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The Intern Store

When apps first came out, I never thought that I could eventually become one. You can shop and purchase almost anything online now and now The Intern Store has also made it possible to find your interns online. It is coming out tomorrow and from the looks of the website and their videos, it looks like companies will be able to go on the website and “shop” for potential interns. More »

Celebrity Internships: We All Start Somewhere

OprahAs I’m wrapping up my second week as an intern here at Howard Merrell & Partners, I’ve been doing a bit of reflecting on what I’ve learned here and at my past two internships and where these experiences may lead me. More »

Olympic Games Go Social

Vancouver 2010As a Canadian, hockey is seemingly a part of my DNA. So imagine my disappointment when I realized one of my classes conflicted with Canada’s opening game against Norway. Devastation. But thanks to Twitter, I was able to follow every goal, assist and major action from my laptop.

These games have been pegged as the “first social media Olympics.” On Twitter, fans can connect directly to Tweeting athletes through a published list of verified Olympic athletes. Sites like Twitter-Athletes and NBC’s Twitter tracker are two other sources of news.

Facebook is not to be left behind. The official Olympic Games fan page has about 1.5 million fans, collecting status updates from Olympians like skier Lindsey Vonn and speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, as well as adding daily photos from Vancouver.

The great thing about these sites is fans now have the ability to connect directly to the athletes, giving everyone the feeling that they have the “inside scoop” about what’s going on in Vancouver. No matter where you are in the world, through social media, fans can feel like they are part of the Olympic Village.

Sense of Entitlement? Not Anymore.

Back in the early nineties when I was in college, the economy was pretty rough. Jobs were hard to find and college graduates all over the country were searching for employment. Luckily, I attended a university that required each student to complete two three-month internships in his/her field of study before graduating. Many of us completed more than that because we were competitive and we could see that no one was just going to hand us a job, especially in that economy. I must say, we were lucky to be more marketable and prepared than others out there.

Being prepared for the working world is important — not that I am encouraging anyone to grow up too fast or not enjoy college.

Over the years, I have met many undergraduates unwilling to take on an unpaid internship or one that would require them to do any grunt work. I also regularly received resumes from graduating seniors who had never once worked in their field of study but expected to get hired because they are “really good with people”. Oh, and they wanted to be paid an executive salary. Their sense of entitlement absolutely amazed me.

Well this economy seems to have changed that a bit. Interns are taking their roles at the agency very seriously and looking to really learn. They are hungry for knowledge and hands-on experience. Universities are calling us more frequently, requesting one of our staff members to speak to their students or review their resumes. We have also had more inquiries for informational interviews.

Though I certainly can do without the tough economy, I am glad that it has open some eyes.