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Halfway Through Your Internship Checklist

So, you’re about half way through your summer internship? How can you make sure you’ll stand out? Here are a few tips on how to shine this summer:

  • Reflect on your experience – if you’re happy with the opportunities you’ve had so far, ask for ways to become more involved in these projects. If you’re unhappy with the experience, you still have time to evaluate why and take initiative to make the most of the internship experience.
  • Schedule a formal mid-summer check in with your internship supervisor to evaluate your performance thus far. Ask about ways that you can continue to grow and develop professionally, as well as contribute to the team.
  • Stay busy – there is always work to be done! Ask your supervisor what he/she needs help with and volunteer to work on all types of projects.
  • Grow your network – ask colleagues out for coffee or lunch. Conduct a non-formal informational interview to learn about their career paths, experience within their roles, and for advice.

Make the most of the second half of your internship and stop by the Wasserman Center for Career Development to discuss your personal internship experience and career goals!

Meet the Global Peers: Prague

Before I start being formal and all, here is some general information about me. My name is Emily Sujka.  But, if you ever meet me face-to-face on campus, you might hear people greet me by another name: Maggie.  I have just completed a semester of studying away in Prague, Czech Republic.  My experience there definitely helped in elucidating many parts of life lurking in the shadows.  I won’t say it has been life altering, after all, going abroad hasn’t changed the course of my life.  But, all the small experiences in Prague, living in a completely different culture, with a different language, diet, set of social standards, have certainly further molded me. Recently, I spoke with NYU’s Wasserman Center about my experiences.

What is your major/class/school?

Currently, (and I say currently because it’s always changing) I am an Economics major in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and a part of the Class of 2016.

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

In actuality, I had no intention of going abroad.  Back in high school, I went to Spain for a month during the summer.  It was dreadful.  I longed for America the whole time.  But, my ideas about going to study in another country shifted with my freshman year RA who had gone abroad with NYU twice and whole-heartedly endorsed the opportunity for any student.  That’s when my research began…

I wanted to study away in the Czech Republic for several reasons.  And no, it wasn’t because it was cheaper or because of its convenient Central European location.  My reasons had to do with the culture.  I love Slavic Cultures, specifically that of Poland.  So, the Czech Republic isn’t Poland…but it was just a step towards a bigger goal.  My motto in life is to keep moving by any means to get to where you want to be. For a semester to be surrounded by food, language, and symbols, associated with Slavic life was just such an elating idea and I knew I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by.

What classes did you take?

In Prague, I completed Building a State: Czech and Slovak Republics, Modern Dissent, Elementary Polish II, and Architecture.

What was the most meaningful/impactful experience you had abroad?

The most meaningful/impactful experience…well geez, that’s a lot of pressure. I’ve met famous Czech politicians, volunteered a weekend at Benediktus, a volunteer community in a more rural part of the Czech Republic, hiked up Sniezka, the most prominent point of the Silesian Ridge in the Krkonoše mountains, walked along the paths of priests as St. Vitus Cathedral, and even eaten Falafel in St. Wenceslas Square where the Velvet Revolution took place- where the Czechoslovak youth expelled the Communists from their lands, denouncing fear once and for all.  And that’s only the Czech Republic.  I also traveled to 6 other separate European countries during my time here strolling down the Chain Bridge in Budapest, riding bikes in Amsterdam, following the Mural of Princes in Dresden, munching on macaroons in Paris, meeting famous actress and politician Mrs. Vasaryova in Bratislava, and visiting Sukiennice, for my second time, in Krakow.  Being in Europe, seeing as much as I can, taking it all in, has just been a real pleasure.  Borders between countries are just man’s invention.  Yes, some are reasonable, political borders drawn along rivers and mountains, but others are just imaginary lines.  However, you see what you perceive as commonalities.  “We do that too.”  “That is NOT a pancake.”  Humanity ties us together no matter where you are.  People help, speak, wonder, and eat no matter where you are.  It’s humbling to see the world in its grandiosity and still feel connected to the world.

