In 2014, 65.4% of students completing a paid internship received a job offer prior to graduation according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Last night, GGU held the Internship Success Panel & Networking event that drew in dozens of students looking to achieve their career goals.
The panel consisted of five students and alumni who have acquired coveted internships through learned tactics and available on-campus resources provided by our Office of Career Planning. Associate Dean, Professor & HR Program Director Dr. Marianne Koch served as moderator while also providing helpful tips for success.
How long does an internship search typically take?
Before you begin your search, please be aware that all panelists mentioned it takes 3-6 months to land a position. Panelist and alumnus Farhad Kazi, former GSN Games intern and current VF Corporation intern stated, “I set goals for the industry and the type of job I wanted” in response to being asked how he managed his search. The journey is not an easy one and to succeed one must learn how to “differentiate yourself” according to panelist Nabanita Talukdar, MBA and MS in Finance graduate. The adjunct professor and alumna applied to conferences where she spoke on her academic research positioning herself as a industry expert. Read more about her conference experience in a recent post.
What resources did you use?
“There are so many cool people in the city. I used Meetup to meet people.” – Hege Thorbjornsen, MS
All five of the panelists mentioned different methods such as sending InMails via LinkedIn Premium for more information on one’s career or attending networking events. Mamadou Kramoko, Audit Intern at Oracle, mentioned the importance of researching the experiences of your peers. He joined on-campus organizations to engage with those seeking the same opportunities with the hope of becoming more social and learning tips.
What did you do to make the best of your opportunity?
The key to success, according to our panel of internship experts, was to never say “no”. If someone asked you to grab coffee or take the reigns on a big project, accept with an upbeat attitude to convey you are happy to be there and are ready to work. If a directive is given and questions remain, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. This is a learning experience and they don’t expect you to know everything.
“When I don’t understand something, I ask a lot of questions whether that person is in my department or not.” – Stephanie Dodge, MAc
How did you recover from glitches?
Discovering there is an issue in your workflow can be devastating. To avoid repercussions, Kramoko advised everyone be honest. “Don’t lie. Meet with your manager and tell what happened and [ask] what do I need to do to avoid this situation again.” Over time, you will learn what questions you need to ask to be successful. Remember the goal is to maintain a relationship,so you can learn who you should turn to for guidance.
If you missed this event, view our calendar for upcoming events developed to help with your career search.
Moderator & Panelists:
Words of wisdom: “Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know, but I will find out””
Words of wisdom: “Be proactive and say these are my skills and what I can contribute.”
Words of wisdom: “Reach out to alumni and don’t be afraid to negotiate.”
Words of wisdom: “Try not to get discouraged during interviews. When saying no, please do so gracefully”
Words of wisdom: “Go into the position with the mindset that you want this to turn into a full-time internship.”
Words of wisdom: “Get as many interviews as you can, so you can practice and learn from them”