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Posted March 13, 2018 by

Need a summer internship? Q&A with expert career counselors

 

For students and grads who are looking for a summer internship, we pulled together some great advice from our friends Vicky Oliver, Author of “301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions,” and Joanne Meehl, “The Resume Queen”® and “The Job Search Queen”® at  Joanne Meehl Career Services. They answered some questions from internship seekers, including where to start, what to do if you live in a small town, whether to consider unpaid internships, how to handle time off and more.

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Posted February 13, 2017 by

Don’t ask, “Do we have to pay interns?” The answer is always yes.

 

A common question in the space of college recruitment and talent acquisition is, “Should interns be paid?” Sometimes, unfortunately, the variation is “Do we have to pay interns?” In fact, there are over 7.4 million Google search results for that latter question, with the No. 1 hit typically being this ProPublica article asking “When is it OK not to pay an intern?” However, I look at it from the other side. In short: you should and need to pay interns. 

First of all, paying interns is a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) issue. In the broadest terms, government and non-profits do not need to pay interns, whereas for-profit companies do need to pay interns. The U.S. Department of Labor actually developed six criteria for determining whether an intern can work unpaid. (You can find everything on the sexily-titled “U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet Number 71.”)

The fourth criterion is worded as “… the employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern …”

As College Recruiter president Steven Rothberg puts it, “I defy anyone to provide an example of an internship designed to deliver absolutely zero value to the employer.”

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Posted May 13, 2014 by

Internship Finder, How Much Longer Will Unpaid College Internships be Available?

If you’re an internship finder, understand that a paid or unpaid internship can give you valuable experience.  However, will unpaid internships continue?  Learn more in the following post.

The unpaid college internship, which reigned supreme over the past decade as the way to secure a job after graduation, may soon be disappearing. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, both employers and colleges are starting to rethink their internship policies. In light of several high-profile lawsuits brought by former interns (including

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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 January 17, 2014 by

Internships That Will Help You Begin Your Career

Green internship road sign with arrow pointing up

Green internship road sign with arrow pointing up. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As John Challenger pointed out in a previous post, Job Seekers Increasingly Optimistic About Job Market, the available career prospects are really looking up. While people are convinced that new careers are just around the corner, we still have to face the fact that 36 percent of the people interviewed for the 2014 study mentioned in that post had been unemployed for at least a year. This means that, even though the job market is getting stronger, the competition for jobs is still going to be fierce. (more…)

Posted July 30, 2013 by

Can’t Find an Entry Level Job or Paid Internship at the Moment? What About an Unpaid Internship?

If you have recently graduated from high school or college and are struggling to find an entry level job or paid internship, think about taking an unpaid internship.  The following post shares some thoughts on these opportunities.

Featured: Featured One of our Twitter followers, @BrokeMillennial , wrote this article on unpaid internships and “working for free” and asked for my thoughts on the subject. This prompted me to share a few thoughts on unpaid internships: read more

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A Few Thoughts On Unpaid Internships

Posted June 19, 2013 by

63.2% Graduate With Experience Due To Completion of Internship or Co-op

Marilyn Mackes of the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Marilyn Mackes of NACE

Nearly two-thirds of graduating seniors from the Class of 2013 took part in an internship or a cooperative education assignment during their years pursuing a bachelor’s degree, according to results of a survey of college students by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

NACE’s 2013 Student Survey found that 63.2 percent of graduating seniors from the Class of 2013 reported having taken part in an internship, co-op, or both.

“This represents the highest overall participation rate since we began tracking this with the Class of 2007,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director. (more…)

Posted November 02, 2012 by

60% of Paid Interns Received At Least One Job Offer

2012 NACE Student Survey infographicMuch has been written over the years about the difficulty recent college graduates have in finding career-related employment and, in many cases, any employment at all.

A recently released survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers demonstrates the wide disparity between college grads who didn’t start applying for jobs until they graduates versus those who applied for jobs prior to graduation versus those who completed at least one internship or co-op position prior to graduation versus those who completed a paid internship or co-op position. (more…)

Posted October 24, 2012 by

4 Best Practices to Promote Your Image As A Great Place To Work

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One of the most frequent topics for discussion at recruiting conferences is employer branding. Employers large and small have come to understand that their employer brand is separate from their business-to-consumer, business-to-business, or business-to-government brands. And for organizations with multiple products or services, each of those brands is separate from their employer brands as well.

Every employer wants to be known as a “great” place to work. Not every employer is. If you aren’t, don’t try to pretend you are as you’ll do more harm than good as now you’ll be known for lying in addition to whatever other negative issues may exist. So fix whatever problems you have until you truly are a great place to work and then promote that image to the students and recent graduates you most want to hire.

NACE’s 2012 Student Survey offers four excellent suggestions for how you can boost your recruiting according to the preferences of the college students your organization is recruiting: (more…)

Posted August 28, 2012 by

Why employers need to balance their needs with those of the candidates during the hiring process

Filling out job applicationRecruiters and hiring managers who are trying to attract the best talent to their organizations for premium entry level jobs and paid internships can be in for a tough, long process. They often need to sift through dozens of applications, then conduct a series of interviews to get to typically two or three highly qualified finalists.

Hiring is never easy and can often take a very long time, but taking too long or rushing it too much can be very detrimental both to the candidate and the employer. Successful employers do a lot of things right, including these: (more…)