Networking at the Summer BBQ

So, with the long weekend approaching, and the weather warming up nicely, you may find yourself outdoors this weekend, enjoying a nice barbecue, picnic, or celebration. If not this weekend, you’ll definitely be outdoors in a social setting at some point this summer. In addition to simply relaxing and catching up with friends and family, you would be wise to take that time and use it to network and plan ahead in your career search. Whether you’re a recent graduate looking for full-time employment or still in school and angling for an internship, here are a few quick tips for when you find yourself gathered outdoors with potential contacts.

1. Go easy on the food & drink

Sure, you can grab something off the grill and have a refreshing drink. It’s summer, after all! However, be mindful of your intake when in networking mode. It’s not cool to be talking through your burger or to be expanding on your interests with mustard on your face. Similarly, it’s best to not excitedly slur your way through a conversation because you’ve had one or two too many beverages. Think in moderation!

2. Start small and don’t monopolize time

When you identify people that you’d like to speak with, make some small talk before delving into more job-related topics. Folks are in leisure mode and don’t want to be bombarded with anxious or overzealous interrogators. When the conversation turns toward business, ask a relevant question or two or showcase something specific from your set of qualifications. Avoid a rehearsed speech and don’t attempt to rehash your entire resume. Sometimes all it takes is a mention that you’re looking for work to get the ball rolling, so also make sure that you are honest and clear in your career intentions. Know when to wrap things up, too. If you’re around the same people for most of the afternoon, you won’t want to be talking shop all day. If that person is just making a quick appearance at the outing, you’ll want to allow them to make the rounds without you taking up all of their time.

3. Make the most of that time you have, though

Be sure to thank the person and ask for a business card or contact information, so that you can follow up at a later date. Perhaps you can meet up again for coffee or for a tour of the office? Hopefully, you’ll be able to send along your resume in a later email. Asking for contact information ensures that you’ll be able to take the conversation further! Plus, don’t forget to follow up with a thank-you email.

4. Continue moving forward

Hopefully, your conversations led somewhere. At the minimum, you should have probably received some insight or advice that compels you to further your research and career exploration. Add the people you spoke to on LinkedInGoogle their companies, and use sites like CareerNet and Vault to look more closely at the person’s day-to-day job responsibilities. Keep the motivation and idea gathering flowing!

Richie Karaburun, NYU Adjunct Professor
and Managing Director USA at Roomer

Richie is a travel industry executive and e-commerce expert with a BA and MBA in International Business.  He is sought out as a travel industry specialist and public speaker and has been an adjunct faculty member at NYU SPS Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism for almost 2 years.  Richie is married, has two boys and enjoys traveling the world with his family. He currently has an NYU intern and will most likely be posting another intern position for the Fall.

1.  What trends are you seeing in the online travel industry?

The online travel industry is rapidly changing to a peer-to-peer marketplace.  Millennials are having a strong impact on the industry and want a more personalized, localized travel experience.  The successes of Airbnb and boutique hotels are a response to travelers’ desires to feel the local flavor.  Travelers want to read reviews before they make purchase decisions as seen by the success of TripAdvisor and Uber.   CheckMate, a platform for mobile hotel check-ins, is an example of a company that has responded to Millennials preference to not have to wait.  With one click from the cab, en route to the hotel, you can check-in and order room service, avoiding lines and waiting.  Hotel designs are also responding to Millennials social preferences.  Hotels are now being built with more communal spaces for socialization and are moving away from the cookie-cutter lobby. Another trend within travel is the expectation that Wi-Fi is always available and free for guests.

2.  What led you to become Managing Director USA at Roomer and Adjunct Faculty at NYU?

I’ve been in the business for 20 years.  I’m originally from Turkey, and completed my undergraduate degree there in International Relations.  I earned my MBA in Los Angeles and rose through the ranks in a travel company over the course of 11 years.   I moved to New York and worked for GTA, owned by Blackstone.  Roomer, which is like StubHub for hotel rooms, approached me to open a New York office.  Being on a founding management team intrigued me and I left the corporate world.  As Roomer grew in the US, I was approached by the Tisch Center to give a class presentation.  Shortly after that speaking engagement I was asked to join the Tisch adjunct faculty.  I love teaching at NYU- taking my students on field trips and introducing them to industry leaders.

