Profile of a Wasserman Center Internship Grant Recipient

Aidai Tursunbekova is a Wagner School of Public Services student interning in the United Nations Office of High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). As a past recipient of the Wasserman Center Internship Grant, she shares some insight into the value of applying for the Grant, and offers some tips to further your candidacy.

Best part of winning the WCIG: The Wasserman Center Internship Grant helped me to be more focused on my internship and feel less stressed about paying my bills.

Most challenging or rewarding part of your internship: UN-OHRLLS works to promote the interests of lesser developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states. I was on the team for landlocked developing countries, and our goal was to promote trade facilitation and infrastructure development for these countries. My main area of interest is economic development, and this internship in the UN-OHRLLS gave me an opportunity to work in that field, because trade is crucial for economic development. 

Good advice for others applying for the WCIG: I would suggest that they show their interest and passion about what they do. Additionally, they should try to build good relationships with all colleagues. It is important not only for a good internship experience, but also for networking. 

Non-paying internship survival 101 tip: Think of your internship not as a work, but  as a good opportunity to learn more about your area of interest and what you want to do after graduation. Maybe you will find what you want to do for the rest of your life, or understand that it’s simply not for you. In any case, it’s an important experience!

Are you interning this semester? Whether or not you are getting paid, take Aidai’s advice on using your internship as an opportunity to learn more about your career interests. If your internship is non-paying, and at a not-for-profit organization or within an industry that does not typically pay interns (arts, entertainment, media, education), apply now for the Wasserman Center Internship Grant. Apply by Sep 30th at 11:59pm: NYU CareerNet Job ID #927342.

A day in the life at Cognolink

By: Aris, Senior Research Associate, NYU Alumnus 2012

Aris graduated from New York University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Economics. During his time at NYU, he interned at several financial services companies, including, Merrill Lynch. Upon graduating Aris was looking for a dynamic opportunity for recent graduates and decided to join Cognolink, which is a Primary Research firm. Aris has worked at Cognolink for two years and is now a Senior Research Associate.

Upon graduating from NYU, I was looking for a dynamic position that would offer me exposure to a variety of industries including Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) industrials, healthcare, defense and financial services. I was also looking for a company that had tremendous growth opportunities, a lean management structure and a collegial, cultural environment. Cognolink embodies and epitomizes all these qualities. I started with Cognolink two years ago when the New York office was still in its initial start-up phase.  Immediately after joining the Firm, I realized that this is a company that encourages its employees to actively contribute and have a direct impact on the business- both in client services and firm development. Throughout all levels of the organization employees are expected to be heavily engaged and grow the enterprise.

To give you a brief overview of Cognolink- our clients are typically buy-side companies, such as hedge funds and private equity firms, but we also work with management consultancies. As a Research Analyst, a typical day starts with a scan of overnight communication from our clients – we are always looking out for urgent project requests. A client will typically approach the Firm with a project when they are interested in learning more about a niche topic in a specific industry.

For example, a client may be interested in learning more about the railcar manufacturing industry – companies that build tank cars for crude by rail. First, it is important for the Research Analyst to execute background macro research on the topic in order to develop an understanding of why the client is looking at this particular sector.  After extensively reviewing research reports, news highlights, and company presentations, the Analyst discovers that there have been some high profile derailments over the last year; as a result, Canadian and US regulators have heavily focused on the growth of the industry and are considering introducing new tank car design regulations. This will in turn negatively impact a railcar manufacturer’s bottom line. Once the Analyst understands the context for a project, the major players in the space and the unique structure of the value chain, he/she will begin to source and recruit industry experts who are best suited to comment on the topic at hand. A pivotal responsibility for an Analyst is to speak with industry experts over the phone, investigate and gain a clear understanding of their background and experience, while ultimately determining if the expert can provide the right insight and knowledge that will assist the client. After a thorough review, the Analyst coordinates a consultation appointment between our client and the industry expert.

