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Welcome to Career & Leadership Development!

Welcome to Career & Leadership Development

Internships are more important today than ever before. As outlined by the National Association of Colleges & Employers’ Job Outlook 2012, close to 75% of the employers surveyed indicated that they prefer to hire candidates who have had relevant experience – aka an internship. Only about 18% prefer work experience of any kind.

Those numbers should tell you something – Get an internship!

Don’t worry – Career & Leadership Development is here to help!

  • Internship Search Strategies: Finding an internship is a lot like finding a post-grad job. But as a current student, you may have never conducted a search like this. Meet with the career counselor/advisor for your College to plan your strategy for finding an internship in your field.
  • Internship Postings: One resource for your internship search is Hawk Jobs. Every semester, employers submit their internship opportunities, for a wide range of majors, to be posted on Hawk Jobs. If you want help learning how to navigate Hawk Jobs – and finding some of its “hidden” resources – meet with a career counselor/advisor.
  • Academic Credit: You know you need that internship for experience and to build your resume. Why not earn one to three credits while you’re at it? Our Academic Internship Directory lists all of the internship courses at UW-Whitewater by major, so you can find the course and faculty contact you need. (This list will be updated mid-semester.)

Internships are important for ALL students, and the staff in Career & Leadership Development is here to support you in gaining this valuable experience. Schedule an appointment to discuss internship opportunities: Stop by our office in the University Center (Room 146 – up the ramps/stairs across from Freshens smoothies) or call us at 262-472-1471.

You can also access internship information on Twitter, including tweets of current internship opportunities. We also have internship-related resources on Pinterest!

And if you missed it, read the stories of four UW-Whitewater summer interns for a sample of the work students do. Happy interning!

Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer

It’s time for me to sign-off for the spring semester, but the quiet will only be temporary.

Once again this summer, the UW-Whitewater Internships Blog will feature four students and their internships. Confessions of a Summer Intern will begin on June 4th and run each week through mid-August. Stay tuned!

With the spring semester coming to a close and summer starting, here are a few reminders from internship-land:

  • It isn’t necessarily too late to secure an internship for this summer. We still have new summer internships being posted on Hawk Jobs. Or at this point, you might start putting together a proposal for an internship position. Whatever you do, don’t give up on your search just yet.
  • If an internship wasn’t in the cards for this summer, start preparing for the future. Don’t forget that internships aren’t exclusive to the summer months – Consider a fall semester internship. Fall and spring internships tend to be a little less competitive. They are also super-part-time, as I like to say – 10 to 15 hours/week (you do want to find an internship that is at least 10 hours a week). If you are interested in earning credit for an internship, fall and spring are the ideal times for it. Also keep in mind that some employers hire for their summer internships during the fall. So if you want an internship next summer – Summer 2013 – be sure to mark your calendar and save the date for the 2012 Hawk Career Fair:
    • Wednesday, September 26, 2012
    • Noon to 4:00pm
    • Williams Center, Gym 1
  • Summer is the perfect time to do some career planning. Whether it’s developing your internship search strategy or just putting together your resume, summer provides enough downtime to get it done. Career & Leadership Development is open all summer, and scheduling an appointment is easy.
    • Stop by the office – UC 146
    • Call – 262-472-1471
  • If you do have a summer internship, don’t forget to apply to be UW-W Intern of the Month. The intern-of-the-month program runs September through May. Applications for September 2012 will be accepted until August 20th. If you have a great experience and did a great job, be sure to tell us about it!

Best of luck on finals and congratulations to all the graduates!

Goodbye 2011

Winter Wonder

‘Tis the time of the semester to sign off for the fall semester. The UW-Whitewater Internships Blog will be on break until the start of spring classes. In the meantime, here are some things to do, read, and contemplate on your time off.

