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How to Find an Internship
By Randall on January 23, 2012 7:00 AM | Permalink
Anonymous writes:

I am currently a student looking to find an internship or externship. I know I should target a company and then compose some sort of letter, but I have no idea where to start. Could you give me a few pointers?

The Career Doctor responds:

Now is the perfect time to start searching out internship opportunities for summer. There should be plenty of opportunities for all college students to obtain internships.

How can college students track down internships? Here are the top four sources:

Use your network of friends, family, former bosses/co-workers — everyone you know — to let them know you are interested in an internship this summer. Networking is a great tool for uncovering some hidden opportunities.
Use your college’s resources, including the career services office, the alumni office, and your teachers. All of these folks should be able to provide you multiple internship leads.
Use the Internet. There are quite a few internship Web sites out there, some where you can apply for an internship directly.
Use your imagination. If you have a certain niche or a certain set of companies you would love to intern for, then research those companies and apply for internships either from the company’s Web site or through a mail campaign using a cover letter and resume.
In all cases, once you decide to apply for an internship, please make sure your resume is tailored to each internship opportunity and that your cover letter (in about three to four paragraphs) makes the case that you are the ideal candidate for the internship.

By the way, internships are a MUST for college students who want to have the best employment opportunities upon graduation. Employers want to hire college graduates that already have a proven track record of success.

And, of course, for students who are not exactly sure of their career paths, internships are a great way to get a glimpse of a career path — and help you decide if that career is right for you or not.

Finally, internships are also wonderful opportunities because they grow your skills and employability, expand your network, and may even give you a permanent job offer upon graduation.

Interviews Galore!

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We’re working to upload all the interviews from the summer, but there are just SO many. At a site working to cut down on your information intake, we feel like uploading all of them would overwhelm you. We have interviews from doctors, actors, managers, and many other professions, but we’re not sure which our subscribers need most.

If you take a minute to email us or tweet the interviews you crave most, it would help us help you immensely.

Also, if you send us something we haven’t tried yet, we will try our hardest to find a willing victim- err.. interviewee

UPDATE:

We just figured out how to make this helpful little form for you, so here goes!

Thanks and happy aspiring!

- The iAspire Team

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As school begins for the iAspire Team, we will be taking a short break from posts. We are so grateful for all you subscribers (67 in a month!)

Please keep aspiring and tell your friends. When we return we’ll have more interviews with more professionals and articles for you!

Tell your friends about our little project so that we can get even more love!

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New vs. Old Business

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It is nearly impossible to conduct business the way we did 20 years ago. Too much has changed. Some changes that were good for Mr. Businessman/woman, some that totally screwed them over. The truth is that ‘generation y’ (as we like to call the workforce rising from the ashes of generation x’s shotty planning) cannot rely on the job market to do anything for them. There are very few professions these days that are safe from growing automation and outsourcing. We are now competing not only with people all over the world, but also machines designed to be you, but less whiny. Those of you who read this blog have come to ‘cut the crap’ from success advice and get down to brass tacks (and the plate them in gold). So instead of making you read all the books from our sources we try our hardest to give you the most important bits.

So here’s some tips from Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Work Week, the people who read it and tweaked it, and yours truly.

1 – Feed the Impending Robot Takeover

There are very few tasks that you need a human to do nowadays (sorry secretaries). Automate your day. Google alone can handle your schedule, email, documents etc. The point is to not rely on humans (tied down to one location) and replace them. If you’re not relying on anyone and no one is relying on you- that makes freedom of location. Hopefully the robots will see you as a loyal member of the rebellion and spare your life.

2 – Check mail twice a day

Set up a specific amount of time- around 15 minutes- at a certain time of day- once in the morning and once at night- and stick to it. No cheating. You can also check out 10 Steps to Becoming an Email Ninja in Links we love.

3 – Go on a high information diet

We know Ferriss is the expert, but we say stay knowledgeable. Knowing about current events is a great way to impress people. (Coming soon- The Great Con) You simply need to be able to carry out an adult conversation about politics, business or whatever floats your boat- it’s impressive, it’s a great way to peacock your interpersonal skills and it makes professionals like you.

4 – Find inspiration

You could always head over to our inspiration page

5 – Brainstorm business ideas

We would suggest carrying around a notebook or taking voice memo’s on your cell. Some of the greatest ideas have been improvements on old ones. Be aware of your surroundings- what things are working, what things aren’t and then storm away!

