Career Success Series: Micro Internships
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Career Success Series: Micro Internships

good afternoon everyone my name is Tavia Danch and I am the community outreach manager at Colorado State University
global I am pleased to welcome you to CSU Global’s career success webinar
series we have a great program for you today and I’m excited to begin this
afternoon’s discussion but first I wanted to share a little about us
CSU global was created by the Colorado State University system in 2007 as the
first independent 100% online state university in the u.s. we have over a
decade of leadership in providing quality online education so what’s that
I want to do see you to Jeffrey Moss the founder and CEO of Parker Dewy he will
be discussing micro internships today how they can benefit your career and
professional development as well as how micro internships can be beneficial for
your company with that I’ll turn the time over to Jeffrey thanks so much I
really really appreciate the opportunity to be here and talk with everyone today
as you said I founded Parker doing about five years ago specifically to address
the challenges associated with college to career we’ve recognized that for
college students when you’re graduating it’s incredibly difficult to determine
what is the right career path what is the right industry the right role the
right size company and oftentimes we don’t all have great opportunities to
get in the door and we really built Parker Dewey to help address that
challenge so we are a mission oriented organization exclusively focused on
helping connect we use the term career launchers meaning college students and
recent college graduates to companies we also provide ways and we’ll talk more
about this for companies themselves to engage with career launchers in a way
that supports everyone and we do this through the micro internship model if we
go to the next slide we’ll be able to see what is a micro internship they are
essentially short-term paid professional assignments it’s funny
people around the term gig or freelancing
these aren’t gigs like driving in tuber or a left or walking someone’s door
these are real short term professional assignments that allow college students
and recent graduates to get real-world professional experiences even while
they’re still engaged in school they apply across departments oh there’s
micro internship opportunities in marketing sales technology finance
accounting strategy you name it and these are projects that typically
require anywhere from five to forty hours to complete and they tend to be
due in a few weeks to a few months I’m sorry a few days to a few weeks out so
these are very very short-term these don’t replace 10-week summer internship
they don’t replace full-time jobs there are things that you can do nights
weekends even if you have a full course load they’re also paid so every one of
the projects is not only professional but it’s pay it allows career launchers
to earn money while they’re building their resume and demonstrating skills so
if we go on to the next slide we can start to see how it works for the career
launchers now one of the rules for the platform is we do not allow colleges or
universities to require this we also don’t allow companies to go mine the
database or any of that other stuff we want it to be something that you as a
career launcher control so the way it works is you create a profile we’ll go
through all of these in a little more detail you create a profile it takes
under five minutes you’ll see the opportunities that are available if
you’re selected you work directly with the client with the company on an
opportunity and then at the back end not only again do you get paid but we’re not
a staffing firm we’re not a recruiting firm we’re not a placement firm so if
there’s a connection and mutual interest on something longer-term it’s a great
opportunity to get an internship or a full-time job
because there’s no additional cost to you or the company or anyone else so if
we click through I’ll show you exactly how it all works we go to the next slide
thank you so the first step as I said is one needs to create a profile it takes
about five minutes it’s an opportunity to really present who you are we ask for
basic information about yourself your name your school if we go through to the
next slide you can see we also ask for your basic experience education you can
upload your resume you can include a link to your LinkedIn we oftentimes get
questions about why even though we’re capturing the resume or capturing the
LinkedIn why we still ask college students to type in that information and
just to let everyone on the call in a little secret part of our view is if
you’re not willing to commit the five minutes to create the profile that sends
a signal you really have interest in working on
these projects are you really motivated or if you’re creating a profile and
you’re sort of doing it quick and dirty and you’re not spell checking or it’s
riddled with grammatical errors that sends a signal to an employer again
we’re not trying to be difficult what we’re trying to do is really democratize
the process and ensure equal access to all once you create a profile you’ll see
all of the micro internships available you’ll see the name of the company the
micro internship is for the description of the project when it starts when it’s
due if it’s on site or remote about 95 percent of the projects are remote so
there are things that you can do from your house from your dorm room again
wherever you want you’ll also see how much you are paid so in this example
with blue cross on the on the Left the payments 315 if you’re selected for the
project when it’s complete you will be paid 315 there are no additional fees or
costs or transaction stuff or anything else so that’s actually what you will
receive at completion this is also not a challenge meaning you’re not going to be
asked to do a whole bunch of work and not sure
if you get paid or not because only a winner gets paid the only work required
of you is to apply for the project and every project if we go to the next slide
has a short answer question or Tayla why would you be a good set why are you
interested in this project please provide an example of your attention to
detail each of these questions again takes a couple of minutes to fill out
and part of the reason we do it first of all is to make sure people aren’t just
click click clicking through we want people to have a little bit of in the
game if you will the second reason is in this example it lets people
differentiate we literally saw these as answers my resume has no typos you gotta
love it again this is how we democratize the process this is how we make sure
everyone has equal access and that’s important to us
