This Student Used LinkedIn to Land a Remote Internship

International Business Student, Maksim Bolton, took some time to share tips on how he landed his remote internship during COVID-19. In addition to landing the internship he also shares some tips to avoid WFH burn-out. Read on to learn more about how Maksim took a non-traditional approach to landing this internship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Major/ Graduation year

 International Business (SCM concentration) / 2022

What organization is your internship with?

Mid-Atlantic Eurasia Business Council

What is your job function and what does it entail?

As an intern, I’ve helped write emails for several different marketing segments, create fliers for upcoming events, and reach out to partner organizations for the cross promotion of our sponsored events.

 What steps did you take to land this remote opportunity during Covid-19?

After not finding any remote internships I was particularly interested in on Handshake, I decided to reach out and connect with MAEBC’s president on LinkedIn. I had planned on applying there at some point during my time at Temple and now seemed perfect. After an informative phone call, I was offered an internship for Summer and Fall 2020.

What were some of the challenges you experienced and how did you overcome them?

As COVID-19 restrictions eased, I found myself getting more and more busy in my personal life and this inevitably interfered with my work. By being open and honest about these occurrences with my boss, I was able to overcome these challenges.

How do you manage to stay focused while you are working remotely?

It’s important to set time limits for yourself and not overwork yourself all day. By setting aside break time and avoiding burnout, it’s much easier to stay focused when working.

What’s the most important thing you have learned since starting your internship?

 I’ve learned that I’m more than capable of working remotely and will likely seek out opportunities for remote employment after graduation. I’ve heard many people who are currently working remotely saying that there’s no reason their job can’t be done remotely under normal conditions, so I’m predicting a considerable shift to remote working over the next few years.

Have you used the Temple University Career Center’s services and resources? If so, how did they help?

I reached out to someone at the Career Center and had an informal Zoom call with them in which they provided me with advice for moving forward after my initial internship had been cancelled. It was reassuring to have someone listen to my concerns and provide me with useful options for moving forward.

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

While many opportunities are limited during this time, many more opportunities will inevitably arise in different fields. Keep an open mind and always be willing to learn.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement and Commitments

In the past several weeks we have seen outrage and pain as a result of the senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others before and since them. The protests across the nation, and the world, show us that it is long past time for change, unlearning, and action. As Temple University’s Career Center we affirm that we stand with those using their voices to bring about transformation and we commit to change and growth within our center. 

Our center serves the entirety of the student population of Temple University. The diversity of perspectives and experiences we see every day working with Temple students is why we come to work each day. We are motivated and energized by our students to learn more, do more, and be more.  

We will continue programs already in place to support Black students and commit to further change. While this is a starting point, in the coming weeks and months we will be taking or building upon the following actions: 

  • Commit to partnering with employers who place emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion in their recruitment, hiring, and retention practices, and completing a review of our current employer vetting process. 
  • Creatioof website content focused on students of color that specifically addresses the challenges faced in applying for jobs, interviewing, being hired, and being retained. 
  • Strengthen professional development for our staff that allows us to better support students of color, enhancing our current abilities and creating new knowledge. 
  • Act as advocates and educators by engaging with our professional associations in support of diversity and inclusivity initiatives outside the university. 

We welcome the feedback and ideas of students so that we can best serve you all. This is the beginning and we are ready to be part of solutions. We are proud to be part of your journey at Temple University and will be here to support you. 

