So You Don’t Have An Internship This Summer?


The academic year is winding down, summer is approaching and panic sets in.  You don’t have a summer internship yet.  Perhaps you’ve been spending endless hours applying for positions since the fall semester but nothing has worked out.  Or maybe you just started applying for positions last week and the majority of them have been filled.

Stress mounts as self-doubt runs through your mind. “Time is running out.  Without an internship I’ll never land my dream job.”

Wrong. Don’t panic! While you may no longer be able to land your dream internship for now, there are many valuable and productive ways to spend your time this summer.  Here is a game plan to make sure you make this summer count!

1. Network

Whether you’re tapping into your own established network or asking your parents what friends of theirs you can contact, networking is a powerful method to help advance your career. Not sure where to start? Consider reconnecting with former teachers, mentors or even alumni from your high school. See whom they know and who they can introduce you to.  Get out there and attend networking events this summer. It all starts with a conversation, so step out of your comfort zone and create connections with those around you.

2. Volunteer

Whether you’re volunteering at a local food pantry or with a national non-profit organization, there are plenty of ways you can volunteer and prepare yourself for your future career.  Many volunteer positions will give you a proper title that will look just as great as an internship on your resume, and you can list your job duties just as you would for an internship. Nonprofits are always looking for volunteers. Try finding an organization your passions align with and contact them to see how you can help.  Serving as a volunteer could lead you to an internship or even a full time position. 

3. Continue the search

Don’t stop applying.  Consider taking an unpaid internship to gain the experience, if needed.  Use this free time to find the perfect internship for next semester.  Get yourself hired before anyone else even begins working on their resumes. Keep an eye on job openings.  Contact companies and reach out to them before they even get a chance to say they are hiring.  You will be ready for next semester before anyone has a chance to even think about it.  It’s never too late, so don’t lose your drive.

Untitled.png24. Gaining skills from unrelated jobs

Within your summer job ask if you can help out with something that relates to your field of work.  Make sure your unrelated job ties into the overall narrative you’re telling about your skills and experiences.  You can highlight components of your summer job and relate it back to your career goals on your resume.  Some transferrable skills include: working with difficult people, managing time or stress, working with money, and the list goes on and on. Don’t dismiss the experiences that are coming your way.  Even though it is not your ideal internship, you can still learn new things every day at an unrelated job.

Not sure where to begin your search? Click on the different colleges below to for a list of internship coordinators here at UW-Whitewater:

Your resources are closer than you think.


  1. Revamp your online presence

Take the summer to update your LinkedIn profile, clean up social media accounts, and revamp your resume.  Think about what you have accomplished in the past year; new skills, course, projects or certificates.  By taking the time to update your resume you can focus on the details and specifics to make it as clean as possible while reflecting your personal achievements.  Not only will these updates save you time down the road, but also you will begin to recognize what areas you may need to start focusing on for the future.

  1. Continue your education

Take summer courses.  Use this summer to build up your GPA.  You can lighten up your load for the fall by taking summer classes.  Pick up classes that will help you with something in the long run.  Teach yourself Photoshop or how to code.  Learning new skills that relate to your career field can give you an edge when applying for internships.  Click on the different colleges below to see whom to contact to help you find internships here at Whitewater.

You may not have the perfect internship in place, but you can still gain skills and experience for your resume. Take a moment to sit down and make your game plan to attack the fall semester. Remember, don’t panic!

Fashion Friday: Professor Dougan

“I coach students how to present. Just like in theater, the costume conveys who you are. The same goes for the business world, the people are your audience. Within a few seconds these people see you and your future. You have to be aware of the person on the other side of the conversation. Try to match and/or accelerate their level of formality. Students should always be aware.”

Dougan at the 9th Annual Warhawk Business Plan Competition on April 6th, 2016.

Presented by Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)

Helping Others While Helping Yourself


With Earth Day approaching, the UW-Whitwater campus wants to make an impact. On April 22nd the Whitewater community will come together to be a part of Make A Difference Day. More than 300 students from UW-Whitewater will partner with volunteers from the Rock County area to tackle several major projects in both Janesville and Whitewater.

