Category Archives: Undergrad
By: Katie Keim
An internship is one of the most valuable experiences you can have as a college student. You can learn so much about yourself, as well as the business world, by applying, interviewing, and landing an internship position. However, once you have landed that wonderful opportunity, there are a few important things you can do to really take full advantage of your internship.
Be yourself and allow others to get to know you. This is one of the best things you can do while interning. It is important to understand your role as an intern, but you should not feel intimidated at all when talking to employees in higher positions. You were brought into the team and company for a reason so it is important to get to know the people you work with. Be sure to always smile and make eye contact as you pass someone walking through the office. Take your headphones out when you enter the building and ride up the elevator always taking advantage of an opportunity to meet someone new. Most importantly, try to eat lunch with others. While sometimes it might be nice to have a lunch by yourself, you would be wasting valuable time in getting to know other interns as well as the employees with whom you are working.
Always be sure to put your best foot forward. Try to be the first to get to the office and be the last to leave. If you are unsure of how to do something, always ask. When you have nothing assigned to you, be proactive and ask for more work. Feel free to walk around the office and talk to individuals you have previously met and ask if there is anything you can do to help them. Also, always be willing to go the extra mile. When placed on a project, complete all your required tasks and if possible suggest or do something extra that could be beneficial. It is also important that approximately half way through, and at the conclusion of your internship to meet with your supervisor and get feedback on your performance. You could ask them what you did well and what they think you could improve on. This will be hugely beneficial for your future internships.
Find a Mentor: When interning at offices and various companies, you have the ability to form meaningful relationships with various co-workers that could help you in pursuing your business career. It is important to schedule meetings to meet with the various people on your team to get to know them. You could ask them how they got to where they are in the company today, you could share with them your career goals and ask if they have any advice on how you could best succeed in fulfilling them. Once you have met with a few people, you can select a mentor who you can meet with occasionally and whom you can stay in contact with after the internship concludes.
Stay connected. As your internship comes to a close, it is important to get contact information from all of the people with whom you worked. It is also important to write thank you notes to those people. Follow up with them after a few weeks have passed and update them on your life. If it was a summer internship, mention how you are back at school and some of the courses you’re taking. It is also great to stay connected with these individuals because when you need a recommendation, you will have a variety of people to contact. Also, who knows, you might be back at that company working in the future!
By: Addison Holmes
This may be surprising, but there is very little in professional life that is as important as the follow-up. Whether you met someone at a career fair, just submitted your application, or had an interview, you want to make sure that you send a nice follow-up note – and fast! It’s strongly recommended that you send a follow-up email within 24 hours of the interaction (bonus points if you also send a handwritten note). Following up will keep your name on an employer’s radar and reiterate the fact that you’re very interested in the company.
But how do you know where to start? How do you know what to say? A good place to start is by saying where you met the person/why you’re reaching out. For example, you could say, “Jon, thank you for taking the time to meet with me earlier this morning” / “Janet, thank you so much for taking the time to come out to the GWSB Career Fair this afternoon.”
You want to continue by referencing something specific from your conversation. For example, you could say, “I enjoyed our conversation about skiing, Denver, and New York- style pizza. Or, “I appreciated your insight into data analytics at Deloitte and advice about post-internship role negotiation. Or, “It was really interesting to learn how Macy’s social media efforts are focused on creating two-way conversations, rather than pushing content.” Or, “I have always found that listening first leads to stronger relationships and better results, and really appreciated this point.” Referencing a specific topic of discussion helps the employer remember who you are and what you talked about, as well as helps you stand out among other candidates.
Finally, tie in a call for action. Employers need to know why you’re sending them an email. What do you want? What can you gain from emailing them? If you are following up on an informational interview, networking event, or career fair, ask an insightful question! If you don’t have something specific to ask, you could say something along the lines of “Thanks again for your time, would you mind if I asked one or two quick follow-up questions if I reached out?” If you are following up on an application or interview, you can close your email by saying something like, “I’ve also attached my resume for your reference, and a few of the projects that I mentioned as well. Please let me know if there’s anything else you need on my end. I look forward to talking with you again soon!”
Forgetting to send a follow up is a little like studying all night for an exam and then sleeping through your alarm. You can’t ace the test if you don’t even sit for it. Follow-ups are very similar. If you don’t follow-up with employers, your resume will get lost in the sea of applications.