As Research Analyst at Cognolink, recent graduates will have many opportunities to speak with CEOs, CFOs and Board Executives across a variety of industries and time zones every day. This unique experience enables an Analyst to develop a holistic view of all industries across the globe. From Day 1 you will realize that Cognolink believes their employees are their strongest asset.   To learn more about the Research Analyst position visit: http://careers.cognolink.com/usa

Want to Learn more about Cognolink? They will be taking over the employer twitter account on October 9th! IF you’d like to meet them in person, they will be a panelist in the What’s Next Economics event on Sept 23rd. RSvp here!

Employer Insights: How the Engineering & Technology Fair Worked For Me

by Anthony Giorgio

Way back at the turn of the millennium, I was studying Computer Science at Polytechnic University, on the former Long Island campus.  During my freshman year, I learned about the annual on-campus career fair that was held in the spring.  I had visited the career services office, and they were offering students the chance to volunteer at the fair to help setup the various tables and booths.  I decided to take them up on their offer, and arrived at the fair early in the morning.  I carried boxes of tchotchkes and  marketing materials from the recruiters’ cars into the gym, and struck up a few conversations.  Eventually the fair started, and the horde of students arrived.  Being a lowly freshman, I didn’t have much to offer, and was politely rejected from every table.  I didn’t expect anything different, and resigned myself to a fate of again spending summer break working for McDonald’s.  

As the fair wound down, I helped the various recruiters pack up their booths, and they gladly rewarded me with a plentiful supply of keychains, pens, stress balls, and other items emblazoned with corporate logos.  There was one company, however, that I spent more than a few minutes chatting with.  They were a local Hewlett-Packard reseller, who also employed software engineers for consulting work.  The recruiter seemed to like me, and said they would be in touch.

A week or so later, they called me up and offered me a summer internship.  I was elated, since I didn’t expect to be doing technical work as a freshman.  I ended up working there for the entire summer, performing a variety of intern-related IT roles.  As my role was winding down, and I was preparing to return to school, the company hired another intern to replace me.  He was another student at Poly, but he was a senior and preparing to graduate.  In the few weeks we worked together, we became acquaintances, and learned to respect each other’s abilities.  I sometimes spoke to him during the school year, but since he was older than I, our social circles didn’t cross very much.

The next summer I again attended the career fair, and this time I managed to land an internship at Symbol Technologies (now part of Motorola).  I was fortunate enough that my resume had the right key technical terms, and the recruiter gave me a callback.  I spent the next two years working there, as my class schedule permitted.  It gave me excellent insights into how the corporate world worked, and invaluable experience in software development.

As I entered my senior year, I began to look for full-time employment, since I needed a “real” job.  I decided to attend the fall career fair at the Brooklyn campus, since I felt that waiting for the spring one on Long Island might be too late.  I put on my interview suit, printed out a stack of resumes, and climbed on the coach bus the school chartered for the occasion.  I felt confident, since I had three years of work experience, and I was about to complete a combination BS-MS program in Computer Science.   Still, I was nervous – what if nobody hires me?  What if I can’t get an offer?  I put those thoughts to rest as the bus parked in downtown Brooklyn.  

When I entered the career fair, I was surprised at how crowded it was.  The Long Island fairs usually had a decent turnout, but the Brooklyn one was on an entirely different level.  The popular companies had lines 20 students     deep, and there were so many tables they spilled over into the lobby of the library.  As I made my way around the fair, I met with the recruiters, shook their hands, passed out resumes, and recited my spiel innumerable times.  Eventually I made my way to the IBM table.  As luck would have it, my former classmate and colleague from my first internship had returned to recruit!  After the perfunctory greeting, he introduced me to the hiring manager, and we chatted briefly.  He seemed to like me, and told me to head to the career services office after the fair.  I wasn’t quite sure what would happen next, but I eagerly agreed.

