How One Owl Navigated her Interview to Land an Internship

 The Career Center caught up with junior Adult and Organizational Development major Shayne Carson this past week to learn more about how she landed her internship with Target. Shayne first heard about the internship opportunity at the Fall University-Wide Job and Internship Fair. Read on to learn more about how she landed her internship.

Shayne found her internship at the last Job and Internship Fair. She recommends checking out the job fairs this week too!


What is your major and year?

Adult and Organizational Development, Junior graduating May 2019

What will be your internship experience for Summer 2018?

Store Executive Team Leader (Assistant Manager) Internship at Target Corporation. It’s a paid 10 week rotation during the summer to provide a realistic full-time job preview and leadership development by providing the opportunity to learn the business, core roles of an ETL. The first 5 weeks is training through shadowing other Executive Team Leaders, and the next 5 weeks I will be responsible as the store’s “Lead on Duty” and run operations of the store.

How did you learn about the internship at Target?

I attended Temple’s Job and Internship Fair in October 2017 where I met a Store Team Leader (General Manager) and learned more about the role of the internship.

From the time you submitted your application, how long was it until you were called for an interview and informed that you were hired?

I had left my resume with the recruiters from Target at the internship fair in early October. By mid-November I received an email inviting me to officially apply for the position, and had my first interview in the beginning of December. I had three rounds of interviews that took place between December and first week of January.  I was informed I was hired the second week of January.

Tell us more about the interview, how was it formatted?

I had an initial phone screening, two phone interviews, and one FaceTime interview.

All of my interview rounds consisted of behavioral-based questions, where they were looking for me to describe the situation, then the behavior or action I took within the situation, and finally, the outcome. It consisted of questions such as, “Tell me about a time you recognized a process that wasn’t working, and what did you do to change it?” The questions they ask are trying to pull out situations where you show your leadership ability. Even if you don’t have an extensive work history, you can pull from classwork situations.

Did anything happen in your interview that you didn’t expect?

I was surprised at how short my interviews were. None of the conversations lasted more than a half hour. My last interview, which was my first ever FaceTime interview, lasted 14 minutes. Because they were so short, I doubted my performance in the interviews. Target is just very straight forward and to the point in their interviews in order to streamline the process.

 What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship search?

My first piece of advice would be to start with the Career Center and prepare. Secondly, you don’t have to take the first internship you get an interview for. Before Target, I had an interview with a company that handled the process unprofessionally, and I considered taking it just so I could put the experience on my resume. You need to find an internship that is right for you, because the experience is meant to help you grow professionally and personally.

Did the Career Center assist you in any way, whether it was identifying the opportunity, applying to it, interviewing for it, or preparing for it?

I took full advantage of the Career Center before I attended the Job and Internship Fair in October. I started by making an appointment with Laura Craig, the Associate Director of Career Development. I brought a copy of my resume to be reviewed, as well as talked about how to prepare for the Fair in terms of professionalism, dress code, what employers are looking for, etc. After making improvements on my resume, I then went to a Rapid Resume Review that took place on campus during Career Week. I wanted to be as prepared as possible, and it definitely paid off.

This Temple Senior Used The Career Center To Help Get Into Temple’s Law School…

Temple senior Sarah Kim, majoring in Social Work, knew she wanted a career based on helping people and serving the greater good. She decided that the she wanted to become a lawyer who gives a voice to those who are underrepresented in today’s legal system, and where better to do that than Temple’s Beasley School of Law? Getting into law school, however, is no easy task. Read more about Sarah’s journey, and how the Career Center helped her on her way…

Temple senior Sarah Kim

Career Center: What are your long-term career goals?

Sarah Kim: I’m currently earning my undergraduate degree in social work, and in my field experiences I’ve loved building relationships with clients and acting as their advocate. As a social worker I also get a first-hand look at systemic issues which cause people need to an advocate in the first place. Now that I’m planning to go to law school, I hope to pursue public interest law in order to address these systemic issues while still staying true to my social work values.

CC: What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your graduate school application process?

