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    Making the Most of Your Summer Internship

    May 5th, 2011, 4:10 pm

    In early April, six Georgetown seniors conducted a panel discussion with helpful tips on how to make the most of your summer internship. Here are some of their best suggestions:

    On how to dress

    1. Always dress nicer than you think you need to.
    2. Observe some of the junior professionals at your office for clues on how you should dress.
    3. Even if you are allowed to wear what you want, err on the conservative side.

    On projects and presentations

    1. Figure out ways to go above and beyond the call of duty with any small project they give you.
    2. Practice your presentation in front of as many people as possible before  you deliver it.
    3. Remember that you are responsible for everything in your presentation: any mistakes, knowing where every detail and every number comes from.
    4. Your projects will be a great way to impress important people who might not otherwise know you.

    On receiving feedback

    1. Be proactive about seeking feedback. It shows you want to improve.
    2. Ask junior co-workers for informal and honest feedback.
    3. If you are told to change something about your work or your work style, make sure you do.

    On social events

    1. Don’t be the drunk intern!
    2. Social events are great places to make personal connections.
    3. If you go out with co-workers, even if you are not at an office social event, remember that these are still people you work with.
    4. If you’re invited to go somewhere with co-workers, go, even if you are tired.
    5. Social events are a great way to get to know people from across your organization. The more people you know, the more people will miss you when you’re gone.

    On networking and mentors

    1. Seek out an informal mentor.
    2. Always be prepared. Always have five questions.
    3. Network with other interns. People like to see that you get along with others.
    4. Seek out Georgetown alumni.
    5. Be real, not fake.

    On preparing for your internship

    1. Reach out to people at the company so you know people before you start.
    2. Get your life together before starting (e.g. finding an apartment, knowing where your nearest grocery store is, etc.)
    3. Leave yourself a lot of time to get to work on your first day.

    On evaluating full-time offers

    1. Talk to different people you trust to get advice.
    2. Think about the culture and location. Being happy is more important than the money.
    3. Make a list of pros and cons, bus also consider how you feel about it emotionally.

    On general dos and don’ts

    1. Do always be the first one in and the last one out.
    2. Do ask a lot of questions, but don’t ask the same questions.
    3. Do get involved.
    4. Do know what your job would be like if you get an offer to return full-time.
    5. Do find a balance between being annoying and being proactive. Know when to approach people.

    Government & Nonprofit EXPO – Feb. 18, 2011

    February 17th, 2011, 10:44 am

    Our annual Government and Nonprofit Career EXPO is happening on Friday, February 18. The primary difference between EXPO and our fall career fair is that almost all of the employers who recruit at EXPO are government agencies and nonprofit organizations, whereas the fall career fair is open to for-profit and nonprofit employers. EXPO is also different from our fall career fair because we host the event as part of a consortium of universities. So if you are interested in a career in the government or nonprofit sectors, we hope you come on Friday. Just don’t be surprised if you bump into students from NYU or UVA (two of our five partners in putting on this event).

    When it comes to making the most of EXPO, the process is the same as it is for any other career fair. Preparation is key. Below you will find some resources to help you prepare.

    On Hoya Career Connection, our jobs and internships database, we have a list of the 84 employers who will be at EXPO. Employers like it when you show up at their table and demonstrate some understanding of and interest in what their organization does. Look at this list before EXPO to see who’s coming and, if necessary, do a little research on organizations’ Web sites, Hoya Career Connection, Idealist, or LinkedIn.

    Here is some advice on how to succeed at a career fair from an employer who has recruited at Georgetown.

    Last fall, Christine Cruzvergara, our Manager of Special Programs, wrote a series of posts about the myths and realities of career fairs. The posts were written for our fall career fair, but the lessons are applicable for EXPO too.

    • Career Fair Myths 1 & 2 – Why career fairs aren’t just for business students and why its not necessarily a bad thing that some employers may not be able to accept your resume.
    • Career Fair Myths 3 & 4 – About the importance of preparing for a career fair and why our career fairs aren’t just for people looking for full-time jobs.
    • Career Fair Myths 5 & 6 – On managing expectations for career fairs and how to make employers remember you.
    • Career Fair Myth 7 – How to dress appropriately for a career fair.

    Career Fair: Myth vs. Reality

    September 24th, 2010, 11:47 am

    Our annual Fall Career Fair is happening next Friday, October 1 (from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center). In anticipation of the fair, Christine Cruzvergara, Manager of Special Programs here at the Career Education Center, will be weighing in with a series of posts in which she will debunk some misconceptions about the fair and give her recommendations on how to make the most of it. So check back over the next few days to see what Christine has to say.

    To learn more about the career fair, such as how to register and which employers are coming, see our career fair page.