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Tips for Wrapping Up Your Internship on a Positive Note

Nicole Klein Isenhour, Assistant Director at The Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU-Poly, offers forth some tips for completing your internship.

You’re nearing the end of your internship so it must be time to throw caution to the wind right? WRONG…the final days, weeks, hours of your summer internship are equally as important as your first, if not more! How you leave things off will the employer will leave a lasting impression and set the stage for things moving forward. You always want to end things on a good note and have the employer remember your hard work all summer. Wrapping up the right way can lead to references, recommendations, mentorship, keeping in touch and most importantly: potential consideration for future positions down the line. Not sure what to do? No problem, that’s where we come in with the top 5 tips for wrapping up your internship.

  • Make sure your projects are covered– Finish as much as you can but in the event you are leaving before a project is finished, leave strong documentation so that your coworkers can pick up where you left off or a new person can come in and know what you have already done or what needs to be done. Your coworkers will appreciate you keeping them in the loop and leaving thorough notes.
  • Schedule a final meeting with your supervisor – Review what you have done; projects, your goals moving forward, advice they might have for you in terms of professional development. Mention what you have learned and how this experience has been valuable to you.
  • Ask for constructive feedback – Is there anything you did really well and are there areas for improvement that you could work on moving forward? A thing or two you might be able to improve upon? It shows the employer that you are mature, that you care about your growth and development and that you want to continue to improve and succeed.
  • Thank everyone– Thank your supervisor but also thank anyone else you reported to and perhaps some you did not report to but wanted to thank for the experience, such as higher ups in the company. Ask for a few minutes of their time to drop in and discuss your internship. Use this time to informationally network, share what you learned, how you grew from your time there. Ask to keep in touch in the future, after the internship concludes. Also thank your fellow interns, coworkers and any other staff that contributed to your positive experience. Appreciation goes a long way and leaves a lasting impression. Send handwritten thank you notes as well!
  • Stay connected– Send a hello email every month or 2 to the employer. See what they have been doing in the news or what is happening in the industry to use as some talking points, forward an article that might be applicable to their business and of interest to them. This shows you are invested and care about keeping up with industry trends and current events. You can also share something relevant you did in a class, a group project, a conference you attended, share it!

As always, feel free to make an appointment through CareerNet and come by the Wasserman Center for Career Development to discuss your personal internship experience and career goals/ next steps!

Engineering & Technology Career Fair Tips from Alliant Technologies, LLC

Jay Brennan, Vice President Human Resources at Alliant Technologies, LLC offers forth some tips and advice in preparation for Thursday’s Engineering & Technology Career Fair at NYU-Poly. Don’t forget to stop by! The event runs from 11:00am-3:00pm.

The NYU Spring Engineering & Technology Career Fair is a great way for you to make initial contacts with prospective employers. You can use this opportunity to meet people who work for the company and ask questions.  It is important to make a great first impression and, hopefully, open the door to further interviews.  While this is always important, it is even more important at a career fair, because you only get a few minutes with the prospective employer to impress them.

First and foremost, a career fair is a professional recruiting event.  Dress appropriately.  While a business suit is not necessary, your outfit should still be clean, pressed and neat.  Looking like you’ve just hit the gym or rolled out of bed will not help.

Next, your resume is your calling card.  It should be neat with no typos, and accurately represent your skills and experience.  We look for resumes that list actual accomplishments, so when listing jobs, internships and projects, make sure you highlighted what your role was and how your contributions helped make your task or project successful.

It is also important to know something about the employers you want to meet. Your career office normally provides you with a booklet or website that lists all the employers attending.  Do your homework and learn something about the company.  Check out their website.  If we’ve been to your school before, we may have hired people you know.  Ask around among your friends and peers.

Prepare some questions you want to ask prospective employers.  We are always looking for thoughtful, intelligent people who come prepared, and asking thoughtful, intelligent, well-prepared questions is a great way to demonstrate this.

Lastly, make sure you have a good time at the career fair.  We want to hire people who are pleasant and fun to work with, so smile and look people in the eye. Relax and be yourself.

Please stop by the Alliant Technologies table and say hello.


Stand Out and Make a Connection at the Spring Engineering and Technology Career Fair

Stand Out:

Be ready to talk about your interests and abilities in relevance to what the company does. This helps potential employers get a feel of who you are, what you can do and what you are willing to learn. Mention your previous experience, if any, or any related background experience. This helps companies identify you as a possible candidate for an internship or full time hire. We want to meet you!

What is your specific area of interest or specialization within your major?

For instance, you might be majoring in Computer Science and Engineering or Information Systems, but it is helpful to be specific about your particular area of interest, which might be Programming, Networking, Internet Security, Data Mining and so forth. Of course, you may be open to all and willing to adapt to any specialization, but speaking about your particular interest/forte gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, and lets us know more about you.

Do you have an area in your field you are passionate about?

To be willing to learn and adapt is one thing, but your passion for something is different. If you have the chance, definitely communicate on your core values or something that you are very passionate about.

What are any specific credentials you possess? Have you received a scholarship or award?

Regardless of your resume, a student who is a good communicator will go far in standing out among the crowd.

Make a Connection:

Be ready to talk about why you are interested in a particular company.

Research the companies that interest you. Visit their websites!

We invite you to visit our website: www.veusoft.com to get a full understanding of our services at Veusoft.

Ask smart questions, and point out specific interests within the company.

If you already know what a company does before you approach the booth, you’ll be in a position to express interest in their specific services, and ask the types of questions that will help you decide whether the company would be a good fit. This allows the employer to make a connection with you, and lets them see that you are truly interested in joining their team.

Veusoft is a Fully Managed IT Service that specializes in Networking and Infrastructure, Storage Management, Virtualization and Cloud Computing. We are looking for candidates from Computer Science or Telecommunications backgrounds with interests in the field of services that we provide, as well as students who are interested in long-term employment after internship or training opportunities. Be sure to visit our booth this Thursday at the Engineering & Technology Spring Career Fair at NYU-Poly!

Wasserman Center for Career Development Kicks Off Fall Recruiting Season with Yahoo! Tech Talk

Fall Recruiting season has kicked off! Click here to read about NYU-Poly’s Tech Talk, titled “Data Eco-System and Challenges”.

Engineering & Technology Jobs: “In Demand” Candidate Skills

Engineering and Technology jobs are in demand. If you don’t believe, me check out a quick summary of NACE’s Job Outlook 2012 survey.  Make yourself even more in demand by highlighting your technical skills and demonstrating your communication skills to potential employers. A great place to get started is at the Fall Engineering and Technology Career Fair on September 13th at NYU-Poly.

The Wasserblog has already shared basic tips about how to make the most of a career fair. If you missed it, check it out here. However, here are a few more STEM-specific tips to prepare for a career fair.

Technical Skills: Do your research and know what technical skills organizations are looking for. Be sure to include these skills user the “skills” section on your resume and know how talk about your skills. Share with potential employers specific examples of times that you demonstrated a desired skill on an academic project or during previous work experience.

Communication Skills: Technical skills alone won’t get you the job. You need to be able to talk about your skills and articulate what makes you unique and why you are a good fit for the position. Prepare your elevator pitch. It is one thing to say that you are a good communicator, but quite another to demonstrate your communication skills on the spot. The more you practice your pitch (with a career counselor, friends, your cat) the more comfortable you will be presenting it on the day of the fair.