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.

Quentin Parker, Program Specialist at Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Temple Alum Quentin Parker graduated from Temple in May 2016 as a Human Resource Management major. In his last semester here, he was fortunate enough to receive a full-time job offer with the CDC after receiving a recommendation from his professor. We asked Quentin a few questions about his job and how he was able to land this great opportunity!

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

Job Function: Management Analyst for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.

I am asked to analyze and evaluate management practices, methods, and administrative operations of an organizational unit both programmatic and business. I analyze issues, problems, and or challenges facing management. I interpret findings resulting from studies and draft possible courses of action for resolving them. My proposals include work method or procedural changes, systems variations, and assessments of new technological developments.

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

Kathleen Davis, who taught several of my courses, and someone whom I had a very good relationship with responded to an email from an upper management official from the CDC who was looking for students who would be or have graduated from the MS HR program to invite to interview with a position at the CDC. Kathleen gave my name as a possible candidate stating that I was not a Master’s student, but would be a good fit.

The interview process was short. It was a Skype interview that lasted approximately 30 minutes. I was asked if I was interested in the job, I was told about the job and the CDC, and was given some time to ask some questions I had for the panel.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?
I would tell students to use the faculty to their advantage. Not only are they knowledgeable about classes they teach, but they are also very well connected. Do your best in each class and find ways to stand out from your peers. When you are applying or searching for potential opportunities, make sure you are being selective and not applying to 1000 different jobs. Apply to only the jobs you could see yourself having a career with.  Research the company you are applying for to learn about their culture and core values. If they don’t agree with you, regardless of how good the job sounds, you probably won’t like it. Last, it is okay to think outside the box. Job titles don’t mean anything. Often students focus on titles rather than potential.

Anything other advice for students?

Try to find one solid internship during your time at Temple and work so hard they keep asking you back. Longevity looks better than variety.

Student Spotlight: Kaleen Suter – SWELL Agency

Temple Senior, Kaleen Suter is graduating in May 2017 as an Advertising major in the Art Direction track with an art minor. During her tenure here at Temple, Kaleen has visited the Career Center on a number of occasions. This past semester, Kaleen was fortunate enough to receive a summer contract offer with the advertising agency, SWELL after interning with them this Spring. We asked Kaleen a few questions about how she was able to land this great opportunity, and how the Career Center assisted her on her path.

Tell us about your internship experience this semester!

During my internship I have been fortunate enough to gain a great amount of real-life agency experience. I have helped work on projects for SEPTA, attended client meetings in which my work was presented, and aided in the design of branding for clients including The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Pennsylvania Wine Association, and the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society. Throughout the past 3 months I have striven to do my best work and offer to help with projects even on days I was not scheduled to be in the office, which resulted in developing strong connections with the SWELL team.

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

During a capstone class I took in Fall of 2016 where we worked in teams to create an advertising campaign for our client, SEPTA, I had the opportunity to have my work critiqued in class by the Creative Director of the advertising agency SWELL that currently designs SEPTA’s collateral. By being proactive and sending my resume/portfolio to the Creative Director before the critique, I had the opportunity to afterwards inquire about internship opportunities for the Spring 2017 semester. After a process of interviewing, presenting my portfolio of work, and then having the SWELL team attend our advertising pitch to SEPTA that we ended up winning against 5 other groups – I was offered a design internship at SWELL for this semester.

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

The most important thing I’ve learned during my internship is that going the extra mile and putting in extra time is what gets noticed. Also being thoughtful, personable, and genuine are important qualities to go along with great work ethic in the advertising/marketing field.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?
 A piece of advice I would give to current students embarking on an internship search would be to start interning as soon as possible – don’t be afraid to put yourself out there or make mistakes – interning is your chance to learn. Each experience will be different, but will tell you more about what you like and don’t like which will guide job searching for post-graduation.

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 visited the career center a few times to go over my resume and also to help perfect my cover letter before going on interviews and submitting applications. It was a great resource to boost my confidence before those nerve racking times.

Anything other advice for students?

The last thing I’d like to mention is that studying abroad at the Temple Rome Campus was one of the most influential experiences during my college career. It really broadened my horizons and positively influenced my creative work. I think more students should seriously consider studying abroad – a lot of programs have international internship opportunities too!

Student Spotlight: Erik Rozenski, Intern at Urban Outfitters

Temple senior Erik Rozenski is a shining example of how the Career Center’s weekly Career Community Job Blasts can help Temple students land their dream job or internship. Erik signed up for two Career Community Job Blasts in the OwlNetwork and soon thereafter he saw an internship opportunity with Urban Outfitters. A few weeks later he was hired! Learn more about how Erik took advantage of career services and resources across the university below, and if you are interested in internship opportunities with Urban Outfitters, check them out here! (Deadline for Summer 2017 applications is 12/4 at 6PM).

