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In case you missed it: NYU’s Law School Day in the Life!

Considering becoming a lawyer? Why not see what it takes first.

Jordan, an NYU Law School student, takes us with her on a typical law school day.

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Alumni Perspectives: Confessions of a White House Intern

Jordan Salberg, CAS ’06

Mr. Salberg was a Fall 2011 White House Intern in the Office of White House Counsel.  He is jointly pursuing a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs at American University’s Washington College of Law and School of International Service.  Mr. Salberg received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from New York University’s College of Arts and Science.

As a White House intern, I felt a little bit like an amateur climber must feel upon summiting Everest:  I couldn’t believe I was actually there and everywhere I looked were elite professionals, at the top of their fields.  This is what makes a White House internship so special.  It provides a chance to work in the highest levels of the public service sector, and is also an unmatched opportunity to learn from some of the brightest, most dedicated public servants.  If you are passionate about public service and want to develop crucial professional and leadership experience, there is no better program than the White House Internship Program.

 

 

 

 

White House interns work in one of over a dozen different departments.  Interns support these departments by performing a variety of tasks, from conducting research and drafting memos to staffing events and managing incoming requests.  Interns work full-time because White House staff truly relies on the work of interns to help perform their duties in service to the community and the country.  As an intern in the Office of White House Counsel I assisted lawyers with a variety of litigation, policy and compliance matters.  The staff were great colleagues and mentors; they were always willing to take time to help foster my professional growth and development.

The White House Internship Program (WHIP) provided unparalleled professional development through three different types of programming:  a weekly speaker series, professional interest group meetings, and a professional development series.  The weekly speaker series featured candid sessions with senior staff members from a variety of departments.  The First Lady was a highlight of the speaker series; she was warm, funny, and gracious with her time, answering numerous interns’ questions on a wide range of topics.

The Professional Interest Groups (PIGs) were small, intern-led groups organized across a range of topic areas, including communications, law, domestic policy, and international affairs.  Interns participating in PIGs could invite speakers to engage in small group discussions, and had the opportunity for off-site field trips to agencies such as the State Department, for example.  Speakers could vary from members of the President’s domestic policy team to national security staff.

The professional development series brought in staff to run workshops on resume building, writing, and networking, among other topics.  All the workshops featured staff with expertise tailored to the subject of the workshop.  For example, the resume review workshop was run by staff from the Presidential Personnel Office, which receives hundreds of thousands of resumes.  The writing workshop was better than any writing class I had taken; not surprisingly, it was led by one of President Obama’s speechwriters.

One of the greatest things about interning in the White House is the people you get to share the experience with.  My fellow interns were all exceptional; I learned as often from them as I did from WHIP programming.  My fellow interns and I all share a commitment to public service, and serving with them has been the experience of a lifetime.  I strongly encourage you to apply to the White House Internship Program.  You will be amazed at how much you can contribute in a few short months, and how much you will grow in return.

Applications for the Fall 2012 internship are due April 1, 2012.

Applications will be available May 14 and due September 24, 2012 for the Spring 2013 internship.

Alumni Perspectives: The Importance of Job Fairs

With the upcoming career fairs taking place in the coming weeks, we thought a little alumni perspective on the importance of attending career fairs would help to get you all in the right mindset!

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Thsthea Lunnon
Steinhardt 2006

From  NYU to Corporate America. I cannot believe it’s been almost 6 years since I crossed the stage at Radio City. I didn’t know it then but I hadn’t really prepared myself for what was to come. Although born and raised in Brooklyn, NY; when I got to NYU seemed like a foreign world, a world I never knew existed. And back in 2004, when I was just a shy transfer student commuting to this new world, I had an abundance of fear and apprehension. Which isn’t uncommon for college students but It was these same inhibitions that caused me to miss out on some of the wonderful opportunities that Student Life offers. Opportunities that would’ve helped me shape my career a lot faster. But que sera, sera I’m finally starting to figure it out one step at a time. The first thing I learned late…attend job fairs.

“Job Fairs…on my day off?!”
Yes, as tempting as it is to relax, go to Bobst or just lounge around. Its just as important to attend these fairs. But why? I don’t want to work in Finance? Its not even geared towards my degree. Two words: “Human Contact”.

No, not the germ swapping nurovirus contacting type of human contact. Rather, the kind that leads to business cards, meet and greets, mentors and possible jobs. These job fairs are filled with companies, big and not so big, looking for fresh meat. Five years in training and development has shown me the effort these companies put into these fairs. They are eager to make “contact” with students.

Sure, its not a guaranteed job. However, you’re at least guaranteed a business card – what you do with that card is entirely up to you. After sending a “nice to have met you” or “thank you for your time” email, you’ve established a line of communication. This can lead to potential jobs, someone to bounce ideas off of, or other connections.

So don’t limit yourself to things just geared towards your major, who knows where you’ll be five years from now. You never how far a little “human contact” can take you.

Welcome to the Wasserblog!

We at the Wasserman Center hope you like our new blog. We’ve been hard at work to make sure it has the type of career-related information that will be helpful and interesting to you. This is a work in progress, and we are always open to new ideas. Weekly posts will include:
Employer Partner Monday
Our employer partners will post once a week and share different insights into their offices, employees, and what it will take to land a job with them!
*We also welcome any non-employer partners to contribute posts!
How To Tuesday
We’ll give you the steps you need to succeed in writing a resume/cover letter, protect your online reputation, or network your way to success.
Ask A WasserPeer Wednesday
Have you heard about our amazing Peers-in-Careershttp://www.nyu.edu/careerdevelopment/sites/peers/about.php? Their advice to you will rival Dear Abby’s. Send your questions to them, and they’ll respond to them in their weekly column.
Follow-up Friday
A weekly wrap up of WasserEvents and beyond! We’ll also talk about what’s up for the following week.

Most importantly we want to hear from YOU. Whether you’re a freshman, graduate student, employer, or an alumni, our hope is that this blog can serve as a platform for discussion. We can all learn from each other!

Have ideas or want to blog? E-mail us at career.blog@nyu.edu