Internship 301: Internships & Beyond
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Internship 301: Internships & Beyond

[ Music ]>>You’re watching Internship
301, Internships and Beyond: Your Next Steps to Success. Hi, I’m Heather LaPerle,
campus internship coordinator in Career Services at San
Diego State University [background music]. To get credit for
watching this video, click on the survey link
below in the description box. Your completed survey
will give you credit and if you complete all
three internship workshops, Internship 101, 201 and 301
then you will be eligible for a professional
development gift. In Internship 101 you’ll learn
about what is an internship, what is the importance
of networking, what characteristics should you
be looking for in an internship, and red flags to look out for,
as well as internship resources that will help you
find an internship. In Internship 201 you’re
going to learn about how to have a successful
internship search, how to use Aztec
Career Connection and other search sites to
find internship opportunities, as well as finding out
what employers are looking for in an intern and how to
be successful while interning. In Internship 301
we’re going to talk about how you leverage your
internship experience to get to your next step, whether
that’s another internship, a job, grad school,
how to be able to talk about your internship
experience, how to stay connected, and
how to show what you did and how you grew
from that experience. [ Music ]>>Internships helps
you to at least cross out what you don’t
want and that way with your limited choices
you get to explore more in depth what you really love.>>The value in an internship is
allowing you to come in and kind of see what’s going to
happen once you obtain that degree after graduation. It’s going to allow you to
get a view into whatever field or industry that you want to go
into, what its going to take, how to get there, and what
the opportunity and growth is like within that industry.>>Getting your foot in the
door the internships really help with that because the
more internships you do within different various
companies you’ll be able to find out who their contact people
are, who their leaders are.>>After completing an
internship it is important to take a few steps to make sure that you can continue
the connections that you built during your
internship and are able to start leveraging those
to get to your next steps.>>I have written thank
you letters to those who have either interviewed
me or actually worked with in their organization
out of a sign of respect and appreciation and in
order for me to let them know that I would like to keep having
that professional relationship with them in the future and
staying connected with them.>>Relationship is everything, relationship is the
starting point. So you observe how your mentors,
the professionals that you work with how they establish
relationships and then you may
model after them. But you may find your own ways
of establishing relationships.>>I kept in contact with my
mentor just email every now and then and it’s not like
[inaudible] every month. But he would give me updates
on like projects for solutions that we had thought of,
he would give me updates, hey by the way this
saved this much, I’m like oh that’s awesome,
that’s cool to see that. That’s my thing that I
think I’ve learned is that I’m always the type
of person God they’re so busy I don’t want
to bother them. But honestly, they want
to be able to help. I have yet to have someone been
like no I am just way too busy, I don’t want to do it. So you can mention, put a
reference to something to here’s where I’ve worked in
the past or a reference to his company [inaudible]
to try and kind of relate, just want to see
how you’re doing, I really appreciated
everything you taught me.>>Personally I’ve kept
in contact with the people that I’ve worked for in the
past and interned in the past. And it’s not even like an
everyday communication it’s simply you know once
in a while checking in, hey how are you doing? Or even when I go back to those
places I actually you know talk to them and I’m still very
closely connected with them.>>Now it’s really about
building those relationships and connections with the mind
of it being really genuine because maybe that
interaction that you had at your internship will
pay dividends 5 years from now, 10 years from now. You also want to make sure
that you’re continuing to build and check on that relationship. What you do a week later,
a month later, a year later to keep that relationship going. So networking to me is
kind of like the beginning of a professional relationship
that you always have to manage, check in, keep emails,
things like that.>>Making sure you
stay in contact with those people,
don’t be afraid. I think if you are
afraid to initiate contact or maintain contact that
you’re going to miss out on a huge opportunity. You have that contact and
they’ll get to know who you are and what your work ethic is
and what you might bring, what talent you bring. The more recruiters and the
more people within the company that you know, even
if you’re applying for a position right now and not
with them it really benefits you because when it does come time if you need those
connections it’s a lot easier for you to get at them.>>Networking is vital
to them continuing through their careers. And so we’re able to really
reinforce that message over and over because it is
everything in a job search. In some fields referrals
mean a job period.>>I actually had a friend
that was interning for Pepsi and they were looking
for a second intern. She actually mentioned it to me and then gave my name
to the organization. I then applied, interviewed and
got the position so it goes back to networking being
a huge factor.>>Meet as many people
as possible. Every single person
whether they be a student or a C-level employer or having
their own company has some level of value that they
can connect you with. I think for me the challenge