in fact that’s again why we started this organization is you have the complete
control one question we get a lot is when you’re looking at the various
projects that are available can you filter them can you look only by certain
industries or roles we’ve actually decided not to allow filtering because
we want this to be a low-risk opportunity for you to explore for you
to look at different industries to consider roles and departments you may
not have thought about or otherwise and that’s again part of the goal so what
does the client see if we go to the next slide what you’ll see is the client gets
insights into again oh sorry I overshot it what the client sees was
your quick profile your background your experience and your answers to the
questions once you’re selected and again what they’re doing is they’re using
these short answer questions as the way to make the selection the other thing
that is also very important is that from interviewing the clients we’ve heard
that these short answer questions are actually the number one way
make the selection they’re not focused on GPA they’re not focused on where one
goes to school they’re using this projects these micro internships is a
way the meet folks and engage them so again these answers are very important
they shouldn’t take an hour but you should spend a couple of minutes and
really think about why are you interested what is an example so once
you’re selected for a project if you click through to the next slide we
provide you with a whole bunch of stuff to make the experience awesome for you
we give you kickoff materials we give you best practices we give you
checklists and other resources because we want you to have a great experience
and again this is important we also throughout the course of the project do
things like checking in both with you and with the client to again make sure
everyone has a great experience but the resources we provide are not all of them
if you go to the next slide you can see that we provide or that you have access
to a number of other resources both to drive the outcomes and enhance the
learnings so while we provide again these templates and these micro lessons
what you students have is access to your classroom lessons you have access to
faculty members show up at office hours faculty members love answering questions
about real world experiences that students have it also creates a great
opportunity for alumni engagement instead of reaching out to an alumnus
asking about a typical day or why they decided to be a certain major what we’re
finding is as the students are working on these micro internships go reach out
to an alum with expertise in the field so if I was in the lum you might be
working on a project from McGraw Hill having to do with research on charter
schools and you might see that I was an alum and I did some work with charter
schools reach out to me ask for my insight ask my opinion
ask for my perspective not only does it drive an incredible outcome from the
project itself but it helps you build that relationship with an alum and star
to formulate it in a very authentic way once you selected also if we go to the
next slide these are the things that we think are most important for the
students working on the projects first of all take it seriously this is
something we talk about over and over and over again while a lot of the
clients a lot of the companies like Microsoft and Pepsi and Leo Burnett and
JP Morgan and others are using this as a way to build their as a way to build
their pipeline of people who they may want to interview for internships
full-time roles what’s also important is the projects you’re working on are real
projects these are projects that busy professionals have on their plate and
need to get done and they’re trusting you to get it done and there’s real
outcomes that are important to these professionals tied to the completion of
the projects and that alludes well to again following directions and checking
your work this is not college 90% is not an A it’s failing so check your work
check it again don’t rush get insights from others leverage the outside
resources again go to your faculty members go to your professors take
advantage of the alumni people love helping and when you’re working on these
projects it creates a great opportunity for them to share their insights with
you and for you to build that relationship and the last thing is be
professional don’t start an email with hey Jeff wanted to get or don’t send
emails that look like text and don’t wait days and days to respond to a phone
call be professional those things make a
difference where we’ve seen issues with micro internships have not had they
haven’t had anything to do with the skills they haven’t had anything to do
with someone’s ability to use Excel or write or do research there are these
types of things there are things where people are rushing through the task
there’s situations where a client leaves an email or sends a voicemail and
the student doesn’t respond for two or three days like those types of things
just aren’t acceptable in the professional workplace and again it’s a
great way to really hone those skills if we go to the next slide another few
another few suggestions when students are working on projects and we’ll
provide all of these again upon upon kickoff of the project is do a great job
again I know I said it before 90% is not an a check your work recheck your work
over and over and over something that’s also important is managing the
expectations stuff comes up the folks on Park are doing on the client side the
company side recognize that your college students or recent grads we’re launching
your careers and they know things come up they know people get sick if an issue
comes up be transparent be communicative don’t surprise them if you’re having a
concern about your ability to complete the micro internship again check in we
have an entire team here in Chicago a folks at Parker Dewey that spent a
hundred percent of their time making sure both students and companies have an
incredible experience so take advantage of that and probably one of the things
that we always want to highlight is focusing on the why and this is
important both at the beginning of the project before kickoff throughout it and
even upon completion understand why the client wants this done understand why
they’re asking you to do it what are they trying to get out of it because
that will help you do a better job on the project but they’ll also help you
learn more about the company or the industry so for instance if a client is
asking you to write an article that they’re going to share on their blog why
are they asking for it why is it important who is the audience what are
they trying to accomplish and getting those insights will tell you a ton not