After a nervous lunch, I headed over to the career services office, where I saw a number of other students.  Some I recognized from my campus, while others I had never seen before.  The woman in charge of the office said that the representatives from IBM would be individually interviewing us, since we had passed their pre-screening.  When it was my turn, I met with the recruiter once more, and talked for about a half-hour in a private office.  He asked me about my academic career, my work experience, and a number of other things to feel me out as a candidate.  The interview drew to a close, and he congratulated me, shaking my hand.  He promised that the hiring manager would be in touch, and to prepare for a phone interview.  I was pleased, but somewhat unsure.  I had never interviewed on a phone before, and didn’t really know what to expect.  

A few weeks later, I received an email from the hiring manager, asking when it would be convenient for me to talk.  We set up a date and time, and proceeded to have a pleasant conversation with each other.  This interview was rather similar to my previous one with IBM, where the interviewer seemed more interested about my personality and how I would fit in, rather than my technical skills.  At the end of the call, the manager said that he was going to recommend I come up for an in-person interview, and that someone from Human Resources would be in touch.  Within a few days, I received another email, this time inviting me to the IBM facility in Poughkeepsie, NY.  The HR representative gave me all the details, including directions to the site, what hotel I would be staying at, how to be reimbursed for my travel expenses, and what restaurants I should eat at.

As my in-person interview date approached, I realized that this would be the longest drive I have ever taken, and I would be doing it solo.  It was also before GPS or smartphones were common, so I made sure to print the route out using Mapquest directions, and brought along a paper map backup.  I packed an overnight bag, climbed into my old Honda, and headed north.  After two hours, I arrived in Poughkeepsie, and managed to find my hotel.  I checked in, grabbed a bite to eat, and prepared my suit for the interview tomorrow.  

The next morning, I headed over to the IBM facility on Route 9.  Once inside, I joined a large number of other candidates preparing to take the IPAT exam (a standardized test given to job applicants).  I spent about 90 minutes taking the test, and then we were all instructed to wait for our hiring managers to pick us up from the lobby.  A short while later, my manager came by, and I recognized him as being the same one from the career fair.  He explained that his job was to take me around the site and bring me to various groups that had job openings.  We drove around to a number of different offices, and I met a few different hiring managers.  Each one had a specific opening, for either software development or test.  The management team also took me out to lunch, which I later found out was so they could see how I handled social situations.  At the end of the day, the recruiting manager asked which of the positions I’d like to work in.  I ended up picking the sole development one, since it seemed the most interesting.  

I drove home the next day, retracing the hundred-mile journey downstate.  I thought I did well, but I wasn’t sure if I would get a written job offer.  After the weekend, I returned to school, and resumed my classes.  As the weeks went by, I became more nervous about my chances.  I had another written job offer, but it had an expiration date attached.  I was hoping that I would simultaneously have two job offers in hand so I could pick the more appealing one.  Finally, in mid-February, a letter arrived from IBM with my official offer.  I decided to accept, and began communicating with a Human Resources representative on all the things required to start my employment.

In conclusion, pursuing a job opportunity with a large corporation can be a long journey.  Decisions take time, and multiple people are involved in many steps.  From the candidate’s perspective, the interminable wait can be nerve-wracking, but it’s all part of the process.  It’s also important to differentiate yourself from the rest of the candidates.  If you tell the recruiter what makes you a good hire, it will help them to recall you later on.  Remember, having the smarts to do the job only gets you so far, but effective communication, teamwork, and a positive attitude will get you to the prize!

If you’d like to work for IBM, we’re hiring!  We have a number of openings available in the Systems & Technology Group.  These are for both co-ops and entry-level positions.  If you’re interested, check out the following links:

System z Software Developer – Intern (Poughkeepsie, NY or Tuscon, AZ)

System z Software Developer – Entry Level (Poughkeepsie, NY; Tuscon, AZ; or San Jose, CA)

IBM Wave Software Developer – Entry Level (Poughkeepsie, NY)

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH IBM, STOP BY THEIR BOOTH AT THE ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY CAREER FAIR. RSVP THROUGH NYU CAREERNET BY CLICKING HERE!