3.  What do you look for when you hire?

One of the first things I look for is a positive attitude.  As potential hires answer questions I can see how positive they are towards life, their education and their career.  I want to know how passionate they are about the industry.  I often ask,  “Tell me something that is not in your resume”.    When I interview NYU students I tell them that they have made it, they are at a fantastic school.  But I want to know something about them that I don’t see on their resume.

50% of getting the job is showing up, and showing up on time.  I recently invited 20 students for a group interview.  13 of them accepted and of those, 10 were on time.  I made note of those who weren’t on time.  I also take note of who follows up with a thank you note after the interview.

4.  What type of research do you expect a student to do before the interview?

Your preparation should take longer than the actual interview lasts. I expect you to have researched Roomer:  who are the founders of the company, who are our competitors?  When I’ve had applicants tell me they couldn’t figure out who our competitors were, I ask them if they called and asked the receptionist.  I expect that they have researched me as well; I look to see if they have viewed my LinkedIn profile.  By doing this they may be able to find common ground with me, which helps them stand out in the interview.

5.  What advice do you have for NYU students interested in working at Roomer?

Develop perseverance, demonstrate genuineness and have strong Excel and PowerPoint skills.   I want to see evidence that you don’t give up.  For example, even if you interview with me and don’t get the job- ask if you can continue to be in touch, ask me to keep you in mind for future opportunities.   I also expect you know Excel well, including the use of pivot tables and that you are able to put a deck together quickly using PowerPoint.  Overall, if you are being genuine and true to yourself that will come across in our interactions, it will be sensed.

In Case You Missed It: Day in the Life at Cooperatize

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Throwback Thursday: #InternConfessions How to Socialize at Your Internship

Janel Abrahami, Steinhardt ’14, shared her #InternConfessions back in the summer of 2013.  Here is her advice on socializing at a summer internship.

Janel Abrahami is a rising senior at NYU’s Steinhardt School, majoring in Applied Psychology and minoring in Media, Culture, and Communication. She is interning in the communications department of an Israeli skin care company in Tel Aviv this summer.

One of the most important things to be aware of when first starting at a new internship is the company culture.  Are you working with a team that often goes out to lunch together, or do they bring food back to their desks to keep working? Do they share stories about their weekends, or keep conversations strictly professional? Each company and department has a different nuanced social code, so be perceptive from the start in order to get the feel for your team’s structure.

Once you’ve figured out the social climate and you’re ready to jump in, heed this rule of thumb: when first socializing at your internship, try to carry yourself one step more professionally than the rest of the team. Start making non-work-related conversations carefully and at times when co-workers are not busy, like in between meetings or in the company kitchen. Friendly and approachable can still be professional, and good supervisors will make you feel like part of the team from the get-go.

Like the winter holidays, summer is a prime time for company gatherings: potluck lunches and barbeques among the most popular this time of year. If you’re invited to one of these gatherings in advance, it would be nice to contribute something to show that you are invested in the team and grateful to be there. Keep it simple but thoughtful: desserts and finger-foods are virtually fail-proof. If you’re interning in the city, excellent desert options include Baked by Melissa and Billy’s Bakery.

After setting out your BBQ contribution, get ready to socialize! These get-togethers are meant to be asides from daily work conversations, so feel free to talk about your other interests, hobbies, passions, and weekend plans- just keep the language work-appropriate (and check for food in your teeth)!


In Case You Missed It: Day In The Life at Grass Roots

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Why Apply to the Wasserman Center Internship Grant?

Are you interning at a non-paying internship this summer? Are you working at least 20 hours per week? Are you working at least 8 weeks at this internship? If you’ve answered yes to all these questions, then what are you waiting for?! Apply now to the $1,000 Wasserman Center Internship Grant (WCIG).  

You’re probably wondering, what can I do with an extra $1,000? Glad you asked!

  • Buy food (yes, no more ramen!)
  • Transportation ticket (woohoo, you don’t have to walk to work and come in sweaty)
  • Leisure time (or as I like to say, ‘me time.’ Go see that show you’ve been dying to see)
  • And much more!

