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How to Make the Most of Your Time Back Home

By Hillary Lee, CAS 2015, Peer in Career

Finals are done, finals are over!  Time to go home, relax, and hopefully enjoy spending quality time with your family!  But wait, while you’re home, you should still be thinking about how to take advantage of all that free time you have and use it to prep for the job search process.  Taking advantage of your time at home?  It’s only a month, what could there possibly be that you can do?  Oh, but the opportunities are limitless.  In this post, I have listed 3 basic, easy, simple things you can do over break to help prepare yourself for the job search process during upcoming semester and beyond.

Add Experience to Your Resume:

Just because winter break is about a month long doesn’t mean you can’t make it a productive one.  There are many things you can do over break to add more experience to your resume.  Possibilities include volunteering at a local organization or shadowing a professional in the field you are interested in.  This way, you can test if a specific field is actually what you are interested in before dedicating a summer (or lifetime) to it.  There are even some select companies who offer short internships over winter break that you can apply for (but this also requires research in advance). Fortunately, there’s CareerNet to help!

Maintain Connections and Continue Networking:

Never lose touch with the people from your past!  Meet up with old high school friends, see how they’re doing and where life is leading them.  Keep those old connections alive! Just because you only see each other a few times a year does not mean they are not important.  Another way to maintain connections is to visit your old high school.  Catch up with with your old teachers, thank them again for all they have done for you and for those recommendations that got you into NYU.

Prep Yourself:

Winter Break is prime time to prepare for the job market.  Without the stress of school or other responsibilities, you can dedicate more time to improving the way you represent yourself to employers.  Don’t just review and edit your resume, have others look at it too!  Ask your family or friends to take a peek at it and tell you what they feel. You can even let your old teachers to look over it as well.  Having multiple sets of eyes on your resume can never hurt.  Break also gives you time to practice your interview skills.  Explore CareerNet and test out all the neat features you can use, like Big Interview or InterviewStream.  Now is the perfect time to practice in front of the mirror, because for the next month, you won’t have roommates who will judge you as you talk to yourself.  You can also use this time to do more research on the field you are interested in.  What jobs do you want to explore in the future? What are the qualifications for those jobs?  What can you do to improve your qualifications?  These are all questions you will have time to explore and answer over break.

These are just some examples of how you can make the most of your break from school.  Don’t just sit there are watch Netflix on your bed the whole time! Remember, you are limitless.

Tales of an Intern

At the Wasserman Center, we’re the first ones to claim that there’s value in interning. However, we know that sometimes you’d prefer to hear it from the source. Here’s a guest blog post by Amaris Chang, former intern and current full-time employee of URBN.

 “It was two weeks into the internship and I was tasked with analyzing a color-selling trend for the general manager of women’s apparel. I had nervously written out, basically a novel, my conclusion only to have my mentor tell me flat out, ‘Just because you are an intern doesn’t mean we won’t believe you.’ And she was right. Being a summer intern at URBN is just the first step to the amount of change you will affect in this company. Whether you are an industrial designer assigned to mold the next season’s door knobs or a finance major sitting in on investment reviews calling out trends, you will be invited to contribute to the creative and entrepreneurial spirit that is inherit in every URBN brand. Aside from work life, the intern program is also designed for you to learn the business and the brands from head-to-toe. You will tour production facilities, go on store visits, and sit down with company directors over lunch to discuss the future of the brand and where it should go next. Applying to be a summer intern was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my post-grad life. It is an unbelievably encouraging space where your mentors and peers will not only teach you the ropes of the fast-paced retail industry, but also encourage you to find your way. As a recent studio art graduate, this internship gave me the occupational direction to turn my internship into a full-time career.” –Amaris Chang.

Apply for a summer internship at URBN on NYU CareerNet, Job ID 913394.

In case you missed it: A day in the life at NYU Accra from Adam, Class of 2015!

Adam, Class of 2015,  interns at the West Africa AIDS Foundation while studying away at NYU Accra. Here’s a recap of his #dayinthelife abroad. 

Are you studying away next semester? Get great leadership experience by applying to be a Global Peer Career Educator on NYU CareerNet, Job ID 910361 by Nov 17!

Make The Most Of Your Internship Experience

Making the Most of Your Internship: Do Extra Stuff!

Jenn Parson is a second year Master’s student in Steinhardt’s Counseling and Guidance program. In this post, she shares some valuable internship insights, while reflecting on a particularly memorable undergraduate experience.

As an intern, your job responsibilities are often very basic. If you’re hoping to learn a lot about your field or make a great impression on your supervisor, it can be hard to accomplish that if you’re only doing the bare minimum. Taking advantage of extra opportunities (and sometimes putting in extra hours) can be the difference between a so-so internship experience and an awesome one.