just for that project but how that company conducts business how they
engage with various stakeholders what are they trying to get out of it it’s
interesting even on projects that might seem a little more
manual or tedious like we’re going to a conference next week here’s the list of
all of the participants we need help crunching the list finding some
information like email addresses or phone numbers or size of company or
other information again focus on the why why do they want that information what
are they hoping to get out of it are there other pieces of data you can
provide to share more insights funny NACE the National Association of
colleges and employers did a survey a couple of years ago about the so called
skills gap and the desire of companies and what skills they’re looking for in
recent college graduates and where their concerns were and of the top 10 skills
eight of them were not technical eight of them had nothing to do with one’s
ability to program or do accounting or any of those other very very functional
skills in fact the top eight in particular we’re not technical or
functional at all they were things like problem solving communication attention
to detail grit and the litical thinking again focus on all of those things while
you’re completing the project upon completion of the project you’ll receive
feedback from the client we go to the next slide you can see what that looks
like this is not a bur there’s no 1 to 5 stars
you’ll be rated on the six areas that are most important to clients timeliness
communication presentation skill level overall satisfaction we do not share
this data with anyone other than you and your university or college we do not
publish it there is no public rating or stars we want you to get these real
experiences you’ll also notice notice that you’re not rated again one to five
stars you’re given feedback from hey this is what I’d expect from an intern
or new hire this is below my expectations above my expectations or oh
my goodness this was done like an industry veteran it gives you real
insight real perspective on where your strengths are and where there’s
opportunities for improvement companies also have the opportunity
provide more free text or written feedback so they can provide public
feedback that again we don’t share that you have the opportunity to share hey
Jeff it was amazing working with you great job I really like the way you did
blank but they can also provide feedback that’s just again confidential to you so
hey Jeff you did a nice job I don’t want to ding you the next time you work on a
project like this you might want to think about these two or three other
things someone launching their career think
about how valuable that is getting those insights think about how important it is
and how useful it is to get these low-risk
insights before you begin your real full time job or internship post graduation
if we go to the next slide you can see some suggestions we make for after the
projects are completed we suggest that you outline the accomplishments what was
the work product think about the outcomes so because of my work doing
blank I was able to help the company generate 25 new leads or increase their
social media visits the other thing you should do is update your LinkedIn in
your resume again what’s important on this and I’ll show you some examples in
a bit is that you can convey that you are an independent consultant you can
convey that you’re an independent consultant Parker Dewey you can share
description of the project you are not allowed to share confidential
information though about it and the clients name unless you get the clients
permission but just to give you some idea in four years of doing this we have
had one client out of several thousand who is not given permission that’s only
because it was a highly highly highly confidential project companies are happy
for you to share that they want to get the word out there they want to build
the relationships with you so again update your LinkedIn and your resume
consider the learnings and this is incredibly valuable it’s a great way to
get insights into do I like big companies are small I thought I wanted
to work at a start-up but I did this project for one and it wasn’t for me I
never considered a role with a big pharmaceutical company but I did this
great project for Johnson & Johnson and learned I really
like it again consider your learning think about what new perspectives you
have are there different industries or roles that you never thought about again
I don’t know we had a conversation with a company this morning they had
themselves we said there’s just not many college or many college students who say
I want to go into pharmaceutical sales upon graduation or I want to go into
insurance or I want to go into banking how do you explore those things how do
you help college students understand their interest in those roles and as a
college student how do you explore if you might have interest in it these
projects are a great way and then finally don’t lose momentum after the
projects are done continue the relationship with the client continue to
build that Network if we go to the next slide what’s great is for college
students what they get out of it is a hundred percent aligned to what they put
into it and these are just a couple of the success stories I mean these are
just four of hundreds if not thousands so we had Carrick who was a student who
worked on a project for a company called yellow a technology company and he he he
literally had a job created for him by yellow upon creation upon completion of
the project they were not looking for interns but he
did such a great job the head of the sales team actually created an
internship for him and then ultimately hired him
Microsoft same thing they were able to identify student from a school they
hadn’t historically recruited from and built the relationship with Rachel and
Rachel again didn’t internship and then the full-time role Suzanne and M Holland
this is interesting because Suzanne graduated Columbia College here in
Chicago a small a small college here in the city with a degree in accounting and
she wasn’t getting interviews and she wasn’t getting job offers and she wasn’t
even getting interviewed she was working in a job that had nothing to do with her
background in accounting because she wasn’t getting interviews because she
didn’t have the quote unquote right GPA or right school and companies weren’t
giving her a chance and meanwhile M Holland which is a multi-billion dollar
plastics company with having difficulty recruiting
Mountains because people don’t think about em Holland they don’t that they’ve
never heard of it before I live in Chicago I live probably 20 miles from em
Holland’s corporate headquarters I never heard of it