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Temple senior Erik Rozenski owning his future at Urban Outfitters HQ in the Navy Yard

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

Accounting intern. I have a variety of areas that I have supported in my role. I started out with Property Management helping assist on the Shared Services team. I then moved to inventory where I worked on both national and global accounts. Next week I will be starting a rotation in the Internal Audit group.

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

I saw the job posting in the weekly job blasts that come out from the Career Center. I was able to click on the link and head right to the OwlNetwork. I applied via the OwlNetwork and directly on the URBN site, as the application stated. I had a phone interview and then a week later a day of interviews here on the URBN campus. I had my offer about 3.5 weeks after I had applied online.

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

I have learned how to think on my feet and adapt to situations. I have learned you can’t control everything and the need to pick up the little things is very important in the day to day operation.

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

Give 100% effort in your internship. I always thought when I wanted an internship it would just fall into my lap but a professor told me “If you want an internship you should apply to 10-15 per week”. Don’t just apply anywhere, do your homework and make sure you feel it would be a fit. Take the time to follow up during the interview process and go the extra mile.

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 felt prepared from the classes I have had through CSPD. I also took time to reach out to my network and ask questions about URBN during my interview process.

How did use of Career Communities change your job/internship search?

I was very intrigued by the Career Communities and signed up for two career community job blasts. There was always a nice variety of job and internship opportunities in the emails. Also, I really enjoyed that events are included in the job blasts so I could see who was coming to campus or what resources were out there. I wanted to see more than strictly business roles, a broader scope of what I might want to do. I think all Temple students would benefit from seeing the variety of jobs that the Career Center has to offer.

Have Career Communities changed your perspective on the job/internship search? If so, how/why?

I know that I need to be more aware of all opportunities, not just what is sent to me directly. I never thought with my major that I would be at a hip fun retail environment for one of my internships, but here I am.

Other advice for students?

Yes, join student organizations and groups that are not directly aligned with your major or academics. I am a member of the Temple University Venture Capital Group and it has exposed me to so many other students in different majors and starting their own businesses. I have been a part of the Idea Competition and really expanded my network.

Student Spotlight: Jeannette Rupprecht, Campus Campaign Coordinator Intern at Teach for America

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Hello, my name is Jeannette Rupprecht. I am a senior studying Early Childhood and Special Education with a concentration in English as a Second Language. I am also a Campus Campaign Coordinator Intern at Teach for America. Through my experiences at Temple University, I have gained a wide variety of knowledge, skills and opportunities related to my field of study in education. Last year, I learned about Teach for America, a nonprofit organization aimed at Educational Inequity. Teach for America seeks to hire college graduates to teach for two years in low income public schools in both urban and rural communities. Our goal is to provide all students with the proper education and access they need to be successful in their academic career. I believe that equal opportunity in education is something that all children deserve, and I am extremely passionate about education and serving those students who need quality teachers the most. I believe all children have the opportunity and potential to be successful and through Teach for America I am able to pursue that dream.

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

I connected with one of my sorority sisters who served as the Intern last year. I felt that this was a great opportunity for me to become connected to the Teach for America community and spread the great news at Temple. I agreed to go through the interview process to possibly be considered for the position. The interview process was quite complex as I had to apply, complete specific assignments related to the position to prove my eligibility and obtain three letters of recommendation for the position. In the interview, I had to share about my personal experiences in education and experiences with working with students in low income areas.

  • What does a typical day entail? 

As a Campus Campaign Coordinator Intern, my job is to reach out to students on campus via campus wide events, sharing presentations to other campus organizations, as well as in classroom visits to share about Teach for America and its mission. Typically, my weeks consist of reaching out to Professors and Campus organizations via email to share information presentations about Teach for America and to share opportunities for undergraduate students to pursue with us in the job field and leadership development post-graduation. Each week I typically share around five presentations for about five to ten minutes each to different groups of students (of different majors) to help share the news about Teach for America. Upon completion of presentations, I connect students with our recruitment manager to learn more about Teach for America and our leaders. I also host tabling events at career fairs, organization fairs and other events to connect with students whom I feel may be good leaders and additions to Teach for America. In addition, I manage our campus social media page on Facebook.

  • What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your experience?

Thus far, I have learned a lot about the problems facing our nation in terms of education and this continuous cycle of educational inequity. I have also learned how to collaborate with a wide range of students and gained confidence in my public speaking abilities as a presenter to large groups of people. I have also gained greater skills in terms of my professionalism, time management, rapport with faculty and staff and making connections for my future endeavors beyond my time at Temple University.