SK: It might sound cheesy, but being true to myself was crucial. Because applying to graduate programs is extremely competitive, I received a lot of advice about building up my application to stand out. For example, I was told that I should ask people with the most prestigious degrees or job titles to write my letters of recommendation. However, some of my closer mentors were lower down in the chain of command but knew me better. I ended up asking the people who had stronger relationships with me to write letters on my behalf because I knew they would better reflect who I am as a student and as a person, even though their title may not be as impressive on paper. It was essential to me that each component of my application truly reflect who I am, so whether it was choosing the topic of my personal statement, selecting who to ask for a recommendation, or even deciding which schools to apply to, making choices with that in mind was important.

CC: What piece of advice would you give to current students deciding if they should go to graduate school, and where?

SK: For me, getting work experience in the field I was considering helped me determine it was the right path. When I was considering getting my graduate degree in social work, I took a few positions that I enjoyed but did not necessarily feel like what I wanted to do long term. Then I started an internship which combines law and social work, and realized I wanted to work at the intersection of these two fields. Talking it over with mentors and people who work in public interest helped me figure out that going to law school would be the best fit for my goals, and then actually visiting programs helped me figure out which school was the best fit for me.

CC: Did the career center or career services at Temple assist you in any way, whether it was identifying the opportunity, applying to it, interviewing for it, or preparing for it?

SK: First, I went to a Personal Statement Workshop organized by the Career Center to help figure out what a personal statement even was. Then, I took my resume to a Career Coach to get some feedback. After making some revisions from the feedback, I made another appointment to review my revised resume and the first draft of my personal statement. At that appointment, I was connected to some pre-law advisors who could review my personal statement. The career coach, Mark Kaloko, even called my top choice law school for me to ask them some questions I had about the application process. I had all the help I needed, and more!

CC: Anything else you’d like to mention?

SK: I’m just super grateful that I had access to incredible help from the Career Center, and I hope other students will take advantage of these opportunities!

Publicis Health Loves Hiring Temple Interns…Maybe You Can Be Next!

Last summer, Career Center staff met with thirteen talented Temple Owls interning at Publicis Health. Publicis Health is a healthcare communications agency that provides solutions in advertising, medical education, marketing, and scientific affairs. They have 12 agency brands in more than 60 offices located in 10 countries. They also have a robust internship program seeking all majors, and they sure do love hiring Temple Students! Their 40 hour/week paid internship program lasts 9 weeks and offers internships in:

  • Marketing/Account Management
  • Project Management
  • Design
  • User Experience
  • Copywriting
  • Technology
  • Medical Writing
  • Strategy and Account Planning
  • Social Strategy
  • Finance
  • Human Resources and Recruiting

If you are interested in learning more, Publicis Health will be hosting a Facebook live Q&A event on March 1st from 3-4pm to answer questions about our internship program and give best practices for landing and excelling in an internship. If want to apply for their internship program make sure to check out their posting in the OwlNetwork before their March 16th deadline!

(Temple alumni from Publicis Health showing some school spirit along with the 13 Temple student summer interns)

While visiting the Publicis Health office, located in the heart of Center City, we caught up with Klein College of Media and Communications graduate, Miranda Krause. Miranda spent the summer as a SEO Content Strategy intern, and was offered a full-time position at Publicis after graduating in December! Read on to learn more about Miranda’s experience…

What is your major and date of graduation?

Advertising (Minor in Public Health) – December 2017

During which semester did your internship take place?

Summer 2017

What is/was your job function and what does a typical day entail?

            SEO Content Strategy intern. A typical day is back-to-back meetings and working on projects across various consumer and pharma wellness brands.

How does your internship relate to your coursework at Temple?

            Time management between multiple, high-priority projects. I feel like Temple’s advertising department is intense and rigorous – there are so many advanced digital classes to take advantage of like Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Digital Analytics, and Reporting.

(Miranda Krause, Lew Klein School of Media and Communications, 2017 Graduate)

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

            I heard about Publicis Healthcare Communications Group from chatting with Mark and Callie at an event held at Temple called Queers Making Careers. We mainly talked about what it means to be out in the workplace, which was something I was afraid to embrace or even bring up. They began saying that there is a group I could get involved in here called Egalité, which is for the LGBTQ+ community and allies to come together to form a voice in the queer community. We talk about events such as raising money and forming a team for the AIDS Walk, as well as waling in the Pride Parade for Pride Month!

That is the most important thing you have learned during your internship/job experience?

            I’ve learned that I should never sell myself short in any way and that there is no judgement when it comes to checking your work with someone who has been in your shoes!