I see a lot of people with is that sometimes they
don’t understand how to actually foster
those relationships. And when you meet someone
follow-up with them on an email or giving them a phone call or
just asking them out to coffee and just you never
know what could happen. So for me networking is
just having conversations and building authentic
relationships.>>Having an internship you
really get that experience to put on your resume. You get to develop yourself
personally and professionally. And then let’s say you’re
not happy with the end goal at the end of your internship
you can use that experience to put yourself in a position where you think you’ll
be more successful.>>Here are tips for following
up after an internship. Write a thank you
letter, keep in contact, update your resume and LinkedIn. [ Music ]>>I use LinkedIn all the
time, it’s a great tool for me and I think for any other
student who’s looking to land an internship or a job. So it’s important to update
your LinkedIn as frequently as you can every time you get
a new role or you finish a role or you get some new
experience to make sure that everything is relevant. And then ultimately
LinkedIn is just a great tool for networking. So anytime you go to a new job,
go to an event or even people that you’re doing projects
in class with it’s important to follow up with
a LinkedIn request and start building your
professional network. Even if they don’t
have the opportunities that you want right now they’re
going to be in your network, so 1, 5, 10 years down the
line when they have a job at a company that you’re
interested in you already have that connection with them,
and then it’s one step closer to having that opportunity.>>Your sophomore year or
junior year start working on developing contacts. I do use LinkedIn in the sense that I’ll have students that’ll
contact me through LinkedIn. I’ll always add them.>>To get started with LinkedIn
you’re going to go ahead and go to If you don’t have an
account yet it’s super easy. You’ll put in your first
name, your last name, email and pick a password
then click to join. I already have my
account so I’m going to go ahead and get started. The next thing we’re going to do
is take a look at your homepage. So you can see for me I can see
what my contacts are posting, which may be anyone from
an employer to a student to Arianna Huffington who’s one
of the influencers that I follow and any of the groups. So I have professional
organizations that I’m a part of as well. When we’re going and
getting you started in creating your account it’s
important for you to take a look and see what you can improve. So the first thing
to make sure is that you have a professional
looking photo. My photo was taken by a
professional photographer at one of our career fairs,
however you don’t have to have a professional
take your photo. What I really recommend is
that you do not take a selfie because that’s really obvious and that you also don’t
cut yourself out of a photo that someone else is in. It’s unprofessional looking when you have someone else’s
body part in your photo like an eyeball or an arm. We really recommend that
you have someone else take your photo. Another thing that you have
an option of adding a photo to is your background. For me personally I added
a picture of Hepner Hall. You can take a photo
of whatever you like but again just making sure
that it’s professional. You also do not have to have
a photo in the background. The next thing you want
to make sure that you have and is set professionally
is what your headline is. My headline is my
position here at SDSU. For you as a student
if you have a position that is an internship I would
recommend putting that on there or if you have a position that
you feel comfortable listing, like maybe you have a customer
service role at the bookstore. However do not feel like you
have to put your position that you’re currently in. I used the example
a lot of times because we’ve all normally had
a position in food service, so maybe you work at Cold Stone and you’re not comfortable
putting that as your headline
that’s totally okay. What you would want to make
sure that you do is you put that you are currently a
student, whether that is saying that your headline
is student at SDSU or undergraduate marketing major
at SDSU but you want to specify that you’re a student. The next thing you’re going to
want to look at as you scroll down in your page
is your experience. Now this is where it
should really match up with what your resume states. So you’re still going to have
those concise resume sentences. You’re going to have
things in present tense only if you are presently
in that position. And you can see for me that
my positions as I put them in the logo for the company, which for me is San
Diego State University, is also listed which
is really nice. You’ll want to have
your position title. And if you need to edit anything
you just click this little icon of a pencil and it’ll go in
and you could change you know if it was the month that you
worked, if it was July instead of June you could make
that change or if you want to change any of
your bullet points. You can also upload any links to
documents or photos or websites that you may have presentations,
things that you want to display that you’ve done
in that position. And then I also have said
on mine that I’m not going to share any profile
changes with my network. My recommendation would be
that you do not enable this until you’re ready for people
to be viewing your account because if I made any
changes right now no one in my network would be notified. but if I change this to be yes
and I change my profile picture, then everyone in
my network is going to get a message
that I made a change. And when I’m done I’m
going to go ahead and save and then my new version
will be updated. The next section I
want you to take a look at is volunteer experience. For me personally mine’s going
to look a little bit different than yours but this is where