and what we found is again through these projects M Holland was able to get help
from Suzanne not only on that project but they ultimately turned into a
full-time role and then finally Jonathan Jonathan was great because he probably
worked on 15 or 20 different micro internships during a few years while he
was in college and he was using these projects as a way to really hone in on
his interests again what was the right industry what was the right role he
thought he wanted to do a start-up he worked on some projects for startups and
it wasn’t right and then he was sort of curious about the education space he
worked on projects for those company and again he was able to really hone in that
he wanted a rapidly growing technology driven health care company and he went
up a germ ed if we go there next slide there’s a very specific case study I
want to share it’s Noel Noel is a Dell scholar first-generation student at
Texas A&M and he talks about the fact that he was going to career fairs and
companies were looking at his resume and they’d get down to his GPA and they’d
sort of he was able to watch the facial expression they just put the designs and
thank you they weren’t giving him a shot and weren’t giving him the pathway in
and what Noel talked about he was actually interviewed for an upcoming
book called freelance as a force for good he talked about the fact that he
was able to work on the number of these projects both gave him more confidence
in his ability because he was pretty beaten up feeling after getting all of
those rejections but he was not only able to build his confidence but he was
able to build a resume and a LinkedIn profile that was pretty incredible and
if you look to his LinkedIn he has the 10 or 14 different projects
that he worked on throughout college and what was interesting is he talks about
the fact that he was now watching again watching recruiters eyes they were
looking at his resume and as did we get down to all of these projects that he
completed the whole conversation would change and they could not be any more
engage and he talks about the fact that he had
more interviews for full-time roles and had more full-time offers than any of
his peers because he had these real professional experiences and was able to
use those experiences that both demonstrate his skills but also
demonstrate to the companies why they were injured or why they should hire him
and why he is interested in that company in that role and that’s really the
student perspective as we continue through I want to make sure we’re being
transparent and showing sort of the students how recruiters view this and
also for those recruiters on the phone and the alumni and other engaged serv
supporters of CSU global this is a great way to see the way the platform works
from your perspective so if we go to the next slide what we recognized was every
company is trying to improve their human capital they’re trying to gain early
access to college students and build relationships with them over time
they’re trying to differentiate and show why college students issue college
students why they want to work for their company they want to drive diversity and
inclusion everyone knows it’s important but they recognize a lot of the current
processes don’t let them authentically build those
relationships if we go to the next slide we’ve also recognized that every busy
professional at every company in every industry has projects they have B as one
of our clients called them the we should Zin the I shipments we should see what
our competitors are doing we should update our content or I shouldn’t I’ve
been on the job for 15 years it’s not the highest and best use of my time to
be doing a first draft of a blog article or crunching a conference list and what
we found is these we should and I shouldn’t again exist across companies
across industries across roles and what’s great if we go to the next slide
we’ve discovered that micro internships both helps achieve those human capital
goals of companies and also address those individual immediate need of busy
professionals and what’s happened is over the past couple of years we’ve seen
widespread acceptance of this on the next slide there’s a few examples
talking about why micro internships are being used both by companies and college
students to improve the process there was a great article a couple of years
ago in Forbes talking about how Microsoft is using this type of a
platform as a way to again build relationships with students and programs
where they may not have historically recruited or how students are using this
to again find those right pathways so how does it work for the companies again
the flip side of how it works for the students first company posts its project
they define what they need done it takes under five minutes
as we said typical project takes between five and forty hours for students
complete tends to be due a few days to a few weeks out Parker do we behind the
scenes handles all of the process so for companies what that means is there’s no
HR bourbons there’s no 1099 or crazy documents to fill out for the students
what that means is you know you’re going to get paid you never have to play
collections Asia with a company you’re paid directly by Parker doing it also
means that you’ll get all of the accounting and other forms that you need
if we go to the next slide you can see that we’ve actually built a library of
one-click projects that includes a whole bunch of the most common things for the
companies it’s a great way to get started to look at some of the
departments that you’re in or departments you’re engaging because
again everyone in marketing needs help creating content or updating a social
media calendar or creating an email campaign engaging college students on
micro internships is a great way to get that support and for the college
students on the phone take a look at these project examples also they’re on
the website they’re a great way for you to get some ideas and perspectives on
the different types of opportunities out there both in general and opportunities
and specific responsibilities tied to some of the most popular entry level
roles for you upon graduation if we go to the next slide what
disgusting season again we saw this a bit earlier but the students see all of
the projects that are available they decide what they want to apply for on
the next page the company see who applied and can
select you it wants if we flip through a couple of slides as I alluded to on the
next page where I looted to thank you as I live it to before what’s important
here is there’s no onboarding or administrative burdens so I alluded I
mentioned before the gig sites up there the typical ones whether it’s around
driving a car somewhere or walking a dog or even some of the gig sites focused on
doing work a lot of those platforms are built for people that want to be