By: Alexander Bealin
Let’s crunch some of the numbers: you’re taking 17 credits this semester. You have an off-campus job and are in the process of searching for potential summer internships. You are a rising leader in one student organization and a new member in another. Seems somewhat manageable, right? Your week is by all measures packed, but you have a structured schedule that has a fair amount of time appropriated to each activity, and there are very few regular conflicts. All of a sudden, you have family that comes into town that you want to spend time with, or you have to go home for a wedding, or your favorite artist is playing at 9:30 Club, or maybe you even get your third bout of the freshman plague. In any event, it all follows the same formula: your regular schedule is disrupted, and no matter how late you stay up the next couple of nights, it is very difficult to get back on track.
While everyone does not have the same schedule or priorities, I like to use a metaphor that can relate our college lives a little closer together. Imagine you are a trained tightrope walker suspended five or six feet off of the ground, walking back and forth across a rope. Sometimes you make it across the rope, but other times a strong wind rips through and pushes you off. When that happens, you scramble to get back on before anyone notices. In the college sphere, crossing the rope means that you made it through the week all “according to plan” – no surprise visits, sudden sicknesses, or extra work shifts. The wind represents one of those surprise disruptions, forcing you to readjust and reallocate your time. In the worst case, you miss a deadline for an assignment, internship application, or the time to study for an exam, and you lose your balance and fall off of the rope.
I believe that dealing with an unexpected assignment or commitment is the hardest part of time management. No matter how well you planned and prioritized your schedule at the beginning of the semester, you have to be ready for unexpected commitments. The great balancing act of your college career includes a ton of strong, sudden winds, and you must always prepare for the worst. But how can you prepare for the worst when your schedule is already packed? The answer is simple: try not to have a packed schedule.
A tightrope walker uses a similar coping method that you might have heard of called a horizontal balancing pole. This pole is attached to the walker’s body and has heavy weights attached at each end, increasing the person’s inertia and lowering the center of gravity. If a strong wind blows by, the walker merely needs to tip the pole slightly to rebalance, decreasing the risk of losing control and falling over. Many college students do not believe that they need a balancing pole in their schedule because they can learn to be more efficient and make time for anything else that comes up. Nevertheless, they cannot always just flip a switch and be more efficient when the time calls for it.
Avoiding a tight schedule allows one to build in contingency time for every schedule item’s undertaking. For example, deciding to quit that leadership position that takes up two hours on Monday and Wednesday nights allows for more time to finish a longer reading or an extra homework assignment. This leads to a domino effect, introducing elbowroom later in the week when you usually scramble to finish that assignment. Similar to using a balancing pole to rebalance much more efficiently, the more lenient schedule allows the student to spread out his tasks more evenly. Therefore, I have found that college students need that extra buffer to relax, take their time to try something new, and finally buckle down and use the time for reallocation in case a strong wind tries to sweep you away.
By: Lauren Shaoul
Phone interviews can be awkward and nerve racking, but it’s an essential skill in today’s workforce. Phone interviews are often a non-negotiable prerequisite to an in-person interview, as employers are increasingly opting for phone interviews to screen potential new hires.
Not being face-to-face with someone doesn’t mean that you still don’t need to bring your A-game. Here are some tips and tricks to improve your phone interviewing skills.
- Prepare Notes and Keep Them Handy
Start by Googling everything you need to know about the company and industry. Look up relevant news articles and current events you can bring up in your interview. This will demonstrate your interest in the company, and impress your interviewer.
It helps to know who is on the receiving end of your call; research your interviewer and look on their LinkedIn to find any common experiences or interests. Take advantage of the invisibility factor and keep your notes handy for easy reference.
- Strike a Power Pose
Body language can affect how we see ourselves. Social psychologist, Amy Cuddy’s, famous TED talk discusses the influence of “power poses” on self confidence. Adopting a “high power” position before a phone interview can increase testosterone and decrease cortisol, instantly making you feel less stress.
It’s also important to dress the part and get in the mindset of an interview. Dress as you would for a face-to-face interview because you’re more likely to feel and sound professional if you look the part.
- Nail the Greeting
The beginning of a conversation sets the tone for the entire interview. Many people will say that the outcome of an interview is determined in the first 15 seconds. Answer the phone in a calm tone and introduce yourself.
- Master the Q&A
Phone interviews are typically shorter than in-person interviews, which means you have less time to make a good impression. Speak clearly, show enthusiasm and stay focused when answering your interviewer’s questions.
