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I Want To:

Internship Madness idea poll for March 26th!

Results:

  • LinkedIn 79% - Videos 21%.
  • Join student groups 68% - Study Abroad 32%.

Group 1

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional networking site similar to Facebook but focused on professional connections rather than social friends.  To get the most out of LinkedIn, create a complete profile and join groups related to your career field.  You can also join the UAlbany Alumni and the University at Albany Career Services LinkedIn groups.  Join in the discussion and connect with other members of the group.  Always use a personalized message when you request a connection in LinkedIn.  Introduce yourself and tell why you want to connect.

Submit a video

Description provided by Yvette Boafo ‘14
One way to get an internship is by submitting a video to potential employers.  With technology advancements throughout the years, it has become fairly easy to make a brief (under a minute) video that will sell you to employers.  This will give them a better chance to get to know you, and give you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills/abilities.  The video can be creative, showing them a fun yet professional side that you may not be able to exemplify during interviews.

Group 2

Join a student group

Joining a student group is a great way to network and make contacts with other students . . . and there’s a lot of informal idea swapping that can lead to making important connections.  Joining student groups and organizations helps develop communication and leadership skills, and always looks good on a resume.  Employers think that students who are engaged and active in clubs and organizations will be engaged and active as employees.  MyInvolvement is the place to go to look into the more than 200 student groups on campus.

Study abroad

UAlbany Study Abroad programs offer many opportunities to learn about a variety of countries and cultures.  You might be surprised to find out that participating in a study abroad experience is oftentimes no more expensive than staying on campus.  Study abroad experiences help develop not only communication skills but also those skills that are necessary to have in a more globalized business world.  More and more study abroad programs are offering experiential opportunities to complement the academic component.