Thank you, 

Kristen Gallo 

Executive Director of Career Services 

On behalf of the Temple University Career Center Team 

Tips For Your Remote Job/Internship Interview!

by laura craig, associate director of career development, temple university career center

Looking your best in a remote interview

As we are currently living our lives remotely, it’s useful to think ahead and realize that virtual interviews may become a much larger portion of the job/internship searching experience. Even prior to COVID-19 shutdowns, many employers were turning to either synchronous or asynchronous virtual interviewing to reduce costs, increase exposure to a wider variety of candidates, and more. Whether it’s for a job or internship, keeping these tips in mind can help you look your best in a remote interview:

  • In the immediate short-term future, remember that you may be surprised by what you see during this social distancing period on the screens of your interviewer-kids, pets, meals, etc. Be flexible and accommodating as you can.
  • Remember the basics: you still need to dress appropriately for the interview, and you still need to be prepared for the substance of the conversation. Adopting a business casual dress style for the parts of you that are visible and not visible is appropriate for this time of social distancing.
  • When it comes to being prepared for the substance of the conversation, prepare to discuss:
    • Why are you interested in this organization, and this role?
    • Use a STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) story to highlight how your experience connects to a quality that they are looking for.
    • How does this opportunity fit into your goals for the future? Often this type of answer does not have to be as detailed as you think.
    • Consult our Career Guide for more advice on interviewing.
  • Setup/configuration: You’ll want to ensure that you have chosen a location that is well lit, without distracting backgrounds or interruptions from others, and where your wi-fi or internet signal is strong. Feel free to experiment with the height of your device relative to your eye level, as well as adding or subtracting lighting to create a space where you can be seen and heard easily.
  • Practice with us or with others! One of the most challenging aspects of a virtual interview is learning how to maintain eye contact with the camera. It’s hard for everyone! If you book a mock interview with a Career Coach through Handshake and conduct it via Zoom, we are able to record the mock interview and share it with you. Career Coaches are also available via Zoom and phone for Interview Prep appointments, for when you are not quite ready for a mock interview, but still have questions about interviewing.

Being patient and kind with yourself:

Everyone is experiencing some struggles and challenges at this moment. It’s OK not to feel unsure of yourself, or not knowing what to do in your professional development. The ways in which you gain experience in the short and medium-term future may look different than you have planned.

Now is a great time to celebrate the small victories – completing the work that you wanted to do on your resume, learning through practice how to feel more confident in an interview setting, and continuing to explore career options.

If you’re inclined to engage in more structured opportunities to learn how to be kind with yourself, check out the resources available from the Calm Meditation app at https://blog.calm.com/take-a-deep-breath. These resources are free to all, and include targeted meditations, relaxing music, guided journaling prompts and more. We hope this can be a resource to help you in this challenging time.

Student Spotlight – Ari Schachter

Did you know that employers often come to Temple’s campus to meet with students in various buildings around campus? Temple senior Ari Schachter, a marketing major in the Fox School of Business, came across a HelloFresh recruiting table in the Student Center last December. After meeting the recruiter in the Student Center, he swiftly acquired a part-time job with HelloFresh for the spring semester – an opportunity which may lead to full-time employment after graduation! Learn more about Ari’s experience, and how you may find a similar path…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your major and graduation year?

Marketing/Spring 2020

What organization is your job with?

HelloFresh

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

Brand Ambassador. I go to events, trade shows, and festivals all around Philadelphia and pitch and sell Hello Fresh’s meal kit delivery service.

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

I found this opportunity while they had a recruiting table set up at the Student Center! They brought me in for an interview, but it felt like me and the interviewer were just having a regular conversation. Honestly, I felt no pressure!

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

I learned how to manage the sales process all the way from product knowledge to the close.

Have you used the Temple University Career Center’s services and resources, or attended events?

I’ve attended the Fox School’s Fall and Spring Connections!

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

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there; go to networking events and introduce yourself to everyone and anyone. You never know when a great opportunity will present itself!

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

It is better to reach out to recruiters and employees of the company and get your foot in the door. All submitting a resume online will likely do is to put your resume in the middle of a stack among hundreds of others. Find a way to stand out!

 Do you have a profile on Twitter and/or Instagram? If so, what are your usernames?

-Instagram @arischachter

Worth the Trip: Interning out of state with Dow

by ryan dawson, outreach specialist, temple university career center

Dow is a multinational technology, chemical and biological science company that uses its multi-platform approach to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems, such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agro-sciences and plastics businesses delivers more than 6,000 technology-based product families to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. They hire a number of majors from a wide variety of skill sets.

