Trying to find an internship? Looking for a job? Whether you are near a computer or on the go, a great place to begin your search is by accessing College Central Network (CCN) – NOVA’s online job board system.
The following are some benefits of using the system.
- Search for jobs and other opportunities posted exclusively to NOVA. Take a look at many local positions available now.
- Search for jobs on CCN’s Jobs Central® national job board. The job board contains over 500,000 opportunities from unique sources.
- Check out CCN’s Intern Central® national internship board to search for internships.
- Build a new resume with the Resume Builder feature.
- Upload your resume and make it searchable to employers.
- Check out over 1,000 career articles written by industry professionals.
- View career videos and listen to over 25 career advice podcasts on topics including resume basics, interviewing, and personal branding.
- Browse and sign-up for upcoming workshops, programs, and events at NOVA and in the surrounding area.
Don’t delay – follow the steps below to begin using the system.
- Access College Central Network
- Select Students
- Follow on screen instructions
Contact Career and Experiential Learning Services if you are unable to access the system.
While it seems like just yesterday (okay, so more like 13 years ago) I was an intern at Neiman Marcus in Las Vegas, the lessons I learned and experiences I had a during that pivotal time in my college and professional career are crystal clear. Here are some tips that will help make your internship a success:
- Set goals. Having personal and professional goals can help you make the most of your summer, stay on track, and know if you have achieved what you set out to do.
- Ask questions. An internship is a learning process and you may need to seek clarification along the way.
- Participate in all intern and company activities that you are invited to. It’s a great way to meet fellow interns and people at the company who are investing their time in your experience.
- Share your ideas. People want to know what you think, so speak up!
- If you finish your work, ask for more. By taking initiative, you may end up with an awesome project or learning experience.
- Pack your lunch. You’ll save money and calories. It’s absolutely fine to join your colleagues and treat yourself to lunch every once in a while, but you will thank yourself at the end of the summer if you don’t blow your paychecks on takeout sushi.
- Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. Always be sure to follow the dress code. Make sure your clothes are clean, neat, and pressed
- Get a good night’s rest. If you’re used to going to bed at 2 a.m., the sound of the alarm at 6 a.m. is going to be a rude awakening (literally and figuratively). No one at your workplace will care if you’re tired, so don’t look or act tired.
- Consider your internship a three-month interview. This is your opportunity to make the most of each day with the potential of getting a job offer at the end.
- Ask people if you can be of help to them. You might think you don’t have a lot to offer, but perhaps one of your colleagues has a child that is considering your university and would love to hear your perspective.
- Explore the city…and the food. If you’re in Cleveland, don’t miss the West Side Market and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. St. Louis is famous for fried ravioli. In Houston, be sure to try the BBQ.
- Exercise. Take a brisk walk, ride a bike, run, do yoga! Do whatever you like, just get moving!
- Drink water. That’s what the water coolers are for! Eight 8-ounce glasses day is what’s recommended, but if that sounds like a lot, just start with a couple glasses a day. It also helps to get a water bottle that you really like.
- If you make a mistake, acknowledge it, find a way to fix it, and move on. Don’t make excuses.
- Connect with alumni from your school. Use your university’s alumni club. Tap into the LinkedIn Find Alumni tool.
- Check in regularly with your parents, family members, and friends and let them know how your internship is going….they will appreciate it.
- Say please. It’s amazing how many people will be willing to help you if you ask nicely.
- Follow all computer rules and lock your computer when you step away from your desk. Also, if your company has a social media policy, refrain from posting on Facebook during work hours.
- Ask for feedback. Some supervisors will be good at giving you positive and constructive feedback, while others may be less forthcoming. If they know it’s important to you, they may be more likely to give it.
- Avoid office gossip. If someone talks about others to you, they are probably talking about you to others.
- Pay attention to your experiences, reflect on them, and jot down a few notes. Your worst on-the-job experience may someday be your best interview story. The trick is remembering all the details.
- Wear sunscreen. Seriously
- Be present and enjoy the experience!
- Keep in touch. Don’t wait until you need something to e-mail your former supervisor. Send an e-mail every once in a while to check in and let them know how you’re doing.
- Thank people and let them know how they impacted your life and career. A handwritten note is a very nice touch.
Article written by Sarah Steenrod, Director of Undergraduate Career Consultation and Programs, in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.
Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
We know that recruiters looking for candidates to hire for their organizations want college graduates who are a proper fit for their culture and industry. But, without being hired full time, how can you demonstrate that you can perform at a high level on the job?
The best way to impress potential employers during your job search is to gain and highlight relevant work experience.
Nearly all of the employers taking part in the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) Job Outlook 2015 survey said they prefer to hire job candidates who have work experience. Relevant work experience is preferred by almost 75 percent of employers. On the other side, fewer than 5 percent of employers said experience didn’t factor into their decision when hiring new college graduates. Six in 10 employers say they prefer work experience gained through an internship or co-op experience.
For college students, relevant experience is typically gained through internships. In fact, an internship can be your way to get your “foot in the door” to a job with many employers.
Simply put, employers are looking for evidence that you can do the job; the internship provides you with that evidence. Be sure to visit the career services office for guidance on internships that can support your career goals.
Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
An internship allows you to test your career objectives, helps you identify your talents, and directs you toward an appropriate career, while helping you acquire essential practical and professional skills you need in the business world. It also lets you see how well you fit into a specific company’s culture. But finding an internship takes some preparation. Before setting out to find an internship, ask yourself these questions:
- Where do I want to do an internship? My hometown? Out-of-state?
- What type of work would I like to do? In what field?
- What type of organization would I like to do an internship for?
- What do I want to gain from an internship? What specific skills or experiences do I want to acquire?
After you’ve answered these questions, you’re ready to start searching for internships. Here are some suggestions for locating internship opportunities:
- Check out College Central Network (CCN) – NOVA’s online internship and job database for students. Through the database you can learn about internship opportunities with local companies as well as connect to a national internship board. Did you know it may be possible to earn college credit for an internship? Visit this website to learn more.
- Attend job fairs. Employers often use fairs to identify students for internships as well as for full-time employment. View the “Upcoming Events and Programs” and the “Announcements” sections of CCN to learn about upcoming, local job fairs.
- Network. Talk with friends, family, co-workers, supervisors, instructors, administrators, and professionals in your field of study, and let them know you are searching for an internship.
Applying for an internship
Each employer has its own application process. Does the company want you to apply online? What is the deadline? What will the employer need from you to make your application complete? Start the process early. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Create your resume.
- Write a cover letter, if required.
- Utilize the resume builder and Job Search Kit in CCN to create your resume and cover letter.
- Work with a NOVA career counselor to discuss internship opportunities, have your resume and cover letter critiqued, and discuss tips and strategies for getting the most out of an internship.
Choosing an internship
Your final task is to select the internship opportunity that is the best match for you. Review your goals for doing an internship and choose the opportunity that best meets those goals. An internship offers many benefits, including:
- Valuable experience. Many employers want to hire people who have experience and can step into the job and be productive right from the start.
- Information. An internship will help you make contacts, get ideas, and learn about the field.
- Practical application. You will have the chance to apply theories learned in the classroom to a real-world setting. When you return to the classroom after your internship, you will better understand the many nuances of business operations that relate to the theories you study.
- In many cases, an internship can lead to a job offer.
Original article by Amy Marie Charland and Mary Ann Lawson. Modified by Christy Jensen. Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.