CAREER EXPLORATION & DEVELOPMENT
Week of April 1st, 2015
New Paid Denison Internship!
Due to a connection with an alumnus, Denison is pleased to offer a special internship this coming summer! The position will include providing the intern with housing, a car, and a private jet for the period of work. An unlimited expense account will also be at the disposal of this lucky intern. To find out more, access the application via the button below
An Internship Abroad: Hastea Darabian
*Jordanian Friends of the Environment*
Name: Hastea Darabian
Major(s): Environmental Studies/Middle Eastern Studies
Company/Organization: Jordanian Friends of the Environment (JoFoE)
Position Title: Intern/Project Developer
Location of Internship: Amman, Jordan
What were your day-to-day responsibilities?
My day-to-day responsibilities included a lot of independent research and contacting
international businesses. I had to research paper recycling technology and machinery,
paper-making, recycled paper products, and grades of pulp. In addition, I had to contact international businesses in Europe, India, and China for likely purchases of paper recycling machinery within budget guidelines.
How did the fact that your internship was abroad shape your experience and make it unique? Would you recommend working abroad to other students?
I helped develop one of the first recycling programs in Jordan. There are no efficient recycling programs in Jordan. Paper, aluminum, plastic, e-waste, all becomes trash and dumped in landfills. JOFOE aims to start a cardboard and paper recycling campaign in the Zaatari camp, hoping to create jobs and encourage a more locally based economy. For example, most of the products made from recycled paper in Jordan come from Kuwait, yet Jordan has the resources to make their own paper bags and boxes. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to do something beneficial and meaningful for the Zaatari community and myself. I would recommend working abroad but only if students are truly passionate about the work, disciplined, mature, and adaptable. Students must be willing to integrate themselves in the culture, adapt to the country’s customs, and adjust to the work environment abroad. One must be genuine. It can be very exciting to work in another country, but at the same time there are challenges that students must be aware of and mature enough to handle.
What was one of the highlights of your internship?
The highlight of my experience was in fact the work I put into my research. I researched paper-recycling technology to start a cardboard recycling program and plant in Zaatari Refugee Camp located in Jordan. The aim of this initiative was to design a well-researched blueprint for an operative recycling program for the refugee camp. This would help to create a more sustainable and self-sustaining economy along with the help of refugee labor.
What did you learn?
I learned a lot such as environmental concerns in Jordan, papermaking procedures, and
persistence. I was able to hone my research skills, how NGOs operate, but I would say that my major takeaway was self-discipline, being realistic, practical problem solving, and understanding that your work is not about the individual but the community. It is about what ways you can help and be an asset to your community and work. It is not just a resume builder that is why I believe someone who does any type of work must be passionate in his/her work. One must be genuine.
Any further advice for the internship seekers of Denison?
Intern at an NGO, company, or business that does work one is passionate about.
Denison Internship Program Information!
Reminder: Register Your Internship, Receive Transcript Notation
To start the process of receiving transcript notation for an upcoming internship you have in the Summer of 2015, you must first register your internship on DU Link. On the right side of the homepage under "Internships" you will see "Summer 2015 Internship Form (Register Here!)." You can access the form and begin the application for transcript notation here.
For those who have accepted unpaid internships, the stipend application is still open and will remain open until May 31st! Search "stipend" in the DU Link job postings to find the application and find out more details about how to apply.
The Startup Space
Last Wednesday, March 25th, the CE&D office hosted "The Startup Space" in Higley Auditorium, an event which consisted of a discussion led by 3 panelists. The panelists, who have all found success in the startup industry, aided students in answering questions regarding starting a company and shared their personal stories of entrepreneurship.
Christopher Celeste, Founder of Hatch
Mike McCann, Director at Rev1Ventures
Reese Neader, CEO of Forge Columbus
Starting a Career With a Small Company
Here's a message from Zach Pavol, our Assistant Director, regarding the perks of pursuing a career with a small company:
With graduation and summer break appearing on the horizon, many students consider this the internship and job search “crunch time”. Making things seem more urgent for some is hearing friends and classmates talk about the internships and jobs they’ve secured with big name companies. While it can be appealing to focus solely on those big name companies, the reality is they’re not the only employers. Actually, there aren’t even that many Fortune 500 companies. Go ahead and do the math; you’ll find there are only 500 of those companies. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States has more than 5.7 million small business with employees, and those small businesses employ about half of the nation’s private workforce. Another benefit of considering a small company is the timing of their searches. While big companies can plan well in advance and do most of their university hiring in the Fall Semester, many small companies need to wait to hire students 30-60 days before they graduate/begin summer break.
So what? My point is you might want to consider also focusing on small companies if you are someone still looking for a job or internship.
If you need further motivation, please review Right Management’s 10 reasons to consider working for a small company.
Testing ground: If you are not sure which area you’d like to focus on in your career, a small business allows you to work in many areas, so you can decide which areas you like best.
Autonomy: Since there are less people and layers to navigate, usually no middle management, people who work in small businesses tend to have the autonomy to work independently.
Easier to implement ideas: Because of simpler reporting structures and less red tape, it is much easier to implement creative ideas.
Easy access to management: In a small business, it’s much easier to walk into a manager’s office, even the business owner’s office, to get her perspective on your ideas.
React faster to change: Because of their size, small businesses can make decisions faster and respond more quickly to changing business environment.
Promote from within: This is especially important for people who are just starting out in their careers, or for those who are making career shifts. In smaller companies, managers and business owners often mentor and coach people to promote from within.
Employee contribution and sense of ownership: Most small businesses have a familial atmosphere, which makes people feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for the success of the company. Because they feel like they are part of a family, they want to contribute to well-being of the organization.
Greater job satisfaction and opportunity to expand skills: You get the opportunity to multitask and work in many areas of the business, which offers the opportunity to acquire new skills and discover abilities you didn’t know you possessed. And there are often critical projects, without current sponsors, therefore there is less chance for boredom and feelings of stagnation.
Recognition: It’s easier to get noticed in a small business. You get seen for your hard work that contributes to the company’s bottom line – you matter and not just another cog-in-a-big-wheel.
Cooler and more interesting perks: Because of smaller budgets, small businesses tend to be more creative in the kinds of perks they offer employees.
Small Business Association. (2015, February). Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories. https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/advocacy/SB%20Profiles%202014-15_0.pdf
Right Management. (2013, March 28). 10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Working for a Small Company. http://www.right.com/blog/careerpluswork/2013/10-reasons-why-you-should-consider-working-for-a-small-company
Ask a Fellow:
What to Include on Your LinkedIn Profile
Have a question for our fellows? Send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Ask a Fellow" as the subject line. Your question could be featured in an upcoming newsletter!
This week's question: "I just started using my LinkedIn and I'm in the process of creating my profile. What things are most important to include?"
Answer: If you're just starting out on LinkedIn, your profile should include many of the same pieces of information found on your resume. Your job experiences, leadership roles, memberships of organizations, honors and awards, and education background can all be highlighted on your profile. You may elect to elaborate upon your job experiences with a few bullet points which convey the skills you used and developed over the course of your experience and the achievements you accomplished. You can also view the profiles of professionals you have connected with on LinkedIn to gain a finer grasp of how others are structuring their profile.