Day 26:

You’re “kind of a big deal.”

How?  Easy, go to Oregon State University Printing & Mailing and click on “Design Online.” Either log-in or create a new account and then click on “Catalog” and then OSU Business Cards for Students on the left hand side. They already have templates available for you and for a reasonable price. Business cards are really helpful and makes you look more professional. So yes, you can should consider having business cards while you’re in school.

Not sure what you’re majoring in yet?  Don’t sweat it!  Maybe a business card is not the best way for you to convey your interest in a company.  Perhaps you can spend more time perfecting your “30 second infomercial.”  Or, you might consider putting your qualifications (do you speak more than one language), work or volunteer experience, or industries you’re interested in instead of putting your major information.  Just keep in mind you have limited space so keep it brief.   Questions?  Come chat with a career counselor here in Career Services!

Welcome back to campus everyone! I know you are busy finding your classes, adjusting to this term’s schedule, and getting re-connected with friends but don’t forget to also start searching for a summer internship. You may be asking, ALREADY??? Yep, many employers hire their interns fall term for the following summer so in order to not miss out on an amazing opportunity, plan ahead! Below are 11 Ways to Get a Summer Internship from with a few additional suggestions from OSU Career Services.

  1. Make a list. Figure out what you want to do – what interests you, what do you want to learn how to do, or what do you think you want to be in 10 years? Write down a few places or lines of work that come to mind. While you’re at it, scribble down a few basic things to narrow your search – what town or area, paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, for school credit or not.
    Not sure of your interests? Then you might want to take a career or self-assessment and/0r meet with a career counselor. We offer both at Career Services!
  2. Research. Look into big companies in your area; most big corporations have internship programs. Stumped? Meet with a career counselor and also brainstorm a list of people who have jobs you think are interesting. Here is a great list to get you started. Remember Career Fair is taking place on October 24th (University Wide) and 25th (Engineering) and it is a great place to find out about internship opportunities from companies specifically recruiting Beavers!
  3. Get creative. Don’t want to work in a stuffy office while your buds are hitting the beach? No problem. Look into museums, art galleries, publishing houses, nature centers, eco-research centers, whatever. You may want to check out some ideas on our Alternative/ Adventure Jobs & Opportunities section of the Career Services website.
  4. Hit the pavement. Online research for big companies and orgs is a great starting point, but walk around your city or town to see if any other places spark your interest. Be bold, if something looks interesting, walk in, ask for an application, or leave your info (including a resume) with them. Don’t forget to smile! Need help putting together a resume? Then check out these resources and come by Career Services during our Drop-In Hours.
  5. Don’t give up. So your dream workplace doesn’t have an internship program? The search isn’t over yet! Look up who you can contact in Human Resources or who the managing director of a certain department might be, and contact them! Let them know that you’re interested in interning and ask if the company has a program or a way for you to help and learn a few things. You might want to meet with a career counselor to figure out your internship proposal so that you are prepared before you actually set up that meeting with a potential internship supervisor.
  6. Make sure you can do it! Once you have a few places, ask yourself: Got a ride? OK’d it with your parents/family? Is it realistic for you to get to the internship during the summer? Make sure you can get a ride (or map out your bus/train route), and if you can walk or bike, even better! You don’t want to commit to something and have to pull out at the last minute, so cover your bases.
  7. Get that resume in shape. What’s a resume and how do you make one? Check out these resources and come by Career Services during our Drop-In Hours for feedback.
  8. Make contact. If your internship has a formal application program, write out your application and apply, AND do a little digging to find out who might be getting that app. Give HR a call and ask who handles hiring. Send them a written note or an email explaining why you’d like the job and what makes you good at it. A little extra goes a long way.
  9. Spread your net. It’s tempting to put all your efforts into that dream job, but there are ton of people vying for internships, so make sure you look into at least five options and make contact with them so you have plenty of choices!
  10. Snagged an interview? It’s important to dress appropriately and remember a few simple things. Check out our resources on interviewing and schedule a mock (practice) interview with Career Services. Don’t have the time to practice with someone in person? Then do one virtually through InterviewStream.
  11. Follow-up. If you talked to someone at a company or had an interview, make sure to thank them and remind them you’re out there and would still love to intern with them.