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

I managed three internships this semester.  I know, sounds crazy, but there were too many things presented to take advantage of that I just couldn’t pass up.  Closely working with Wasserman, I learned how to organize an event for any occasion, including how to advertise an event and make material accessible for students.  Seriously, I learned that cookies work wonders on attendance.  In general, I acquired skills in working with people I never thought I’d have.

Furthermore, I also assisted in English teaching in a local elementary school. This was building on previous experience I already had, nonetheless it still allowed me to further understand people.  In childhood lies the rawest state of our being.  Children can teach us more than any seminar and so, even though I don’t wish to pursue education or another career path having to do with kids, I have greatly valued this experience that has allowed me to do something outside of my comfort zone while allowing me to cement this sentiment.

Another good bit of advice: Even though it’s optimal to figure out what you want, crossing stuff off this list isn’t such a bad thing either.  I also helped create a survey for the Bohemia Jazz Festival, a free music festival held in the Czech Republic annually.  Something that sounds so big not only took time in its creation, but it also took many edits and rewrites, tracking down the right people and being persistent.  Sometimes it is not only the skills and new techniques we obtain from an internship or job experience, but also small achievements along the way.

Summer Internship at AllianceBernstein, Part I

Aziza Sultan is a current NYU student in the accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s program. She is studying politics for her Bachelor’s degree and concentrating on political economy for her Master’s. She is currently a summer intern at AllianceBernstein’s New York City midtown offices in the Technology and Operations Program.Here, she offers forth some thoughts on the first half of her experiences. Stay tuned for an update later this summer.

When I first decided I wanted to do a summer internship in finance, many of my friends at school wondered why a student of politics would go into a seemingly irrelevant field of work. After getting through this initial question, they wondered why I wanted to spend most of my summer working in a notoriously tough field, where people are portrayed as overly-aggressive, overworked and cut-throat. Rather than inspire me, these characterizations led me to become a little hesitant at the decision to accept my summer internship.

As the first half of my internship is behind me, I can honestly say that my experience at AllianceBernstein has been nothing similar to what my friends had described the dark scary world of finance to be like. If I had to use one word to describe the social and developmental aspect of my internship thus far, I would have to choose nurturing. I am surprised that even at a large, reputable firm, people are really willing to go out of their way to make sure you are noticed when you do good work, to say hello, or to answer career questions you may have. This culture of openness and warmth is practiced by people at all levels of the organization. At the end of our first week, interns were treated to a picnic in Central Park with the associates, and just last week I met with the managing director of a division different from mine over coffee. He has been with the firm for almost two decades and he gave me a lot of worthwhile advice.

The firm and the internship program really make it a point to foster their interns in an environment that is not only educational in terms of the work I have been learning to do, but also seeks to develop crucial soft skills that are necessary in this industry. There have been a plethora of events – ranging from “How to Network Effectively” where four veterans of the firm spoke about networking strategies, and how networking has aided them in their careers, to “Communicating with Impact” where the director of Learning and Development for the firm gave us pointers on presenting information to people during work presentations.  We even had a presentation by a managing director who spoke to us about her work with Congress and the state of Rhode Island regarding the 529k plan. Next week the Senior Vice President of one of the divisions invited myself and two other interns to lunch at the café in our building. These are just a few of the ways in which my internship experience so far has been a much more vibrant experience than just working on a computer the whole day, and being the token office intern.

This is not to say that my work has been completely easy and without its own set of challenges. It is nice, however, to learn new things from people who are both willing to teach you and to be patient when doing so, and also to be around people who want you to do well. Daily, I have three people at the firm with whom I work directly. These include my manager, my mentor and the associate in my department. Almost all of my training was done on the job, and I have taken on parts of projects from all three of these people. One of the things that was unexpected to me was that I do routine daily work in my division, some of it revolving around regular communication with people in other banks. In this sense I feel that I am an integral part of my team.

