Reading Response

In the article, “How to Make Most of your Internship” by Susan Adams notes one of the biggest anxieties new interns, such as myself, might face within new workplaces that being, left out. I was also afraid that I’d be given menial task such as printer and lunch fetching duties. However during my internship experience at the New York State Senator’s office I found that I was given both menial day-to-day task and important deadline assignments. I can also attest to Marcie Hirsch’s advice on how to avoid menial work by emailing your supervisor on personal expectations of the internship. I did something along the lines of telling my supervisor the objectives I was looking for and they encouragingly allowed me to work on several different projects.

 

In Derek Thompson’s article, “ The Thing Employers Look for When Hiring Recent Graduates” lets readers know that internship experience when hiring recent graduates is the most important component to an applicant. Personally I always assumed that your school’s reputations as well as your GPA were the most important factors employers are looking for during the hiring process. The article also states that Media and Communication companies find internship extremely meaningful, which is great to hear considering Baruch, makes their Bachelor of Arts students take up an internship in order to graduate. Through out my college career I always heard my older peers say they use almost nothing they learned at school at work and this article voices their sentiments.

 

In Jacquelyn Smith’s article, “15 Ways to Stand out as an Intern” she musters up a list of key ways to be a great intern. To my surprise I already do 13 out of the 15 recommendations, the other two being #4 “Having a “just in case’ outfit” and #15 “Ask for feedback”. I’ve not yet had a wardrobe malfunction at work but I’ll keep #4 in mind. However #15 I feel is a piece of advice that went way over my head because I get so involved with the work I assume that they would correct me if I did something wrong. Although my bosses have not scolded me for doing bad work I should show them that I know that here is a chance my work can be better given their guidance. That type of self-checking I think would reassure them that I know I could always become better and faster. To be noted I learned in my previous internship that #14 “Keep tabs on your accomplishments” is extremely important because not only will you remember the impact you had as a worker in a company but you can now add those specific accomplishments to your cover letter and resume.

Milcah Slater Reading Response

In article one, it discusses how should I make every effort to make the best out of my internship. In our seminar Professor Bishop discussed that if I’m an intern at a corporation and I’m not satisfied with the duties that has been assign to me, I should always make the effort to contact my supervisor to make use of my time ( because in a sense your time is limited and valuable at the company). Recently I started my internship on 7/10/17 and I saw that there’s many networking opportunities in the workplace. Through the co-worker, I’ve learned that many of the scholar’s parents are either members of the congregation or alumni from Columbia University (this isn’t surprising because Riverside Church is across the street from Columbia University). Due to her hard-work at working at Freedom School last year, she was able to land a job in the medical profession (she is currently a medical student) through one the scholar’s parents. From her experience, I learned that networking can happen through word-of-mouth or just by others seeing you put in “hard work” at your job. So far, I made effort of making my time at the internship meaningful, by incorporating fun activities throughout day, changing some of the curriculum guidelines to make it more engaging for my scholars.

In article two, from analyzing this article, I learned that many employers seek college graduates for different reasons depending on their major. In comparison to my internship experience, I know that I was recruited through my current internship due to my attitude and perception on the importance of education. From speaking to my colleagues at school and work unpaid can be very beneficial, because more than likely the intern is more flexible to experience different tasks and “learn the procedure” to move up in the company just by interacting with the employees that work at the company. Also I believe with the attitude of working at the job not for it’s incentive but for the experience, you as an intern will be able to enjoy the experience of the job rather than looking at the job for only pay.

In article three, “standing out” to employers can be difficult, especially if the job is competitive but a great attitude and understanding of that specific profession, that can give you more leverage than others. Currently at my job, I learned that my supervisor choose me not solely on my experience (I barely had any) or my academic history, but due to my aptitude to be an inspiration to children. This is what made me “stand out” from my competitors. Also, I learn that working in any profession that involves children, you must have a passion for it and remember that any action or words can directly impact the child in any way and they will definitely remember you, whether if it’s positive or negative.

Milcah Slater, COM 5010

 

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I am someone who has always worked and went to school since the age of 13. I went through public school and had average grades in high school. I always thought growing up that employees only looked at the type of school you graduated from, and if it was a city school, you probably won’t make it far. As I got older I realized that isn’t really the case. It was refreshing to see in the article in the Atlantic that employers in fact do recognize work experience and take it into account when making hiring decisions. Although I don’t have a background of excellent grades and private schools, I do have a strong work ethic as a result of my work/school experiences.