While most know of the positive impact volunteering can leave on a community, most volunteers rarely speak of the benefits of volunteering to themselves. Doing good and enjoying yourself, while meeting your own personal and professional goals can happen at the same time. With that in mind here are both personal and professional benefits one can gain from volunteering:

Learn new and transferable skills
While gaining new skills through volunteering, you will also sharpen existing skills, or use existing skills in new ways.  Employers are often seeking well-rounded individuals who have good teamwork and goal setting skills. Through volunteer work you become a comprehensive individual by completing tasks by a certain due date with team members.

Career exploration
Volunteering offers incredible networking opportunities. You not only develop life long personal and professional relationships, but also you can hear about job openings, gather insider employment information and develop great references. Volunteering can expose you to the work of an organization in a deeper way than becoming a member, following it on social media, or even participating in an informational interview. Regardless of your age or career level, volunteering will introduce you to new professional paths.  Volunteering offers the opportunity to cross paths with people across your community.


Differentiate yourself while gaining visibility
Real world experiences are essential when creating your story. Having additional experiences, like volunteering, gives you the upper hand when applying for jobs. Listing volunteer experience on your resume allows you to showcase versatility, as well as relatable skills you. As volunteer opportunities provide a great environment to network, they also provide an environment to showcase your work ethic (and transferrable skills) firsthand to those you would network with.

Develop leadership skills
As a volunteer you contribute unique skills, experiences, and perspectives. By watching those around you, you can begin to identify the qualities of leadership that you admire and you can strive to develop those qualities in yourself. You will have opportunities to lead by persuasion, innovation and with your ideas. Working in volunteer settings will help you learn strategic thinking, management and conflict resolution skills, which all portray the skills needed to be an effective leader. You will learn about your community, trends and issues,and  people and resources, all of which further help you develop your leadership potential.

You make a difference! You may seem like a small number at the time, but these numbers add up. Last year on Whitewater’s Make A Difference Day, 352 volunteers gathered together combining over 1,408 service hours. Volunteering is one of the best ways an individual knows how to make a difference in the community. Whatever your passion, however you get involved, volunteering offers a way to have a real and lasting influence on the world. What is more satisfying than that?


Volunteering can be a great way to develop skills, learn more about career options, make friends, gain professional contacts, spend time with others, or even find a new hobby.

Make sure to join the Whitewater community and over 300 volunteers on April 22nd for Make A Difference Day.  Sign up early so you can pick your project and hold your spot!

Fashion Friday: Ryan Barnard

 Fashion Friday is Career & Leadership Development’s newest blog series! Dressing for success leads to success, so we’re showcasing fashionable Warhawks across campus. Interested in being featured? Catch us around campus or contact us at!

Ryan Barnard, Senior, Finance

“You need to dress well to look professional. If you want to be a professional, it is important that you dress like one.”

Barnard before his job interview with Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial at the Richard L. Bailey Interview center.

Spread The Love: Increasing Positivity (And Productivity) In The Workplace

Performing even the smallest tasks to show appreciation can go a long way in the workplace, no matter what your rank may be. Making others around you feel valuable is vital for a positive and efficient work environment. Unfortunately, not every company you work for may show you their appreciation towards you and the work you do. If you’re looking to bring some positivity to your company, or want to show your coworkers your appreciation, here are a few ideas that may help!

Say Thank You

Something as simple as this mannerism should be obvious, but sometimes it’s not. Telling someone thank you, no matter how big or little the reason behind it, can go a long way. Being told thank you shows your appreciation for the work that others do within your company.

Praise Someone When They Deserve It

It’s amazing to see how far a “good job” can go with some people. Praising, when appropriate, lets someone know that they are performing their job well. To make it even more meaningful, praise someone for their specific actions Take time to notice the little things that people at your company are doing well.

Bring Food in to Say Thanks

Food is always a great way to let people know that they are appreciated. Order in lunch one day, or bring in a dish to share to express your gratitude for the hard work that is being done.

Provide Opportunity

Professionals are always looking to grow in their positions, but sometimes it’s important to provide opportunity for workers to try new things and learn about different components of the company. In all, giving opportunity for advancement and training shows that you appreciate the career goals of others and want to help them advance however you can.


One idea that we came across was a Celebration Calendar. Post and follow a large calendar with coworkers birthdays and special occasions in your workplace. This gives your workplace more of a personal connection and you will never miss out on telling someone congratulations or happy birthday!