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

Never be afraid to ask for help – an internship is provided by a company to help someone learn and grow in that field in which they are interested.

Did the career center assist you in any way, whether it was identifying the opportunity, applying to it, interviewing for it, or preparing for it?

            They did! I noticed the opportunity for the internship when I attended the Queers Making Careers event.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

            Grades do not factor into how well you can apply yourself at an opportunity. Having passion and drive will make you the most confident you can be – you have co-workers for a reason. Use your resources!!


LinkedIn 101: Using LinkedIn to Land Your Dream Job

LinkedIn is helping soon-to-be grads from around the country tap into their professional community—whether they realize they have one already or not.

Trying to land your dream career out of the gate is a tall order. But here’s the good news: There are roughly 11 million job openings per month in America at any given time. Sure, you don’t want all those jobs, but you want some of them—and some of them want you!

LinkedIn connects qualified candidates with companies and organizations that crave top talent. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to snagging a seat at the professional table before graduation.

Why LinkedIn?

  • 80% of LinkedIn members consider professional networking to be important to new job and internship opportunities and career success, according to LinkedIn research.
  • 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection
  • More than 20 million professionals including recruiters, hiring managers and decision makers use LinkedIn every week

With 530+ million professionals in the LinkedIn community, there is no other place where you can access such a wide range of knowledge, skills and resources to help you reach your goals.

Let LinkedIn do the work for you

Searching for a job can seem like a daunting task. More than a quarter of professionals say they have no time to search for new opportunities.

But worry not, with search alerts you can get notifications and updates to a saved search via email or shared with you on LinkedIn. Use advanced search filters to narrow down opportunities by industry, location, experience level and more. Once your filtered search is set, simply create the alert.

Let recruiters know you’re open to new opportunities by simply flipping a switch on your LinkedIn profile. It’s called Open Candidates, and yes, it’s that easy. Open Candidates is accessible from the “Preferences” tab on the LinkedIn Jobs home page.

By flipping the switch, you privately signal to recruiters that you’re interested in new opportunities. Don’t forget to update your career interests. This helps you appear in the search results that recruiters are regularly scouring. Additionally, this helps inform the daily job recommendations LinkedIn sends you and surfaces on the jobs homepage.

Discover your earning potential

LinkedIn tapped into its network of more than 530 million members to give you deep salary insights into the compensation landscape. You can also dig deeper into compensation insights about specific companies you’re interested in so when the time comes to talk money, you’re ready.

This tool includes salary, bonus, and equity data for specific job titles, and the different factors that impact pay such as years of experience, industry, company size, location, and education level

Connect with alumni

One of the easiest ways for students and alumni to make connections is through the LinkedIn Alumni tool. It’s an easy way to explore people who graduated from your same school, where they work now and in what cities. Simply search for your school and select “see alumni” to get started. You can access career paths for more than 23,000 colleges and universities worldwide.

Seek career advice from others

  • More than 80% of professionals on LinkedIn have stated they either want to have a mentor or be one to others
  • More than half don’t know where to begin and more than one-third have a hard time finding the right person

LinkedIn launched Career Advice, a new feature that helps connect members across the LinkedIn network with one another for lightweight mentorship opportunities. Whether you need advice on your career path, switching to a new industry or best practices for a project you’re working on, Career Advice can help you find and connect with the right person who can help.

Learn the skills needed for your next gig

  • One-third of job-seekers have expressed concern that they don’t have the necessary skills to be competitive in the job market

With LinkedIn Learning, you can now access a gigantic database of online courses on topics from coding and graphic design to public speaking. And here’s the best part: each course is typically sliced up into very manageable 5-10 minute learning chunks. Learning a new skill over the course of a week quickly becomes very achievable.

What now? — Get started

Create or update your LinkedIn profile today. This provides other LinkedIn members with a better understanding of the unique skills, interests, and experience that make you — you.

  • Make sure you have a profile photo – it will help get you recognized and connect to potential opportunities. Members with a profile photo receive up to 21x more profile views and 9x more connection requests.
  • Members with current positions are discovered up to 16x more in recruiter searches
  • Members with more than 5 skills are 27x more likely to be discovered in searches by recruiters
  • Including the city where you are based makes you stand out up to 23x in searches

Bonus: Check out Resume Assistant, a new integration from Microsoft and LinkedIn to help you craft a compelling resume directly within Microsoft Word.