After reading the Forbes article, it made me feel appreciative that I was actually learning something during my time interning. Many places offer internship opportunities but don’t really teach you anything. They have you doing coffee runs or filing papers. But my experience was much more involved in the communication process. I also made sure to lay out my expectations and wasn’t afraid to ask questions and state my opinions. Many people forget that networking isn’t always about going out to fancy dinners or reaching out on Facebook. As suggested in the article, people should always network even in the office you work in. There are many employees on different levels with Sprint, and I used this tactic to meet people in different fields and picked their brain. It was a way for me to learn about the different departments and roles people play in Sprint, and is a way to show me what other job opportunities are out there and what they exactly entail.

Business insider gives a lot of tips as to how to stand out as an intern. One thing I noticed is a lot of candidates don’t do their research on the company. Many people just use databases like LinkedIn or STARR career search and send out mass copies of their resume to random places. It is extremely important to research a company before applying so that you know what the culture is and if it fits you, as well as to be knowledgeable during interviews etc. it is also very important to treat your internship as an actual career, even if it is unpaid. The harder you work and the more serious you take your job, is what can determine future career opportunities. Never be too shy or embarrassed to ask and receive feedback as well. Employers love it and it ultimately will help sharpen your skills for future employment opportunities.

Reading Response – Maribel Peralta

Once I read the Forbes article it reminded me to make the most out of my internship. Not a lot of people get the opportunity to both work and be able to do an unpaid internship while in college. My sister never got the chance to and it’s a very important feature that recruiters look for in their candidates. When I went to my internship I made sure I treated it as a new opportunity to build new ties.
You can never know how much an opportunity can do for you in the long run. That is why when I attended the interview I made sure I was prepared with questions. There will also be other interns working with me and together I hope we can reach the aim of the company, which is to acquire new business. I think it will be an exciting experience for me to work with a start up. I hope to someday also open up my own business and this is a good way to start learning about how to do just that.
The Atlantic article reinforced some ideas I already had in mind about internships. I will use this information to my advantage and make sure that OI make use of my time while I am there. My sister found a job 2 years after graduating from her career because of the lack in her experience. I find that as of now I have an advantage from the position she was in when she was a recent graduate because I am both current employed full time while attending college and I am also currently in the mix of starting an internship. If I had been smart enough I would have taken my teachers advice when I was in High school and should have volunteered for a good cause.
Moving along, when I read the Business Inside article there where a few points that stood out for me like knowing what it is they want you to do. Having a goal is very important to me. As a marketing coordinator at my previous job I felt lost. I never had a clue what it was my boss wanted me to do, I feel like having objectives to reach will help me stand out because I will be excited when I execute them. Dressing for the part is also crucial for me. Since I’m always dressed casually it is going to be a challenge for me to overcome this and dress for success. I will make sure I do though so that it can elevate their impressing of me. I would to find someone there that I can mirror so that I can standout to them as an intern.

Reading Response- Daryll Jones

These articles were very insightful and I was able to connect it with my current experience at my internship. Two weeks into my program and I have already pushed myself in ways I couldnt have imagined before this. However, I’ve always understood the value of a good work ethic so many of these traits that help interns stand out, I already feel I posses. In the article relating the favorable traits of successful interns, I feel I’ve established and honed in on many of these traits through my several years of work experience and through my college experience. Still, I was surprised to see the difference in qualifications in comparisons to industry for recent college graduate candidates. I, like many Baruch students, want  to work in the business sector so I found it surprising when the industry I worked so hard to become a part of bases most of its hiring decisions on relevant work experience. For many students whose main focus is succeeding academically, I can see how this can be a disadvantage. Many students are taught to believe that in order to be successful post graduation, you should be  academically successful pre-graduation. I found this to be a interesting correlation and one many students aren’t aware of.  Still,  The author cushioned his statement by saying that in order to gain experience one must have the prerequisite of academic excellence. So when thinking of my internship experience, and how I came upon this internship I have yet to see this to be true. As I aforementioned in my last post, This internship was relatively seamless to obtain. It could be part that I had the necessary work experience in order to be taken seriously as a candidate whereas others who  lacked work experience may have experienced a more strenuous recruitment process. Overall, these articles have put things in perspective for me in terms of how executives view  interns. More so how I could turn this internship into a positive full-time opportunity for me in the near future. Currently this is something I hope to achieve and The most helpful article I’ve read in regards to the assignments, would be the 15 habits of successful interns. As this information has confirmed my already Conditioned behavioral patterns.

Reading Response

Sometimes being an intern could be stressful, we want to leave the best impression or even get an offer. Articles like the ones assigned to read, help us to improve our chances and get the best out of this internships.