if you had any involvement say in your American Marketing
Association or let’s say you’re in a fraternity or a sorority or maybe you have an
Honor Society this is where you can put your
involvement there. Additionally, as we move
down you will be able to see the featured
skills and endorsements. Now it will show
you your top three and it will show you
the number of people that have endorsed
you for this skill. You can either ask
people to endorse you or as you use LinkedIn,
LinkedIn will ask other people to then endorse your skills. I can click on here to
look at 31 other skills that have been endorsed
by people that I know. I could also click
to add a new skill. So if I think that you know I
should be endorsed for Twitter, then I could go on
here to Twitter and it would be a new skill
that we would see here. Now if I change my mind
and that’s not something that I would want on
there I could go in here and I could find
Twitter and take that off if I later change my mind
that that’s not something that I would actually want
people to endorse me for. The next section
is recommendations. Recommendations is a
section that is kind of like a mini letter
of recommendation. Under recommendations it will
list both recommendations you’ve received, as well
as recommendations that you have written. So for me I have written
different recommendations for students that have
worked for me in the past. For example with Kevin I
wrote him a recommendation that then will show on his page. So if we look at
Kevin’s page and scroll down under his experience
and his skills you’re going to see recommendations
that have been written. These recommendations are great, but you do not have
to have them. And I really recommend that
you do not ask everyone in your network for
a recommendation. What’s really appropriate is for
you to have maybe a supervisor or a mentor that you’ve had. And you don’t want
to have so many that your recommendations
get lost. Having one to maybe five
recommendations are great and I really recommend that
you don’t write recommendations for anyone that you haven’t
had work directly for you. So as a student maybe if
you were the president of an organization
and someone asked you who was your vice
president or your treasurer to write a recommendation
that would seem appropriate, but it shouldn’t be
something that you’re writing for someone you just
know personally or even if you knew them as an intern
that you also interned with, that’s not an appropriate
recommendation to write. You would definitely want
someone who’s in more of a supervisory or managerial
role to write a recommendation. Since we’re on Kevin’s page
let’s continue to look at his. One thing I want to
show you that he has that I didn’t show you on my
page is the education piece. This is what your education
is going to look like as well. So it’ll have listed
your bachelor’s degree or if you’re a master’s
student, what your major is, and then it’ll also
show what year you are. And then it’ll also list
when you will be graduating which this is something
I would recommend that you update if that changes. Because a lot of employers
are directly recruiting off of LinkedIn and they want to
know when you will be able to be an entry-level
candidate for a position. You’ll also see that there
is an interests section, for example Kevin has
followed SDSU Career Services. One that I recommend all of
you follow is SDSU Alumni. The way to go ahead and
search for that is to go up to the search section, click
in San Diego State University and you can actually start to see all the different
groups that you can follow. Associated Students has one, you can then follow San Diego
State University Alumni, again is one that I
recommend you all follow. So you can see I’m already
a member of this group. You can also see other members that you may already
be connected with. And you can see there’s over
20,000 members in this group. Not only will you be able
to see what people post but then you can also see what
members and start to connect. Going back, what you
can see now that I’m on Kevin’s page is how
LinkedIn will ask me to endorse the skills of
someone in my network. So for example it’s
asking me if I would want to endorse Kevin
for his leadership. Now one thing I would
notice is if I wanted to endorse him I can
click on endorse. If I do that it’s going to
say thank you for doing that. Additionally, if there are other
things that I wanted to endorse for Kevin I could scroll down to
his page and I’m going to click on Adobe Photoshop because
this is something that I want to endorse Kevin for
because I’ve experienced that as his supervisor. I can also click on show me
more and I can see other skills that either Kevin has
identified as skills he would like to be endorsed in or other
people have endorsed him for. And as I go through I can
take a look and say if any of these are ones that I
would agree with or ones that I am not sure
of and that’s okay. One thing I stress is to make
sure you don’t endorse people for skills that you don’t have
experience with them having. So for example, I may think
that Kevin probably is good at fashion photography but if
I don’t have any experience or knowledge of his actual skill with that I should
not be endorsing him. You also want to make sure that your profile has a
strong summary section. Your summary section
is listed right under your photo
and your headline. It’s one of the first
things that people see and it’s basically an extended
version of your objective. But one thing to keep in mind is
people will only see the first two lines of your summary
unless they click and see more. The big thing to
note is you want to make your first two
sentences intriguing and have things included
that will grab the attention of anyone looking
at your profile. Kevin’s profile is a
great example of this. He clearly states what year he
is, when he’ll be graduating, what university he’s going
to, and what major he is. He’s also noting that he is
currently seeking an internship so that he can apply his