How This Alum Leveraged Internships to Launch His Career

We recently caught up with a 2015, School of Tourism Hospitality & Management (STHM) alumni, Jordan Goldberg. His current employer, Parker-Dewey offers interesting internship/gig opportunities to help students gain experience in the field they are pursuing.  Read more below for some helpful tips and learn how he was able to leverage his internships to start his career.

What were some valuable resources you used while you were at Temple that helped you find internships, and ultimately land a job after graduation?

While I was still a student I heavily relied on my school’s (STHM) Center for Student Professional Development to find internships and experiential learning opportunities. STHM’s job database was consistently updated with new and exciting internships in sports and hospitality, and they always notified us about opportunities to gain Industry Hours (we were required to completed 250 hours-worth of experiential learning.)

I also had a great relationship with the Assistant Director, Brandon Mayer, and he was able to connect me with the Director of Integrated Marketing at CBS Radio my junior year. After interviewing with CBS Radio, I was offered an internship with their Non-Traditional Revenue department helping sell and activate sponsorships for various Philadelphia events such as the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, the Broad Street Run, and the Stotesbury Cup Regatta to name a few. Since STHM requires students to complete an internship junior and senior year, CBS Radio extended an opportunity for me to return for my full-time senior internship in the same department.

What experiences did you find most valuable for your own career?

After graduating from Temple, I had no idea what I wanted to do and was still searching for opportunities when I came across an interesting company called Parker Dewey. It connects students and recent graduates with companies to complete short-term, paid projects, or what they called “Micro-Internships.” After completing eight projects through the platform, I had a number of interviews with companies, including one with Parker Dewey itself. Because of these experiences, I was able to provide examples of my skills and ultimately decided to take the position with Parker Dewey. I think that the variety of projects helped me understand my interests and take a role which I was excited about. In fact, I think this excitement is what helped me get promoted to the Director of Client Success in under a year.

Since transitioning from internships and school to a full-time position, what is the most valuable thing you learned?

During my college-to-career transition, I think the most valuable thing I learned was the importance of grit. This soft-skill cannot be taught in the classroom, but rather has to be developed over a period of time. Grit is one of the most sought-after attributes recruiters look for in potential hires today because it shows someone’s willingness to persevere in the face of adversity and speaks volumes about their character.

What advice do you have for current students that are about to make their career path?

Start looking for internship opportunities as early as possible. Do not wait until your senior year to start thinking about this because, by that time, you are miles behind those that started early and have already completed one or two internships. A great thing about my current company, Parker Dewey, is that the micro-internships we provide are available to students of all grade levels and can even be completed while you are taking classes or working.

Not Sure What Career Path To Take? You’re Not Alone!


How do I know I chose the right career path? This is a question I asked myself on a regular basis. This is a question that you may be asking yourself as you go to class after class, preparing for life after graduation.

Two years ago, I decided to become a Board Certified Coach for which I was asked to complete a personality assessment. This specific assessment evaluated my interests and provided a list of possible career options based on those interests. I had never before completed the assessment and the occupations that showed up on my list might have been shocking had they not made such sense to me. Huh? (you might ask) Let me give you some quick background…

While earning my Masters degree, I worked in an assistantship as a Graduate Residence Hall Director at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. This position closely aligned with my career goal and I often talked with my colleagues about my strengths, my skills, and my work style. In other words, I was somewhat self-aware and knew what I enjoyed about my work, but I never stopped to think if what I was currently doing was what I wanted to be doing for the rest of my life.

There are few things that give me as much joy as being able to help others. But there are many ways to help people and this was not something I had fully considered when I entered Higher Education. When I saw this new list of potential occupations, I was intrigued, confused, and excited. How could this assessment know me better than I knew me? Where was this assessment when I was a freshman in college and so sure that I wanted to become a guidance counselor? How could I become a cosmetologist (one of my new possible occupations)?

I was ready to change my career path away from higher education, or so I thought. I did some additional reflection about what entering into a new field might look like and if I would truly enjoy it as much as I did my current career. In my current field, I had the chance to talk with students every day and help them make decisions which would impact the rest of their lives. I decided that was the type of help I wanted to give and stayed on my career path which lead me to where I am now, a Career Coach here at Temple University.