Organize Fun Work Outings

Give people the opportunity to get to know one another better. Planning an outing outside of work, allows for a more casual environment for coworkers to talk to one another. Having fun outings also tells employees that what they are doing has not gone unnoticed.

Start a Staff Appreciation Program

Here at Career and Leadership Development, we pass around what we call a “Jam Jar” at the beginning of our bi-weekly meetings. Each staff member writes a “jam” down on a piece of paper and puts it in the jar. These jams are a way to give a shot out to any of our coworkers to let them know that we think they’re doing a great job! It’s a great way to give recognition, while letting everyone in the office know what some people have been doing great! At the end of our meetings, we pass the jar back around, allowing everyone to grab a jam, and go around the room reading off what other people have said about one another in the office.

After everyone has gone around, you can see the smiles all around the room. It’s always nice to stop and let people know that their hard work is noticed. I know that whenever someone gives me a shout out it definitely leaves a smile on my face for the rest of the day!

Make it Public

As you can tell from the picture above, publicizing appreciation can be super effective as well. We dedicated a bulletin board for the jams that the office wrote about one another and hung it up right where everyone walks by so that we are always reminded of them. Making your appreciation public is a great way to boost motivation and your team’s confidence!

Practicing some of these strategies can increase positivity in the workplace, employees’ morale, and overall productivity! There are many ways to show your appreciation, but in order to achieve positive results, you must be sure to actively try these different approaches with your company!

5 Video Resume Tips Recruiters Want You To Know

In our last blog post, we told you a little bit about the video resume and who should potentially use one if they’re looking for a little something extra they could do to stand out. If you’re thinking that this tactic might increase your chances of getting noticed and you’re interested in learning how to go about making one, here are a few tips to make a successful video resume!

  • Treat it like an interview

Dress professionally, talk professionally, and above all, act professionally. Employers are NOT going to want hire someone that isn’t taking their video seriously. Treat your video resume the same you would treat an interview! Also be sure that you’re filming in a professional and appropriate setting. Sit at a desk or in front of a blank wall/screen. You don’t want your viewers to be distracted with a noise in the background or any clutter around you.

  • Keep it short

You are ENHANCING the resume you already have. Do NOT just simply read off your resume to a camera. Tell your viewers about something that isn’t on your resume, or expand on a point that you may have listed on it. Don’t just tell them what you might of achieved in the past, but what you are capable of achieving in the future (with their company). Aim between a 30 second minimum and 2-minute maximum to avoid excessive and unnecessary information.

  • Be creative

If you are capable of adding in visuals post production, go for it! Show of your skills with your video. As seen in one of the extreme examples mentioned in our previous post, you could be outrageous in your approach or keep it clean and simple; the choice is ultimately up to you and the type of person you want to come across as. A rule of thumb with this is typically: the more creative of a job it is, the more creative you can be with your video.

  • Write a script and PRACTICE

Like you would with most speeches, make an outline of some sort so you know what points you want to cover in your video. More importantly though, be sure that you practice a few times before actually filming it: this will help both with your delivery and the effectiveness of your content.

  • If you don’t have the resources to produce a quality video, DON’T make one.

The last thing that you want to do is submit a video that looks like you recorded it off of a flip-phone (remember those?). If you’re going to make a video, be sure that you are putting in as much effort as you would for a traditional resume or an actual interview. Check out this video just for some reassurance on the fact.

Here’s what some people are saying about them..

Mike Ramer, president of Ramer Search Consultants—a professional recruiting firm specializing in the financial, energy, biomedical, and human resources fields—agrees that video resumes are a useful way for some candidates to demonstrate their professionalism and to help them differentiate from the crowd. According to him, “If I received a video resume, I would review it, and if it’s impressive, it can absolutely help the candidate.”

“These industries are extremely competitive and a video introduction can be the difference in helping you stand out from the competition.” 


Below are a few examples of different approaches to the video resume. Career & Leadership Development can offer assistance with both traditional and video resumes. We encourage you to share your video resume with us if you choose to make one!

Video Resume examples:


  1. Simple, straightforward

2. Creative, “awkward,” memorable

3. Funny, outrageous, creative

4. Visual

Intern of the Month: Molly Schlecht


Acquiring an internship is (major) key when it comes to gaining real world, on the job experience. Internships are a great way to learn, network, and even explore your career path more thoroughly.