experience for graphic design and web design for a company. This if I was a recruiter
would make me want to click on the see more so that I could
learn more about who he is. Kevin has also taken
this opportunity in his summary section
to link his portfolio which will give recruiters
and anyone else a great view of what he can do as
a graphic designer. I also recommend you all have
a portfolio and we’ll talk more about creating a professional
portfolio and we’ll talk about how to make
it for any major. Now we’re going to go back out
to the home page because I want to show you how to
build connections. One thing that you
need to know is how to actually view the
different connections that you may want
to connect with. We’ll go here to Joseph Smith. First of all, you can
see that he is a second. Now this means that
he is a connection that I have someone
in common with. When I look down here under mutual connections I
can see I have two connections with already. Now I can do one of two things,
I can either reach out to one of my contacts and ask them if
they would do an introduction or what’s more common is to
click on this connect button. When you click on connect
it is going to ask you if you would like to add a note. You always want to add a note
because this will allow you to identify yourself to the
person you’re wanting to connect with so that they know
how they know you. Well I’m going to include
my personalized message. Now let’s say that I met Joseph
at a networking event and I want to connect with him, so I want
to mention that in my note. Hello Joseph, it was very
nice to meet you last night at the networking event. I would like to connect with
you so that we can continue to talk about marketing. Thank you. I could also add
something in here if maybe Joseph shared
an opportunity at his company I could mention
you know that I’ve applied and that I wanted to follow up
if he had any other suggestions or needed anything from me. But you want to give a
context to your invitation. Now I’m not actually
going to connect but if I was I would
send this invitation and then Joseph would
get a notification both in his LinkedIn account, as
well as in his email that says that I want to connect with him. Now let’s look over here at some
of these other people that are on LinkedIn that I am
not connected with yet and how do I know that because
they have either a second like Anna or a third
like Samantha. Now Samantha since
she’s a third if I click on her this means we’ll
see I have no connections, whereas on the other page there
was someone I was connected to. So in this case if I wanted to
reach out to her I would need to click on that little three
dot box and click on connect. Now I don’t know why they
make it different for seconds and thirds but that’s
just the difference, but it’s the same
process after that. One thing that I recommend all
students do is go out and search through the alumni database. And if you go to San Diego
State University and click on that link this
is going to take you to our San Diego State page. And I definitely recommend that
you follow this page in order to see what’s going on, get
updates on the university, but as well is you’ll
be able to see alumni. Now you can see that
there’s over 200,000 alumni, plus there’s over
250,000 followers so this is a great
page to follow. I’m going to go ahead
and click on see alumni. Now this is great if you are
trying to find connections, whether it’s in a specific
area like maybe you want to eventually live or intern in New York this
would be a great place where you could click
and search by New York to see who is in New York. And it’s going to take you from
over 222,000 to about 6,500. And now I can look at different
connections and I can see where these connections are. Tori is an executive assistant and she was also
a journalism major and that sounds really
interesting to me and it also shows that we
have 22 connections in common. So I’m going to go ahead
and click on Tori’s profile so I can learn more about this
connection that is a possibility and I could read through her
page and maybe I now want to actually connect with
her and I could do that. Another thing to
note when you’re on this page is you can
also look specifically at where alumni are working. Now again, you can
either in here and type up a specific company
that you’re interested in or you could click on see
more where you could see more of where alumni are working. I’m interested in community
and social services, so I’m going to click on that. And now I am looking
at both community and social services
and New York. So now this has narrowed it to
even fewer, there’s only 440, so it’s really narrowing
in my search. And I can look through
here and I can see that I actually have
a connection, so see how this says first. Erin Hogeboom is someone that
I am already connected to and she’s in New York
and she’s in community and social service,
so this is great. I also have another first
connection here with Tita Gray. So this is not only a way that
you can make new connections but it can help you figure
out who is in your connections and how you can better
reach out to them. So I definitely recommend that
you use this function as a way to build your network. Last thing I want to
go over with you is about how you can use
your notification section as a way to stay connected. One of the best things
about LinkedIn is that it not only helps you
keep all your connections in one place so that you
can come back to them, but it also allows you
to see what is going on with people in
your connections. So for example, it’s
going to show me when someone has a birthday. Now this is a personal
preference if you want to put your birthday on
your LinkedIn account. I personally don’t do
it because I see it more as a professional network, so I
don’t put my birthday on there. However I will say that
when I’ve seen some people’s birthdays it does allow
me to reach out to them and have a professional