- Send a Follow Up Email
Send your interviewer a follow up email within 24 hours of your interview. Thank the interviewer for the opportunity, summarize what you spoke about during the interview, and reaffirm your interest in, and fit for the company/position. The subject line should be your name and the position you applied for.
There’s no such thing as a “bad” interview; practice makes perfect, so get on the phone more often! Practice with friends, an FDFCC Career Coach, or try out InterviewStream, an online video system that lets you practice interviewing from anywhere.
By: Christina Giordano
The rule is simple: networking is the key to success. Networking takes many forms, including but not limited to, career fairs, grabbing coffee with others, informational interviews, through internships, or traditional networking events. If you’re nervous about talking to strangers, don’t fret. It’s totally normal at first. Here are 21 reasons how to overcome that fear. It’s okay to feel that way but the reality is that almost every job is in the people business. The world is becoming a more collaborative place and learning how to network is an important skill to practice.
Now, how do you find your passion through networking? Talk to people. I love hearing people’s stories because the only way to find out about different industries, jobs and opportunities is to talk with people who’ve lived in them. Of course, you’ll never know how you’ll do in a situation until you’re in that experience yourself, but people are your greatest resources. Fun fact: People love to talk about themselves. Yes, it’s true–they love to share their experiences and give advice to young minds. Also, it’s fun to listen to people who’re genuinely excited about their job. Here are some personal tips to successfully network:
- Use LinkedIn. Know a company you want to learn more about? Want to talk to someone who works there? Connect. Send them a message on LinkedIn. Share how you are a GW student interested in X field and want to learn more about [fill in the blank]. Ask for an informational interview. Boom. Use your network. Reaching out to 2nd degree connections could feel awkward but just think of the LinkedIn message as an abbreviated email.
- Tap into the GW alumni network. I’ve never run into a GW alum who is not willing to help. I even connected with an alumna “across the pond”, while I was studying abroad in Paris. Go to the Alumni Office and attend their events. Connect with an alum individually.
- Outside of LinkedIn, reach out for informational interviews. Whether this is with your professors, colleagues or supervisors. Pick their brains about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
- Attend a Fowler Career Center event. The School of Business has a lot of ways for you to connect. Take advantage of ALL the resources on the 5th floor of Duques has to offer.
There are plenty of ways to connect with people, especially with the rise of emerging digital platforms and the continuous updates to current technologies. Networking is an important ingredient to your professional success and happiness. It’s important to recognize, learn from and talk with the successful people around you. They can help you discover your passion and identify your purpose. Not all connections will necessarily be directly beneficial, but it’s about trial and error. Don’t forget that even if they aren’t able to be directly helpful, perhaps someone in their network can. And when you’re further along in your career, remember to pass along your words of wisdom to students seeking to network with you.
By: Corinne Casolaro
What does that mean? How does it affect my internship or job search? In the big picture of recruitment, it’s crucial to remember that the recruiter is a person first. You are a person first. Making yourself personable and differentiable is not about a variety of impressive internships, expensive shoes or a killer GPA. Make yourself stand out by remembering- this is all about people talking to people.
In certain fields, technical skills are highly valued, as they should! But more often than not we forget to emphasize soft skills, and it can be difficult to find opportunities to develop them as we get older. Soft skills are your communication, intrapersonal and decision-making habits. Are you flexible? Can you respond well in a crisis moment? Do you remember that the recruiter was from your hometown, and ask them about their favorite parts? If your soft skills can use a little work- that’s okay. Now is the perfect opportunity- it is rare that you’ll be in another time of your life where there are thousands of other students, just like you, willing and looking for ways to learn. There are plenty of spaces on campus where you can practice your soft skills. Going to a professor’s office hours is a great start; these are highly regarded professionals in their field and can ask you the technical questions about your career path while being receptive to a more personal interaction. Take advantage of career fairs that give you the opportunity to meet hundreds of professionals. When you’re in your next appointment with your career coach, ask him or her for personalized feedback on where you can improve.
Now that you know where to improve, I want to highlight some examples of where your personality can come into play. Part of being personable is in your body language, demonstrating good eye contact, smiling and actually (yes, actually) being engaged in conversation. Asking a question just to ask a question doesn’t increase your credibility with a recruiter, but intently looking for a response does. At one of the informational sessions for the company that I wound up interning for, the recruiter was bombarded with a line of at least 20 people. I noticed some bottles of water sitting to the side and got one to give to her. Why? Because I knew that after talking to that many people she’d be thirsty. While it sounds trivial, when she called to give me an offer she brought up that interaction. Looking for little ways to follow up about information that they have decided to share with you helps establish solid relationships.