perpetual diggers they want to be perpetual freelancers they want to use
it as a primary income source or they’re doing it again as a side hustle purely
for the money and what that means is those platforms were set up in such a
way that companies are actually taking employment law risk they’re also set up
in a way that they take a huge percentage of how much each freelancer
is being paid and finally they actually disincentivize hiring so for instance if
you’re a freelancer working on a typical gig or freelance site and the company
says we want to hire you and you want to go work for that company the company
owes the freelance site typically 25 percent of your annual salary that
creates a disincentive for the company to hire you and what does that mean that
either means the company may not hire you or they’re going to hire you but
they’re going to pay you a lower salary because again they owe someone else some
some money again like a staffing firm fee we developed our platform
exclusively for college students and companies looking to engage college
students we want these gigs to turn into free into full-time roles and as a
result we got rid of all of those processes and burdens if we go to the
next page what we also show is that on these projects it’s a great way to
evaluate the more skills a great way for companies to
look at college students beyond the GPA beyond the major beyond the resume but
when a student works on the project like content creation students showing skills
like research and communication and attention to detail and grit and
analytical thinking which happen to be those skills as I mentioned before are
most important and most valuable to companies and most valuable for college
students as they’re launching their career but there are also the skills
that are most difficult to assess these projects these micro internships provide
a great opportunity to assess them and again for the college students who are
on the phone if you take a look at this guide it’s a great way to understand
those core skills you’re going to need to demonstrate for some of the most
popular entry-level roles out there for folks upon graduation from college I saw
a question come through about some of the companies we’re working with a
number of companies if we click through to the next slide we have a few examples
again this is a small subset we’ve worked with several thousand companies
over the past four years they range from one-person startups all the way through
some of the biggest companies in the world companies like Microsoft companies
like Pepsi companies like Dell like Albertsons like Leo Burnett Weber Barela
and what’s great is the diversity of companies the diversity of organizations
you have nonprofits like the World Economic Forum in Lumina Foundation but
you also have government agencies like the Illinois Department of innovation
technology and you have financial services companies and you have consumer
packaged goods so it’s a great way to really explore different industries
different roles different departments and for companies it’s a great way to
explore students from different schools and different backgrounds if we go to
the next page one of the things that’s important again I alluded to at the
beginning is for companies who are having challenges with campus recruiting
and every company is this really helps attract candidates it
helps reach candidates outside the target schools or build relationships
with candidates who might not be thinking about your company or your
industry or your role and ultimately these micro internships are very much
mutual auditions they provide a way for companies to assess potential candidates
who they may want to interview a recruit they also provide a way of college
students and recent grads to audition companies audition roles to audition
industries and start to really figure out what is the right fit and then the
last slide you can see there is a custom landing page specifically for CSU global
through this it provides a variety of different different benefits and a way
to create an account and get started as I said there’s no cost there’s no
obligations it’s a great way to start to explore the opportunities with that will
open it up to some questions I saw I’ve been coming through thank you so much
Jeffrey for that wonderful presentation I like you mentioned would now like to
open it up for questions and as a reminder to submit a question please
click on the Q&A button at the bottom of your zoom screen and type in the
question so in order first question is for Addison can students earn credit for
completing a micro internship wonderful thank you just a lot of folks know my
name is Addison Welsh and I’m the manager of career navigation services
here at CSU global Thank You Jeffrey so much for joining us today that was
wonderful as for the question so what you know generally there’s a couple
things we want to keep in mind when a student is receiving academic credit and
so the first thing to keep in mind is that you have to at least be with the
internship for eight weeks and you have to have at least 10 hours a week at that
internship and so with a lot of these micro internships there simply may not
be enough time in order for you to be eligible to meet that requirement so
keep that in mind as you look at these opportunities the
other thing also is just that some of these micro internships the application
moves really really fast and so by the time that you are accepted to start the
micro internship maybe a term isn’t starting quite yet in order for you to
take the internship course or it’s possible that it takes us a little while
on our end to get all the documentation together in order for you to receive an
academic credit so all that to say is it is possible it really depends on the
micro internship you know one thing to keep in mind though is even if you’re
not receiving academic credit these experiences are so important for your
work experience for your resume and for learning more about what you want to do
in addition to career launchers this is also great for people that want to
transition to a new thank you I to say one thing and this is Jeffers here one
thing I just want to also add on to and it’s not directly tied to the credit um
but we don’t we don’t want folks to think that these replace traditional
internships or replace traditional jobs these are great complements so for
students who for since we are not able to do a traditional 10-week summer
internship yes these are great and they can they can certainly help but they’re
not view that giving an in-depth of an experience as a 10-week summer
internship Thank You Geoffrey next question for Jeffrey are the internships
limited to US students or is it worldwide everything needs to have a u.s.
