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Posted June 17, 2016 by

2 ways to build a professional network in college

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Going to college not only gives you the opportunity to further your education but also to meet new people. As you are pursuing your college degree, focus on making quality contacts. For example, developing relationships with other college students is smart in case you forget a homework assignment or need a study buddy. Those relationships can become friendships, and when it’s time to find an internship or an entry-level job, your new friends may know someone in their networks who can help you.

College is also a great opportunity to build a professional network. Getting to know other college students, and faculty and staff helps you establish relationships that can be beneficial for your job search. Bruce Harpham, Founder of Projectmanagementhacks.com, offers two tips for building a professional network in college.

1-Read the alumni newsletter or magazine, and contact graduates you read about. Many colleges have a magazine or newsletter that shares alumni news. Practice reading the publication and contact graduates you read about to ask about their businesses and careers. For example, the Ohio State Alumni magazine is published six times per year. Take two hours on a quiet afternoon to read previous issues.

2-Make the most of campus events. Many colleges and universities invite authors, business leaders, and others to visit and give presentations. Make the most of these events by sitting in the front row (or as close as you can get), taking notes, and then asking a question during the Q&A session. This is a great way to make connections.”

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Bruce Harpham, Founder of Projectmanagementhacks.com

Bruce Harpham, Founder of Projectmanagementhacks.com

Bruce Harpham is the Founder of Projectmanagementhacks.com, a career development resource, and freelance writer. Bruce’s writing has appeared in CIO, InfoWorld, CSO, ProjectManagement.com, and other publications. Bruce lives in Toronto, Canada.

Posted June 11, 2016 by

10 summer internship opportunities for 2016

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Do you imagine yourself with your own business or want to improve your skills? The best way to become a shark in any industry or business is to gain experience through a summer internship with top world companies and organizations.

Internships in Europe or USA’s top companies can help you to get skills you never had before. After the program, you will return to your home country with a backpack full of knowledge and skills. In this article, we’ve collected a list of 10 summer internship opportunities in the U.S. and abroad for 2016-2017 that may catch your interest.

U.S. Embassy in London and Paris – Internship in International Relations

Generally, U.S. Embassy’s Internship in IR is an unpaid program. Nevertheless, they offer a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship for students majoring in international affairs. This fellowship provides a $5000 grant to one intern at each U.S. embassy abroad. Start with interning at the U.S. Department of State, and you will have a chance to land the Fellowship. But don’t be upset if you didn’t get the grant; interning at the Embassy could give you a perfect ability to start your international career and gain positive experience in your field. This is not just an ability to work at the embassy; it’s a chance to become a part of something really important.

The World Bank – Internships in Economics, Finance, and other related fields

This summer internship program provides learning and first-hand experience to students and junior career professionals. Interns generally admit significant improvement of their skills and gain positive experience while working in a diverse environment. To be eligible, you must have an undergraduate degree and major in one of the following fields: economics, finance, education, social studies, or agriculture. Professional experience and fluency in foreign languages will be advantageous for your application. The Bank pays salaries to all interns and provides an allowance to travel expenses (on the individual basis). Located in Washington, D.C., the World Bank offers a training of four weeks minimum in duration.

KONE – internships in IT, Engineering, Business and Law

KONE is the global leader in the elevator and escalator industry and well-known for its solutions for modernization and maintenance of urban buildings. KONE offers various traineeships and internships in its units around the globe and can be an excellent starting point for entry-level professionals. The company looks for cooperation with senior students and gives the opportunity to write thesis assignments together with KONE’s professional mentors. This cooperation will complement your theoretical education and provide you with valuable industry insights.

Goldman Sachs – Internship in Financial Markets

Goldman Sachs provides you with an internship as a summer internship analyst. You can participate and intern almost everywhere you like as their offices are located all across the Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Despite that the program has no specific or strict requirements, any academic achievements would be advantageous for you. Interning in Goldman Sachs, you have a chance to get a full-time job position after you finish your summer internship.

H&M – internships in Business, Engineering

For those who love fashion, you may like this internship program. H&M offers an internship at their headquarters in Sweden. Participation can be a bit competitive, and you have to submit your application a year before you plan to intern. But imagine six weeks living abroad and working at one of the most successful companies in the modern world. That’s worth the effort, right?

Projects Abroad– Internship in Journalism

If you are looking for non-paid, but ultra useful, challenging yet really rewarding experience, you should try to participate at a Projects Abroad. This company offers two types of an internships: a Print journalism and a Broadcast placement. A Print journalism provides you with a job at a certain newspaper or magazine of a local community while a Broadcast placement will provide you with a job on the TV or a radio station. Together with hands-on industry experience, you get the opportunity to intern and travel the world – Projects Abroad has its offices in many countries, including Argentina, China, India, Jamaica, and Romania.

KPMG – Internship in Finance

This company looks for interns interested in finance and economics. The KPMG provides work with audit, advisory, and taxes in diverse spheres of business. The biggest advantage of this summer internship is that the corporation will cover all expenses of an intern, including flights and medical insurance. KPMG can become a perfect starting point for financial enthusiasts.

IAESTE – internships in technical fields

IAESTE is a worldwide company with many internship programs in engineering, computer sciences, architecture, and other technical fields. These internships are hosted in more than 80 countries around the world. There are no special requirements for candidates. However, if you know the local language, it will be much easier to adjust in a new environment. IAESTE internship gives its participants an opportunity to obtain new skills, get practical experience, and establish a vast network of potential partners.