How does my story relate to you? You get to decide your future. Though you may be studying a specific major with an intended career path, you may face some obstacles. You may come to realize you no longer have a passion for the major you’re studying. You may fail a required class (multiple times) which requires you to change your major. You may not meet the requirements needed to continue on your current career path. These obstacles don’t need to mean the end of the road for your future, but they do mean a detour on your career path. This is where your Career Coach can help. We can guide you as you decide on a major using our Focus 2* assessment, provide feedback on your professional documents (resume/cover letter), discuss job search resources, and help you prepare for an interview. Career Coaches can also talk with you about employment opportunities within various Career Communities (or groups of industries that share common interests).

In the Career Center, our goal is to assist you in deciding on and obtaining the right career, so don’t be a stranger and schedule an appointment today!

*The Temple University Career Center in 220 Mitten Hall offers the Focus 2 assessment which will evaluate your work interests, personality, values, leisure interests, and skills as well as provide you with a list of possible occupations and majors to consider. The Focus 2 assessment is free for all Temple students and alumni and is accessible through the Career Center website at

A Summer At The Philadelphia Zoo

This summer, Career Center staff visited three stellar Temple students interning at the Philadelphia Zoo. The Philadelphia Zoo has been operating a well-developed internship program open to many majors for over 20 years! While the internship hours may differ if you are participating in their spring or summer internship, there are plenty of opportunities to develop a valuable skill set all year round. The Philadelphia Zoo is currently seeking interns for Spring 2018 and has opportunities posted in the Owlnetwork!

While at the Zoo this summer, I caught up with Amanda Nguy, a junior Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience major from the College of Science and Technology. Read more below to learn a little more detail about her experience.

What Company and department are you working with?

I worked at the Philadelphia Zoo as an Animal Care intern.

What semester did you do this internship?

I used my merit stipend scholarship in order to work during the summer session from mid-May to early August. I am continuing to work at the zoo during the fall session as well which runs until late October.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

A friend suggested that I try applying for the summer internship since she knew I had an interest in animals. The interview process included sending in an online application with a copy of my transcript. Afterwards, I attended a group orientation which involved speaking in front of other applicants as well as interviewers. One component of the interview required us to make up a short story on the spot using provided props.

What was your job function, and what does a typical day entail?

As an animal care intern, my main task was to assist the keepers in KidzooU. A typical day would include a lot of cleaning and husbandry (caring for animals) as well as preparing diets to feed out to the KidzooU animals. Animal care interns are also responsible for making nutritional enrichment for the animals.

How has your internship related to your course work?

My internship allowed me to make connections between the material that we go over in lecture in classes such as genetics, biology, and neuroscience to the way that actual living animals function. It’s interesting that I was able to observe an animal’s behavior and try to pick apart the reasoning behind why that certain animal would behave that way.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

The most important thing that I’ve learned during the internship is that you should always be transparent about everything. Own up to the mistakes that you make and ask questions whenever you are unsure. As an intern, you’re not expected to know everything right off the bat so asking questions allows you to learn so much more while minimizing the mistakes that you make. It’s easier for your supervisor to answer your questions than to take on extra work to fix a mistake that you’ve made!

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

Don’t limit yourself on the internships that you’re applying for. Even if you think there is only a slim chance that you might get a certain internship, apply for it anyway if it’s one that you’d really like to have. You’re more likely to regret not even trying for it later on and there’s always the chance that you will actually be accepted.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

Rather than learning a valuable lesson about obtaining jobs or internships, I’ve learned how important it is that you have one of these experiences on your resume. It seems as if the importance of building resumes is always emphasized everywhere by everyone, but I personally didn’t truly realize how important it actually was until I was sitting in the group interview with people aiming for the same intern position listening to all of the amazing things that they had done.

As a neuroscience major, Did you ever think you would be working here?

I would have expected myself to be working in a hospital or a lab rather than in the Philadelphia Zoo. Working with animals was always more of an unrealistic dream for me so it was a pleasant surprise that I was able to work as an animal care intern.

Subaru of America & Temple University – A Match Made In Heaven (Cherry Hill/Camden)

This past August, the Career Center team crossed the Ben Franklin Bridge and traveled to the Cherry Hill offices of Subaru of America to visit our Temple interns! Subaru of America has a robust and unique internship program, beginning with 37.5 hours a week in May, and decreasing to 20 hours during the semester to give students a chance to participate in the role for a full year. This model allows students to engage in a larger variety of projects and gain valuable experience that will help them grow.

