What Are Your Plans For This Summer?

What Are Your Plans For This Summer?

By Sarah Steenrod As the academic year winds down, it is likely that college students around the world are being asked, “What are your plans for this summer?” Interning at your dream company? Taking classes? Studying abroad? Feeling speechless because you have no idea? If this question makes you cringe, it might mean that you don’t…yet…know what you’ll be up to this summer. The good news is you are in control of how you spend your time this summer and there is still time to make a plan to make the most of it!   Conduct Informational Interviews Reach out to family, friends, or alumni from your university who work at a company/organization of interest to you and set up a time to talk with them about their work, their company, or their city. This is a great way to network and people love to talk about themselves. People also like to help college students because it gives them a chance to “pay it forward,” so do as much of this as you can while you’re still a student. LinkedIn is a great resource for expanding your network – www.linkedin.com/alumni   Get Experience While many students put pressure on themselves to get an internship as early as freshman or sophomore year, most companies target juniors for their internship programs. While you may not land an internship, there are so many opportunities to develop transferable skills through traditional summer jobs. For example, being a server in a restaurant may help you develop strong customer service or communication skills, and working as a camp counselor may help you develop teamwork or problem solving...
How I Landed Three Summer Internships

How I Landed Three Summer Internships

By Talia Scott  Originally published on June 10, 2017 to LinkedIn Internships have become a crucial part of one’s professional journey. They provide great experience, mentorship, networking opportunities and so much more! Each of my internships have left me with even more of an understanding of what career I hope to have but most importantly they have taught me about what I bring to the work environment. I believe that this takeaway is one of the most important things you can get from an internship; it prepares you for the question that you will often get when seeking out other internships or jobs. The question of Why You? Prior to this summer, all the internships I had ever acquired were with the help of programs and organizations that I was part of: the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, the Young Women’s Leadership Network and the I Have a Dream Foundation. They helped me secure 4 amazing internships over the years (The New York State Youth Leadership Council, Coach, INC., the Center for Court Innovation, NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal). However, I did not have to do all the hard work of finding these placements thanks to the relationships my programs had built and maintained with the different internship placements. While I did have the support of the I Have a Dream Foundation with my internship search for Summer 2017, I secured three internships ALL on my own and you can do the same! Here’s some things you can to do : THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS: Apply to internships with a group of friends. When I say this, I mean coordinate with your friends and schedule times in your calendar...
Jump Starting Your Job Hunt Over Spring Break

Jump Starting Your Job Hunt Over Spring Break

As your semester has geared up with mid-terms, class projects, papers, exams, practices, and club events, you might have put your career search to the side.  Here are some tips on how to energize your career, job or internship search over spring break. 1. Pick a Direction. Students at every stage of college struggle with figuring out what they want to do. Job hunting can be completely overwhelming if you haven’t narrowed down what you actually want out of your summer or for your first destination after graduation. Use the CCPA’s self-assessment resources to evaluate your own skills, personality style, and interests. You can also contact us to talk through your ideas and questions. Try to narrow your interests down to a couple fields of interest. 2. Learn From Alumni. When you have identified some fields that interest you, contact at least 2 alumni in these fields for information and advice. Talking to alumni will help you to gain an “insider’s perspective” of a field or a certain position. They can tell you about their career path and industry trends and share advice for entering or exploring their industry further. Use our Networking Guide which contains sample emails, tips on questions to ask, and etiquette for reaching out. All HC students have access to the Haverford online alumni community, which contains the online alumni directory (click on Fords Alumni Directory). This is also a great time to update (or set-up) your LinkedIn account. Once you have this account and add your education information, you can go to www.linkedin.com/alumni and search Haverford alumni by industry and location! 3. Narrow It Down and Search. After talking with alumni about your...
Reminder: College Sponsored Internships Deadlines

Reminder: College Sponsored Internships Deadlines

Did you know that Haverford has a variety of funding opportunities to help support summer internships? The following funding sources are meant for self-designed internships. This means that you will need to have found and secured your own summer opportunity in order to apply for or receive funding.  If you have or are in the process of securing a summer position in journalism, communications, direct care with people with neurological impairments, public interest projects, or one that is located abroad, you may be eligible for the following grants and funds! Apply by March 18th to be considered!  Andrew Silk Summer Journalism Internship The Andrew D. Silk 1975 Memorial Fund, established in 1982 by family and friends of Andrew D. Silk of the Class of 1975, provides a summer internship to a Haverford or Bryn Mawr student interested in pursuing a career in print or journalism. Deborah Lafer-Scher International Internship This funding provides a summer stipend of $2,500 to assist with living and travel expenses associated with pursuing a relevant international experience outside the United States and preferably outside the North America Hemisphere. Gertrude Albert Heller Memorial Grant The Gertrude Heller Endowment Fund is an internship fund established by Martin Heller of the Class of 1954 used to encourage students to work with the neurologically impaired in direct care efforts. Smart Family Internship Grant The Smart Family Internship grant provides one summer internship to a Haverford student interested in pursuing a career in communications, for up to $3,500. Summer Serve Summer Serve provides a summer stipend between $2,000-3,500 to a current sophomore and junior involved in public interest projects in the Philadelphia...
Recapped: Tri-College & STEM Recruiting Day

Recapped: Tri-College & STEM Recruiting Day

What an event! Last Friday, the Career Offices of Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore hosted a tremendous event in the field house: Tri-College and STEM Recruiting Day. Employers from STEM fields, non-profits, finance, education, and many other fields came to meet and hire Tri-Co students. Students arrived dressed in their best professional attire for morning registration and the career fair. After a brief orientation and an opportunity to take a professional headshot for their LinkedIn profiles, students reviewed the list of employers who had open interview spaces that afternoon. They then made their way to the career fair and chatted with employers to learn more about their companies. If they were interested in being considered for an interview later that day, they would share their resumes. The career fair wrapped up in the afternoon and employers submitted their picks to the career center staff during lunch. The remainder of the day was then dedicated to interviews! We had LOTS of students pick up additional interviews during the career fair, so the schedules were packed! All in all, the day was a great success! Happy employers and happy students make for happy career center staff! We hope to see you next year!...