CAREER EXPLORATION & DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER
Week of February 11th, 2015
Owl vs. GoPro
*First Athletics Alumni Panel*
On February 2nd, CE&D and Athletics hosted the first Athletics Alumni Panel, in which four Denison's alumni and former varsity athletes provided insights regarding professional life and transferring skills from athletics to the workplace. Panel members came from an array of industries and departments, from Geology to Fashion to Human Resources. The panel was moderated by our Field Hockey Coach, P.J. Soteriades.
From left: Coach P.J. Soteriades, Dan Gilligan ('00), Adam Mandel ('04), Bethany Keller ('10), Abbe Partee ('03).
Julianne North, C-SPAN
Position: Media Relations Intern
What were your day-to-day responsibilities?
I worked on a variety of projects, mostly focused on ways we could better our social media presence. I compiled lists of major reporters for our Twitter followers to follow, I updated our Foursquare page daily, and I worked on projects and polls for our Facebook and Instagram pages. I often ran errands on the Hill, whether it was to the Capitol to sit in on a hearing, or to the Senate office buildings to drop off information for the senators about C-SPAN events.
What was one of the highlights of your internship? Any specifically exciting days?
I went to the White House with C-SPAN to cover President Obama's signing of an executive order. Regardless of your political affiliation, seeing the most powerful man in the world walk into the room a few feet away from you is something you will simply never forget. I also got to sign the bottom of the old White House pool where all of the press and famous visitors have signed, so my name is currently right next to former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's, which is pretty cool.
I also got to transcribe an interview that we did with Hillary Clinton about her book for C-SPAN Book TV. I got to watch the uncut interview, so hearing all of her off-the-record stuff was really cool. We ended up sending my transcription over to Politico and some other political news outlets, so seeing my words printed on their websites was extremely rewarding.
What did you learn?
I learned so much about the Washington news cycle, and how fickle the public is when it comes to news coverage. I also really came to understand the workplace dynamic and accountability--if you mess up on a test or an assignment at school you let your self down, but that's about it. You really can't slack off in the workplace because you are held accountable by your coworkers and your boss, and they push you to do your best.
Did your liberal arts education contribute to your ability to excel in your internship? In what way?
Absolutely. My internship involved a ton of writing, and the emphasis that Denison places on writing and interpersonal skills proved invaluable.
What are your hopes or plans for the future?
I am taking some time off to travel Europe this summer, and then am planning on getting a job in political media or with a lobbying firm in DC. But for now, I am just trying to enjoy my last semester at Denison with my friends!
Any advice for the internship seekers of Denison?
Connections are everything. While this may seem daunting, especially if you are seeking an internship in a big city where you don't know anyone, you know more people than you think. There are Denison alumni events in almost every city, and the alums get so excited to meet someone that goes to Denison, and really want to help them. Brainstorm people who could help you out--friends' parents, your parents' friends, and recent graduates. When you ask someone for job advice or to help you get your foot in the door, the worst they can say is no, and the best outcome could be you getting the job of your dreams.
Part of the reason I got my C-SPAN internship is because my neighbor is the President of C-SPAN, and passed my resume and application along to the head of HR. While I still had to go through the interview and selection process, him passing on my resume was extremely helpful when I was going up against applicants from the Ivy's and from applicants who had had major Hill internships previously. If you are going up for the same job as someone with an equal or better resume, a personal reference could give you the push you need. The bottom line is that people want to help you get your foot in the door, you just have to ask.
Biggest Interview Fails
5 Pieces of Resume Wisdom
Sandy Malone provides her 5 things that will "Make or Break" your resume in this article from the Huffington post. Here is an overview of the article:
1. Leave your GPA off your resume unless it's higher than a 3.5.
Here in CE&D, we recommend you add your GPA to your resume if it is above a 3.0. Furthermore, you can opt to highlight your Major GPA on your resume if it is stronger than your cumulative GPA.
2. Don't address your cover letter to the wrong person.
Addressing your cover letter with the heading "To Whom It May Concern," or "Dear Hiring Manager," are good options if the application does not instruct you to send the application to a specific individual.
3. Know where and what you're applying for before you send that cover letter and resume.
Do your research on the company and position before hitting "submit" on your application. If the internship is in investment banking, be sure not to state that you have a "strong interest in pursuing a career in the retail industry." A cover letter that conveys the idea that the applicant is aware of the duties of the position and intricacies of the company will be more likely to please the reader.
4. Never send an outdated resume.
Ideally, your resume should contain some present or recent experiences. Don't submit a resume with the most recent job being from 2012. Always be looking to refresh your resume whenever possible.
5. It isn't necessary for a college student to go back to 2006 on their resume.
Recency is always a good quality to have in your resume. Gaps in time without experience could come off as unattractive to employers.