In the next half of my internship I look forward to the upcoming scheduled events, learning more about finance and interacting more with people in the firm. I also will be working on testing for a new system platform through which my division is going to be working, so I will be busy with that transition.

Want to find an internship, part-time job, or full-time position? Make an appointment through CareerNet to meet with a career coach and start exploring all of the available and exciting opportunities.

Summer Spotlight Series with Opportunity Finance Network

Recently, Caroline Deng, Stern ’17, shared her day working with @OppFinance. Click the logo below for a recap.

Keep tuning into our blog throughout the next few months for more spotlights on summer jobs and internships.

Four Influential Fashion Figures and the Career Lessons They Can Inspire In Us

This summer here at Wasserman, we want to help give some insight into particular career fields that you may not have previously considered. Here, Sydney Mai, MCC ’17, offers forth some thoughts about fashion icons and shows how they can inspire.

What do you think of when hearing the word “fashion”? Is it the latest clothes, catwalks, runway models, after-parties, magazine covers, or the Paris Fashion Week? Truth is, the fashion world is not all just centered around the glitz and glam that appears on the surface. It’s about the road to making it there and the people who once traveled that road – fashion figures with inspiring stories that have turned into valuable career lessons for us.

  1. Coco Chanel – “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”

Whether it is Chanel no.5, the little black dress, or her witty words of wisdom, Mademoiselle Chanel sure knew how to do things in style. Coco Chanel’s legacy travels far beyond her century-old fashion empire: she is a legend, a trailblazer, a vision of elegance and sophistication, and most importantly, an inspiration to millions of women all around the world. Coming from humble beginnings, Coco Chanel spent most of her teenage years inside the constricting walls of a convent where she learned needlework from the nuns. Yet, talents like to break free – her nunnery daily wear was soon transformed into ageless jet-set designs, ones that helped establish her iconic personal brand.

Lesson to learn: Whatever you do in life, do it with style! Build your own personal brand with an unforgettable trademark. Don’t be afraid to break boundaries and explore your potentials!

2. Tyra Banks: “A smart model is a good one”

Think modeling is all about posing for the camera? Miss Banks will prove you wrong. Tyra Banks revolutionized people’s common trivialization of a career in the modeling industry with her versatility and creativity: she takes on the role of a TV personality, actress, producer, writer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. Despite the phenomenal success of America’s Next Top Model, hardly does one know that the show concept was first poked fun at when being introduced to CW, for the producers didn’t take models seriously. Top Model now appears in over 35 countries and its creator, Miss Banks, continues to show the world her aptitude with a certificate from Harvard’s Management Extension Program, earned in 2011.

Lesson to learn: Versatility is what every employer looks for. An ability to take on and fit into any role proves that you’re the next top candidate. Why stick to one role or conform to stereotypes? The world is your oyster!

3.Ralph Lauren: “I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.”

Ralph Lauren’s rags-to-riches story has long motivated generations and generations of aspiring young fashion designers who dream of making it in the business. Born and raised in the Bronx to a Jewish immigrant family in the 50s, Lauren knew what it was like to have little and to dream big. As a teenager, he spent hours in movie theaters immersing himself in the magical world of films, dreaming of a better life. Childhood fantasies were soon turned into actions as the creative world moved to New York City in 1960s, determined to make it big.

Lesson to learn: “The creative adult is the child who has survived” (Le Guin). It doesn’t matter where you come from, it’s OK to dream big and even to have larger-than-life ambitions. The secret lies in transforming your ambitions into plans then into actions. It’s up to you to make things happen.

4. Anna Wintour: “Fashion’s not about looking back. It’s always about looking forward.”

With Anna Wintour, it is always “on to the next,” as Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld puts it. Fear her or worship her, Anna Wintour is indisputably the most powerful woman in the fashion industry today. Over two decades spearheading the Vogue America team, how does she keep this 300-billion-dollar enterprise up and running? People who’ve had the privilege of being on Anna’s team are wowed by her decisiveness. Trusting her gut is indeed the key to her success.

