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April 2019

Starting an Internship? Here's How to Make the Most of It

Adapted from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) resource written by Chaim Shapiro.

Congratulations—it’s the last day of finals week! I bet you’re looking forward to your summer internship, and you might even be a little nervous. Internships are an incredible opportunity, and you will want to hit the ground running to take full advantage. Here are 6 tips to make the most of your internship/ co-op right from the first day!

1) Understand the Opportunity. Companies have internship programs so that they can test drive the talent. They want to see you and how well you work in a professional setting.  Take your responsibilities seriously from day one.  A successful internship is the best way into many companies full-time!

2) Recognize that They WANT to Hire You. Most interns don’t realize that the company is invested in your success. If you were hired as an … 

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No Summer Internship? Consider This!

With spring semester winding down, do your summer plans seem in flux? If you don’t have internship or co-op plans there are still valuable ways to spend your time. Try these things to build not only your resume, but also insight into your field of interest.

Informational Interviews

Spend your time networking. Summer can be a great time to reach out to professionals in your field and ask them about their experiences. Using LinkedIn, search for job titles you might be interested in, companies you would want to work for, or locations where you would like to end up. Then connect with individuals and ask if they have time for an informational interview (either in-person or over the phone). Use this time to ask about what it’s like to work in the industry, learn more about the company, get advice for how to best market yourself, and make valuable connections … 

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Consulting: An Alum's Perspective

Photo of Pranav ChaudharyPranav Chaudhary, B.S. Industrial Systems and Engineering, May 2018

This week’s blog features Pranav Chaudhary, an Associate with PwC. Pranav graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Systems and Engineering in May 2018.

What does a typical day look like for you as an Associate with PwC?
In a typical day, one of my most significant responsibilities is closing out the user story (as per the Agile PM methodology a user story is a piecemeal of the more substantial client deliverable) for that day. My team meets first thing in the morning for goal setting and status updates. In this meeting we discuss what we've done so far, what are the blockers and what is the plan for the day ahead. We meet at 8:30 am with the offshore team and 10:00 am with the onsite team, which includes the client. Sometimes, I have meetings with … 

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If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Ever wish you could go back in time and do things over again? We may not be able to do that, but we've got two graduating seniors offering advice about what they would do differently in their career searches.

Liz Neudeck, B.S. Environmental Engineering ‘19

  1. I wish I would have known how important connections are! The majority of people get jobs and internships not from applying as faceless resume online, but from knowing someone or reaching out to someone at the company. Even if it feels nerve-wracking or weird, if there's a job you really want, you have to [visit or reach out to] someone at the company until they recognize you.
  2. Internships are just as important for knowing what you don't want as much as knowing what you do want. Cast your net far and wide, and don't be afraid to take your chances with positions not 100% up your … 
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Deciphering Legal Agreements in Job Offers

Adapted from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) resource titled “Noncompete, Nonsolicitation, Nondisclosure Agreements: What You Need to Know”. 

You got an offer, congratulations! Now it’s time to figure out what you will be agreeing to by signing. Some of the more common legal items in offers are noncompete, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements.  

NONCOMPETE AGREEMENTS 

Noncompete agreements limit an individual's ability to perform work in his or her chosen profession for a certain period of time. In this regard, a noncompete restricts former employees from working for competitors or defined groups of competitors in a specific geographic area for a defined time period. Employers require employees to sign noncompete agreements to protect corporate assets, such as trade secrets, proprietary information, and goodwill. 

With regard to temporal and geographic scope, courts look to what is reasonable to protect the employer’s legitimate business interests. In most cases, a two-year … 

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