10 Tips for Breaking into Brand Management & Strategy

On Tuesday, September 9th the Wasserman Center at the School of Professional Studies and the NYU Integrated Marketing Association hosted a career panel, “Breaking Into Brand Management & Strategy”. In case you missed it, we highlighted the 10 tips shared by panelists.

Panelists:

Amber Greviskes, SVP Professional and Enterprise Solutions, Qnary

Michelle Corbett, Manager, Talent Acquisition- Global Marketing, L’Oreal USA

Angie Chahin, Former Intern at Twitter and NYU School of Professional Studies student

1)    Begin to focus on the interest you aspire to and build a professional network of contacts. Panelists suggested that students always write down speaker names and follow up with them to show genuine interest in the field.

2)    Don’t forget about your professors. Leverage school presentations, classes, and events. NYU is here to help and professors have built careers in their industries over many years. Build relationships with your professors and use their office hours to learn more about breaking into their fields of expertise.

3)    Find an internship by presenting hidden competencies. Michelle shared that many companies, including L’Oreal, do not look for specific majors or experiences but rather hidden competencies such as curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit. Showing that no task is too big or small and that you’re not afraid of taking on different roles helps you stand out from other applicants.

4)    To land a brand management position, Amber recommended students show hands-on capabilities through course project work. Angie added that during interviews, she would highlight cases and projects she worked on in school and their impact.

5)    Michelle also suggested researching companies to gain a better understanding of specific departments dedicated to brand management and marketing. Read job descriptions to understand a company’s unique language. It will make searching and interviewing much easier to both the recruiter and yourself.

6)    Understand the differences between brand strategy and brand management.  Michelle explained how this depends on the life cycle of the product. Brand strategy is a long-term process that goes from initial concept to actual production; whereas brand management is the day-to-day life of the product. Rather than changing the product brand management can adapt to how it’s introduced to the market.

7)    Be creative. Angie learned during her Twitter internship experience that one must come up with innovative ideas for their client brands. Meet with your team, always do your research, and be in the know of what’s happening in the industry. 

8)    Always communicate clearly. Amber believes every conversation is an opportunity to sell yourself and your background. Always have a 30-minute elevator pitch ready. 

9)    For international students, make global background and experiences an advantage. Be open to a wide range of different opportunities and showcase language and cultural skills.

10) Michelle believes you can make an impression on your resume regardless of prior experience in brand management. In order to do so, ensure the employer understands your interest and that you’re highlighting the most relevant examples of the different things you’ve done. Take advantage of the cover letter to explain how and why you are interested in brand management and strategy and why you want to work for that specific company. Career changers should always emphasize their volunteer experiences in the field as well as leadership roles in school.

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Starting your Job Search? Better Get Ready For Your Close-Up!

By  Nicole Tucker, Tech Recruiter at iCIMS

As a recruiter, I’m constantly reviewing resumes, phone screening candidates, and setting up interviews to find the best talent for iCIMS. With so many applicants for each position, it’s challenging to identify the soft skills needed for each unique job to ensure that the candidate is a great match for the position. On the other hand, when I’m on campus for recruitment events, students ask me “what can I do to land the job that’s right for me?” The good news is, thanks to the latest recruitment technology, there’s a tool that helps recruiters find top talent quickly and easily, and gives candidates the opportunity to stand out during their job search. It’s all in the power of video.

iCIMS and other employers have implemented video capabilities as part of their interview process. This means, candidates are given an opportunity to record a short video explaining why they are the best person for the job. Think about it, by submitting a video in addition to your resume, the recruiter will be able to see you, hear your communication style, and assess your professionalism, which can make you stand out from the crowd. With all this information regarding your candidacy, you have a much better chance of getting noticed and being invited to interview for your dream job. According to Recruiting.com, “the information retained from one minute of online video is equal to about 1.8 million written words.” In an age where the average job receives 250 resumes, having that kind of edge is crucial.

