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Online Internship/Job Search Strategies

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 Tips on "Online Internship & Job Search Strategies"

Summary from a recent workshop

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1)      Use Google Search to locate new and useful resources

a)      Example Search -> "Top Internship Websites"
Let us take a look at what Columbia.Edu has to offer us...
It is an exploratory and sequential process of search

2)      World of "Job Search Engines" some samples


b)      JuJu



e)      And there are many more out there if you look for them....

3)      You can search for Sample Resumes and Sample Cover letters in your field

a)      Or go to sites that give you advice on how to...

b)      Info on starting salaries, interview techniques, researching employers

4)      Using Employer Databases to look for internships and jobs in selected geographical areas.

a)      Reference USA  (from inside IUP or through VPN connection through IUP)
Demo of sample search for marketing internship in Philadelphia

5)      You can also visit company websites of companies where you would like to start

a)      Let us look for a job at Frito Lay

b)      Look for "Careers" link (about us, company info sections)

c)      Research the job

d)      Apply online.

6)      Summary

a)      Search for sample resumes and cover letters and create a basic resume

b)      Search for internships and jobs using job search engines, databases etc.

c)      Research the employer by visiting website and finding exactly what they will be looking for.

d)      Tailor your resume for each job/internship; never send the same resume to two different employers; always customize.

e)      Law of large numbers; send a 100 resume your chances are better, send 500 resumes - you are bound to hit the jackpot.



Starting your Job-Search

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Many students ask me the question: "How do I get started with my job search?" Here is some advice for those who have the same question.

First of all, searching for a job is a full-time job, unless you are that SUPER student with lots of luck!  You need to start by introspecting your best case scenario as well as what would be acceptable to you--the type of work, the kind of organization, and the location. Be a little flexible while setting this agenda since the best case scenario may not work out all the time. More importantly, be realistic!

Once you get your resume and cover letter formats in order, launch a multi-pronged attack...there are a number of avenues that you should be exploring. A) Start with your network--family members, neighbors, contacts that you might have established through student organizations, recent alumni with whom you were friends with, etc. Don't discount the possibility of getting help from any corner. B) Identify about 25 organizations that are on your "A" list. Visit their web sites, learn about these organizations, and most importantly, monitor the job opportunities for recent College graduates on their sites.  C) Post your resume on all the reputed job-search portals and keep updating it. I have known many students, especially with some special skills or experience, getting interview calls after their resumes were picked up on Monster. com and similar sites. It may not work for all but certainly there is no harm in trying. D) Check the resources at IUP and Eberly. Pay regular visits to the Eberly Internship & Corporate Relations suite at Eberly ( and the IUP Career Development Center ( in Pratt Hall. E) Keep your eyes and ears open for job fairs. There are some job fairs in other universities that you can attend for a nominal cost. F) Be in touch with your professors. From time to time, they get calls from employers asking for help in filling entry-level positions.

I think it was one of Dale Carnegie's quotes, and I paraphrase: "luck (or success) is the meeting place of opportunities passing by AND your alertness." So, be alert and be at the right place at the right time. Best wishes!


Visit Career Centers Across the Nation and Beyond

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As you approach graduation, or get ready for seeking an internship, it is a good idea to visit the Career Center of your University, and explore the help that is available to you. IUP's Career Development Center is situated in Pratt Hall. Their website URL is

Now, suppose, you are looking for an internship in New York City. You should also make an online visit to the career centers of all the universities situated in New York City. In this regard, the website of National Association of Colleges and Employers is very helpful. For this, you go to their website Click on Students, Career & Job Search Information, and Career Center Websites. Here, you will find the URLs of Career Centers of all the universities throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, UK and Europe. Of course, you will also find the listing of all of the universities in New York City.

Good luck in job hunting and internship endeavors!

Marketing and MBA Internships

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Greetings! This is Dr. Krish Krishnan. I will be advising and assisting Marketing Majors and MBA students find internships this academic year. I will be holding a couple of mini workshops to get students aquainted with the process of an internship search. I will also do a specialized workshop for international MBA students about the process involved for them to get internships. In the meanhwile, please feel free to call my office and setup a meeting with me 724-357-2522 if you have any internship related questions. Look forward to working with you.

Dr. K