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Internship of the Month: Draftfcb

Posted on January 28, 2013 with No Comments

Sam Patterson

Intern: Sam Patterson
Class Year: 2013
Major: Public Communication
Employer: Draftfcb
Internship Title: Account Management Intern
Website: www.draftfcb.com/

Describe the company and your internship responsibilities:

Draftfcb is a global advertising agency. They offer positions in every aspect of advertising/marketing from account management to creative direction. I interned on the account management side. My primary responsibilities included tracking all advertising materials of competitors for the Valspar paint company, managing day-to-day integrated campaign materials including banners, print, website, and social media, as well as managing content uploaded to their YouTube page.

What did you like best about this internship? What was most challenging?

The most enjoyable part of the internship was being able to work on projects that made a real impact on day-to-day operations. For example, I was put in charge of creating an integration between Facebook and Pinterest so the two platforms could operate more consistently and efficiently.

The most challenging aspect of the internship was being able to work on projects with little direction or oversight. My superiors were often busy working on projects of their own and I would have to use my own discretion to complete the assignments.

What impact did this internship have on your career direction?

This internship ultimately led to a job as I will be returning to Draftfcb in Chicago full-time next fall. The 10 weeks I spent at DFCB this summer showed me so much about how the industry works and helped me realize that this type of career is something I want to continue with. The people I worked with, both full-time employees as well as other interns, were all extremely pleasant and helpful and I am excited to return to that type of workplace environment. Internships provide an extremely valuable experience of working in the real world and getting a taste of what professional life will be like after school.

What advice do you have for students as they apply for opportunities such as this one?

The best piece of advice I can offer to students is that you make an effort to reach out to everyone and anyone that may be able to help you. In my experience, this meant going to LinkedIn and reaching out to get in touch with people working in the field. I was able to meet and connect with someone who graduated from UVM and worked at Draftfcb. They were extremely helpful as I applied to Draftfcb.

6 Strategies to Find Your Summer Internship

Posted on October 26, 2012 with No Comments

Students Finding Information at Internship Hop

1. Conduct research using online internship databases

These contain hundreds of internship possibilities and enable you to search by area of interest and geographic preference. You can also set up search engines for email alerts on internships of interest. Catamount Job Link is a great resource.  Here are some other databases to help you get started.

2.Target companies and organizations

Have your heart set on a particular organization? Check out their website under ”Careers” and see if there are internships posted. If not, contact Human Resources to inquire about internships and the application process. If there’s no internship program, get to work identifying possible contacts in the organization with whom you might network.

3. Network, network, network!

Who is already in your network that might have good contacts for you? Family, friends, parents of friends and faculty can serve as great starting points. Another great resource is the UVM Career Connection, our own network of alumni, family and friends. Remember, networking is about relationship building, so establish the connection first and then move into conversations about internships.

4. Attend Career and Internship Events

The Internship Hop on October 31, 2012, is a great way to get started on the internship search. Browse our resources, connect with career counselors for a personalized internship search, check out listings, and see where other UVM students have done internships.   Job Fairs are another great way to find an internship. Talk with employers, establish a relationship and follow up!

5. Stop by Career Services for a Drop-In

Drop In’s are a great way to learn about options and resources. Talk with a career counselor for help identifying areas of interest and strategies for your search.

6. Create your own internship

Every employer has projects they just can’t get to.  Be the solution to their problem.  Ask the employer what projects they need help with and then set to work turning this into an internship.

As with any job search, a multi-pronged approach, along with persistence and follow up are key! Start now and keep working all of these strategies and you will be among those who gain that all-important career experience through an internship!

~Mary Beth

After the Job Fair

Posted on October 18, 2012 with No Comments

Employer and Candidate Chatting at Job Fair

You came to the Job Fair, talked to employers, dropped off resumes and collected some business cards. Now what?

  • Follow up! Let employers know that you appreciated meeting them and express interest in their organization’s opportunities.
  • Learn more! Explore the company’s website, follow the company on Linked-In and evaluate fit with your interests.
  • Prepare for an Interview!

Still looking?

Catamount Job Link

Part Time Jobs & Internships

Information for Specific Career Fields

Internship Hop: Thursday, October 31st 1:30-4pm, L/L E-Building (Career Services)

The I-Hop is a Resource Fair to help you identify opportunities!

We’re here to support you:
Drop-ins: L/L E140, Monday – Thursday: 1-4pm
Davis Center Drop-ins: Rosa Parks Room, Tuesdays: 11am-1pm

~Kala

Greetings from the Director of UVM Career Services!

Posted on August 30, 2011 with No Comments

Welcome!

Both Burlington and UVM’s campus are buzzing with activity—sure signs the new academic year has arrived.  We in Career Services have had a busy summer, launching web site innovations, making plans to improve our alumni network, and building relationships with employers.  Best of all, we will soon unveil our new exterior entrance, visually reinforcing Career Services’ interest in welcoming students, employers, faculty, alumni and friends.

Students and Recent Graduates, whether you are exploring ideas or focused on a goal, building toward work or headed to professional school, seeking an internship or a job, we can help you take your next steps.

Worried about the sluggish employment rate?  The best response is to start early, build a history of excellence, intentionally create strong relationships of trust and confidence, and use the resources at UVM!  Let he friendly experts in Career Services help you.

Employers, whether you are seeking interns, part-time staff or long term professionals, and regardless of your size or location, Career Services staff will work with you to access the huge pool of talent UVM students offer.

Faculty, whether you are interested in integrating career development information or assignments into your classes, connecting with businesses and organizations, or facing career-related advising challenges, the professionals in Career Services are available to you.

Can’t wait to see you!

~Pamela

CS Entrance

Create Your Own Internship

Posted on April 29, 2011 with No Comments

Still looking for that perfect summer internship but not really finding the “ right” internship in those guides and on-line postings? Maybe it’s time to look at this a little differently! You don’t need to find and internship that already exists— you can create one! As you may know, as many as 80% of all jobs are found through networking. That same approach can be helpful with the internship search—and it’s a great skill to develop.

So, how would this work in locating an internship?  Let’s say you are interested in an internship in marketing and public relations, but haven’t landed anything with the big New York firms. How might you connect with the PR world?

First. think about Burlington. We have some wonderful marketing and PR firms right here.  Even if they haven’t listed an internship this semester, they might be willing to consider someone to work on a particular project, if approached.  Every business has projects that they never have time to get to—you could help solve this problem.  Your process?  Use Catamount Job Link to identify some possible firms of interest and then talk with a career counselor, your faculty, and friends about how you might make a connection with them to see if they would consider an intern.  Dress rehearse how you will make a case for yourself as an intern.

Not planning to be in Burlington? Think about other networks that could help you with this same entrepreneurial process. You are really trying to “ sell” someone on the benefits of having an intern for the summer.  UVM’s alumni Career Connection can be a great resource for this networking –both in Vermont and all across the country. Career Counselors and faculty can provide additional resources.  Don’t neglect family, friends and even families of friends. Start building that network—it will serve you well in the search later.

Finally, be imaginative. Where else does PR and marketing happen? Who markets those summer events in the park? Who is doing the PR for that political candidate/ you are looking to gain experience and build skills. Think outside the box and you may think yourself into the best internship ever!

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