Lesson to learn: Know your goals. Be decisive and listen to your heart.

These are the people who have day by day, bit by bit, inspired me to realize my dream of working in fashion marketing & advertising. Their career lessons, however, are applicable regardless of any industry or discipline you’ve chosen to go into. Good luck with your endeavors wherever they may take you!

 

The Job Search for Seasoned Professionals

Date/Time: Thursday, July 10th, 2014 | 6-7:30 PM

Location: Wasserman Center for Career Development, Presentation Room B

Thinking about changing jobs?  Getting back into the labor market and don’t know where to start? If you feel like you have great skills at your job, but not at job search, then we have the workshop for you. Join Steven Greenberg, CBS radio anchor of “Your Next Job” and expert on job search, who will discuss a new approach to getting hired in today’s competitive market.    The talk will focus on experienced jobseekers, who often face additional obstacles.   Steven will discuss how to combat the hidden bias against older candidates and offer concrete tools and strategies for enhancing your job search. There are new rules for success in today’s labor market, and Steven will help you develop a successful job search strategy.

Speaker Details:

Steven Greenberg is the creator and anchor of the CBS Radio news program “Your Next Job”.  His features air 15 times each week on WCBS 880 in New York, and on other CBS radio news stations. He has written popular articles about job search for Forbes.com and CNN Money.com,  and his job board for jobseekers over 40 has been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered.   He is also the founder of a recruiting firm and a temp agency.   He was general counsel and HR manager for one of the most successful toy manufacturers in the US.  He is an attorney who practiced at two highly prominent law firms in NY – Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft  and Chadbourne Parke. He lives in Westport, CT with his wife and four sons.

To RSVP:

For degreed NYU alumni and current students, please register through your NYU CareerNet account (click on the menu tab Events, then Seminars) to reserve a seat. If you do not have an account, please contact our reception desk at: 212.998.4730. Space is limited.

5 Reasons Why Social Media Prep Should Be Part of Your Job Search Strategy

The fine folks from Social Assurity are back this summer with some important tips on social media prep and strategy.

NYU students should set aside some time this summer to begin prepping and optimizing their social media profiles across social networks. By creating a content rich social media presence reflecting your skills, activities, interests and accomplishments, you will be enhancing your ability to secure choice career and internship opportunities later on. Here are 5 reasons why:

Reason #1: Employers Are Looking at Your Social Media

According to a recent JobVite survey, just about every employer will eventually take a look at your social media activities as part of the recruiting/hiring process. The ultimate hiring decision has always been a subjective one and most often comes down to personal characteristics and soft skills. Social media now provides employers with a fast, easy, efficient and inexpensive way to assess your character, maturity, genuineness, credibility, overall “likeability” and cultural fit. Therefore, making that inspection easier and less time consuming for employers by being transparent and directing employers to your social media profile links will not only be appreciated by the potential employer but will likely be advantageous to you as well. Rather than dwelling on the potential negatives, you should be working to unlock the positive powers of social media by building a well-rounded, robust and easy to find online presence accurately depicting your talents, activities and accomplishments.

Reason #2: Since Employers Are Looking Then Give Them Something to See

Recruiters have neither the time nor the interest to search social media simply to find reasons to reject you. When recruiters look, logic dictates they look because they want to learn more about you, opening up a door of opportunity to set yourself apart from other qualified applicants. An overload of photos depicting social activities is not nearly as detrimental to your professional interests as not being found online at all. If this is a concern, you can use the summer to counterbalance your social activities with more professional, career oriented content. The key point is to leverage your social media by making sure you can be found rather than deactivating social media accounts or creating aliases to remain hidden.

Reason #3: The Best Offense is a Good Defense

Every company that is searching for employees online likely has a significant marketing and/or corporate presence on social media. Do your research and then follow your list of targeted companies. For each company you follow, you will be engaging with an important mix of employees, vendors and customers who will all be discussing real-life issues in real-time. As you start engaging by commenting and sharing newsfeeds, you will begin to identify real people behind a company’s curtain and they will begin to recognize you. Remember that social media is not a passive activity so keep researching, keep connecting, keep building and you will be found.