Posted by Jen Busick Stewart, Career Advisor & Outreach Coordinator at Oregon State University
Advises students about internships and the job search, applying to graduate school, resumes/cover letters, and interviewing. She also organizes and updates resources, manages social media for Career Services and coordinates outreach opportunities. She enjoys working with students in coming up with a plan to finding a job and assisting them with figuring out the next steps. She has a lot of international experience, including the Peace Corps, study abroad, and independent travel.

Day 27:

Got Jobs?

In today’s economy it’s more important than ever to start developing your network NOW.   Don’t wait until after graduation to start making contacts.  Let’s face it, nobody likes feeling used, so it’s better to establish contacts while you’re in school so then later when you actually need something (like a job for example!) you’ve already established a relationship with that company, or even better, a specific person. Find out more about networking on our website.

To view this job/internship listing, you must be a currently registered OSU student and have an existing Beaver JobNet account. If you are eligible and do not have an account, register now. Beaver JobNet is a great way to get your job or internship search started. Meet employers from a variety of organizations.

Alumni Center Student Staff Member
OSU Alumni Association

The OSU Alumni Association is a non-profit organization serving Oregon State University by engaging alumni and friends in the life, promotion, and advancement of the university.

The OSU Alumni Association operates the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, a 45,000 square foot meeting and conference facility on the campus of Oregon State University. The Center features a wide variety of spaces to accommodate everything from large regional and national conferences to smaller local meetings and social events.

Position Summary
Student employees are an integral part of the day-to-day success of events and operations at the Alumni Center. Student employees execute event setups and perform basic maintenance, cleaning, A/V setup, technical support, and customer service. Flexibility, attention to detail, teamwork, and the ability to work independently are required.

For more information, including how to apply check out the posting in Beaver JobNet.

Day 28:

Interested in working for a “green” company?

Look for this symbol displayed on various companies booths, and also on the map to find out which businesses and organizations have made a significant, demonstrable, and measurable commitment to make their establishment’s production processes more environmentally sustainable, and reduced their use of natural resources.


Day 29:

Beavers Wanted!

Do you want employers calling to offer you that job you’ve been really wanting?  Are you looking for great internships?

Now is a great time to start preparing for the fair to help you land that awesome job or internship.

Here’s how!

  • Write a resume highlighting skills and experiences related to your goal
    • For example, are you looking for full-time employment, an internship, or are you going to explore organizations and positions? Need resume feedback? Then come into Career Services for Drop-In Hours, Monday-Thursday, 1-4pm.
  • Check out which employers will be at the career fair and scan for employers seeking students like you; do your research
  • Pull together a professional outfit, preferably a business suit. Don’t have a suit?  Borrow one from a friend!

To view this job/internship listing, you must be a currently registered OSU student and have an existing Beaver JobNet account. If you are eligible and do not have an account, register now. Beaver JobNet is a great way to get your job or internship search started. Meet employers from a variety of organizations.

Regional Organizer
Resolute Consulting

A national public affairs firm is looking to hire a field organizer based in Portland to assist in a national field organizing campaign.

You must have access to a computer and transportation. You must also have a willingness to attend events. Travel expenses and accommodations will be reimbursed.

Role Description:
Your primary role will consist of:
• Signup gathering at events, festivals, and in high-traffic areas.
• Coalition building and stakeholder engagement
• Identification and activation of likely campaign supporters.
• Phone calls to potential campaign supporters.
• Organizational and stakeholder research
• Assisting with community outreach as well as coordination of event logistics for client activities.

Required Skills — Qualified individuals must possess the following skills:
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines
• Good organizational skills
• Ability to do research online
• Attention to detail and accuracy
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment with minimal supervision
• Networking/people skills including persuasive speaking

For more information, including how to apply check out the posting in Beaver JobNet.

What are the top skills employers are seeking?

This is a great question! According to NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) the top 10 skills/qualities employers across all industries are looking for:

1.Verbal Communication
2. Strong Work Ethic
7.Written Communication
10. Adaptable
This is valuable information to know because it means that you can work on developing these qualities and skills while you are in college through multiple activities – internships, part-time jobs, involvement in clubs and organizations, volunteering, etc. It is interesting to note that #9 Computer Skills is the only one that is technical…the rest are what we consider “soft skills” and most are gained through experience. So be sure to incorporate these skills into your application documents and while interviewing!
Note: this is the final Q&A Monday of the summer since summer is just about over. School starts next week so we will be returning with more blog posts across a variety of career-related topics. Here’s to a great 2012-2013 academic year!