6 – Describe your dreams and set a price tag on it

Working for the sake of working is just ridiculous. You need to have specific goals. They may change a million times, but keep track. There’s a certain confidence that is visible to others when you know exactly what you want, and you know what it takes to get it.

7 – Get a mentor to help you

My mentors are stuffy, dead champions of the legal system, but that doesn’t work for everyone. Dead or alive find someone to emulate. Winston Churchill is my hero, so when I’m faced with something, I think- ‘what would Winston do?’

8 – Try getting a “work from home” day each week

Chances are you will work better because you’ll feel more comfortable taking breaks, you’ll be more relaxed and feel less pressured to ‘look’ like you’re working. Study after study shows that cubicles make work suck. So, the least you can do is ask.

So see how these work for you for now, because the old ways are finished.

Interview with Brad Sahl

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2 Hannover Square 434 Fayetteville St, Suite 2040, Raleigh, NC

Mr. Brad Sahl struck me immediately as one of the good guys. I walked into his office at the tail end of a long day of being brushed off by secretaries. His office is in a building downtown with around 30 other lawyers, many of them criminal defense lawyers like himself. His office was more welcoming than the others with a jar of candy on the front desk and pictures of his children in every place possible. He agreed to an interview on the spot, again proving him to be a different breed of lawyer. He threw me off guard with his direct manner; I felt like I was being cross-examined rather than the other way around.

What factor do you think contributed the most to your becoming a lawyer and your success?

Mr. Sahl relayed a story of his sophomore year in college when he had an internship with the District Attorney’s office in Philadelphia. The District Attorney, William Heiman,  was a friend of the family. Mr. Sahl added later that this man was one of his greatest influences and role-models. He said that the desire and drive to become a lawyer was the greatest contributor to him eventually doing so, confirming what we often hear: you have to want it.

What are the most important skills for a lawyer to have?

Mr. Sahl listed “analytic reasoning, interpersonal skills, a good work ethic, and strong writing abilities” as key skills for the job. When I pressed him specifically on writing, he agreed with the majority saying that being able to write clearly and effectively was a big part of his job.

What are the best opportunities and resources available for aspiring attorneys?

“Internships at a law firm or public agency or talking with someone in practice” were the resources Sahl cited. He told me that at my age he had wanted to be a District Attorney, like his mentor, but he ended up becoming a criminal defense lawyer after time practicing insurance law.

What is a lawyer’s obligation to their community given a lawyers role in our system as the guardian of people’s rights?

Mr. Sahl pressed me to make my question more direct so I asked him if there were any moral repercussions of defending who society considers the bad guys. The moment the question left my mouth I regretted my forwardness. However, Mr. Sahl answered as if he had been asked this before. He saw no moral consequences. He said “it’s the job of the prosecutor to tell one side of the story, it’s my job to tell the other”. “The prosecutor often turns people into actions, if you rob someone- you’re a robber. I look at the big picture” he continued.

With a bit of research I found that Mr. Sahl is running for District Court. I found, in his statements, a bit more on the topic of judicial equality.

          “I believe in fair justice for all. I believe that legal proceedings should be        administered with the utmost fairness to all parties involved. As Judge, I will listen carefully to all evidence presented and will apply that evidence to all relevant laws. I will work diligently to follow this course of action in every case, regardless of who the affected parties may be.”

How do you feel about the stereotype of lawyers as sleazy or unethical?

Sahl felt that it was an unfair stereotype. He said that there are very few unethical lawyers and that most lawyers are decent people. I asked him about how lawyers treat each other after hours, especially those who work on opposing sides of the aisle. He said “relationships shouldn’t be affected, you can’t take it personally. There’s your job and your obligation and they have theirs”. I’m not totally convinced that most lawyers play by the rules. While I doubt Mr. Sahl lives in some jaded world of naiveté, where all lawyers play nice, maybe Raleigh law just isn’t that vicious.

Either way, Brad Sahl impressed me with his personable manner and direct way of making you say what you mean. He’s definitely one of the good guys, genuinely interested in pursuing the most just and honest interpretation of the law. He certainly has my vote in his pursuit of the district court office. He stands as an example of how to play by the rules- and win.

Welcome!

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This is not just a blog; it’s a project attempting to offer aspiring professionals real, proven success tips.

We’re going around the United States interviewing professionals so that you, reader, can find out what really works.

Right now we only have a section on law and government, but we’re looking for aspiring doctors, businessmen or women or any other aspirers to write for us.

Hopefully you’ll find or advice and tips helpful because we’ve inherited a pretty tough job market and we’ll need all the help we can get.

Happy Aspiring!

- The iAspire Team

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