Interacting with industry experts, companies and executives is recommended if, and only if, your social media is in proper order.  Remember that whenever you send a message using a social network’s messaging system or otherwise post, you are also necessarily transmitting a digital dossier containing your entire profile and activity specific to that social network. This includes all past posts, photos, friends and followers. By having your social media optimized for inspection, you can then use social media to freely and safely interact with businesses and industry leaders and will start building a strong network as a result.

Reason #4: Many Businesses Are Using Social Media to Proactively Recruit Employees

This is all so much more than simply creating a LinkedIn account. Many companies are searching for talent on Facebook and Twitter as well. Therefore, this is also about learning how to leverage the capabilities of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to your full potential by going beyond the basic post and like functions. Surveys continue to show that a surprisingly large number of recruiters are using Facebook to find qualified candidates, especially when looking for candidates who may not be on LinkedIn because they are not actively looking for jobs.

The ultimate goal is to be found when a company taps into social media’s big data search function by understanding your personal search metrics and the proper keywords needed to describe your unique set of skills, talents and qualities.

Reason #5: Proactively Managing Social Media is an Essential Life Skill

Social media is here to stay and will continue to influence character assessments made by grad schools, scholarship committees, internship selection committees, employers, landlords and future significant others. It is time to learn how your social media can work for you rather than against you by accurately reflecting your persona, skills and attributes for people to see and view.

Networking at Your Summer Internship

Professional schmoozing is one of the keys to turning a summer gig into a permanent job. Because networking (done right) leaves a great impression on the employer, it can lead to a permanent job offer or a handy recommendation. Here’s how:

Beef Up Your Memory. When summer interns bump into the same high-level manager on their way to get coffee the manager will be a lot more impressed if the potential employee remembers something about them, says Anna Mok, a Strategic Relationships partner at Deloitte & Touche. Mok suggests that interns should put in the effort to remember anecdotes and names of co-workers and keep notes on whom they’ve met.

Be Sincere. Kristen Garcia, a group sales manager at Macy’s West (M) says that her genuine interest in meeting others from the company got her the job offer after she interned at Macy’s two years ago. “I introduced myself briefly to someone who wasn’t my direct boss, and it got me to work on an advertising project that the rest of the interns weren’t working on,” Garcia says. “But I never misrepresented myself and was always sincere.” Butler agrees, “To be indiscriminate for the sake of networking is going to be a waste of your time and not get you what you want.”

Find Some Face Time. Online networking sites, such as LinkedIn, are great. But to truly build connections, Mok, encourages interns to join professional organizations in their field to get valuable face time. Especially for those in a large city, a variety of networking groups are available and organizers are often thrilled to get younger members. Dave Wills, vice-president of Seattle-based Cascade Link, encourages interested interns to join tech clubs and professional organizations organizations. “Through those clubs we’ve met people whom we’ve hired as interns or to work on other projects.”

Join in the Big Kid Activities. Interns don’t need to stick to their own kind. Instead, ask to play in the company softball league or volunteer with their charity of choice. For those willing to be more proactive it helps to create an activity others from the company would be excited to join.

Show Up Alone. If fellow interns at the company don’t join that optional lunch or head over for a few drinks at a happy hour—go alone and meet others at the organization. In fact, not bringing work friends to networking events helps guests leave their comfort zone and meet new contacts, according to a study by Columbia Business School professors Paul Ingram and Michael Morris.

Skip the E-Mail. Most key figures at a company are overwhelmed with their inbox, so instead of being 1 out of 200 messages, pick another way to communicate. Instead, a quick hello or a short chat goes a long way according to Wills. “A phone call is still appropriate,” he says and encourages interns to figure out a convenient time in the day. “I’m always booked solid in the mornings, but usually the afternoons for me are pretty laid-back”.