I was an editorial intern at Cleveland Magazine during the spring semester of my junior year of college. I was very excited to be working in the field that I’d dreamed about, but I was also aware that at first this would mean a lot of mundane tasks: copy-editing, fact-checking, and filing. In my first month, my supervisor approached me and told me that if I wanted to, I could come in early on Tuesdays to sit in on their editorial board meetings. I was taking classes full time and interning for free (paying $5 a day to park, if you want to get technical!), so the idea of tacking on an early morning gave me pause. However, I was curious to see the inner workings of the magazine, so I told him I’d be there.

During the first few meetings, I barely understood what was going on around me, and I was totally peripheral to the business of the meeting. (In the second meeting, I did pitch a Failure to Launch-style human-interest piece, which was immediately shot down. I choose not to count that.) But I kept attending. Then one morning, they were discussing the upcoming travel issue, and they had a piece on three different Cleveland tours that they wanted the interns to write. There were a total of three interns, but I was the only one who chose to attend the meetings. Because I was there, they asked me which tour I would like to take and write about, and I got first dibs. This was not inconsequential.

You see, my tour was way better than the tours the other interns had to take. How much better could it be? I flew in and wrote about a private helicopter tour of Cleveland. One other intern went on a walking tour of Cleveland (in February). Another went on a trolley tour of Cleveland (in February). I got to tell my friends where to stand on campus so I could wave to them from a metal bird in the sky. The other interns got frostbite.

This translated into better things. Because I was genuinely excited and enthusiastic about my tour, that came across in the piece I wrote. Life as an intern is built by proving yourself one task at a time, and this allowed me to be trusted with more and bigger stories. After writing a good travel piece about the helicopter tour, I got a lot more chances to write my own articles. In the final issue before I left, I was asked to write the feature story for the Arts and Entertainment section. This would never have happened if I had chosen to sleep in on Tuesdays.


Are you interning this semester? Whether or not you are getting paid, take Jenn’s advice on how to make the most of your internship by going above and beyond your role. 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 through NYU CareerNet, Job ID 899698.

DICP Profile with Jenna Castillo

Learn more about how Jenna Castillo, a senior Economics major, participated in the Diversity Internship and Career Preparation (DICP) Program to explore diversity in the workplace and land an internship.

Name: Jenna Castillo

School: College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)

Grad Year: 2014

Internship/Current position: Consultant at Ernst & Young (EY)

What’s the best part of the DICP program? The best part about the DICP program were all of the networking and informational session opportunities. Through DICP, I was able to learn more about the different companies I was interested in, as well as the different areas within the business industry.  Because of these events, I learned how to successfully network, and also finally figured out which area of the business industry I wanted to start my career in.

What’s the most important lesson you have learned through DICP?  Through this program, I learned just how much diversity is valued in the world today.  I realized that stressing my diverse background, whether it be during a networking event or interview was extremely advantageous.

Why other students should apply to be in DICP: Students should apply to be in DICP because they will learn how to showcase their diversity as a strength, and network with people from numerous companies.  Networking, applying for internships and full-time jobs, and interviewing became so much easier for me after this program.

The NYU Diversity Internship & Career Preparation (D.I.C.P.) Program is a comprehensive, undergraduate career development program is designed to prepare and promote NYU’s historically underrepresented sophomores and juniors. The D.I.C.P. Program aims to assist you in developing your job searching and networking skills; improve your resume and cover letter writing skills; and strives to empower you to find that dream internship while improving your understanding of workplace diversity and inclusive practices!

Please watch the following video to learn more about the Diversity Internship & Career Preparation Program:

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APPLY on NYU CareerNet Job ID# 902050

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday September 29, 2013

Individualized Hope

The most daunting aspect of a Gallatin degree is not so much in its construction, but explaining why you built it. Because, let’s be honest: no one has any idea what an Individualized Degree means in the real world, and you will be explaining it for the rest of your life, regardless of your career goals. When I was freshly pledged to the Gallatino community, explaining my concentration was a point of pride. As the years went on, it became a point of exhaustion. It got to a point where I began to shroud it sarcasm:

Shortly after being introduced to someone, they’d ask, “What’s your major?”

To which I slowly inhaled and exhaled a quick, “oh, well, I go to NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. So, basically rainbows and unicorns!”

We would have a good laugh, and I assuaged the pressure of my peers’ inquisitive [and judgmental] minds on mine for another night.

I was selling myself short.