Name: Kevin Dang

Major/Graduation year: Management Information Systems, Fox School Of Business, 2021 graduate

What organization is your internship with? Dow (formerly known as The Dow Chemical Company) in Midland, Michigan.

What semester did you do this internship? Summer Internship 2019 (May 2019 to Aug 2019)

What is/was your job function and what does a typical day entail? I worked on the Employee Experience Services Productivity and Collaboration team, EXS Productivity and Collaboration for short. My leader was Amber, a service manager who handles the Cisco collaboration services. The project I worked on for the summer involved creating a dashboard with automated capabilities for the managers under EXS Productivity and Collaboration to view high-level metrics. This allows them to gain quick, actionable insights and greater visibility in order to determine the health of their services. An average day for me would consist of meeting with co-workers to gather data and/or learn certain processes, working with the data in Power BI to build out the dashboards, and attending intern events such as lunches with directors, site tours, team building exercises, and many more.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like? Thanks to Temple’s IBIT (Institute for Business and Information Technology)’s IT Career Fair, I was able to speak with a representative from Dow and a Temple alumni who worked at Dow. Following this great conversation, I gave them my resume, followed up with an email, and eventually was offered an interview after submitting my online application. Given I would be working at the Dow headquarters in Midland, Michigan; I was given a phone interview, which went rather smoothly. A couple weeks after the interview, I was offered the internship for the summer.

How has your internship related to your course work? MIS is the incorporation of technology to make a business better. My entire team was oriented around this core concept. EXS for Dow is the Global Information Systems team that makes sure a Fortune 100 company consisting of over 50,000 employees worldwide can run as smoothly as it does leveraging technology. Thanks to the courses I’ve been exposed to and my professors, I came into my internship understanding how I could impact the company before ever stepping foot inside it.

What is the most important thing you have learned during your internship/job experience? I have learned so much about what it means to collaborate. The “New Dow” has been pushed a lot when my group of interns first arrived, and the new catchphrase they were pushing for us was “Seek Together”. Whether it was doing my own work or observing my peers and leaders, I began to really understand that no matter how hard you try, you will always be better off working collaboratively than being a lone wolf. There is so much knowledge and experience around you that the best thing for you to do is to be a sponge.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search? Be passionate about what you are studying and what you believe in. Employers like to see drive and people who can bring their whole selves to work. Don’t be afraid to try new things either! I never thought I would end up going out of state for an internship, but here I am now, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything else. At the end of the day, you are more capable than you think you are. You will make friends, you will learn a lot about yourself, but most importantly, you will grow.

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? Fox’s CSPD (the business school’s version of the career center) provided a lot of great resume feedback and helped me stand out when I otherwise would not due to my prior lack of experience.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple? Be proactive; jobs/internships will not come to you easily. Go to career fairs, talk to your professors, and ask your friends, every little bit counts. Get involved in student professional organizations that are relevant to what you want to do and grow your network. A school like Temple can provide a great education, but even more valuable are the opportunities that arise. Take advantage of them.

 Do you have a profile on Twitter and/or Instagram? If so, what are your usernames? @kevinkhangdang on Instagram

Greener Pastures – Interning with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

by ryan dawson, outreach specialist, temple university career center

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a non-profit organization located in downtown Philadelphia that has been leading urban farming, gardening, and environmental protection initiatives since 1827. Their programs focus on connecting people with horticulture has immensely helped maintain some of the most beautiful green spaces in across Philadelphia and beyond. The career center recently had the opportunity to hear from a Temple student who interned with PHS throughout Spring & Summer of 2019. Ritapa Neogi is a Geography & Urban Studies major who spent time working alongside of the great people of PHS. She was kind enough to share her experience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major/Graduation year: Geography & Urban Studies, 2020

What organization is your internship with? Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What semester did you do this internship? Spring/Summer 2019

What is/was your job function and what does a typical day entail? I was an Urban Forestry Intern with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society from April through late July.