Save the Tough for Last. Reach out to those who are easiest to approach first—hold off on chatting with the heads of the company who probably know less about incoming interns. “Don’t start at the top of the food chain—network with people who can still identify with where you are as a student intern,” says Ken Keeley, executive director of the Career Opportunities Center at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. Going to the higher-ups later in the summer also increases the chance that a colleague will put in a good word about the intern before the actual approach.

Evaluate Them. Not only is networking a tool interns use to stand out, it’s also a way for students to find out whether they’re willing to commit to a full-time job. “Many times these organizations force students to make big decisions before campus recruiting, so the companies will know how much recruiting they have to do during the school year.” Garcia, who received her offer in September of senior year, agrees: “Not only did I want to make a good impression on the company, I wanted the company to make a good impression on me.”

Source: Dizik, Alina. “Networking for Interns.” www.businessweek.com Bloomberg, L.P. 18 June 2007. Web. 04 June 2014

Career Potential: Working at an Ad Agency

This summer here at Wasserman, we want to help give some insight into particular career fields that you may not have previously considered. Here, Sydney Mai, MCC ’17, offers forth some thoughts on working in advertising.

Want a career like Mad Men’s Don Draper? Want to build an empire on Madison Ave. while spearheading a talented, dynamic team? Want office experience but dread the humdrum nine-to-five white-collar cycle? If you’re in for a little adventure, working at an ad agency is one career potential you can’t skip.

I was exposed to the concept of ad agency work in my Advertising & Marketing class last semester with Professor Eugene Secunda (to NYU future marketers: the course is a must-take). All through high school, I always thought that whatever field I ended up in, whether it was to be journalism, PR, or marketing, I’d always opt for the creative path. Truth is, an artist doesn’t have to make arts to be creative. Whether you’re a creator, a strategist, a communicator, or a businessperson, there’s a place to express your inner artistry at an ad agency.

With the explosion of social networks in recent years, the business of digital advertising is burgeoning alongside traditional advertising. The basic structure of a full-service ad agency, nevertheless, remains the quite static:

  • The account department acts as an intermediary between the advertiser (client) and the agency, communicates finance-related matters, and works closely with all internal departments to develop content & ensure that the advertiser’s message is being delivered.
  • The strategy department, also called account planning, conducts research that provides the basis for the campaign. Remember: the creative process starts with an insight!
  • The creative department is in charge of writing and designing the ad campaign. Good creatives are full with fresh ideas and know how to smoothly incorporate the advertiser’s message within their creative context.
  • The media & interactive department acquire outlets to run the campaign: prints, television, websites, social media, etc.
  • The production department executes the campaign. From printing ads to contracting directors for TV commercials, they turn plans into actions.

These vital elements of a full-service agency work like gears in a clock: everything has to be in sync. The creative department can’t go overboard with a creative idea and neglect the advertiser’s budget or intended messages. Same goes for the strategy department: account planners can’t squander a client’s budget conducting restless surveys and focus group researches. Therefore, an ad agency needs a capable account team to lubricate its gears, keeping its component departments on par with one another.

It is also important to keep in mind that an ad agency must hold great accountability for its statements. While it is easy to make unfounded claims sound convincing, it is extremely difficult – even impossible – to amend those claims and the retrieve the reputation that’s been lost. Respect your client by being accountable for your words.

Want to get your feet wet in this ever-changing, fast-paced business? Start now by searching for an internship. One of the most exciting facts about the ad world is that you learn as you go. Therefore, don’t worry too much about your background and experiences – be confident and show your passion, knowledge, and creativity. Impress your interviewers with latest articles from Ad Age & Ad Week. With your first internship, be even more flexible and look into marketing & PR positions to see how these practices crisscross and correlate. Best of luck with your endeavors!

Summer Spotlight Series with FindSpark

Recently, Victoria Cana, MCC ’16, shared a recap of her day working with @FindSpark. Click on the logo below for a recap.

Keep tuning into our blog throughout the next few months for more spotlights on summer jobs and internships.