Author Archives: Ashley Spade

Interning Abroad: What You Need to Know (What I Wish I’d Known)

During my years interning in Europe, Canada and Asia, I’ve learned more than I did in a classroom – in my undergrad and graduate career combined. Without a doubt, living and working abroad truly teaches you how to survive in the real world.

After I secured my first overseas internship during my sophomore year, I was so overwhelmed and excited that I really didn’t stop to think about how to prepare for life in another country and culture.

Here are some of the best tools and tips I’ve found for an intern going abroad this summer!   

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Unpaid Internships: Long-term Rewards May Outweigh Short-term Pay

All you have to do is look through the Twitter stream to see that unpaid internships can be valuable for many students.

But who wants to work for nothing, right? And how do you know if an unpaid internship is the right choice for you – and your career?

When deciding whether or not to apply for unpaid positions, consider the numerous non-financial benefits…   

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Looking for Summer Internships in All the Right Places

By now, you’ve likely heard that completing one or more internships during college will help you prepare for life after college. However, what if you are having trouble finding that summer internship? The reality is there are plenty of internship opportunities out there. To find them, sometimes you just need to be creative in how you look – and network!   

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Create a Resume as Unique As You Are

If you’re bored by your own resume and cover letter, imagine how horrible it is for Harriet in HR at We’re A Fun Company Inc., who has the pleasure of reading through yours… and 400 others just like yours… daily.

So, what can you do to present a resume that conveys how interested you are… without going over the top? Check out these steps to create a resume that might finally get you a call back.   

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Consider This Before Going to an Internship Naked

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain.

Many of us have heard time and time again how important internships are while in school. But a related concept that some still don’t understand is the importance of dressing for success. Once you’ve secured an internship you need to get acclimated to the company’s culture — and what you wear is a big part of that.   

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There’s Much to Consider Before Accepting an Internship

The rules of the unspoken college internship rivalry are pretty clear: Land a cooler semester long or summer internship than all your friends.

But with everyone competing for the best internship, it’s important to stay focused on what really counts. Shelf the Rivalry Rules for the coolest internship and try to think more comprehensively about what you want and need from an internship to build your early career.   

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