  • Apply to be Intern of the Month. I know many UW-Whitewater students completed internships this past fall. If you are one of them and you had a great experience, please share your story! In addition to the recognition and a great gift, you will be helping future UW-W interns. Some of the most compelling and insightful information shared on this blog has come from students just like you.
  • Read the Student Branding Blog and YouTern’s The Savvy Intern. Maybe I’m a bit biased as a contributor to both, but these two blogs are must-adds for your feed reader. Both share top-rate advice from career counselors/coaches, employers, and students.
  • Start Thinking about Summer Internships. Don’t be that person who leaves their summer internship search until April. Over break, think about what kinds of internships you are interested in, prepare your resume, and be ready to hit the ground running as soon as summer internships get posted.

Enjoy your winter break! ‘Til next year…

Photo by Mark Skrobola

Welcome to the Fall 2011 Semester!

Back to school

Welcome Back Warhawks! I trust that the first week of classes went smoothly, and I hope you’re ready to get back into the school groove. Hopefully part of your 2011-2012 plans include an internship (or two).

Here’s a little look at what you might have missed over the summer and what you should definitely take advantage of this fall:

  • Confessions of a Summer Intern – For the second summer in a row, I recruited a group of four UWW interns to share their summer internship experiences with the masses. Alysondra, Gabby, Erin, and Sarah were all over the internships “map.” We learned what it’s like to be a virtual intern, we experienced what our nation’s capital has to offer interns, we headed oversees to London, and we got an insider’s view into a local powerhouse. If you missed any of the series this summer, definitely check it out!
  • Resume Dr. – Did you know that September is International Update-Your-Resume Month? I didn’t either until I saw it on Twitter last Tuesday. Get in the spirit by checking in at one of our first Resume Dr. events for the year:
    • Tuesday, September 20 – 9:00am to Noon – Hyland Hall Atrium
    • Wednesday, September 21 – 10:00am to 1:00pm – University Center Concourse
    • Thursday, September 22 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm – Andersen Library
  • Hawk Career Fair – Don’t miss out on the biggest UWW career fair of the year! Approximately 100 employers attend this annual event to recruit, and many come looking for more than just full-time employees. Internships make up a large segment of the available opportunities. Find the list of fair attendees and opportunities being recruited for on Hawk Jobs: www.uww.edu/career/hawkjobs.php.
  • Intern Spotlight – Did you have an awesome internship experience this summer? Or are you anticipating that your fall internship is going to rock? Then you definitely need to consider applying to be UWW Intern of the Month and be featured in our “Intern Spotlight”! If you’re not there yet, the Intern Spotlight is still very beneficial. Read UWW interns’ stories and learn from their experiences.

Be sure to hit the ground running when it comes to your internship search. I’ve already met with students planning for Summer 2012! It’s awesome!! Haven’t even come close to thinking that far ahead yet? Get going! The competition is already ahead of you…

If you want some one-on-one advising on your internship search, be sure to schedule an appointment with me, your trusty Internship Coordinator. Just contact Career & Leadership Development at 262-472-1471 or drop by the office (UC 146 – up the ramps/stairs across from Willie’s 360/Freshens-side).

Beyond the in-person meetings, connect with me on Twitter. I tweet about current internship openings, and I share articles and tips to help in your search. I can also answer basic questions there – just send me a “reply” or “direct message” and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Wishing you all the best for the 2011-2012 academic year and in your quest for an amazing internship!

Photo by Avolore

Logo Design Competition

Calling all UW-Whitewater artists! The Milwaukee Area College Internship Consortium (MACIC), of which UW-Whitewater is a member, is holding a Logo Design Competition for Students.

MACIC would like a logo designed incorporating the new tag-line: Driving the Future Through Internships. The logo will be used on the MACIC website and on letterhead, shirts, stickers, flyers, and possibly more!

The student whose design is selected will win $100 in addition to having their design used to promote the organization throughout Wisconsin.

If interested, please download and carefully review the Competition Information and Submission Form. If you have any questions, please contact:

Stephanie Holguin
smholguin@stritch.edu
414-410-4920

OR

Megan Stoelb
megan.stoelb@alverno.edu
414-382-6178

The deadline to enter is Friday, April 1, 2011.