Since the Tree Team works with volunteers and organizations around the city, it was typical to spend days outside the office. Most of the time, I would come in at 9am, wait for assignments from my supervisors, and stay until 5pm. Occasionally, I’d participate in other events, including tree plantings, classes, conferences, and summer camps.

My job function was dynamic. Regular office tasks included exporting GIS data, putting informational packets together, and fixing up Tree Tenders documents (training guides, presentations, etc.) I handled other assignments as needed. For example, I had the opportunity to produce a 5-page comic book about our Tree Tenders program for Marketing!

By July, I took responsibility for our Urban Forest Cloud, a publicly-accessible map created to track tree health through citizen science. After leading a demonstration at the annual PHS Tree Checkers class, I walked volunteers through any questions they might have about mapping trees. As the primary contact for the Urban Forest Cloud, my daily tasks shifted to making phone calls, replying to emails, and helping volunteers loan equipment.

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

I followed the PHS website for a month after I became familiar with their programs – specifically Rain Check and LandCare. Marketing internships were posted in December 2018, in preparation for the 2019 Flower Show. As a lifelong artist and writer, I decided to apply, even though the position had little to do with my major.

After my initial online application, I was contacted via email by my future Social Media supervisor. The interview was nerve-wracking, but it’s hard to feel too out-of-place when you’re already as excited about an organization as its current employees! I was offered the internship within the next week.

During my Social Media internship, I met the Urban Forestry Program Manager at PHS. She mentioned that the Tree Team would be looking for a summer intern soon. Days later, when I was awarded Temple’s CLA Pathways to Professions stipend, I decided to reach out to her for more information.

How has your internship related to your course work?

It’s been life-changing to learn how an interest in environmental studies could shape my career. Tree Tenders is a wonderful program that combines science and community development to improve livability in Philadelphia. It’s an application of urban solutions I’d only encountered in the classroom (i.e. planting trees to reduce heat and manage storm water).

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

The people you work with can make or break your work environment. I grew very close to my coworkers, whether they were on the Tree Team, in a different department, or fellow interns. Most of my favorite memories from my internship were moments I was able to bond with the people around me. I may not have been so ecstatic to volunteer at early weekend plantings if I weren’t spending that time with PHS friends.

I also learned how to plant, prune, and identify trees… so that’s been pretty handy!

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

Don’t look for a position, look for organizations you admire. I was set on finding a GIS internship before I landed a totally unexpected role as Social Media Intern with PHS. Not only did I build valuable skills in photography and marketing, I also got my foot in the door a second internship, for which I was able to pitch my background in geography. If I hadn’t actively followed postings on the PHS website, I would have missed both opportunities entirely.

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 wouldn’t have been able to pursue a second internship with PHS if not for the CLA Pathways to Professions stipend.

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

Take every opportunity to hear the stories of professionals in your field. Not everyone gets to the same place through the same route. Also, sign-up for interesting classes outside your major! Having knowledge outside your area of study is always a good thing. My interview for the Social Media internship made me thankful I’d taken time to glean skills outside geography, i.e. using Adobe Creative Suite and manual settings in photography.

Make sure to Favorite The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society on Handshake to get up to date information on positions and events they will be posting for Temple students of all majors!