Remember that recruiters are people first. This means that by establishing a human connection you will already set yourself apart in the crowd. You will be able to demonstrate that you are a person that wants to work for their company, while highlighting that you are somebody that they should want to work with. Try it out at your next professional opportunity- see how it goes. But at the core, just remember that people hire people.
By: Connor Johnson
For many, joining a fraternity or sorority marks the start of the quintessential college experience. Before we even set out on our first college campus tour, the benefits of joining these organizations are often extolled by an older friend or relative. They tell us about the sense of camaraderie, the brotherhood or sisterhood we’ll build, the networking opportunities with actives and alumni we’ll take advantage of, and the memories we’ll make that have and will continue to cause many to cite Greek Life as the highlight of their college years.
But what often gets overlooked until we reach college is alternative Greek Life, particularly the professional fraternities and sororities. GW is home to several chapters representing various interests, including business (Alpha Kappa Psi, Delta Sigma Pi), medicine (Delta Epsilon Mu), and foreign service (Delta Phi Epsilon), among others. With the exception of a few organizations, most tend to be co-ed and several recruit from all majors, creating an opportunity for anyone on campus to expand their professional development outside of their chosen field of study.
A professional fraternity’s primary focus, as the name implies, is to guide the professional development of its members, ideally towards a career in the field in which it specializes. Like traditional Greek Life, pledge programs vary from chapter to chapter. However, you can be sure that by the end of the process you will have gained skills that are vital to professional life. Besides being able to build an effective resume and learning about professional business attire, which you’ll learn in your FYDP or TSDC class, you’ll learn how to network in both work and social settings. After teaching you those skills, your new chapter will give you the opportunity to leverage them with an extensive web of brothers. From helping your fellow actives pursuing the same goals to connecting with established alumni in your industry of choice, the networking opportunities are endless. Aside from the professional aspects, the bonds and friendships you’ll make during your time as a member will also help you grow personally.
And if you were wondering about choosing between the different kinds of Greek Life, there’s no restriction on joining both a professional and a social fraternity/sorority. They both offer distinctive but hugely worthwhile experiences. If you think you might have the slightest interest in rushing, I would strongly recommend you do so. Rush is not a commitment, and you’re always free to turn down a bid if you feel it’s not the right fit for you. But if you do find that right fit, I guarantee you’ll look back on it as one of, if not the best decisions of your college career.
By Hannah Sassi
When you start to think seriously about your career search it can often seem overwhelming – especially when considering all of the other responsibilities students take on: from a full class schedule to on-campus leadership roles to part-time jobs. I know from my experience I felt overwhelmed by choices. It was overwhelming to consider the many career paths I could pursue but also difficult to come to the realization that in order to have a more focused business education I had to pick from a list of concentrations. I was worried that choosing a concentration would substantially limit my options of career paths and could potentially affect my ability to find the perfect career after I graduate. But it wasn’t until recently that I realized something that put these worries at ease: the perfect career is not chosen, but instead it is made.
When it comes to deciding what to do or where to start after graduating, I think it is most important to take the pressure off yourself and focus on exploring as much as you can while in school. Attend as many panels, career fairs and information sessions as you can and take some classes outside of your concentration or even the business school. Take self-assessment tests, such as the FDFCC’s Career Leader assessment, in order to learn more about your skills and interests. And once you approach opportunities such as panels and information sessions as more than just chances to network and eventually land a job, then you can finally start being reflective about what really appeals to you. I know from my experience that I have been to several information sessions and even interviews and realized a certain career or organization wasn’t right for me. During these moments I didn’t feel like my time was wasted but actually the opposite. I felt like I had made one more important realization about what does and doesn’t interest me. And the more often this happens, the easier it becomes to make decisions about your first job. Just being a student provides so many opportunities to try new things and learn more about the breadth of options out there and which ones interest you the most.
I think the best advice is to think seriously about what your passions are and consider the ways you can integrate a passion into a career, i.e. how to make the perfect career for you. It might not happen right away but thinking about this now could help guide your first career decisions. One great thing about studying business is that most industries, if not every industry, requires common business aspects such as finance, marketing, and general management. If you are studying accounting but love movies and television, you’re not limited because every show or movie out there has an accounting department. If you are studying marketing but have a passion for cooking, you can choose from thousands of jobs working in marketing for major food or cookware brands.
