Posts Tagged ‘ internship ’

The BIG Cheese

If you’re a Birmingham (Alabama) young communications pro, you should know about “A Graduate’s Guide to the Cheese.”  Courtesy American Advertising Federation Birmingham, AIGA and some very talented people from BIG Communication, soon-to-be or current graduates can participate in this awesome networking and career developement opportunity.  

The Facebook group says:

“The idea is to invite students from all over central Alabama to attend a panel discussion that will cover what to the do’s and don’ts of building a proper résumé and portfolio.”

This is is the second session and it will include a panel of media pros.  The panel includes: 

-Two from Southern Progress who manage internship program (Carlton Kemper and Meg Dedmon, University Relation Rep)
-One from NBC 13 (still confirming who)
-One from St. Vincent’s (Liz Moore, VP of marketing)
-One from Big (Ford Wiles, chief creative officer)

The panel will answer questions about what they look for when reviewing resumes, talk about the interview process and spend some one on one time with attendees reviewing resumes and portfolios.  

Here are the hard facts (copy and pasted straight from the Facebook event page):

Time and Place
Date:
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Time:
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location:
Intermark Group
Street:
101 25th Street North
City/Town:
Birmingham, AL
 
Contact Info
Email:

ZM

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Determine Your Variables, the Intership Experiment

 Internships are experiments in developing a career.  They can’t be completely controlled.  There are independent and dependent variables, and success or failure hinges on defining the variables before you begin (kind of  like all experiments).  

What’s my boss going to be like?  Am I going to be a glorified secretary?  How much am I going to learn?  Is it paid?  All of these are variables most likely out of your control.  Don’t fret!  There are two websites that can help take some of the stress away when searching for the variables.

Number 1 is QuarterLife.  This website is…. a lot of things rolled into one.  Almost to the point of being overwhelming.  Is it a site for an online webisode?  A social networking site for young creatives?  Or a place to find internships?  I think it’s a little bit of all of these.

However, upon digging into the website, I was actually a little underwhelmed with the content.  I got the feeling that the blog was created just so someone could say, “I have a blog that goes with my website.”  From what I could see the the posts read more like a “FAQ” page.  Before I visited the site, I was hoping for personal stories from the trenches, tips on intern interviews, resume advice or anything besides what I found.  The “Intern Queen” definitely didn’t deliver.  One thing I notice (and you can see it in the photo above) is that the Intern Queen Court is made up of all insanely good looking people.   I mean look at them!!

Overall, the internship directory is a great resource.  Especially if you’re looking for a creative internship in CA, FL, PA and NY.

Number 2 is InternRatings.com.  LOVE IT!!!  I’ll start off with the one thing I’m not crazy about: the colors.  It’s almost a little too girly, but since the vivacious duo behind Internratings.com are girls I’ll let it slide a little.  Now the PROS: as soon as you enter the site you see a big, interactive map of the US.  From there you can select the state to find internships that have been rated by peers who have been-there-done=that.  At the bottom of the BIG OL’ MAP OF THE US, there are the most recent reviews, the best and worst of the rated internships.  You can also search by location, industry and company name.  

This is very much a great resource in all ways.  It’s new, so it’s up to you to share your experience and help create the content on this site.

Both of these websites are worth bookmarking as you experiment with your career.

Have you had an experience with either of these websites?  What do you think?  Feel free to leave comments or even your own story about an internship experience.

ZM