Category Archives: #InternConfessions

Navigating the Job Search through Wasserman

The following post was written by Jeffrey Chan, who through the help of Wasserman Center for Career Development has secured his dream job! He is graduating next month with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Tourism Management, with a concentration in Marketing and Revenue Management.


Throughout my undergraduate career at NYU, a key part of the job and internship search process was reaching out to the Wasserman Center for career advice and development. Wasserman’s division within the Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism was very helpful in searching for internship opportunities, full-time job opportunities, and also offered assistance in career development when building my résumé and preparing for interviews. Upon entering the Hospitality program my freshmen year, I did not know much about the Wasserman Center, but as I progressed through the program, I began to utilize the center and the resources that it had to offer.

In my sophomore year, I took a Professional Seminar class that encouraged students to participate in the Wasserman Center by signing up for workshops and scheduling appointments with counselors to build or critique our resumés. After building a resumé, we were required to prepare an elevator pitch about ourselves and practice answering interview questions to prepare us for the job search. This preparation was very beneficial for students in preparing for the Tisch Center Hospitality Expo, a career fair featuring over 50 companies with internship and job opportunities offered each semester during the fall and spring. During my undergraduate career at NYU, I have secured two internship opportunities through the career fair and Wasserman offered plenty of assistance along the way.

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During my junior and senior year, I utilized the on-campus recruitment program through the Wasserman Center and this allowed me to secure interview opportunities with great companies that were searching for students with experience relative to our undergraduate program. Throughout the interview process, I scheduled appointments with career counselors if I needed any advice in approaching an interview or if I needed any practice before an interview. In addition, workshops or coaching sessions were also offered to develop our personal branding skills and tips during salary or position-related negotiations.

Overall, the assistance offered was very helpful and it was great knowing that students had support from the Wasserman Center when searching for job opportunities. The Wasserman Center definitely offers plenty of resources for students to use and I highly recommend any undergraduate student in the program to schedule an appointment with a career counselor soon.

In case you missed it: Day in the Life: Harry’s Shaving Company

Did you miss James’ day as an Intern with Harry’s Shaving Company? Catch up with his day by clicking the logo below.

If you are interested in the @harrys Fall Internship program, please click on the Career Net link for more information.

In case you missed it: Day in the Life at City Year

Did you miss Andrew’s day as an Operations Intern at City Year? Catch up with his day by clicking the logo below.

If you are interested in the @CityYearNewYork internship program check out the Career Net link here.

Intern Confessions

For some of us in grad school, going back to lectures, exams, and papers is a way to reroute our career paths and start somewhere new. I’m part of a group of “career-changers” who boldly stepped away from our full-time, salaried jobs to continue our education.

Some context to my story: I graduated in 2010 with my B.A. in Communications from a small (yet reputable) school in New Jersey, and worked in roles that had nothing to do with my major. After 2 ½ years, I decided Supply Chain wasn’t for me and that I wanted to go back to Communications, and work in Public Relations. A year later, I am halfway through my Master’s Degree in Public Relations/Corporate Communications at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. For the summer, I am a Public Relations, Social Media and Investor Relations Associate at an Investor Relations firm in Midtown East.

I’d say I’m doing well in the program, and at my internship.

Did you see the problem with that last sentence? For career-changers, it’s one dreaded, yet necessary, concept: INTERNSHIP.

Once you get used to the comforts of consistent paychecks, buying whatever you want, whenever you want, being responsible for your own work and not doing “busy work,” , not having to take exams or write papers or sit through classes on Saturdays, reverting back to “intern” status feels like taking steps back, instead of forward.  What is supposed to feel like a simple detour, sometimes feels like going in reverse.

The first time I heard someone refer to me as an intern, I cried a little inside.

But the truth it, when starting over, beginner steps are necessary. You’re starting from scratch: you need the fundamentals. For career-changers, that’s exactly what we’re doing now: putting what we’ve learned in the program into practice at an internship. We’re also figuring out if it’s the kind of career we want in the future.  It’s an invaluable experience, and one that we need to assure our success upon graduation.

Kudos to the grad students who are missing their old offices as much as I am this summer.

Julia is getting her M.S. in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2010. Julia works as a PR consultant, and is a PR/IR/Social Media Summer Associate at an Investor Relations firm in Midtown East. Twitter: https://twitter.com/Julia_Sahin LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/juliasahin