When it came to my own career decisions, I knew I wanted to work with non-profits and make a positive, meaningful impact in my career. I didn’t think I would be able to do so until later on in my career and I would have to have the typical financial job first so that I could learn the skills I would need to work as a financial officer at a non-profit. However, I was able to find an internship with Citi this summer that allowed me to build these financial skills but also work with non-profit organizations as some of my group’s primary clients. I am so excited that I have been given the opportunity to work there after I graduate and I already feel like I am on the right track for what I want to do. The reason I was able to identify this opportunity was because I knew what my passions were and what types of jobs to look for. I didn’t spend time focusing on the countless choices in front of me; I thought about what I wanted to do and how I could make that career a reality.
This year, think about how you can take your career search outside of the box. Don’t worry about confining yourself to a list of concentrations or a list of employers. Explore as much as you can, consider what your individual passions are, and most importantly, don’t put too much pressure on your first full-time job because the perfect career is made rather than chosen.
By Ryan Lasker
Yes, fall semester classes are just about to begin. Yes, you should be focusing your time on getting adjusted to your new classes, decorating your new room and reconnecting with friends you haven’t seen since May. But you also should be thinking about summer 2017, even if it seems so far away.
Internship application deadlines for next summer vary from early September (like one great program at Wells Fargo), to as late as May. With some deadlines approaching in just a few weeks, now is the time to get your resume updated with what you did last summer, and to start figuring out what type of internship or job you are looking for after the spring semester.
Here’s a quick to-do list to get you started:
- Do your own research
There is a myriad of resources online, like Internships.com and GWorkSB.com, to help you find the ideal internship. Make a list of the internships to which you’re interested in applying, and paste the links into an Excel spreadsheet along with the deadlines. Many applications for competitive internships have fast-approaching deadlines, so it might even be helpful to plant those in your calendar so you don’t forget to send off that resume and cover letter.
- Visit the F. David Fowler Career Center
The staff at Fowler Career Center can help students refine their list of dream companies. They’ll also look over resumes and cover letters and make sure students know how to nail the interview and get the job.
- Don’t panic
The world does not revolve around fall, spring and summer internships. This is not the time to apply blindly to dozens of internships every day. Companies will post their internship openings will throughout the semester, so there is still time to hit on finding the perfect summer internship. Make sure to keep up with any internships to which you do apply by following up with employers, but bear in mind that there are still more opportunities to come.
Start your semester out right by finding out what you’re looking for in an internship and letting coaches at the career center help you narrow your focus — but don’t forget that this is still the beginning of the semester, and summer is nine months away.
Class to Research Business Side of the Games
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 14, 2016) — Lisa Delpy Neirotti, associate professor of sport management and director of the Tourism Administration Program, and 27 George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) students will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 5-15, as part of Dr. Delpy Neirotti’s “Behind the Scenes at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio” course.
While in Rio, the students — two undergraduates in the Bachelor of Business Administration program, the rest graduate students in the Master of Tourism Administration and Master of Business Administration programs — will conduct research on all aspects of the Games, visiting various event venues, and meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) members and staff, Rio Organizing Committee executives, U.S. Olympic Committee representatives, Olympic sponsors, such as Coca Cola and GE, volunteers and athletes. A major component of the students’ on-site experience will be working with the IOC on evaluating the usage of space at all 28 sports venues. They will also be conducting surveys of spectators and writing blog posts. Prior to departing for the Olympics, students attend on-campus lectures and are assigned a research paper on one of a variety of topics related to the event, including: financing the Games, security, licensing, sponsorship, media issues, ticketing, sustainability, and the Olympic legacy.
“Students will gain first-hand knowledge of how the Games are managed, how sponsors leverage mega-events and the Games’ impact on the host city,” Dr. Delpy Neirotti said. “They’ll also have a great opportunity to network with executives at all levels of the Olympic movement.”
This summer marks Dr. Delpy Neirotti’s 18 th time attending the Olympics, and her 14 th with a GWSB class. Follow the GWSB “Behind the Scenes at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio” blog at http://business.gwu.edu/blogs/. About the George Washington University School of Business
GW’s School of Business is an international leader in education and research, which prides itself on training future leaders to be global problem solvers and socially responsible managers. The school leverages its prime location—in the heart of Washington—by attracting visiting scholars and leaders in the business community to work, teach and engage with students on campus.
The depth and variety of its academic and professional programs, including five specialized master’s programs, provide rich opportunities for academic engagement and career development for students in the school’s core Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration and doctoral programs. Visit: business.gwu.edu
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