We enjoyed the opportunity to chat with and take photos of all of our interns from a variety of departments including Marketing, Engineering, and beyond. Students had really positive feedback about their experiences at Subaru and how it relates to their coursework.

Emily, a marketing major, stated, “I am a total ‘tech geek’, but I am also extremely into marketing.  It is awesome that I found an internship that allows me to do both.  In my internship, I needed to complete an analytical report to see how the retailer website program was effecting sales.  The report that I completed was exactly like a homework assignment that I did for my MIS class. “

While we toured the corporate office Subaru staff discussed their upcoming move to Camden, NJ which is anticipated in the coming months. This will bring their offices even closer to Temple’s campus! Temple is currently one of four major institutions where Subaru of America recruits for their internship program.

When asked about the caliber of Temple students, one manager said, “Temple students come in prepared and are able to adapt as needed. When problems arise they bring possible solutions to the table. Temple Owls are very versatile.”

We were able to speak to Emily a bit more about her overall experience at Subaru and how this process has helped her understand her career goals. “The most important thing that I learned was actually the direction that I wanted to go with my marketing degree after college.  I found the exact job position that I have been searching for at Subaru. Now, I know that I want to continue with Digital Marketing, and I can see myself working in Digital Marketing for my entire career,” Emily said.

Listen up Owls, Emily has some advice for those of you searching for internships this year, “I would definitely say keep an open mind.  If the job does not seem like “your style”, still apply.  Admittedly, I did not know a ton about cars before I started the job, but now I can rattle off a million facts, and I love learning about cars now.  That being said, I would recommend doing research on the company before the interview.  When I went to my interview and was asked “what I knew about the company” I remember spewing out a ton of facts!”

Emily and her peers are remaining in their internship roles at Subaru through the Fall and Spring, gaining valuable experience and networking! We are hopeful that a few Temple Owls will transition to full time roles at Subaru after graduation!

Subaru is already accepting applications for next year’s internships! Check out their active postings in the OwlNetwork by clicking here.

Taking His Show On The Road To Harrisburg

Temple senior, Kiryl Marchuk, is a Criminal Justice major in the College of Liberal Arts. This past Spring, he participated in the Temple University’s Institute for Public Affairs,  PA Capital Semester. This program allows students to have the opportunity to explore government affairs, policymaking and implementation first-hand while being full-time students and staying on track for graduation. Read more about Kiryl’s experience working in Harrisburg…








What company and department did you work with?

I worked as a full-time fellow for the House of Representative in the Judiciary Committee (Republican side) in Spring 2017.

What is your major and date of graduation and Major?

I am majoring in Criminal Justice and graduating in Spring 2018.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

I learned about this internship while I was standing in line for the elevator in Gladfelter Hall. I saw a commercial/poster of the “Pennsylvania Capital Semester” on one of the TV screens. That day when I came home, I did a quick search on Google, read about the program, and became really interested in it.

As I completed my application and scheduled my interview, Michelle Atherton did a fantastic job in assisting me, making sure I filled everything out correctly. I was accepted into the program, and Michelle then scheduled an interview with Professor Cassidy where he asked about my interests, goals, and what I wanted to get out of this internship. We then discussed the internship placements that would best fit me.

What was your job function, and what does a typical day entail?

Every day is a new day. This was the most exciting part of my internship. Two weeks prior to taking part in this fellowship, I pondered the idea of what a criminal justice major might do in state government. In reality, I did not know much about state government. I was worried that I would not have experience related to my interest and my major, as I am planning to go to law school. However, within the first week of the internship, I found myself pleasantly surprised.

Fortunately, I was placed with the Judiciary Committee, and I was the first ever “fellow” to intern with the Committee (Republican side). Being a Criminal Justice major, I was mesmerized by the relevance of my coursework to the actual problems/agenda the Judiciary Committee was working on. For example, on the second week of my internship my executive director asked me to do some research on the mandatory minimum in regards to drug laws. I had recently completed a similar task in one of my courses at Temple, so I was able to come back to him within minutes with the completed assignment. He was astonished! This is one of many examples where I was able to apply my coursework from Temple University for work purposes.