Engineering Her Future At JBT Corporation

by ryan dawson, outreach specialist, temple university career center

JBT Corporation is a long-standing, engineering and technology company that specializes in automation and self-driving, efficiency based machines and vehicles. Although they are a national company, JBT hosts a range of opportunities for Engineering, Computer Science, and Business majors, at their Chalfont, PA offices, just outside of Philadelphia. We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with one of JBT’s new Field Systems Engineering interns, Olivia Webb, who was kind enough to share her experience with job searching through Temple, and finding a home with JBT Corporation…

 

 

 

 

 

Major/Graduation year: Mechanical Engineering December 2019

What organization is your job/internship with? JBT Corporation in Chalfont, PA

What is your job function, and what does that entail? Field Systems Engineer Intern

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

I met Alycia Hannum at the College of Engineering Career Fair. From there, I heard that the student organization SWE (Society of Women Engineers) was planning to attend JBT for a tour. I joined SWE so that I could attend and continue networking with JBT. From there the interview process was straightforward.

What internships, student organizations, or other activities the classroom have you participated in, and how have they assisted with your professional development to this point?

I had already received a Double BFA in painting and sculpture from BU and came to Temple University as a non-traditional student. Once I was on campus, I began working in the energy office as a student worker and joined SWE to gain access to career fairs and networking events that are exclusive to the organization.

What is the most important thing you have learned during your college experience as it relates to internships and jobs?

A number of courses (Machine theory, Robotics, Dynamic Systems, Heat transfer, mechanics of solids). I am actively using the knowledge from many of my courses.  Many students say that school teaches you how to learn and internships give you the opportunity to gain experience and learn new skills, but with JBT, I am actively using skills I gained in my coursework every day.

Have you used the Temple University Career Center’s services and resources, or attended events?

From my start at Temple, I have attended all but one of the engineering career fairs. I also attended some of the career development events like the job search and Networking talk with Leslie Silva.  I used The Career Center space for e-conference interview with JBT.  Additionally, any time companies are on campus giving information about paths to careers, I try to attend.

Did the Career Center assist you in any way in finding this internship, applying, interviewing, etc.?

I utilized the main career center to teleconference, set up by Leslie Silva.  Mike Madera has proofread my resume multiple times and provided key insight on job acceptance negotiation.

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

Start searching early. Even if you do not think you are qualified. It is hard to learn what companies you are interested in so taking time to narrow that down is important.  Long term persistence is important overall. If you start working on your search early, you have more time to find out what companies you DO NOT like.  Deduction is key.

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

Many companies do their hiring in the fall. Even for summer internships.  Meeting someone in person is so much more effective than applying online. I would not have been able to stand out unless I had been making it a point to meet Alycia (SWE tour/Fair attendance). Attending the career fairs out of curiosity at first was a major help. I would browse and learn about all companies before narrowing down the pool of companies that would be a good fit for my particular skill set.

Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

I am very impressed by how much opportunity and responsibility JBT has given me.  Compared to my last internship, they really invest their time into my thoughts and ideas and I feel like a valued member of the team. Training is helpful and consistent, but they test my understanding through responsibility and involvement.

In addition to Olivia’s internship experience, JBT Corporation hired several recent graduates this past year who are now working for JBT in full time roles:

  • Jon Wommer – Electrical Engineering
  • Kenny Rentz – Mechanical Engineering
  • Justin Goldman – Mechanical Engineering
  • Nick Brady – Information Science & Technology

Make sure to check out JBT Corporation on Handshake, or at the College of Engineering Fall Career Fair on October 3rd from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm or at their Rapid Resume Review table in the College of Engineering Lobby on October 1st from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm!

Owls Taking Flight at URBN Headquarters

This summer, Career Center staff traveled to the Navy Yard to visit four Temple students interning at the URBN Headquarters. URBN has a robust internship program with approximately 100 students from across the nation! Departments that host interns include photo studio, marketing, engineering, social media, video, styling, buying, merchandising & so much more! The internship program provides countless opportunities for interns when it comes to professional development & exposure to different aspects of the company. The URBN Internship program hosts Executive Chats with the CEO’s of each of their brands (Free People, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Nuuly),  and a variety of professional development workshops for new interns.

The deadline for URBN’s Summer 2020 internship program is November 11th.  You can review and apply for their internships by using Handshake!