What most liberal arts majors do not realize is how fascinating it is to others when you tell the story of how you not only took a path less traveled, but in actuality, also fashioned a shiv out of your sharpened mind to forge your very own road in the midst of an intellectual jungle. Designing a personalized degree gives you a well-earned air of confidence that comes with the maturity and discipline to hone one’s creativity and independence as well as the ability to apply these skills to many fields and work with people who have come from different backgrounds and approaches to the workforce.

How does explaining this degree play out in the real world? While working in an office for fashion editorial stylist, the eponymous founder introduces herself to me and asked what I am studying at university. It was like the first day of classes all over again. However, this time I was not in the comfort of a classroom in Greenwich Village when needing to explain my concentration. Instead, I was alone with a fabulous, powerful woman in her office, in the middle of Chelsea, and she was sincerely interested in what I had to say. Not because I was another cookie-cutter intern that brought her and her assistants coffee at 7:30 in morning, but because she saw the potential in my individuality.

As a Gallatino, my interdisciplinary background helped to set me apart from other candidates and forged relationships with my superiors in the work force. As I mentioned, people are fascinated about new perspectives, especially people who have been in the game for quite some time. And chances are, they will be the people that interview you. The truly innovated, the people who take risks and decide their own fates, they are the people that welcome fresh faces with intriguing minds, not shun differences. And those are the people with whom I forged great connections.

Benjamin IJ Mintzer graduated from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study January, 2013. Entitling his rationale, Aesthetics, Semiology and the Universal, Benjamin studied how the invention of meaning obfuscates the understanding of reality through an imagined privilege of Providence. He is currently pursuing a career in academia and the arts.


Photo: Courtesy of Three Headed Photography, 2013.

Insights from an NYU Graduate

With Commencement right around the corner, I haven’t been able to stop myself from reflecting and reminiscing on the last four years that I’ve spent at NYU.  Not all of my memories are happy ones (i.e., writing research papers until 5 AM), but I can say with confidence that I’ve learned some useful things inside and outside of the classroom that I’ll be taking with me as I move from college to the start of my career. Here are the Top 10 things I’ve learned:

1)     Uncertainty isn’t always a bad thing.

While it’s definitely nice to know what you’ll be doing work-wise after college, that’s just not the reality for each and every student.  If you find yourself in that situation, you can use the time to continue cultivating your interview and networking skills while considering possible career options and opportunities.

2)     Explore the unknown.

At NYU, this meant traveling during the year I studied abroad in Madrid as well as taking a variety of classes.  At my new job, it’ll mean allowing myself to experience things that may be outside of my initial job description or relocating to an area I’ve never lived in. Don’t be afraid to explore new opportunities!

3)     Know your limits and push them wisely.

This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s always great to remind yourself that you can only do so much. Get involved, but remember: committing to a million and one things will not only stress you out, but it could also keep you from getting done what is necessary for your career.

4)     Make long-term goals but don’t lose sight of the present.

Just two weeks ago, I was so excited planning for Commencement that I nearly forgot about a final assignment that I needed to hand in!  Looking at the future is fun to do (and necessary when planning out your career), but don’t take for granted everything that you’re doing now.  You build a career, meaning it’s a process so even if you have your eyes set on a higher position in the company, keep in mind that you can learn transferable skills in any assignment.

5)     You’ll never know until you ask.

Whether you’re in need or a due date extension for a paper or seeking a pay raise, you’ll never know until you ask! If your employer doesn’t know you’d like something to change, odds are that your situation or problem will stay the same.  Be vocal!

6)     Reward yourself.

Whenever I receive a great test score that I know I deserve because of all the studying I’ve done, I like to treat myself to something small, like a cup of fro-yo at 16 Handles or an afternoon of Jamba Juice-filled people-watching in Central Park.  In your career you should also take the time to reward yourself when you’ve completed a tough assignment.  Celebrate your victories and use them as reminders/motivation when you’re faced with a difficult task.

7)     Don’t network just for the sake of getting business cards.

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t network, but the situation is a lot less awkward and much more personal when you approach networking as a conversation rather than a business opportunity.  People (especially your potential higher-ups) are much more likely to remember you down the road if you make a unique connection.

8)     You can never say “Thank you” enough.

I’ve given a lot of thanks lately—to my parents, siblings, friends, coworkers—for all of their help with getting me through the late nights of thesis writing and tough midterm weeks over the last four years.  Showing your appreciation for someone not only makes that person feel great, but it also reminds you to never be too proud to ask for help.  Plus, it follows the Golden Rule: Do unto others what you’d wish done unto you.

9)     It never hurts to be nice.