I never had a “typical” day at work. Everyday entailed its own adventure. In general, I was responsible for drafting bill analyses, constituent letters, and performing extensive policy research for various House members. On other days I would attend Judiciary Committee meetings as well as House sessions. Often my executive director would take me to lobbyist and special interest group conferences and delegate me to research numerous topics relating to the legislation the Committee was trying to pass. Working with the Judiciary Committee, I had the opportunity to develop close relationships and network with many of the representatives in my county.

I had the honor to work besides the most hard-working and intelligent co-workers. Each one of them played a significant role in making this a special and rich internship experience for me.

How has your internship related to your coursework?

As I mentioned above, my coursework was closely related to kinds of tasks I worked on at my internship. The final project of my fellowship consisted of researching and drafting an original piece of legislation. I based my legislation on a paper that I wrote in one my course called “Planned Change” with Professor Joanna Metzger. At my internship, I then “translated” my research paper into a piece of legislation with the help of a few legal experts.

My legislation called the “Corrections Investment Act” consisted of a simple formula, reducing the state’s high recidivism rate and saving taxpayers’ dollars on corrections by providing small tax breaks for employers who hire ex-offenders.

The bill’s focus to reduce the recidivism rate and save taxpayers’ dollars has bipartisan support. Currently, a few legislators offered to pick up the bill. Dom Costa, a representative from Allegheny County, most likely will be the candidate to introduce the legislation on the House Floor in the near future.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

My experience in state government has taught me the importance of having good character. One of my favorite quotes was written by Charles H. Spurgeon, “A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” Helping others and doing upright deeds to people around us will not only benefit others, but it will also significantly impact our lives. These values developed a desire in me to work on a bill idea that would revolve around these principles. My bill is designed to:

  1. Reduce our state’s large recidivism rate
  2. Reintegrate ex-offenders into our society
  3. Save/invest money for our state

In addition, I have learned that developing healthy relationships with individuals around you at work is an essential component that will only help you later in life. That’s why networking is one of the keys to success.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

If you truly want to expand your knowledge and development as an individual, finding the right internship is essential. No matter what major you are or what your interests are, the abilities that you will gain at an internship will benefit you in any field of study that you are pursuing. This is something of great value.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

I believe Temple University does a wonderful job of helping students find various kinds of internships. For example, Professor Joseph Alkus is a great asset to Temple in aiding and providing students with the best feedback on how to write excellent resumes and cover letters, as well as finding internship and job opportunities that best fit the student’s interests. Overall, Temple helped me understand the wisdom, skills, and abilities that I may need to aid in reaching my future career goals.

I have also learned that it’s incredibly important to take part of the opportunities (such as workshops, career fairs, etc.) that Temple University offers to its students.

Getting Involved In Organizations = Professional Development


Are you trying to find more ways to get involved on campus or in your community?

Do you have a passion for leadership?

Are you a strategic thinker?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you might consider joining an organization with the eventual aim of serving at the officer/board level. It could be an E-board of a student organization or it could be a Board of Directors for a non-profit organization. Or maybe a steering committee. Participating on a board is an opportunity to show your commitment to an idea or movement on a deeper level.

For example, outside of my full-time job with Temple University’s Career Center, I served on the board of directors of Kensington Community Food Cooperative (KCFC) for three years. KCFC is a member-owned grocery store opening in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. I support KCFC because I value improving food access and affordability, as well as strengthening economic and food justice in my community. Since KCFC is a start-up food co-op, they’re currently run by a working board which means they’re fundraising, recruiting member-owners, hiring a general manager, all the while trying to get the store open! It’s a lot of work, but it’s also an incredible professional development experience as I learned about raising money, managing budgets, group facilitation, human resources, community relations, and much more!

Sometimes board participation means more governing or oversight of a staff and sometimes it means offering advice or recommendations. All of these have varying levels of commitment in terms of hours and years/semesters, so be sure to determine what works best to align with your passions while also keeping balanced with your academics and other responsibilities.

If you’re new to Temple University, consider joining a student organization to develop your interests and passions, and eventually you can use experience at the officer/board level in future job interviews!

Need help describing your board or committee experience on your resume or LinkedIn profile? Stop by the Career Center during Drop-ins (Monday – Friday, 11 am – 3 pm) or make an appointment with a Career Coach on the OwlNetwork.

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