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Posted July 08, 2014 by

How Can Law School Graduates Obtain Law Work Experience?

Smiling female law school graduate in university library, holding degree, diploma, or certificate

Smiling female law school graduate in university library, holding degree, diploma, or certificate. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

It is a fact that in most of the jurisdictions, the license is a must to give legal opinions and represent clients in court of law. As the legal industry is frequently firmly regulated, acquiring particular experience of lawyer work can be quite tricky. There are some jurisdictions that still allow legal apprenticeships, where an individual can work with the guidance of a lawyer who has a license, performing different duties that a legal representative would perform. In its place, there are many jurisdictions that require future attorneys to attend a law school and get knowledge about the actual lawyer’s work through internship programs, supervised clinics, and other means like work positions made available to graduate students while they are looking for license. (more…)

Posted April 29, 2014 by

8 Tips for Employers Who Use Unpaid Interns

Amy Conway

Amy Conway

By Amy Conway, Associate, Stinson Leonard Street

With summer finally around the corner, employers who utilize interns should review their internship programs to ensure compliance with applicable wage and hour laws. The vast majority of interns in the private sector qualify as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and need to be paid accordingly.

The Department of Labor’s Six-Factor Test

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) uses a six-factor test for determining whether an intern is exempt from the FLSA or, conversely, is an employee subject to the FLSA’s protections. While the DOL notes that the intern/employee question “depends upon all of the facts and circumstances” of the program, it also takes the position that all six criteria must be met in order for an intern to fall outside the parameters of the FLSA: (more…)

Posted April 01, 2014 by

5 Tips to Find a Paid Internship in College

Smiling female intern holding a laptop outdoors

Smiling female intern holding a laptop outdoors. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

You’ve hit your junior or senior year of college and now you’re looking at the job market you’re graduating into. The market may look intimidating for a new graduate, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that 12.6 percent of 2011’s class remains unemployed. However, the National Association of Colleges and Employers finds that 30 percent of businesses hiring new grads pull them from their internship programs. Internships give you needed experience in your field without having to compete with people who have years of experience on you. They allow you to network with the movers and shakers in your field, and they give you hands-on experience in your field of choice. In addition to these advantages, paid internships financially compensate you alongside the college credit. Instead of working food service or retail while you attend school, a paid internship gives you the chance to do what you love while putting money in your pocket. Start your internship search by hunting down all of the paid opportunities available. (more…)

Posted December 26, 2013 by

Jen Bernasconi’s Presentation at #truCollegeRecruiter NYC: How Decentralized Organizations Should Centralize Their Internship Programs

The #truCollegeRecruiter NYC conference was hosted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Times Square, New York headquarters of EY (formerly Ernst & Young) and organized by niche job board and #tru recruiting event planners.

The conference brought together about 100 hiring managers, recruiters, and other human resource professionals who wanted to share best practices and learn from each other about how to more efficiently and effectively hire and manage college and university students and recent graduates. (more…)

Posted November 06, 2013 by

Internship Finder, Earn Yourself a Full-Time Job

As an internship finder, you have the opportunity to impress your employer and potentially land a full-time job within the company.  How can you achieve this goal?  The following post shares some advice.

Featured: Not Featured This is a guest post by Anna Hicks. An internship is an excellent way to gain valuable work experience, learn how to handle yourself in a corporate setting, and — when you start applying for different career opportunities — internship experience can impress future employers. read more

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Posted September 25, 2013 by

Recruiters, Are You Struggling to Find Top Talent for Entry Level Jobs at Career Fairs? 7 Mistakes You’re Making

Recruiters interested in finding college students for entry level jobs during in-person career fairs should be careful to avoid seven mistakes highlighted in the following post.

Did you know Brazen helps employers host their own virtual open houses and recruiting events? Learn how your company can connect with top talent online! Simply filling a booth at a college career fair doesn’t promise you the interest of talented soon-to-be graduates. Even so, on-location career fairs are still one of the top recruiting and hiring

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Posted July 31, 2013 by

Are unpaid internships coming to an end?

Female business intern holding a clipboard

Female business intern holding a clipboard. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Consider these three interrelated pieces of prevailing wisdom:

1.    It’s a competitive job market.
2.    Gaining experience to put on your resume can help you get a job.
3.    Unpaid internships may put a strain on your finances, but will help your career in the long run.

Each year, approximately half a million career-builders work as unpaid interns with the hope of future career growth, while businesses reap the free benefits of motivated workers eager to impress.

But don’t resign yourself to becoming one of those thousands quite yet: A recent court decision has opened the question of whether unpaid internships will become a relic of the past. (more…)

Posted July 08, 2013 by

Internship Programs Not Only Provide Jobs for College Students, But Also High School Students

In addition to internships being jobs for college students, opportunities also exist for those in high school.  In the following post, find out what some high schools are doing to keep an eye on their internship programs.

Featured: Not Featured We’ve all heard the chatter about unpaid versus paid internships over the past few weeks. Internship programs at companies of all sizes have been put into question. Are these internship experiences legal? Are these companies providing structured opportunities? Who is looking after the students? We just launched our Intern Queen


How High School’s Are Staying On Top Of Internship Programs

Posted February 28, 2012 by

Intern Hiring Expected to Increase 12% This Summer

Employers expect to hire more college students for summer internships this year, according to a new study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Employers taking part in NACE’s 2012 Internship & Co-op Survey report plans to increase internship hires by 8.5 percent over last year and nearly all expect to pay their interns.

Marilyn Mackes of the National Association of Colleges and Employers“This reflects the focus of these internship programs,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director. “Employers taking part in the survey use their internship programs to feed their full-time hiring efforts; as a result, they pay their interns to ensure the best talent pool possible.” (more…)

Posted December 30, 2008 by

Tools and Tips for Hiring Great People in Any Economy

In a previous post, I wrote about the importance of hiring great people during a recession. Every expert who repsonded to my query agreed that it’s important to hire great people whether the economy is up or down, but that during a down economy, companies are less able to afford the costs involved in replacing candidates who fell short of employers’ expectations.
One of the experts who responded to my query was Dr. Robert Kinsel-Smith, author of “Discover Your Blind Spots,” a book that “provides tools and advice on how to find great people.”
Here are a few tips Dr. Smith offers for finding the highest quality entry level job candidates:
A. Have your interviews put the candidates to the test – don’t have them be controlled environments but ones where how they perform under stress is demonstrated.
B. From the person’s past determine if this is a person who attracts successful people – great people attract successful people, weak people attract people who are mediocre.
C. Use a tool like ZeroRiskHR‘s hiring tool – which helps direct the interview process and uncovers potential pitfalls for each candidate.
Finding great employees is a difficult task, but starting early might help a little, regardless of what the economy is doing. Companies that offer internship programs can stack the deck in their favor by hiring the best interns and making sure they have challenging, rewarding and interesting internship experiences. By cultivating great interns, the companies increase their odds of hiring great recent graduates for entry level jobs.
Since not all the jobs that companies offer are entry level and employers still need to know how to discern great candidates from average candidates, Dr. Smith suggests looking for the following characteristics:
A. Great performers want to work with and for this person
B. They are teachable and continually growing
C. They don’t confuse words with actions – realizing that actions and outcomes are the basis of success
D. They have their areas of responsibility under control, they secure desire results, and they make their bosses’ jobs easier.
The economy won’t stay bad forever, but having the best possible employees on staff while it is will certainly make getting through it a lot easier to manage.