@american.edu.

    Visit the Career Center Web site
    View the new internship maps
    Explore the intern advice Tumblr

  • Francine Blume 7:40 pm on September 23, 2009 Permalink
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    What did YOU learn from the Job and Internship Crash Course? 

    Here’s what our students had to say.


    If you were there, cool!

    If not, see what you missed. Better check our events calendar so you don’t let it happen again!

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