component to it and what I mean by that is it could be an international student
who’s studying in the US or their domestic companies we’ve worked with
some international companies it gets a little we’re for depending on where
they’re located but there’s usually again some kind of a u.s. tie for
international students in particular the US Department of whatever I can’t keep
track of who approves these things anymore
it touches a few different departments has approved gig based work under CPT
and OPP so for any international student we strongly suggest you talk with the
international student office we’re happy to work directly with them on any of the
paperwork or processes they need but you need to be approved by the international
student office under CPT or opt a great thank you
next question can students complete an internship at a company they already
work for ah yes I’ll see why not if a company work for posts a micro
internship and you have interest by all means it could be a great opportunity
could be a great opportunity especially if you had a company in thinking about a
different a different Department or different role I’m not sure I’ve seen it
happen yet but there’s no reason it can and by the way if it’s something where
you’re at a company and you’re looking for them to provide these types of micro
internship opportunities please let us know we’re happy to work with you and
and get that all coordinated and set up for you one thing to keep in mind is if
you are completing an internship and let’s say that you found something in
that micro internship that’s eligible for that and it happens to be at the
place where you work we just have to keep in mind there at least 50% of the
duties that you complete for the internship have to be different from
that of your typical role and that’s actually just federal regulation so you
just want to keep that in mind great thanks Addison next question I
know you already mentioned this at the beginning Jeffrey but how long do these
internships typically last sure the typical micro internship takes a college
student anywhere from 5 to 40 hours they tend to be due a few days to a few weeks
out what we’re also seeing a lot of and this ties back to my earlier comment is
that companies will oftentimes post a specific micro internship or specific
project as a pathway to continued engagement ongoing
relationship should there be a mutual set so some companies are very explicit
about it like we are posting this specifically tied to our campus
recruiting if you are not interested or may not be interested in a full-time
role beginning in 2020 located in Denver Colorado please don’t apply every now
and then we’ll see that and they’re very explicit a lot of times what happens is
someone like Addison might be doing a project for Microsoft and there’s a
great relationship and that project leads to another need and Microsoft sort
of says hey Addison you want to another project for us or do you want to do
something bigger or do you want to do an internship so we’ll see a lot of that
type of evolution great thank you is there a limit to how many micro
internships a student can complete no there’s not the ideal world and I gave
an example of Jonathan or Noel before any ideal world a student is working on
5 10 15 20 of these throughout their academic career
so not all at once I would just be incredibly difficult but they’re working
on these as a way to really hone in on what is the right career pathway and
also demonstrate a variety of different skills to different companies and build
out their resume etc so that’s really the ideal um the one we do advise if
you’re working on a micro internship it used to have applications in for others
just take a look and make sure that you’re still able to to complete those
if you’re selected if you accidentally get selected or you find that you’re not
able to as I said let us know more work behind the scenes to get everything
taken care of the one place we do get concerned is if we see the same student
working on a series of micro internships for the same company so not one or two
or three where it’s evolving prior they are as I mentioned in my prior comment
where they’re just doing it over and over and over and over for months on end
where it starts to feel more like an employee or starts to feel more like a
traditional internship in that case what we’ll do is we’ll have the conversation
with the company will say hey you’ve been working with Addison on on 10
things like you you might want to think about just hiring her because again our
platform is not meant to be a perpetual gig relationship platform it’s meant to
be a way for both sides to me and then hopefully ultimately turn it into a
full-time role or something else great thank you the next question is for
Addison but Jeffery feel free to weigh in since the s new global is now
offering computer science as a bachelor’s degree will there be micro
internships in this field specifically I think Geoffrey may be able to answer
that a little bit better in terms of what’s available in terms of integrating
everything the curriculum or within the courses it’s actually something that I
spoke with their different program managers about but at this time it isn’t
integrated because this is actually it’s something that we’ve launched that’s a
very very new are there are a lot of like cyber security IT related micro
entrenchment I’m sorry you’re breaking up there I couldn’t hear the question
particularly well I’m sorry I’ll repeat that
so since CSU global is now offering computer science as a bachelor’s degree
will there be micro internships in this field specifically and if you could just
add on those that come to mind yeah no we’ve seen we see a fair amount in
computer science we’ve seen ones around UX analysis we’ve seen ones tie to cyber
security we’ve seen ones tied to website design we’ve also seen a lot of projects
on behalf of technology companies that might be more strategy or marketing
related which has been very interesting to me because it provides someone with a
strong tech background to look in other related areas of technology again to go
to a competitive analysis of the XYZ space where XYZ is related to again CRM
design or a certain programming language or whatever
great thank you next question for Addison how can students and alumni
access these internship opportunities is the link to Parker Dewey
in and micro internships in global connects yes it is that’s a great
question and something I wanted to chat about so you can access micro