Jacquelyn Smith gives fifteen advises to leave the best impression to our employers. The one advice that I consider the most is important is “Treat your internship like a real job “. My internship is unpaid, but still, I have to work in projects that are important for the company and can put in Jeopardy  the company’s reputation.

Half of our time in college our worry is our GPA, the reputation of our school or if our major is likable in the workforce. According to The Atlantic article, internship experience is what employers are looking in recent graduates. During my life in college I was more focus in looking for part time job than in internships, something that regret today.

These articles will help to improve my internship experience and motivate me to become a better worker in the future.

Reading Response

A few things stood out to me from the readings.

” Media and communications companies are gaga for internships and uniquely indifferent toward your classes. Health care companies care the most about your major, and white-collar businesses care the most about your GPA. Ironically, education employers care the least about grades.”

I found this quote to almost mirror how these types of students handled school, from personal experience. Those who worked in media were always busy working jobs at all hours and taking classes that didn’t seem as challenging as other majors had. Friends who pursued careers in medicine did nothing but focus on learning about the field they were hoping to pursue a profession in (laboratory work, having the proper science courses, etc), while the white collar business people (financiers, accountancy majors) spent countless hours studying the material in order to pass their classes (in which the professors were always most unhelpful, so often the students had to be self taught). After thinking about it, these hiring patterns make the most sense. Upon being hired to my internship,and attending other interviews, nobody cared about my grades, just my major (to some extent) and also my past work experience. Many employers sited things that I said I did at other jobs (including sales) with interest at how much experience I had doing specific tasks. Not once was a question of what classes I took in college or what kinds of grades I got.

Finally, two of the 3 articles mentioned that even if the work an intern is assigned is “grunt work” to take advantage of being there, most importantly doing your best to network from within the office. The people that work there all know people who work in other companies as well, so even if it doesn’t work out within that company, by having made this connection (either informally or on linkedin), you can have a leg up on the competition elsewhere by making friends. The other day while working at my part time job at Equinox, I met a staff member who knew someone in Viacom, which I would have never imagined I would find in a workplace such as a fitness club. Now, in the future, I have a chance to be introduced to a person who would otherwise not know I exist. Similarly, in my internship at Igluu, I was introduced to people who are in the same field that I am interested in, and they have their own contact list of people that they have met along the way. By making friends with them outside of the office place, I can be introduced to people in outside fields at functions or events – and this can lead to endless possibilities.

Relating the readings to my internship

The Forbes article has a slide show about how to make the most out of your internship. The 6th slide says no matter what, work hard. I cannot agree with that statement more. My one boss, John Neves, went on vacation this past week. So, the week prior John was sort of going crazy with assignments and projects he had to get done so he did not have to worry about it while being away. One on one with him, I asked what he needed of me to help him feel prepared to leave the office for the week. Together we made a list of everything that had to be accomplished, from interviewing student-athletes for stories that had to be written, reaching out to coaches to find out their schedules for the 2017/2018 school year so we can update the schedules on the website, how to tag and upload the photo project correctly, also reaching out to other schools for contracts for match ups for next year. This was a lot of work but we were able to accomplish everything he needed to get done that he turned to me Friday morning when I first got to work and said, “Jules you have been working so hard lately that I actually feel ahead of the game, normally when I leave for vacation I feel like I still have a hundred things to do, but this time we are so far ahead that I am looking forward to enjoying my vacation.” It was a great feeling to hear how happy he was with my progress so early in the internship, and realized how much hard work I can do.

John has already told me a lot about how he got to be in the position he is in now, he told me repeatedly how he has never once been asked what his GPA was in college. He was asked about what classes he took in college, what experience he has had, what internships he did, also what skills he must be good at what the job was he was interviewing for. That is what the Atlantic article said, experience and internships holds a higher weight then GPA. I ask John questions about the field and he gives me honest answers, he is quickly becoming a mentor to me (15 things article)

With my boss John being away this week, he left me with an assignment to do that took me the entire week to finish. While doing this assignment I was also called into help the Athletic Director with many things. I had this one project to do that the Athletic Director really wanted only John to do but my other boss Carrie said, “let’s see if Jules can handle it.” I finished the assignment within 2 hours and it was so well done that the Athletic Director was so pleased, she kept asking me for assistance on other things, things that she would rely on John for. Today, Friday, I finished the main project John gave me. I went to the Athletic Director and asked her if she needed anything from me before I left for the weekend, if she needed anything at all. She told me all the work she needed to do was just work she had to do herself but she appreciates me asking and that she was very happy with my work ethic and that she appreciates all I have done to help the office already. My time management skills were really put to the test this week, making sure I was on time every day, staying after my bosses left, and finishing major assignments. I really am learning a lot with this internship, every day I wake up excited to go learn something new, I cannot wait till I am in the actual field of sports communications.