Why Video is the Answer 

It gets you in front of the recruiter — no matter how far away you are from the job. The end goal is an interview, but the logistics of scheduling 30 minute interviews for every candidate can limit your chances of making it onto the schedule. Video is your chance to use one or two minutes to persuade your future boss why you are the right person for the position.

You can “prove” your ability by simulating a real world experience. Say you want to land that big sales job, but you’ve only worked at one other company. In two minutes, you can prove what the resume doesn’t show by giving a sales pitch. Recruiters can quickly see your ability and potential.

How to Make the Perfect Video 

Dress the part – The video is your first impression to your potential employer, so treat it like an interview by wearing your professional attire.

Practice makes perfect – Your video should showcase your presentation skills, so don’t rush through the experience. Record a few versions until you feel your message is clear and you appear confident and comfortable in your video.

Keep it short and simple – Don’t experiment with special effect and graphics, unless you’re an expert. Keep the video under two minutes to keep the recruiters attention throughout its entirety.

We all get a little anxious when it comes to recording ourselves on video. It’s hard enough to pick the right LinkedIn photo — let alone record a composed, well-spoken video as part of the application process. However, the payoff can be huge — video is a great opportunity to stand out and it could give you the edge you need to land your dream job. My advice? Start preparing for your close-up now!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH iCIMS, STOP BY THEIR BOOTH AT THE ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY CAREER FAIR. RSVP THROUGH NYU CAREERNET BY CLICKING HERE!

Mu Sigma – Grow fast in this innovative work environment!

Author: Prashant Suryakumar

Back in 2008 when I was graduating from the UT MBA program, I had a choice to make – continue in telecom and join a Fortune 500 organization in the economic modeling team, or take a chance on a Data Analytics consulting startup. Fortunately for me my desire to try consulting gave me the confidence to get out of my comfort zone and join Mu Sigma. Boy – has it been a ride over the last 6 years! I’ve had numerous “company building” experiences, opportunities to directly interact with CXOs, manage 100+ member teams and run a $10+ million P&L, while helping the company grow 30X in revenues.

They say one in ten startups succeed, and perhaps my circumstances were different from today – So in preparation for this blog post, I decided to interview a few of my colleagues who joined Mu Sigma as part of the MSU 2013 batch.

(All fresh hires, irrespective of background are sent to our Austin office for a 6 week bootcamp conducted by the Mu Sigma University, where the basics of problem solving, advanced statistics and business are taught followed by real world consulting engagement exercises. You then go to your client location where, a combination of self-learning modules, live engagements, mentors and client interactions harden your newfound decision sciences skills.)

Here’s a synthesis of experiences they had, and you should expect if you choose to join Mu Sigma.

  • Drink out of a fire hose: Mu Sigma is a learning organization, we prioritize learning over knowing. What few people realize before joining is the breadth of learning. You will learn statistics, presentation skills, problem solving across multiple industries through first principle thinking, and extensive research. In parallel you learn how to work with clients, people management, and most importantly time management. Work will fill as much time you give it, and in the process you learn about yourself and your limits.

  • Work with a Smart Diverse crowd: Candidates are selected from the top schools in the US based on their clarity of thought and ability to learn. Expect a lot of debates!

  • Work with global teams: Ever played the game Telephone? Working with teams around the world is playing telephone in real life. Ensuring this works well requires communication through multiple channels and is an exercise in being precise in setting expectations, but broad while giving context.

  • Very high exposure / responsibility: Within 8 weeks of joining Mu Sigma, you should be expected to interact with middle management of Fortune 100 clients, providing recommendations on multimillion dollar decisions. No pressure.

  • Appreciation of failures: the training program, and most of the first year is a sandbox to learn, fail and learn again. There is significant support both in the US and from India operations to help you in your projects. All that is expected is initiative.

Mu Sigma is like a college after college. The ecosystem is young, energetic and constantly evolving. From what I have seen, there couldn’t be a better transition from university to corporate life.