internships through global connect so if you’re a student you can click on Ora
and alumni as well log into your student portal and if you
click on the left hand menu it says global connect or a Career Center you’ll
be able to access micro internships and so we actually have a banner on that
homepage that you can click and it will take you right away to the micro
internship site we also have you can access a little bit more information
about the experience your learning opportunities that we have by clicking
on Career Center resources and then get experience and then there’s lots of
other lots more information about micro internships and other opportunities as
well great weight loss how long does it take to get assigned to a project after
developing your profile Jeffrey that’s a great ants are a great question um it’s
almost a hundred percent dependent on you and what I mean by that is we had a
student from a very prestigious Ivy League school who was on the platform
for quite a bit of time and and she emailed us and said I’ve applied to a
bunch of these projects I think was ten or fifteen and I haven’t been selected
yet what’s up and we took a look at her profile and we dug in and we looked at
her answers some of those short questions and it became pretty apparent
why she wasn’t selected we’re one of the one of the questions asked why should we
pick you for this project and she said I’m a student at prestigious Ivy League
school and I had some free time that was her answer to the question I wish I was
making it up we’ll have other students who apply who have resumes that are
riddled with typos or don’t complete their profile
Isles or apply for a project that that requires prior experience in Excel and
they’ve never worked in Excel before that’s more of the exception but those
are the situations where students aren’t selected and where they have challenges
and what’s great about the platform is that unlike the traditional campus
recruiting process where it all takes place at once and if you find out that
you did something wrong you have a typo in your resume or you’re not answering a
certain question well you can course correct you can learn from that you can
dig in and I know the CSU global team is happy to work with you and take a look
so if you’re applying and not getting selected or having issues or you just
want insights I mean they have a ton of expertise anyone that emails us we’re
happy to engage with and dig into their profiles and give them that type of
feedback but it really depends on you so we’ll have students who create a profile
who apply for projects that day and they’re selected that day we’ve had that
happen we’ve had students where again back to my earlier example it might take
a couple of weeks or a couple of months Noelle talks about the fact that he
applied to a number before he was selected and what he did was he realized
that he wasn’t putting his best foot forward when he was applying so it’s a
great learning opportunity some of the best practices we see so beyond the
obvious make sure ones profile is is really built out and professional and
all of that stuff the other thing we’re doing is we’re seeing a lot of students
who get in the habit of logging into the park or do we say every morning or every
day at lunchtime or every evening and seeing what new projects have come up
and they just get in that habit because again while the benefit as compared to
the traditional full-time campus recruiting is that there’s constantly
new projects getting posted the challenges there’s constantly new
projects getting posted impact so if you’re logging in once a week or once a
month you might see 20 projects today eh but miss out on the 20 that were
posted yesterday impact in 20 that were posted the day before and 20 that would
post because again we’re seeing this constant flow of new projects getting
posted and companies tend to select call it 24 48 72 hours after posting them so
it’s a pretty quick turnaround there are also we get this question all
the time there’s also companies that are slow and selecting so there’s some
projects on the platform right now that pass the kick-off date and even some
that pass the due date if they are still up there they’re still available our
client success team is working with the companies to try to get them to update
that but every now and then the companies are just slow I hope that
answered the question yeah that is valuable insight and really helpful in
terms of tips so thank you I do appreciate that so I just wanted to
mention that we do have a lot of questions so we’re going to try to
answer them and we do have about I’ll be brief that’s great thank you so much
Jeffrey and we have about 9 minutes left so again we’ll try to answer them as
much as possible so next question are micro internships only for students
working on their undergraduate degree can graduate level students and alumni
complete micro internships sure we we Parker do we specifically use the term
career launcher and we use that to define undergraduate students graduate
students and recent college graduates that said it is an open platform anyone
over the age of 18 can use them the reality is that for someone with 20
years of professional experience in a given field they’re just not going to
find the micro internships particularly interesting so if you’ve been a
marketing professional for twenty years working on a campaign management or
content creation just may not be intellectually interesting to you so
we’re just again not the right place for a side hustle but if you’re someone
who’s launching your career or looking make a change you’re certainly welcome
and again the companies the companies are using us specifically for the Korea
launchers wonderful thank you you answered my next questions I’ll leave
that one out are the internships claimed on the students income taxes yes so the
student for the duration of the micro internship is a 1099 independent
contractor Parker Dewey I am NOT allowed to give tax advice per our counsel but
at the end of each year are first of all I think beginning of the project when
you’re selected you’ll be provided accounting documentation including a
1099 form and at the end of the year you will be given your completed 1099 with
all of the income that you generated there are various thresholds for where
you have to claim it again I’m not allowed to give advice on that if you
have specific questions I would urge you to take a look at the rules around 1099
taxes or talk with whoever helps with your taxes great thank you
