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How to land an internship you’ll love

By: Nisha Desai

November 5th, 2014

“The Internship” or “The Devil Wears Prada” can paint the glamorous or not-so glamorous life of an intern or assistant. But these films underscore one significant concept: internships can provide valuable experience.

An internship gets students out of the congested classroom environment and into the real world. These experiences can vary, but a majority provide a new perspective to students. The idea of obtaining an internship that a student loves is one of the major components of the college experience. If a student enjoys the internship, the overall experience will be heightened.

Junior Luke Salisbury interned at Adam Leitman Bailey P.C. , a real estate law firm in New York City for four months. Salisbury then interned at the United Nations Mission of Malta for seven months.

“I absolutely enjoyed both of them and they allowed me to gain valuable experience as well as meet fantastic people,” Salisbury said. “Internships are incredibly important as the experience they provide is an invaluable asset on any resume.”

The Career Center helps students to find internships providing a variety of opportunities and aid. The counselors at the Center also help students explore areas they are passionate about and turn them into careers.

“It’s more about you, the student and what do you think will be a fun and cool internship that really meets your own individual career goals,” Reesa Greenwald, director of the career center, said. “There are so many places in the world of working for students and so these employers aren’t looking for a specific major, but for individuals who are passionate and seek to learn. Students should look for an experience beyond the classroom through internships, the earlier the better.”

Junior Steven Cotronpo interned at an advertising agency, Acknowledge, where he promoted mobile applications.

“It provided me real world experience like talking in board meetings, knowing how to react with office environments, working under a boss, and having responsibilities which you’re expected to get done,” Cotronpo said.

Senior Alyssa Hollingsworth was an intern for Governor Chris Christie’s 2012 re-election campaign.

“It was interesting and I learned a lot,” Hollingsworth said. “I got to meet a lot of interesting people and it allowed me to advance my status within the state.”


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