connection moment with them. So I can see it as both ways, it’s more of a personal
preference on there. You can also see if people
have viewed your profile. Let me just pause for a second
and say the premium account. I do not believe that
any students need to pay for the premium account, I’ve
never used the premium account and I’ve been in my job
here in Career Services for over four years and
everything that I need to do and also need to
connect students with, some of my connections I
can do with the free system. If you are interested in the
premium you can check that out, but I don’t think
it is necessary. Now moving on we can see that
here’s one of my connections who as you can see she’s
starting a new position. Now remember when I
was showing you how to build your profile
the reason I’m seeing that she has started a new
position is because she had that little box checked that
said to notify her connections when she makes any
edits to her profile. So that’s one example of that. You could also see on
here I see some people who have work anniversaries. So this again is the way
that LinkedIn is going to help you remember to
connect with your connections which is really, really great. A feature we recommend
that you look at on LinkedIn whether you
are looking for internships or jobs is the search function. If you go up here and click on jobs you’re going
to see this screen. There’s also this function
where you can click if you are looking
for a position. You can look if you’re actively
applying or casually looking. This is great because this will
notify recruiters that you are in the market for either
a job or an internship. They also will then go in and
recommend based on your profile and career interest
different positions you may be interested in. You can always go in and
update those interests if they have changed,
but this is a great place for you to be looking for. You can also on this page
specifically look at internships by putting in internship and
then entering in the area in which you would like to work. You’ll see that it’ll then bring
up all the results they have for internships and I can go
ahead and go in and click on any of these that may seem
interesting to me. Additionally, as I’m going through my career search
I may be interested in following certain
companies on LinkedIn. A great way to do this is when
I am in the search function is to type in a company,
such as Enterprise. When I’ve typed that in I can
see the different companies that are listed and then
I can click on the company that I’m interested in. And here I see that
Enterprise Rent-A-Car does in fact have a page,
so I look on here. I can see that this is
actually a page that has over 125,000 followers. I can see that I have
some connections already with this company. I can also come in
here and click follow so that I’ll be able to
see if there’s any postings that they do for either
jobs or any updates. I can also click here for see
jobs and I’ll be able to see any of the jobs that
they have posted now. So if you want to learn more
about LinkedIn, please come in and attend one of our LinkedIn
workshops or you can also come in for a Fast 15
walk-in and we can go over your specific profile
and give you feedback. A way to stand out to
employers, as well as a way to make sure you’re
capturing what you do in your internship is
creating an online portfolio. Portfolios are a way for you
to take samples of your work in the classroom but also
at your internship that show who you are, what you’re able to
do, and gives you an opportunity to reflect on it to describe to
an employer why it’s something that shows why you’re the best
candidate for their position.>>A general recommendation for starting an online portfolio
is collecting all professional documentation from
courses and internships. You can also prepare an
internship portfolio according to academic requirements and
develop a customized portfolio to meet a specific goal. Sample contents of an online
portfolio include project information from classes,
internships and work, class writings, research
participation, technical skills, spreadsheets, publications,
publicity items, lesson plans, images, and a resume
and references. When conducting an
internship or a job search with the customized
portfolio make sure to review with a mentor, determine what
skills you want to demonstrate, prepare a small customized
portfolio focused on the items that relate to the
position you are seeking, and include outstanding
examples of your work. Make sure you show relevant
samples in response to questions if the interviewer
is interested.>>Portfolium is a great
opportunity for students to showcase the work that
they’re doing in the classroom and out of the classroom. So when you’re in the
classroom environment and you have a group project
you’re working hard all semester and then you turn in that
project most likely you’re never going to look at it again, neither is your potential
employer. So what Portfolium allows you
to do is take the project work that you’re doing
in the classroom and put it online similar
to something you would do with LinkedIn except it’s
actually work that you’re doing. So for me I’ve used Portfolium
to upload different reports that I’ve done for class,
different presentations that I’ve done for
the internship, and then obviously
different projects that I’ve worked on, on campus. And while I personally have not
had companies contact me I think it’s a good exercise as a
student to upload your work and to work on building
your professional brand, whether that’s just
through a Portfolium account or also potentially
building your own website. It’s good to showcase the
work that you’re doing.>>I’m going to show
you an example which is my Weebly portfolio
just to give you an idea of some of the things that
you can highlight on the website that you create. My online portfolio, as you see,
has a theme which is outdoors because that was my
undergraduate degree. And it also shows a little
bit of my personality. When you go in to