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

Personally, I feel that obtaining an internship is essential to establish rapport with future employers, build resume experience and build knowledge and skills as a professional. Internships provide students with the stepping stones to future opportunities and careers beyond a degree through putting knowledge into action. I think one of the best ways to learn about internship and job opportunities is to make connections with staff and faculty on campus, research on OwlConnect and OwlNetwork, talk with peers to learn about experiences that they have participated in and most importantly, speak with your advisor and the Career Center about options for you and your future! The career center and your advisor are go-to personnel to make connections on and off campus, to find resources to best suit your needs, and can provide you with expert advice!

  • Can you tell us a little about Teach for America and how students who are interested can explore opportunities with them?

Overall, I think that Teach for America is a wonderful opportunity and can provide students with a wide variety of options to help them better themselves, develop leadership and professional skills and become a part of something larger than oneself. Through service with Teach for America students will be given opportunities to connect with Alumni and Employer partners to help navigate job opportunities and careers to jump-start their future. If you would like to find out more about Teach for America and the opportunities we have in store, don’t hesitate, reach out to me via email, Jeannette Rupprecht at tug12340@temple.edu. You can also check out our website for more information on how to apply and other relevant details at www.teachforamerica.org.

Don’t wait!  Now is your time to become a part of something big and make a difference!

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Student Internship Spotlight: Brenda McDermott

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Senior student-athlete Brenda McDermott, in addition to leading the lacrosse team to an 8-3 record so far this season, is interning with the Department of Homeland Security this semester! We wanted to learn a little more about how she balances her busy schedule, how the Career Center helped her, and what advice she might have for current Temple students…

Where are you interning, and what does a typical day entail? 

I am interning for Homeland Security Investigations- Philadelphia this semester. As an intern, I provide assistance to Special Agents conducting criminal investigations. Also, I have had several different opportunities to shadow different Special Agents in the field while observing surveillance tactics and the execution of search warrants. Throughout my internship I have worked with the Counter Proliferation group, whose main function is to engage in a focused effort to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal organizations involved in violations of the U.S export control laws/regulations, Intellectual Property Rights theft and commercial fraud schemes.

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

During the fall semester, I became aware of this opportunity through Professor Alkus, my Intro to Law Enforcement professor. I submitted my application, resume, and other necessary paperwork, and was later selected for an interview. There were six different students selected to interview for two open positions, and two weeks later they informed me that I was one of two students selected for the internship.

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

I have enjoyed almost everything about my internship. Each day, I gain a new understanding of information pertaining to the criminal justice system as well as a better understanding of how a federal government agency operates. Most importantly I have learned the basic understanding of how a criminal investigation is completed i.e, how to begin a case, investigative research techniques to build a case against a suspect/company, understanding of undercover work, how to deal with setbacks, how to apprehend suspects, and how to complete final investigative report.

How has your experience as a student-athlete prepared you and helped you during this process?

My experience as a student-athlete has given me several different transferable skills that prepared me for this opportunity. Throughout collegiate athletics, I have developed essential time management skills that assist me in completing my internship while carrying a full academic course load, and being in-season. I am at my internship for an average of 10 hours a week. Therefore, I had to strategize how to appropriately use my time to get the most out of my internship. I often find myself working on two or three different tasks for special agents which can be a bit stressful. Most of these tasks I am completing involve analyzing investigative reports, and data entry. Through my experience I have learned that data entry is an essential skill to have when applying for entry level jobs in the federal government.

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

For future interns, start the process now! Do not wait until last minute to embark on your internship search. I have realized how important internships can be to not only building your resume, but gaining new networking connections that can lead to career opportunities. My next piece of advice is to be proactive with your resume and interviewing skills. Your resume might be able to get you an interview for an internship position, however it is ultimately the interview that is going to land you the position. It is also important to do your research for the company you are interviewing for. Lastly, make the most out of internship opportunities. Ask as many questions as possible and really put yourself out there to your co-workers and let them know that you are willing to help them complete any tasks, no matter how simple they may be. It is important to demonstrate hard work and determination in the work place.

How has the Career Center assisted you on your path?

Before obtaining my internship, I mostly utilized the information on the Career Center’s website. The information prepared me for my interview because it provided me with sample questions that I could encounter. After I secured my internship position at HSI, I made an appointment with the career center to assist me with building my resume. This appointment pointed out areas of improvement on my resume that needed change. My appointment with the career center instilled confidence in my skills that I have taken with me in my recent job search in hopes to obtain a job in the near future upon graduation. I made an additional appointment to review my LinkedIn profile because the Career Center made me aware of how important LinkedIn can be to attract great networking and career opportunities.