If you are interested in exploring Mu Sigma some more or leaving behind a footprint in the Mu Sigma story, visit us at

http://www.mu-sigma.com/analytics/people/careers/Americas.html to learn more.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH Mu Sigma, STOP BY THEIR BOOTH AT THE Engineering & Technology Career FAIR. RSVP THROUGH NYU CAREERNET BY CLICKING HERE!

Profile of a Wasserman Center Internship Grant Recipient

Julie Yoon is a Steinhardt student working as a Multimedia Intern at the Clinton Foundation. As a past recipient of the Wasserman Center Internship Grant, she shares some insight into the value of applying for the Grant, and offers some tips to further your candidacy.

Best part of winning the WCIG: Because my internship was full-time, I knew that it would be difficult to secure a paying job. As we all know, living in NYC is very expensive and the Wasserman Center Internship Grant eased my overall stress and allowed me to focus on my internship.

Most challenging or rewarding part of your internship: Interning at the Clinton Foundation allowed me to continue my commitment to mission-driven media making. One of the most rewarding parts of my internship was working with people who are driven by the same mission that I firmly believe in. It motivated and inspired me everyday while I practiced my editing and visual storytelling skills.

Good advice for others applying for the WCIG: To those who are applying for the Wasserman Center Internship Grant, I would advise to form candid relationships with their mentors or supervisors. Let them know that you are passionate about your internship and that you are there to learn. This will not only show in your application but also in the supervisor’s recommendation.

Non-paying internship survival 101 tip: Live in the moment. Yes, you won’t get paid, but you will learn a lot and discover something new about yourself. Make your experience invaluable!

Are you interning this semester? Whether or not you are getting paid, take Julie’s advice on forming relationships with mentors and supervisors. If your internship is non-paying, and at a not-for-profit organization or within an industry that does not typically pay interns (arts, entertainment, media, education), apply now for the Wasserman Center Internship Grant. Apply here by Sep 30th at 11:59pm: NYU CareerNet Job ID #927342.

Student Perspective: Wasserman Center Connecting with Graduate Students

Mai Huynh is a Master’s student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at GSAS. In case you missed it, below she recaps the Graduate Student Welcome Reception at Wasserman.

This year, the Wasserman Center is making an active effort to connect with graduate students by introducing them to its resources right when they first arrive on campus. On August 28th, the Wasserman Center hosted a Graduate Student Welcome Reception filled with lots of food and information. The idea for the welcome reception came from the creative brainstorming efforts of the Wasserman Graduate Student Advisory Board, a group of student representatives doing the NYU graduate community proud by coming up with amazing ways to professionally develop students.

Over 180 graduates from GSAS, Steinhart, Nursing, School of Professional Studies, and Polytechnic School of Engineering (to name a few) participated in the event. They heard from Richard Orbe-Austin, the new Director of Graduate Student Career Development and learned about how to schedule a career coaching appointment, register for on-campus recruitment (OCR), and sign up for career seminars and events.

During the session, graduate students were given an opportunity to network with their peers and discuss the different roles they play in their life, such as graduate student, son/daughter, city-dweller, etc. The reception concluded with a guided tour of Wasserman’s facilities. Students were ecstatic to find out where they could grab some free coffee. Overall, it was a great day and fantastic way to spread the word about what Wasserman can do for graduate students.

Are you a graduate student at NYU? Take these steps to get connected with our office: 

Student Perspective: ICAP’s Summer Internship Program

I initially applied to ICAP’s summer internship program after hearing about the company from a close friend, as well as people in related industries.

My main interest was to secure a client-facing role within a financial services organization after graduation. I wanted to work for an organization that was both innovative and imparted responsibility upon young employees; both of which I had been informed was possible at ICAP. After rotating on several desks in both Global Broking and Electronic Markets during my summer internship, I was offered and accepted a role within EBS, which is an electronic foreign exchange platform. This was a Junior Account Executive role, with responsibility for an account, as well as dealing with all of the clients’ needs from a trading perspective. Typically this involves client visits to demonstrate new trading functionality on the platform, building relationships with everyone from the manual traders on the desk, to the e-commerce teams and the billing department. Essentially, anything that the client needs or has queries about, we take care of. This ensures that the role is diverse. Each day is different.