create a website most of the times you can
choose a template which is what I did here. You’ll see that my name is at
the top, there’s a brief summary of who I am, and a photo. You also will notice that at the
top I have different categories of things that people can look at that are highlighting
my different experiences. On most of these
platforms you will be able to upload different
kinds of documents. You’ll see here under my
academic advising professional documents I have different types
of things that can be viewed, such as feedback reports
which would be summaries of projects that
I had worked on. But I’m careful to take out
any protected information. You can include PDFs,
you are also able to include PowerPoints. For my professional
presentation section you see that I have different
presentations that viewers can
click through and see. There’s also ways to include
video links or pictures. One thing to note though
is that it’s not just about showing the artifact it’s about actually giving
an overview of why you chose this artifact. In this case for a job
that I was applying to one of the things they
wanted me to be able to do was show my
presentation skills. So I was able to give a
description of different ways that I have presented at
national associations, I have also given summit
presentations to students. So I was able to not only show where I had done
the presentation but to what population and then
also the actual presentation itself, which is
something you want to think about when you’re choosing
different artifacts. Another thing you want to
include in your portfolio is of course your resume. So if you click on your resume
this is where you’ll be able to view your actual
qualifications. Now one thing to note
you’ll see on my resume that may look different
is my phone number and my address is not listed. I do include my email
which is something that I’m already
comfortable including on this website, my
LinkedIn account. These are already things that
can be viewed if someone wants to either click on this button
which will send me an email or under more there’s a contact
page that they can go to, to leave me a comment. I’ve also linked
my LinkedIn here, as well as there
is a button up here that would take them directly
to my LinkedIn account so that they could view any of the information
that’s also listed there. A portfolio again
is a way for you to summarize the
experiences that you’ve had. Your resume is like
a table of contents that tells someone these are
the things that I’d be able to tell you more
about in an interview. When you go into your interview
you’re telling your story. And as you tell your story you
can refer to your portfolio which is really like the
pictures, the examples that go along with that story and hopefully will make you
a candidate that stands out. [ Music ]>>The only reason I was able
to take my current job was because of my internship
and realizing that the experience I had
that was so transformative and so insightful for myself that it really just gave me
the autonomy and the ability to say maybe I can try
something different.>>Really recommend if you can
do internships I think that’s a great foot in the door,
especially if it’s related to your field of interest. I think it’s a real helpful
tool because then you’ll be able to see like okay wait this is
really for me, is it not for me and if it is for me you know
what are the challenges, what are the pros, how
can I enhance myself and make myself a stronger
professional in this field so that I can be
competitive once I graduate and I’m actually
working in the field.>>After their experience
they get to have a better idea of what that career
is about, do they want to go into that career. And then they even, some
of them they even say that well just this
is not something of what I expected I don’t
want to go into the career.>>Internships are great for
learning more about the industry that you’re interested in, but
it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be the
right industry for you. Don’t be afraid to go into
an internship of a career that you think you
want and at the end of the internship realize
this really isn’t what I want, that’s totally okay. I did the same thing I went into
an internship that had nothing to do with what I wanted to
do but eventually I ended up where I wanted to be. Don’t be afraid to start
at the beginning and grow because you can achieve
those goals even if it’s not right
out of the gate.>>It also just opened my eyes up to the different
opportunities within a company. So it’s one thing to
have an internship and to network your
way into an internship. But also, once you
have that internship or that first job how can
you leverage that to get that next promotion or how can
you leverage that to get a role with a different company just
to further your experience.>>It’s important to remember that after you leave your
internship you’re going to go on to something else, whether
that’s another internship, another job or graduate school. But all of those
things are going to require you to interview. And when interviewing it’s
really important for you to be able to articulate
what it is you learned through your internship
experience, how you grew and what are actions
you’re taking to continue that development.>>The students really
have to be able to say that they have experience
doing what it is that they will be doing in
a professional environment. Internships really are
one of the key ways to get that experience.>>The internship experience is
so important because they get to be exposed to professionals
out in the fields and they get to see firsthand what are
the professional skills, the professional attitudes. So in class they
learn about knowledge but they may not
learn the attitude. You need to see the
work content.>>It teaches you about a
role that you might have when you graduate, but also it
connects you to other students and professionals in that field.>>The experience that you
had and how they propelled you to understand even more of