This $1,000 grant is awarded to students each year and is intended to help alleviate any financial burdens. We believe our students should be rewarded for their hard work and dedication! If you feel the same way, apply today for the WCIG. The deadline is Tuesday, June 16th at 11:59PM…that’s right, only a few days away! Decisions will be released July 21st, and checks will be mailed August 5th.

It’s easy to apply:

  • Log onto your CareerNet account and search for the Job ID # 967037

  • Submit your Resume, the Student Application and Supervisor Form by the deadline

  • Complete the NYU Google Survey by the deadline

Best of luck to you! We look forward to receiving your applications. Please contact with questions.

An Internship Retrospective

Amanda Pires is a member of the Steinhardt Class of 2016 majoring in Media, Culture, and Communication and minoring in Producing.  Here, she offers some tips on making the most of your internship.  

This past semester, I was an intern at S2BN Entertainment, a New York based live event production company.  Over the course of my four months in the office, I thought about what I wish I knew about interning before I had started.  Here are some tips to help you make the most of your next few months.

  1. Set goals that will keep you motivated – Have a conversation with your supervisor at the start of your internship about what experience they think you will gain, and what experience you are hoping to gain. These goals may change over the course of the internship, but will help in keeping you on track and productive.  About halfway through my time at S2BN, I found that I wanted to work more with event marketing, and when I updated my goals, my supervisor was able to make that happen.
  2. Ask questions often – Your supervisor does not want you to be lost in the work.  They will always be willing to help and will be impressed that you are making the effort to get the task right.  An internship is about learning outside of the classroom, and sometimes your own questions can expand upon something that a book cannot.
  3. Work with different departments & teams – If possible, ask your supervisor for the opportunity to explore different aspects and work with various teams at the company; you never know which one you may click with.  At S2BN, I found that I loved working with the marketing department, which has allowed me to pursue positions that will give me more experience within the marketing sphere.
  4. Network within the office – Meet as many coworkers as you can, during lunch, at the end of the day, or on a coffee break.  Introduce yourself to those you may not work directly with – you never know who will share the same passion for football as you – and stay in touch after your internship is over.

Interning can be an extremely valuable experience – so make the most of it while you can!

Summer Career Checklist

Summer break doesn’t mean you have to take a break from your career development!  Whether you are interning, taking classes, working part-time or just relaxing, here are some to-do’s:

Update and polish your resume

You may have some great courses, academic projects, part-time jobs or internships to add from this past academic year.  Write those great bullet points while these experiences are fresh in your mind.

Build your skills

Even if you aren’t working part-time or interning, it’s important for you to continue to build skills that will be relevant for employers.  Volunteer with an organization a few days a month, teach yourself a new technology, review relevant industry resources and review some of our skill-building tips!

Foster and expand your network

Networking is most effective when you don’t need something (like a job) right away.  Reach out to previous colleagues, friends, and professors to check in, say hi and maybe grab lunch.  Use some of the Wasserman Center’s resources or to set up some informational interviews and expand your existing network.


Sometimes it’s hard to find time during the academic year to reflect.  Take some time to think about the past year.   What did you learn about your career preferences, work-ethic, strengths, and weaknesses?  What activities or classes did you love? Were there others you disliked?  How might the responses to these questions help you plan for for next year or even post-graduation?  Need some help reflecting?  On to our next item….

Schedule a coaching appointment

Not in NYC? No problem.  Counselors are available for virtual or phone appointments as well.  Schedule an appointment via your NYU CareerNet account and cover topics like resumes, cover letters, interview prep, networking tips or take a career assessment.

NYU Wasserman Global Peer Educator – Spain

¡Hola from Madrid! My name is Dan-Ah Kim and I am a sophomore in the Stern School of Business concentrating in Finance and minoring in Steinhardt’s Global Visual Arts.

Why did you want to study away at your particular site?

Since my Spanish classes back in high school and seeing the photos in my textbooks, I’ve always been interested in Spain. When I got the opportunity to not only visit but also to live and study in Madrid, I was more than excited. I was ready to see and experience the culture, improve my Spanish, and spend the next 4 months of my life as a true Madrileña.