Going off of my last point, manners will always go a long way, whether you’re a Sternie going into Investment Banking or approaching a career in Social Work. It could be as simple as a “hello” and a smile you give to the security guard at your workplace or a “congratulations” email to a coworker receiving a promotion, but people (especially those in New York!) will remember that act of kindness.  And who knows, that one running person for whom you held the elevator might just be on the board that determines whether or not you get that promotion and raise you’ve been wanting.

10)  Always remember where you’ve come from.

Don’t forget your family or the friends you made in college; they’re the people that helped you get to where you are today and the people that’ll hopefully be there to celebrate all of your future success, in both your career and personal lives.

With that, I’d like to end this post with a special congratulations to all of my fellow graduates.  I wish you all the best with your future endeavors!

In case you missed it: Day in the Life Student Senators Council

Did you miss Malina tweet about her day as a member of the Student Senators Council? You can catch up with her day here and see what the Student Senators Council is all about! Click on the image below!

For more Days in the Life, follow us @NYUWassEmployer! And, for more career related information, follow us @NYUWasserman!

Global Peer Day in the Life: Accra

Ever wonder what its like to study abroad in Ghana? Check out your peer, Ritu Ghiya, as she tweets about her day abroad in Accra. Follow her as she describes what its like waking up in Ghana, the classes, her internship, and the food! Click on the image below to see more!

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Global Peer: Accra, Ghana

What is your name/major/class year/school? Why did you want to study away in Accra? 

Hey everyone, eti sen!? Greetings from Accra, Ghana! My name is Delaine Powerful and I am a junior in Steinhardt studying Public Health and Nutrition. I chose to study abroad in Ghana because of my desire to work in developing countries where maternal and child mortality rates are high and women’s reproductive health is often taboo, and work to reduce such stigmas and negative health outcomes. Coming to Ghana was the perfect opportunity for me to grow as a student in the public health field. I also wanted to experience a culture unlike my own, one whose traditions and customs remain despite Western influences, and greaten my understandings of diversity.

What classes are you taking? 

I am taking a course load relevant to my area of study: Health and Society, Global Nutrition, Community Psychology, and a Internship Fieldwork and Seminar course. I am interning with an organization under the umbrella name Child and Associates where I have been working with their “Beyond the Net’s” campaign and developing and implementing my own clinical study about a Guardian/Parent’s role in their child’s health outcome. Because Ghanaians teach all the classes, the majority being professors from the University of Ghana, many classes incorporate a cultural theme where we integrate our understandings of the literature and lectures into community experiences. It has been a great experience and through these classes and various field trips, I have really gotten a great sense and understanding of the true Ghanaian culture.

What has been the most interesting thing about Accra so far? 

The most interesting aspect about Accra would the easy-going nature that seems to be an innate characteristics of all Ghanaians. People are a lot friendlier here. Even though Accra is just as hectic, if not more so, than NYC, people here never seem to be in a rush to go anywhere. When you are walking down the street it is not uncommon to exchange greetings with a passing stranger. No one is ever too busy to stop and have a conversation and is more than willing to assist with directions and things to that nature. It is truly refreshing to actually be able to slow down and fully appreciate things for what they are.

Describe a fun outing or experience thus far? 

For my Health and Society class we took a class trip to a traditional healing clinic in a neighboring community. The trip was great and educational and all, but the best part of the day came at the end of the day when we traveled to our professor’s house and ate dinner in his wife’s restaurant. We were entertained with numerous dance numbers, performed by the professor and his 5-year-old granddaughter, and sang (or mumbled) along to the Ghanaian Azonto music. The meal was absolutely delicious and was actually the best food I had consumed during my whole trip.

How are you preparing for potential internship or professional opportunities? 

I have definitely grown professionally here in Accra thanks to my leadership and internship position. I have come into contact with numerous professionals and have learned the appropriate mannerisms of a professional setting. Also, even though as a Peer Career Educator I am informing other students on the ways to best present themselves to potential employers, I have learned a great deal myself. With my developing interviewing skills and Wasserman styled resume and cover letter, I was able to secure a summer internship directly in line with my professional goals.

How are you exploring your career while away? How will Accra impact your career endeavors?

Because my main area of interest is maternal and child health in developing countries, the clinical study I am doing at my internship is relevant to my desires for my future profession. I am learning how to develop proposals for studies, how to format surveys so that they are compatible with the understandings of the community, and other necessary skills I will need as a Public Health official looking to implement programs that promote lasting change. In Ghana, as well as anywhere else in the world, public health is everywhere. And I have been given the opportunity to study various NGOs and actually track their progress in this developing country, first-hand, which is great!