They also serve as an opportunity to help you meet professionals that can offer you advice that you may not get otherwise. That was the case for Molly Schlecht.

Molly is an individual who has always been intrigued by art. From selling her handmade jewelry in middle school to now having an online Etsy shop for her assortment of painted shoes, it only makes sense that she is now pursuing a major in graphic design.

As a freshman, Schlecht wasn’t sure what minor would best compliment her graphic design major; that’s when she decided to do some networking and talk to someone who was already immersed in the industry.

Cher Moore is the head of the Public Relations office at the Elmhurst Public Library, the place where Molly had worked the previous summer. Schlecht reached out to her looking for career advice on the situation she found herself in.

“She explained that I had multiple options I could explore, but the best action for me to take would be to take on an internship, thus gaining real life experience.”

Moore was hosting her first internship opportunity that summer and encouraged Molly to apply for it in order to help her find out if that was the direction she might want to take her future career. Upon doing some research on what the internship would consist of, she discovered that it was exactly the opportunity she had been looking for.

“I would gain real life experience, have the opportunity to build my portfolio, and add to my resume. Additionally, I would have the opportunity to learn more about graphic design, and become better prepared for my classes on campus.”

As the new intern for Elmhurst Public Library, Molly took on new responsibilities dealing with both public relations and graphic design. She was able to get hands on experience making digital signage for the various programs the library hosted, editing their magazine, “The Fine Print,” and got to see her hard work displayed all throughout the library.

“My responsibilities didn’t end with The Fine Print and program promotion. I had the opportunity to plan the grand re-opening celebration, write featurettes for the city newsletter/paper, host a photo contest at the library’s Comic Con and perhaps the most crucial was being able to attend meetings with my supervisor.”

It wasn’t the hands-on practice or the job title she would add to her resume (although they were great outcomes as well). What Schecht wanted most from this internship was a chance to learn more about the career path she had chosen, and to get the assurance that she’d be happy with her future career decisions. Through guidance and from simply observing Cher, after three months of interning at the library, Molly learned more than she ever had expected to.

“It is invaluable experience to be able to shadow somebody in your chosen profession, and it was incredibly beneficial for me… The experiences I gained this past summer were that of a lifetime, and I know they helped develop my sense of professionalism.”

Schlecht has officially chosen advertising as her minor and plans on graduating in the Fall of 2017. Her ideal job is to work as a graphic designer for an in-house agency. She encourages her peers to take on an internship if they ever have the opportunity as the experience she gained from this one has set her apart and given her a deeper insight into the real-world work experience.

“…take advantage of any internship you are offered. Internships, even when unpaid, are an opportunity to gain real world experience while in college. From my personal experience I can honestly say that I have excelled in my classes and on campus job because of my internship. When fully immersed in a job, you learn tips and tricks that you can’t learn in a classroom, which puts you one step ahead of your classmates.”

Interested in checking out some of the work Molly has completed? Be sure to check out her website!

Share your intern story and apply to be our next Intern of the Month!

Fashion Friday: Abdallah Jiffry

Abdallah Jiffry, Junior, Marketing Major

“It’s important to dress in full suit as apposed to business casual. It gives potential employers and other professionals a good impression. By dressing well you’re showing employers or speakers your time and respect. If you took the time  to look presentable for those in your presence, they’ll recognize that.”

Jiffry when attending AMA’s Business to Business Marketing certificate event on 2/23.

The Age of the Video Resume

In today’s job market, it’s becoming more common to utilize technology, and your creativity in order to stand out amongst all of the others who may be applying for the same position as you. We’ve seen some crazy tactics online that people have tried in order to stand out in the crowd. Although some of these are pretty extreme, you have to admit that they’re pretty creative and probably caught the attention of the Hiring Manager. Lately, (and less outrageous) one of the biggest trends we’ve seen has been the video resume.

What is a video resume you may ask? Well it’s exactly what it sounds like: a brief overview of the job applicant’s experience, skills, and qualifications submitted to a potential employer–in the form of a video. 

It’s important to keep in mind that a video resume is untraditional. This can come across either as a good thing that may get you noticed by a prospect employer, or it could violate the standard procedure of the hiring process. It’s all about knowing your audience, the company you have to work for, while considering the culture of the industry and more specifically, the company itself.

