Internship Tips

Tips on Job Searches

  • Believe it or not, only 4 to 10% of all job seekers find jobs though internet job seekers such as HotJobs
  • Answering newspaper and magazine ads as well as ads on the internet has a 7 to 28% success rate, as does finding employment through an agency
  • Asking for job leads from friends, family members, teachers, and at career centers generally has a success rate of 47%
  • Researching (through the internet or phone book) and applying to companies which interest you, whether or not they have known vacancies, has an 86% success rate

Thinking of yourself as your own publicist can be helpful. Often, companies tries to save money by waiting for weeks or months while positions go unfilled. They are hoping to hire someone by recommendation or from their current staff (including their unpaid or paid interns). What Color Is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles, the book from which the above statistics are taken, suggests a two step process designed to uncover these opportunities before they are fully public:

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Clearly define what it is you want to do in the next year or two, and

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Either apply these future goals to a want ad description or cold call companies with the intention of offering your expertise should they be interested.

Most importantly, you should identify what about the job will make you happy, and what personal skills you have that will benefit the position. Some companies may offer to hire you as an intern or a temporary worker with the contingency that they hire or discharge you within an agreed upon amount of time. Of course, the job search will be more effective if you can combine any of the above tactics (such as answering a want ad for a company where a friend works).

Tips on Internet Searches

  • Co-op has internships posted on their website that are worth searching www.pace.edu/COOPCS/ (212-346-1950). Co-op sign-up requires resume approval and an interview workshop. While the process can be laborious, it is well worth the effort.
  • Signing up with co-op will also prepare you for “resume referral,” with Career Services (212-346-1610). This is a resume posting service for Pace Alumni.
  • Conduct your internship search in a similar manner to a job search. Many employers, especially in smaller companies, hire from their intern pool. Your internship experience will also add skills to your resume, which will hopefully help you find a job later on. Apply to internships and companies that you find truly interesting or to work situations that you will enjoy.
  • If you can afford to work for free, internships with smaller publishing houses and magazines can be very rewarding. At the internship stage, having a wider range of job duties may be more important than an hourly wage. Positions with well-known and larger houses tend to be very competitive, while the work assigned to interns can be segmented and repetitive.

How to Put Your Best Foot Forward

In addition to an outstanding resume, a well written cover letter and good interviewing skills are a critical part of the job/intern application process. Thinking of succinct answers to the questions listed below before embarking on an interview may help avoid a sticky situation mid-interview:

  • Know your strengths. What makes you stand out from other applicants may not be your academic or computer skills but skills that are personal to you. For example: Are you a fast-thinker on the phone? Do you enjoy solving technical problems at work? Can you explain solutions easily to others?
  • Know what you’ll say if asked about your weaknesses.
  • Why do you want to work for the particular company to which you applied? Of your learned and personal skills, which will serve you the best in your new environment?
  • Why are you searching for work?
  • Know the going salary rates in your field for employees of your education and skills. Average these against the amount you are willing to work for and what you hope to achieve with the position. Sometimes taking a job at a lower salary can turn into a decently paid position within a year, especially if you are applying for an entry-level position and have little prior experience. If the position offers excellent entry-level experience and a crummy salary, the job might still be a good stepping stone. And — don’t be afraid to bargain if the opportunity arises.
  • What do you imagine yourself doing in 5 years?
  • If a difficult situation arises at work, what do you do? How do you solve problems with co-workers? How do you navigate technical difficulties in a work situation? How do you prioritize?

If you are planning on enrolling in PUB 699A, Internship I

If you are planning on enrolling in PUB 699A, you must meet with Professor Jane Kinney-Denning the semester before you plan to intern. She can be reached at jdenning@pace.edu or at 212-346-1404. Professor Denning will work with you on your resume and cover letter and guide you as you begin your internship search.