Student Spotlight: Jonathan Temple

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Temple senior Jonathan Temple will graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Facilities Management. During his tenure here at Temple, Jonathan has visited the Career Center on a number of occasions. This past semester, Jonathan was fortunate enough to receive a full-time job offer with Turner Construction when he graduates in May. We asked Jonathan a few questions about how he was able to land this great opportunity, and how the Career Center assisted him on his path…

What did you seek help with when you first came to the Career Center?

I came to the Career Center to get help with my resume and cover letters to companies. I also had various questions regarding internships and how to get them.

Which Career Center services and staff members helped you?

I initially utilized the Career Center’s drop-in hours (11AM-3PM), Resumania, and the University-Wide Career Fair. I also benefitted greatly from career coach Mark Kaloko, who helped me to review my resume and cover letters.

How did our staff help you, or what were the most important pieces of advice you received?

I benefitted from having my resume reviewed in greater detail during my appointment and together we were able to remove the flaws that existed in my resume before the review. I didn’t have a specific piece of advice that I noted but I appreciated how the staff encouraged students to be proactive in their job and internship search.

What company will you be working for, and how did you find out about this opportunity?

I was offered, and accepted a job with Turner Construction as a field engineer. I had previously interned at Turner Construction during the past summer and was able to get a full-time position following graduation.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your career experience?

I found two things are most important. The first is obvious – you must be proactive and take responsibility for the opportunities you receive. The second is that a second pair of eyes is very helpful when looking at resumes and cover letters. Sometimes it is difficult to notice your own mistakes, and a second pair of eyes will help minimize this problem.

What piece of advice would you give to current students that you wish you had known?

Make sure you develop a solid resume early in college and log all the experience you have, whether it’s work, clubs, student organizations, etc. This diversity of experience is what will allow you to get the entry level job of your choice. Having experience and being proactive cannot be understated.

 

Student Internship Spotlight: Michelle Saul-Yamasaki

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  1. What organization are you currently interning with?

I am currently interning with Comcast in the Talent Brand and Marketing Team. My internship experience started out in the summer with Comcast’s Studio C, which is Comcast’s Corporate Communications broadcast studio, as an Associate Producer Intern. At the end of my internship in September they offered me the opportunity to co-op with the University Relations Team. Then in mid-October I began reporting to the Talent Brand and Marketing Team while still supporting the University Relations Team, and that is where I am at now, and I am loving every minute of it! I have had such a wide variety of experiences, have met so many wonderful people, and have learned so much!

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

As an Associate Producer Intern, my job function was to assist with all of the video needs of Studio C. I had the opportunity to take two video projects from inception to completion, meaning I got to write plans and scripts, produce, video shoot, and edit while collaborating with a team. There was a lot of learning and note taking at first, then there was applying what you learned and getting creative. As the Talent Brand & Marketing Co-op, I create graphic designs for promotion and marketing purposes for Talent Acquisition and the University Relations. I assist in communications by gathering and optimizing messaging for emails and for social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The accounts for which I provide content include @ComcastCareers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and @OUTComcast on Twitter. I also occasionally have photography or video projects that I lead or assist in. My days are definitely not very typical and I love that because I get to put all of my gifts and talents to work, learn new things, and really practice prioritizing and multitasking. I am a Film and Media Arts major, but living in this digital world has made me a multi-media digital communicator & producer, and it’s been truly a fantastic opportunity to not only share my creative film & media arts talents, but also my digital and social communication talents while here at Comcast.

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

I learned about internship opportunities at Comcast through a Career Fair hosted at Temple University in May of 2014. I met a Comcast representative at the fair and I applied to the Comcast Center Internship Program (CCIP). They were impressed by my resume and wanted to conduct a phone interview with me. When I had a question or concern I was able to reach out to the representative I first met, then I used LinkedIn to search for other connections involved in the internship program, which turned out to be a great way for me to stand out and show initiative. The interview process was very smooth. First, I had a phone interview, then I was selected for an in-person interview with the Studio C team. Five days later, Comcast called with the great news that I got the internship! I learned that they were impressed by my internship experience as well as creating and managing my own portfolio website. Those experiences included my Scribe Video Center internship, my Temple University work-study positions in the Film Department Office and as a video editor for Temple Contemporary, and finally my WHYY Friday Arts internship. I am forever grateful for all of those experiences, because they have helped me so much in my career development.