At the beginning of the graduate program we were on a 3 week training program which covered a multitude of different financial products. This training was vital in providing the breadth and depth of knowledge across asset classes; knowledge that is becoming increasingly important where electronic platforms are operating as multi-product services. Having access to the learning material via an online portal has also been a great help, particularly when wanting to brush up on products which are emerging into my daily role and products that will be more prominent in the future. Continuous training has also been provided on softer skills, which has been very helpful in managing my personal brand.

I have been very fortunate to be given a significant amount of responsibility at a very early stage. Today, 12 months after joining the graduate scheme, I now have multiple accounts that I manage across many cities including Moscow and Amsterdam, to name a few. Being able to travel to those places is one of the aspects that I enjoy the most about my role. The variety of learning about new markets, the politics that is linked to them, and the culture of each city, is a great experience which really expands your knowledge and perspective in general. Many challenges also arise when this much responsibility is given. Firstly, managing to juggle all the tasks that need to be completed as well as maintaining relationships in multiple countries at the same time is pretty difficult; especially when you’re travelling with work to Moscow, and still dealing with queries back in London. However, this is what makes the role multi-faceted and ensures greater personal development.

ICAP is a pretty unique company. Within its umbrella there are many companies where each desk / product is exciting in different ways. Having this choice is great, as the graduate recruitment team helps to match up graduates with the personalities of each desk, to ensure a good fit. I’m glad I made the choice to join ICAP’s team; my experience has been better than I could have anticipated it would be.

To find out more about ICAP, the kind of people we’re looking for, and to apply, visit www.icapcampusrecruitment.com.

Student Perspectives: Interning in Council Member Margaret Chin’s office

by Jessica Chen

What made this summer the best summer? Was it my weeklong vacation in California or my weekend adventures outside of New York City? Nope; this summer was the best because of all the time I spent in my favorite city, New York. Interning in Council Member Margaret Chin’s office allowed me to explore Lower Manhattan and gained a unique experience that I would otherwise not have.

As an intern for Council Member Chin, I was able to travel between City Hall, 250 Broadway (the Legislative Office), and her District Office multiple times a day.  District One is the best; everything is within walking distance!

As an intern, I learned firsthand about the work the in City Hall as well as the district office. I really enjoyed going to City Council meetings; from listening in on conversations between the council members to hearing testimony from advocates and the general public, this internship really showed me how city government works.  One of my favorite things to do in City Hall was to be in the room during a stated meeting, which is when city bills are voted on.  Because I was in the room when a bill was passed, I felt like I was experiencing a piece of City history.

Most of my time was spent at the District Office, working under the guidance of the fulltime staff. I learned so much about the district and the city as a whole. Through working with constituents, I learned about the different problems people in the district faced, such as housing, immigration, and even education issues. Not only did I learn about these issues, I learned how to deal with them as well.

Working with constituents really helped me improve my communication skills. Watching the staff members ask questions about a case made me realize that I had to dig deeper in order to get all the facts. Sometimes when constituents would describe their case and I didn’t know how to respond, Xiaomin, Linda, Patricia and even our new staffers Vincent and Yong would fill in with an appropriate response. In moments like these I am reminded that as an intern, I have so much more to learn, and am grateful to have the opportunity to do so.

Working with constituents and on special intern projects, I’ve learned so much through firsthand experience. I know so much more about issues faced by the City’s residents as well as the policies and proposals used to address them. After working for Council Member Chin’s office this past summer I feel like more of a New Yorker than I’ve ever been.  I highly recommend interning at Council Member Chin’s office. It’s a great learning experience and has truly opened my eyes to the inner workings of city government.

Sound like a place you’d like to work? Apply for their openings on CareerNet: Job ID 942467