why you can do this job, the areas of your growth, and how you can be a good
employee on the first day.>>The more informed and
the more aware you are of what’s happening in the industry the better
off you’re going to be and the more prepared
you’re going to be to sell yourself
to that industry. It’s how do you fit
in with the company that you are trying to work for. So the better you can
have that conversation with a recruiter the more
effective you’re going to be as a seeker.>>A lot of times after their
internship they enjoy it so much and they start to know that
they actually have the skill, the knowledge and
even the attitude to be a professional there. So they start to have
a lot better outlook for their career paths. Every semester I would have
several students at the end of the semester they would come
to me, they would email saying that they get offered jobs. So that’s how I really
get excited for them, they get excited for themselves
because they really are going to the fields that
they aspire to. [ Music ]>>In a classroom it’s
led by a professor, we tell the students what to
do, what the expectations are, and they may work as a group
or an individual to reach it. But in a workplace, it’s
much more collaborative and the students have to learn
that it’s a different type of environment and
how to perform and behave in that environment. They can’t get that in a
classroom no matter what we try and do. But I would say that that’s
probably the greatest experience that they can gain through
an actual internship.>>It should really allow
you to grow your network and the ability to reach out
to those mentors to really grow and gain more knowledge in
regards to whatever field, industry or skills you want.>>Well I’ve actually been asked about you know my
critical thinking skills in several interviews and the
question is pretty much you know give an example of a time you
faced a problem and you had to answer it and solve
it thinking critically. And so you know you
just provide an example from either previous jobs
or previous experiences that you’ve had, whether it’s an
internship or in the classroom.>>It’s you know not so much
about the skills but it’s about how the skills
are performed in a space that is completely different
than what they’re used to.>>Our interns we look for
people that are self-motivated, driven, humble, great
communication skills. Is somebody that has
the ability to adapt. Professionalism is a huge
one, if you haven’t been in a professional environment
learning it is going to go a long ways, especially for that next step
into your career. And collaborate is
also a huge factor in you know what we look for.>>Definitely professionalism and leadership are two
competencies that I’ve developed through my internship
and that’s just because I’m constantly working
with a variety of people, whether that’s students
to administrators. So that’s something
I’ve learned.>>The one career competency that I developed was public
speaking and communication. I’ve become more comfortable because before I would
be sweating all the time and like shaking in front
of people, but now I feel like it’s more natural. And I’m really thankful
for the opportunity to develop my public
speaking skills.>>Or like pitching your ideas
and making sure that you show up every day 100% ready to
go is something that you know but you’re reminded of
when you do an internship. Because you know at the end of the day it’s a three-month,
four-month interview.>>How to communicate
well to how to write a marketing research
report those are all things that you’ll be doing
on a consistent basis in an actual internship or job. So being able to
do those things, really exercise my knowledge
gave me a lot more confidence coming back to school and then
also applying for other jobs.>>Not everyone is
going to be an expert in the career readiness
competencies and your employers are not
going to expect you to be. But they are going to expect
for you to have self-awareness of where areas that you have
strengths and where are areas that you have weaknesses. But it’s only a weakness if
you’re not working on it. So get out there and start
working on what are things that you don’t feel
as confident in.>>It’s absolutely vital that with every internship
a student takes that they’re thinking
about how is it relevant to their long-term goals.>>They haven’t really thought
through how they’re going to approach their internship,
what they want to get out of it, what their goals are, what
they see as an outcome. So really envisioning the
internship more before they launch it I think
is really essential and I wish more interns
would do that.>>If I could do my internship over again I would have made
sure the first day that I’m like here’s what my goals,
here’s what I want to get out of it, communicate with
my supervisor and vice versa. Because sometimes it’s
kind of intimidating going to a huge company and
you’re still learning, but you got to be ready to
run just right where you are and kind of speed up
that learning process.>>You really want to make
sure that what you are getting from that internship is going to
be you know beneficial to you. This is an opportunity
for you to learn and grow. So when you’re looking for
those internships make sure that it’s going to provide you
with an experience that’s going to help you grow, that’s going
to help you build on the skills that are important for whatever
field you want to go into.>>It’s very important to
always think about the long-term and a lot of students
get very intimidated. They come in my office
and the first question out of my mouth is what do you
want to be when you grow up? And they’re thinking no I’m
only worried about summer, I just want a summer internship. What you want in the long-term
is really the number one, the highest priority, and
the most important thing and from there we
work backwards. And a lot of times when you take that approach it
makes it a lot easier and I think students
are less likely to be disappointed