Deloitte – Internship in Business

With Deloitte, you can intern in Brazil, China, Spain, Sweden, or Turkey. The internship opportunities are open to both freshman and senior students. Together with Deloitte professionals, all interns will explore peculiarities of the modern workplace and global markets and foster business relationships with leading experts in the industry. Note that prior to going abroad, the company will ask you attend a special two-weeks training session in your home country.

Gap Medics Ltd – internship in Medicine and Dental fields

It’s not a paid summer internship, but it is a unique opportunity to gain perfect experience. This is a big international company that provides students of medicine and dental majors with an opportunity to improve their critical and soft skills while travelling in one of the most beautiful parts of our world. You can become an intern in Croatia, Poland, and Thailand or in the Caribbean. The Gap Medics Ltd offers programs in Spanish and English that enables more students to have practice in their field. Also, during the internship, you will be able to address all your issues or questions to company’s support team that operates 24/7.

Hope this information will help you find a perfect internship for the summer. The business world has many opportunities for you to improve your skills and intern abroad during the summer; just believe in yourself.

Emma Rundle, guest writer

Emma Rundle, guest writer

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Emma Rundle is a student, blogger and freelance writer for Eduzaurus. In Emma’s opinion, one of the primary goals in life is helping people, especially students.

Posted September 26, 2014 by

Interviewing for an Entry Level Job? Prepare to Take Control

As a candidate heading into an interview for an entry level job, you understand the importance of preparation.  This includes things such as doing your research, reviewing your resume, laying out your attire, etc.  However, there is another thing to prepare for and that is to take control of the interview.  Wait, aren’t you supposed to be intimidated of the interviewer(s)?  While the answer might seem to be yes, it does not have to be.  Here are a few ways to take control of your next interview. (more…)

Posted September 05, 2014 by

College Graduates, Looking for More Interaction on LinkedIn Concerning Jobs? How to Get Better Results

When searching for jobs on LinkedIn, college graduates can gain more interaction by focusing on their value.  Learn how they can get better results on the site in the following post.

Maybe you’re falling short of your expectations on LinkedIn. Maybe the calls and email aren’t flooding in. And that is 100 percent normal. The fact is, most people who view your profile are not ready to call you, email you, or buy what you are selling after just one look at your profile. Which means the goal

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Posted July 30, 2014 by

Want to Find an Internship in Los Angeles? 5 New Opportunities to Consider

If you want to find an internship in Los Angeles (aka LALA land), check out five new opportunities in the following post.

Featured: Featured Are you looking for an internship in the exciting, bustling city of LA? We have unique new opportunities going up ever day — we’ve put together a list of the top 5 LA-based internships on our site this week. Apply NOW!read more

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Posted April 23, 2014 by

About to Graduate? Career Advice Heading into Your Search for Recent Graduate Jobs

If you are about to graduate from school, check out the following post, which offers some advice as you head into your search for recent graduate jobs.

As the next crop of fresh new graduates get ready to launch themselves into the world, I thought about the words of wisdom I would impart to help them navigate their early career. (Hopefully, they would be listening, too!) So if I could provide time travel career advice to not only my

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Posted April 14, 2014 by

5 LinkedIn Mistakes that Will Hurt Your Search for Recent Graduate Jobs

Are you searching for recent graduate jobs on LinkedIn?  If so, be sure to avoid five mistakes in the following post that will hurt your search.

If you have a LinkedIn account, you might think you’re all set on the platform used most by recruiters to find both active and passive candidates… But most of of you are not. Statistically speaking, you are making these five mistakes on your profile that make it far more difficult to be found by a potential employer

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Posted April 08, 2014 by

Are You Networking about Jobs for College Students? 7 Ways to See If There is Value in Your Network

If you are networking as part of your search for jobs for college students, the following post shares seven ways to see if your network is providing value to you.

The phrase ‘good old boys’ has signified a club where big decisions are made behind closed doors or on the golf course. The boys club has historically had the dark side of being exclusive and only male; no girls allowed. Yet, they did one thing right. Men not only valued action on behalf of each other, it was

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Posted April 01, 2014 by

Preparing to Interview for Jobs for Recent College Graduates? Do Your Research

When preparing to interview for jobs for recent college graduates, make sure you do your research.  The following post can help you plan how to do so.

My perspective was completely wrong. I had been focusing all of my energy into my look, maximizing my interview personality skills and optimizing my resume… In short, I failed to make the interview about me, instead of them! To make that monumental change in my approach, I learned extensive research was required… a process around understanding both the company

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Posted March 13, 2014 by

Why are Entry Level Jobs. . .

I know this title about entry level jobs is vague, but that’s for a reason.  When it comes to your job search or your job, Google might just have the answer you are looking for thanks to auto-fills.  So, what does Google say when the phrase “why are entry level jobs” is typed in its search engine?  That you can find out on your own time.  In the following post, learn what comes up from other career related keyword phrases.

The world recently learned three things about Google: 1. CEO Eric Schmidt received $106 million in bonuses in 2013. Maybe that’s because the company’s sales reached $16.9 billion in the fourth quarter of last year ALONE. 2. You can now add Google Glass hardware to actual prescription eyeglass frames. 3. When you type common career questions

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