From left to right: Anastasia Postolati – FOX 2020, Kate Goldinger – KLEIN 2022, Colin Best – TYLER 2020, Singley Risico – KLEIN 2021

These four owls took some time out of their schedule to share their thoughts on their URBN experience and how to land an internship.

Singley Risico – KLEIN 2021

Advertising Student, Singley Risico, shared some helpful tips on landing an internship. “Build. Your. Resume! Having a strong and aesthetically pleasing resume is entirely within your jurisdiction, so take control of that. Also find something that you’re passionate about and use that to help you stand out. Being in a club you barely attend or aren’t passionate about will do nothing for you. Every career move you make should have some correlation with your dream job, even if it’s a small connection. While you might be amazing at pumping out job/internship applications, building a network of people is also important. Applications can kind of feel like cold calling, but try to break these walls and put a face to your name through networking and building connections. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door!”

Kate Goldinger – KLEIN 2022

When asked about an important lesson she learned through her internship, Public Relations student, Kate Goldinger, shared, “I learned that it is important to utilize your team as each person has different skills and resources to help create the best end-product possible. Also, the more creativity the better. Asking others for their opinions or ideas can only help what you are working on and allow it to grow and expand into something great.”

Colin Best – TYLER 2020

Facilities Management student, Colin Best, explained more about how his internship relates to his coursework. “This internship has given me a firsthand look at how projects are managed start to finish and what kind of details go into these massive projects. I also have gained a better understanding of how teams might break down responsibilities for large scale projects.”

Anastasia Postolati – FOX 2020

Management Information Systems student, Anastasia Postolati, shared, “Do whatever it takes and be patient! If there is an internship or a job you want, talk to as many people as you can, do extensive research, and reach out, reach out, reach out! There is nothing wrong with making it known just how badly you want to work somewhere. If something is your true passion, go after it. In terms of being patient, I think it is important to understand that things happen when they do for a reason. Looking back now, I am actually glad I didn’t get this internship on my first try! I feel like I have so much more knowledge, experience, and drive today than I did a year ago.”

For Parents: Handshake Is The Place To Start For Career Information

A pressing question for many families is “how can my student find a future career after their time at Temple?”  The Temple University Career Center is a key resource for all Temple University students, at all times in their experience.  The University Career Center manages Handshake, which is the primary destination for applying to jobs and internships targeted to Temple students, registering for Career Fairs and professional development events, and booking time for a Career Coaching appointment.

Your student already has access to Handshake with their AccessNet credentials, but there are a few things to do to get their account optimized, and then to apply to opportunities effectively.  Here are three key links to share with your student from Handshake:

If your student has any questions, they can visit us online to find our contact information and get their question answered.

Beware of Fraudulent Emails About Jobs and Internships

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All members of the Temple community should be aware of fraudulent emails being masked under Temple or Handshake email accounts. These emails often promise high paying jobs with minimal work required, such as picking up packages, running errands, or purchasing money orders. Here is a copy of the most recent email from Temple IT Security on this subject for your reference: https://systemstatus.temple.edu/system_status/item?id=472&o=0

If you have any concern that you have received a fraudulent email please report it to IT Security and Do Not reply to the email. If you have questions or concerns about an email you have received the Career Center is always happy to help. Feel free to contact Kelly Hart or Erin Lemons at 215-204-7981.

Please note, the Career Center thoroughly vets both employers and career opportunities within the Handshake system. However, we highly encourage you to conduct your own research on the opportunities you apply for. Our online approval does not indicate endorsement of an employer, product, or service. Here are a few red flags of a potentially fraudulent job or internship:

  • The hourly pay seems “too good to be true” ($20.00+/hour)
  • The employer contacts you via text message, with no in-person contact
  • The employer claims to be “out of town/out of the country” and needs you to run errands for them
  • The employer asks you to send them money or offers to send you a check in advance of completing any work

If you have any questions or are concerned about any opportunities on Handshake, please contact the Career Center before applying.

Sincerely,

The Temple University Career Center