next question are there any technical requirements for completing micro
internships technical requirements I need to think that are Egypt the vast
vast vast majority of projects are ones that any college student irrespective of
major or background could complete they require skills like research writing
problem-solving attention to detail etcetera there are some projects that
have very specific technical requirements someone who can in fact my
earlier example use Excel code and paysanne background in email campaign
tools or CRM system those requirements if they’re there will be highlighted in
the project when it’s posted great how our opportunities vetted for scale and
scope of appropriateness and how does Parker Dewey make sure that the projects
aren’t too large to complete in the amount of time given yeah we have a
client success team here that goes through every project for
that purpose we have also developed a series of of examples in our project
library where they’ve already been prevented in pre scoped the vast
majority of projects on the platform are built using that library there’s a small
sample you can see from our website but there’s a much broader library behind
the scenes so we’re going through and making sure everything is fair over the
past four years since launching parker dewey we’ve been doing detailed analyses
of projects that have been completed to make sure that they are fairly scoped
and if a student or a career launcher has concerns at any time they should
reach out to us great good to know often times the internships ask for
writing samples with no experience in internships do you have any hints or
tips on what to to offer as an example or a sample yeah well first of all the
questions themselves a lot of times serve as writing samples on on our
projects and the only tip is to to be thoughtful about it
and proofread it I don’t think there’s any secrets to winning it
winning probably not in the right term I don’t think there’s any secrets to
getting selected other than taking the three minutes and thinking about what
would be a thoughtful answer what lets me put my best foot forward in a way
that that’s going to be compelling you’d be shocked by how many we see where
again they’re riddled with typos they’re riddled with rheumatica letters the
student clearly just hasn’t put any thought into it and I’m not saying that
to be negative I think in fact that actually democratizes the process
because those attributes have nothing to do with again GPA or academic a degree
is truly a way to level the playing field suspend the five minutes great are
there specific updates that one should make to their resume before applying for
a micro internship that can give a better chance for being selected for
such a project no not at all I think I’m generally not a not a big fan of
targeted resumes sorry if that contradicts the guidance from from the
folks at CSU I believe your resume is who you are and it gives a great way of
demonstrating specific skills and experiences part of what Parker Dewey
hopes to do and part of what we do do is give career launchers the opportunity to
enhance their resume with additional skills and additional experiences to
really stand out so my only suggestion would be before you do your first micro
internship just make sure your resume is again proof read and put your best foot
forward but then after you complete your first one update it put it in Parker do
highlight the fact that you’ve completed even just one micro internship and what
would a lessons learned it’s a great way to stand out again look back – Noelle’s
from the earlier slide you can see he’s pretty incredible and when he applies
for projects he has a higher likelihood of getting selected and then then
someone who hasn’t great if I live in the Caribbean and I currently and I’m
currently enrolled at CSU global am I eligible to apply if you can send an
email to support at Parker Dewey comm I will run it by the legal team and we’ll
circle up with CSU I don’t want to get bad advice
great and so we have two minutes left we’ll try to go for as many of these as
we can how open are companies to non-traditional students the general
back they’re very open they’re very open a lot of the companies are in particular
using this as a way to build relationships with folks from
non-traditional backgrounds in a variety of different ways whether it’s
first-generation underrepresented populations adult learners etc this is a
way to build those relationships and it serves an effective pipeline for them to
enhance their campus recruiting in those areas and for folks from non-traditional
backgrounds to get in the door great upon completion of an internship
how soon can I do another assignment immediately great answer
new companies offer a letter or certificate of internship no they do not
and that’s one of the reasons we’re also very direct in highlighting the fact
that on your resume on your LinkedIn do not put that you are an employee or
intern with Microsoft because it potentially puts you at risk
they will highlight the fact or you can highlight on the fact you completed a
project for a software company or if your manager at Microsoft the major at
Microsoft gives you permission to use the Microsoft name great you can also
talk with that person about serving as a reference and that’s what we’re seeing a
lot of the students do so I completed a project for Microsoft on the for Parker
Julie on behalf of Microsoft I now have Adam from Microsoft as a
reference who can talk to it wonderful and the last question and there’s been
so many because your presentation is so meaningful so thank you so much
is there a go-to person at Parker Dewey to help students if they have questions
about the process of developing their profile or any other questions that we
weren’t able to get through today if you email support at Parker Dewey we’ll make
sure you get all of the help just depending on on who the right person is
because obviously questions around international law get filtered one way
questions about updating one’s profile get filter the different way but just
email support them we’ll take care of it thank you and that concludes our career
success webinar for this afternoon thank you to all of our viewers for joining us
we hope you found the conversation informative and useful for your career
goals on behalf of everyone at Colorado State University global thank you and
have a great rest of the day

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