in the long-run.>>I get to witness
how students grow, particularly toward the end of
the semester when they come back to me and their face is
beaming and they tell me that I’ve learned so much, I’ve
enjoyed my internship so much and this is totally the career
path that I’m going to go to. Or when they come back
to me and say guess what, guess what I’m offered a
job and thank you so much. And that is when I
feel like all my work, all the hours working
it’s totally worth.>>Just like in a class with your internship you can
set goals in the beginning, check in with yourself midway
through like your midterm to see if you’ve met those goals. I would suggest setting 1
to 3 goals for yourself. If you’ve met them by the time
you meet that midway point, then go ahead and set
some additional goals. If you haven’t yet, figure out
what you need to do in order to achieve those
goals by the end of your internship experience. I also suggest that you work
with your site supervisor or mentor at your
organization in order to help them keep
you accountable for reaching your goals
for your internship. This will be a great
way for you to talk about what you’ve
accomplished when you go to your next interview
for your next opportunity. Career Services has many
internship resources to help you prepare to be the
most marketable candidate you can for your internship
search experience.>>I went to Career Services
first as a freshman so I knew that it was a great resource
on campus for students where you could get everything
worked on from your resume to interview skills to
reaching out to companies. I also utilized the career
counselors who looked over my resume to make sure
that I didn’t have any errors and that I was branding all of
the different responsibilities that I had in my
previous roles correctly.>>Have someone to look
over their resume and then to make their resume
look even better.>>Build your resume right away. If you’re a first-year student
this is a good opportunity to build a foundation for your
second, third and fourth years so you can start having a base
to stand on when you’re going for the advanced internships. So start early and
you won’t regret it.>>Career Services
offers Fast 15 where you can literally just
come in for 15 minutes and speak to a counselor, whether that’s
about looking at your resume or if you need help with
you know job searches or internship searches or if
you just want to talk to them about you know your
goals and what it is that you want to
do in the future.>>There are so many great
workshops and career fairs and other opportunities and even
the flyers that are available in the lobby can be really
helpful for students. So we’re constantly trying to remind the students you
have this resource available to you, use it, it’s free
to use while you’re here and it’s not a resource that a
lot of students have been to.>>Yes, I used Career
Services, I remember going to the LinkedIn workshop.>>I utilized their Aztec
Career Connection website or you can also find internships
and job opportunities.>>When it comes to positions
that we have available to you all also you know I think that they have some really
great workshops that some of our managers will
participate in, like Resumania, we did an info session,
we’ve done tabling.>>But they also have
different assessments, so for example the
Strong Interest Inventory where if you’re not
necessarily sure what career or what major you want to go
into you can always go in there and take that assessment. And it doesn’t only reflect what
career you would best fit into, but it also analyzes
your personality which is a really useful tool
just so that you can see kind of where you best would
fit into a career.>>Definitely visit the
career fairs, there are a ton of different companies who
visit us to find students here. All the companies will
be listed on the website.>>Career Services
offers about 3 to 4 career fairs per semester. All students can
attend the career fairs, even if you’re a freshman it’s
recommended that you attend just so that you can see
what’s out there and you know practice
those networking skills with the different employers who actually attend
those career fairs. The first career fair of
each semester is specific to careers and internships.>>Interviewing is a vital
part of the internship and job search process. In order to improve your skills
we recommend that you practice. Career Services offers
two ways to do this. One, you can schedule
a mock interview with a career counselor by contacting Career
Services directly or you can use our
online interview resource.>>Big Interview, which is a
video interview practice site, it’s available only through
SDSU Career Connection free of charge to our students. Another service that they offer
is also Workability IV which is where if you have any type of
disability, whether it’s visible or invisible you can go in
there and get the assistance that you need in terms of you know anything
career services related.>>Don’t be afraid to
utilize the resources. I underused them and I wish
I would have looking back. So don’t be me and wish that
you would have done something differently, just do it.>>Please make sure to visit us because if you don’t come
see us we can’t help you out. We’re located in Student
Services East 1200 and we can be reached
at 619-594-6851. We are open Monday through
Friday, 8:00 to 4:30 and we have walk-in hours Monday
through Thursday, 1:00 to 2:45 and Fridays 10:00 to 11:45. Check out the Career Services
workshop and events calendar by going to our homepage
at Make sure to stay connected
with us: follow us on Instagram and Twitter, like us on Facebook
and connect with us on LinkedIn.>>[Inaudible] good luck
on your internship search. This is the scariest but
fun part and once you get that first internship make sure
you knock it out of the park. And you know if you’re watching
this video you’re already taking the first start, so good luck. [ Music ]

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