What classes are you taking?

For my language requirement, I am in Spanish Intermediate II, a class that challenges my Spanish and really solidifies my grammar. Spain Today is a discussion-based class in Spanish where we talk about the major events that happen throughout Spain such as the secessionist movement of some of the autonomous regions, the different languages spoken throughout Spain, holidays celebrated, political parties, etc. It really helps me understand what is going on in the country I am living in and keeps me engaged. Masterpieces of the Prado Museum is an art history class that meets at the famous Prado Museum to learn about not only the different artists and artwork, but also the historical and cultural context behind them. Finally, to fulfill my major requirements I am taking Foundations of Financial Markets, the introductory course to Finance majors. This course has definitely been challenging, especially in comparison to a more relaxed environment than in NYC, but I’ve been pushing myself to keep on track.

What has been the most meaningful/impactful experience you’ve had so far?

 Studying abroad in Europe gives you so many opportunities to travel around different countries of Europe. However, because Spain is rather isolated from mainland Europe, I focused on traveling within Spain to be able to really get to know the country. It is a country of 17 autonomous regions and taking the bus or train just one hour outside of Madrid already makes you feel like you’re in a whole new place. Witnessing such differences even within Spain really enriched my learning experience in classes as well as my entire study abroad experience.

What have you learned from your experience that will impact your career endeavors?

During my time abroad, I have learned so much from seeing and experiencing different cultures, languages, and people, in turn learning more about myself in those changes. I have become a more open and receptive person to differences, and I know these experiences will help me relate to and understand people I come encounter with in a working environment.

Become a Wasserman Global Peer Career Educator

Dan-Ah served as a Wasserman Global Peer Career Educator while studying away at NYU Madrid this Spring.  Global Peer Career Educators are student leaders at study away sites who represent the Wasserman Center for Career Development by coordinating, promoting, and facilitating a variety of career-development focused programs and events.

We are currently recruiting students for this unique leadership opportunity.  For more information and to apply, visit NYU CareerNet “Job” tab and enter Job#950530.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to apply ASAP!






Myths vs. Facts: Landing a Job in Engineering

MYTH #1:  An Engineer Student’s undergraduate major will determine his/her career options.

Fact: Choosing a major is the first step toward a career in engineering, but it’s not a confining choice. The engineering program allows students to accumulate skills and experiences in mathematics, physics and engineering sciences ensuring they are empowered to enter a number of professional fields and graduate programs. An undergraduate degree also provides engineers with analytical thinking, writing, research, reasoning and presentation skills that are necessary for succeeding in the careers they choose. Additionally, it is important to make use of your school’s resources, be it school clubs, professors, and career services. This will greatly enhance your chances of finding the right career for you. Attending the Maximizing Your Job Search or Internship Search seminar, wouldn’t hurt either.

MYTH #2: An Engineer Student is more marketable if he/she combines many majors and minors.

Fact: Picking several majors and minors could do more harm than good. Too many majors and minors in one program is not only time consuming, but can constrict a student’s flexibility by making them solely geared toward few professions. This can then diminish that candidate’s marketability. There are several electives, research opportunities and internships available for engineering students to take advantage of that can help them diversify their learning and help them realize their interests. Thus, it is important for engineering students to focus on their goals and what kinds of opportunities they’d like to access before embarking on a combined degree program. Additionally, make sure to focus on using Social Media, especially LinkedIn, to setup informational interviews and network for your job search.

MYTH #3: An Engineer Student’s major will serve as their sole focus at school.

Fact: As stated earlier, choosing a major is the first step toward a career in Engineering but it is not a confining choice. During students’ undergraduate years, they can embark on several academic pursuits to diversify their learning. Engineering students can also choose to be a part of various engineering affiliations and school clubs to play out their interests and once again broaden their scope of learning.

MYTH #4: Engineer Students should expect a low paying job after they graduate

Fact: Many people believe that engineering isn’t a lucrative field and that commerce or medicine are fields that get people richer, faster. However, engineers are categorized as professional that are paid well. Check out additional information about this filed here.