Reading Response

When I was in the process of getting my internship, I never mentioned or brought up the topic of doing menial things. Since this is my first internship, I was just happy that I found something I would enjoy doing and using that experience to turn into something else. After reading the Forbes article on making the most out of internships, I see the importance of communicating with your supervisor or the people above you about what you really want to focus on during your time in the internship. You want to be doing things that are relevant to the description and in essence, what you want to take from the experience. With Events By Iris, since it’s a very new start up and there aren’t much people involved, I expect for it to include a lot on mundane tasks just because of the lack of resources and fairly recent conception. For the same reasons why it could include many mundane But if things do turn out to be more along the mundane responsibilities, I know there are so many things that I do that will actually have importance; whether it be marketing the company on social media or researching new trendy styles that we can add to our repertoire. But if things are mainly on the “picking up dry cleaning side,” I would relay a message to my boss to see if I can get my hands on much meaningful duties.

For me, reading the Atlantic was kind of scary for me because I am about to graduate college soon and I’m only at my first internship. In the article, it said that “Media and communications companies are gaga for internships and uniquely indifferent toward your classes.” I am hoping to land another internship in the fall but even if I am able to get that, I feel it will still be a long shot to landing a job out of college. It makes sense for this industry and the importance of internships because you can only do so much in a classroom. Yes, you do learn skills and abilities but it is a whole different story trying to implement and exercise what you have learned in the real world. This has motivated me to keep applying and to land more internships which would help me out in the long run.

The Business inside article had a lot of useful tips that I should use during my internship. I think an important one for me will be to practice good time management. Because I will be doing a lot of the social media duties, certain times are great when you want to reach a large group of people. So you have to make sure that all your posts are ready before you actually want to put them out. Another important thing for me is to ask questions. I’m usually the type of person who will try to figure it out on my own, but it doesn’t hurt to ask questions; as the article says, it shows that you are willing to learn. Usually when people ask me to do something, I will say yes so when there is a lot of yes’s, there is also a lot of work to be done. I need to learn that I can’t do everything and make everyone one happy at the same time. I need to be more bold in speaking up for myself but in a way that is respectful.

Past Experiences As an Intern Based on 3 Articles

The first article, by Susan Adams titled “How to Make the Most Of your Internship” roughly explained what I did a couple of weeks ago at Guideposts. I applied as an Editorial Intern and my tasks (based on the job post) consisted of filing, scanning, and organizing. Still, other aspects of the job consisted of editing, proofreading and writing short stories for a specific column in the magazine.

When I first started the internship, the first week consisted of organizing a small library in the back office. I expected this since it was my first week and I still had to familiarize myself with the cultural environment. After my third week, I was getting restless and I needed to do something else. I was tired of filing, scanning and organizing and wanted to write. So, after speaking with my professor, who kindly informed me that I should speak to my supervisor, I got the courage to do so. I went to my supervisor and explained to her that although I know that administrative tasks are a part of the job description, I was wondering when I would be able to write and do the other aspects of the job. I, then, informed my supervisor that I can only work once a week if my job would only be administrative. My supervisor spoke to her boss and because of that conversation, I am now doing editorial work and writing my first story. I am pitching stories to have published and finding quotes for one of the sections in the magazine. If I did not defend my qualifications as a worker and spoke directly to my supervisor about what I thought my internship should be, I would still be organizing books in Guideposts’ library.

I’ve noticed that for most of my internships and past part-time jobs in the Media/Communications field only cared about my experience. Most of the jobs I’ve taken have hired me because of what I did while for other companies. I have never been asked what my GPA was or if I was apart of any extracurricular activities. During interviews, employers see a particular experience in my resume and ask to speak in detail about it. I hope to be able to get a full-time job at the ending of this internship and based on the article titled “The Things Employers Look For When Hiring Recent Graduates” by Derek Thompson, it looks that it may be a possibility.

I must admit, I learned the most from the article titled, “15 Ways To Stand Out As An Intern” by Jacquelyn Smith. I didn’t think my wardrobe would have an impact on how employers viewed me. Shouldn’t my work ethic be the only thing? Keeping tabs on my assignments and socializing has become a norm after having multiple internships. I noticed that when I interact with my co-workers, they become more comfortable with assigning me tasks. They take note of my integrity and dedication, but also appreciate my ability to socialize respectfully. I will take the article into consideration as I continue my internship, especially the wardrobe aspect.