  1. What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship experience?

I have learned the importance of networking and connecting with my coworkers! There is nothing more important than having friends in the right places. Don’t be afraid to say hi to people and to talk about the goals you are working towards. The best advice I ever received; “Be nice to everyone you meet, especially the security guards. You never know when you’re going to need their help.”

  1. What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship search?
  • Do online searches, learn about the companies you want to work for and apply to internships on their websites!
  • A well designed and organized resume and simple portfolio website are key.
  • Use LinkedIn and make sure that you are searching connections on LinkedIn to network online with potential hiring managers.
  • Be social on social media while keeping it professional. Companies are getting more involved with social media and it is another great way to network with them! Especially TWITTER.
  • Network in person: Go to events and be prepared with your resume or business card. But most importantly show your face and make friends. Get to know people, their gifts and talents, and in the process they will get to know you.
  • Help others – if you have a contact you’ve developed through networking, keep an eye out for opportunities for them too. If you send someone a lead, they’ll likely do the same for you.
  • Follow Up, Follow Up, and Follow Up saying thank you. Definitely don’t be annoying, but sometimes inboxes get cluttered and a friendly reminder is all they need.
  • Unpaid internship experience can lead to paid internships
  • TAKE NOTES.
  1. 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?

Yes! The Career Center helped organize the Career Fair at which I learned about Comcast opportunities. I went to the Career Center multiple times for help on my resume starting since freshman year. I also took a mock interview before my Comcast internship interview. I still return for advice and guidance! I feel that the guidance I have received, the experiences I have had and that I am having are preparing me for a truly fantastic future.

Student Success Story: Brittany Wickham

Temple class of ’15 graduate Brittany Wickham turned her Education degree into a full-time job with the Franklin Institute. Here is her story of taking charge of her career, and making her own path:

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I was lucky enough to be a part of a smaller program within the College of Education, AOD. Dr. Belliveau, my advisor, helped me figure out how to translate my skills into a career I would enjoy. Adult & Organizational Development prepares graduates to understand the working environments they are in, as well as utilize best practices in communication, team management and performance, conflict management, negotiation, mediation, and more. In order to make the most out of my senior year, I applied for an internship with The Franklin Institute. This really helped me understand the theory I was learning in class and see it play out in an office setting. The people in my office were more than happy to help me with my coursework by talking to me about their varying professional experience. This networking was very important for me to ground myself in the department, and opened me up to Informal Education young networking groups. My internship at the museum was shadowing the Museum Educators, which essentially trained me for the paid position that opened up a few months later.

I love my job! I’m a Museum Educator, and I wear many hats. My main job is facilitating hands-on workshops for students coming on field trips to the Institute. We dissect eyes, issue engineering challenges, and generally try to inspire students with open-ended learning. When I originally came into Temple, I was an Elementary Education major, and never pictured myself doing anything but teaching in a classroom. Now, I feel so lucky I went out on a limb and tried a new environment. “Learning outside the classroom” has become a mantra of mine, and I truly believe that is where my efforts are most needed. I am learning more science now than I did in my public school experience. Who knew my favorite part of the job would be dissecting cow eyes! 

Through my department, I also am a part of various ongoing projects. I develop, write, and facilitate workshops in schools that would otherwise not be able to afford to come to the museum, I teach workshops for home school students, members, and even education administration. So far, there hasn’t been an experience I encountered I felt I was unprepared for. AOD is a small and underrepresented major, but it can help you reach your goals no matter what they are— sports coach, business analyst, scientist, educator, counselor… No matter what working environment I am in, I know my skills will be highly transferable. 

My advice to current undergraduates: remember that there is not one path to achieve your goals. No matter what your first step after graduation is, you will continue to learn and develop professionally and personally, and more likely than not… your goals will change with your new experience.

Temple Success Story: Steven Heyen

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Steven is a prime example of a student (and now graduate!) taking advantage of every opportunity offered to him by career services at Temple University. His current position as an Application Developer for JPMorgan Chase also illustrates how the Career Center can help connect students with positions related to their field of study in a variety of industries. This is the idea behind Career Communities in the OwlNetwork.

“I graduated in December with multiple job offers and started working in February for JPMorgan Chase as an Application Developer in Asset Management. I began working for JPMorgan as an intern after meeting with them at the College of Science and Technology career fair and interviewing on campus at the career center. I currently write software to improve efficiency through automation. I really enjoy the ability to help people do work with more accuracy and ease, process improvement, and the problem solving aspects of computer programming. I definitely utilized all of the resources like career center, faculty, and mentors from Temple and recommend students do the same. I would also recommend getting involved in the various clubs and organizations available at Temple.”