So who should use a video resume?

Like previously stated, you have to really get a sense for who will be reviewing your resume. Some companies may even have policies against video submissions. did some research on the topic of video resumes and what some employers think them:

“According to a survey released by Robert Half Finance & Accounting, most companies do not even accept video resumes, with a scant one in four respondents revealing that their employers utilize them.

Lauren Milligan, founder of, says that’s because video resumes are a bad idea. “Because of [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission]-compliance issues, applicants shouldn’t even put their photos on a resume let alone submit a video resume of themselves,” she says.

Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, agrees that employers are reluctant to accept video resumes for fear of bias claims from applicants. “Before submitting a video resume, job candidates should check with the hiring manager to ensure the company does not have a policy against their use in evaluating candidates,” he says.

Even if a few will accept a video, ask yourself if it’s going to help or hurt your chances at employment.

‘Most video resumes are just these one-sided conversations that attempt to sum up everything about a person in two minutes,’ says Milligan. ‘The problem is, you don’t know what a potential employer really wants from you, what their goals might be for you within that organization. You could be putting the wrong message out there.’ ”

Although not every company or industry may be all for video resumes, there are many advantages to making one if you think it fits with the position you want.

Video resumes tend to work more for people who are looking for a creative position, or are applying for a job in a creative industry. The audience viewing your video resume is more likely to be open to this idea, and perhaps even impressed if you take the time to make one! You could also show off your creativity or your software skills with a well-produced video for submission.

Video resumes offer a deeper look into the person behind a traditional resume. They can allow employers to see more of your personality, how you communicate, and even if you might be a fit for their company! In all, it’s important to remember that a video resume is an enhancement, NOT a replacement of a traditional resume.

If a video resume is still something you might want to try, stay tuned for our next blog for tips on making your own video resume!

Continuing Your Professional Development Over Winter Break

Winter break is here at last! Indeed, it is a time of fun and leisure for all, but don’t forget to continue your professional development. Continuing to further your professional development is key and will help you stand out from other candidates!

A great strategy to start off with is polishing that resume! Begin by taking a look at some of the employers you’d like to work for, or networking opportunities you have planned for the future. Tailor your resume to each individual meeting, interview, company, etc.  Remember that a resume should rarely exceed a page in length!

Networking is another great way to continue your professional development during winter break. Any professional networks and recommendations you might already have are important. Make sure you categorize and/or write down all of these resources. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to also send a Holiday greetings! It is a great way to start up a conversation if you haven’t spoken in a while. Remember to keep it simple as people do vary in their religious beliefs and holiday celebrations.

When it comes to networking, knowing the different types of networks that are out there can be beneficial. The top three networks to keep in mind are your Formal, Informal, and Academic networks.

  • Formal: Managers, members of your professional team, links with your professional association or trade union, formal mentoring relationships and tutors.
  • Informal: People you lunch with, develop ideas with, people you seek help and advice from on an informal basis.
  • Academic: Tutors, teachers, fellow students, staff, alumni and advisors.

Oftentimes it can be intimidating to approach some members of these networks. Could you seek their support? What could you have to offer them? How does one even approach them? Here are some helpful tips to guide along this process:

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask. You won’t go anywhere or make any progress without taking some chances. You may be rejected, but that does not mean you failed. Focus on other people you wish to contact and how they can benefit you.
  1. Be explicit about what you seek, and make it relatively modest. Public figures often have concerns about talking on open-ended commitments, so be explicit about what you want and then be prepared to modify this if the contact says, “I am not prepared to give you that, but I will give you this.”
  1. Ask if there is anything that you can do in return. Writers, in particular, often want their ideas testing with groups of potential users, so if you have access to such people either through school or work, offer to write up some results and send it to them.
  1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK! If the target of your attention has written or made public speeches, get a hold of the text and approach them as an informed and interested inquirer, rather than a professional networker.

Polishing your resume and networking are key to anyone looking to develop as a professional and winter break is the perfect opportunity to do so. The amount of interviews scheduled during breaks, especially winter, is low. So take advantage of any opportunities and put yourself out there! Don’t forget to spend time with friends and family of course, that is what breaks are for!

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