Make the Most of Internship Mania: Stand Out!

Internship Mania
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
10 am – 3 pm
Council Fire Room, Davies Center

The Internship Mania is great place for freshmen and sophomore business students to practice networking skills, learn about career options, and discover which companies recruit on campus. Junior and senior students can use the fair to make preliminary contacts with employers for internships or permanent employment after graduation. These contacts can be followed up with more formal interviews either on or off campus.

More than 100 organizations, including businesses, graduate schools, and state and federal agencies participate in the conference each year.

Internship Mania is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire Student Organizations and Career Services.

» Check out the Internship Mania website

Meet the Recruiters

Get some one-on-one face time with a recruiter BEFORE Internship Mania by participating in the following experiences:

  • Be an Internship Mania Volunteer. Career Services is looking for students to shuttle employers and help them unload their displays.
  • Attend the Early Morning Employer Social - Wednesday, February 6, 8 - 10 am, Davies Center Alumni Room – Meet employers prior to Internship Mania at an informal breakfast.

Tips for a Successful Internship Mania

Before Internship Mania

  • Develop a list of employers you are interested in. Don't just concentrate on the "big names." There are often great opportunities with companies you aren't familiar with. Check out the company's website to find information on the their history, mission, product lines, news, and career opportunities.
    » View the list of organizations registered for Internship Mania
  • Update your resume. Your resume should look professional, in an easy-to-read format that is free of typos. Make sure it highlights your knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Think about how you are going to present yourself to the employer. Develop a 30 second sales pitch that includes basic information about yourself and your career objectives.
  • Decide what you'll wear. Dress as professionally as possible -- A suit if you have it, or dress slacks/pants or neat skirt.
  • Plan to go early. Some employers may need to leave early. If you come at the end of the day, you may miss the organization you wanted to contact.

At Internship Mania

  • First impressions are important. Smile, introduce yourself and shake the recruiter’s hand. Give him or her your resume and be prepared to expand on it quickly.
  • Gather information about the company. Ask questions to help you learn how your skills and interests match their needs.
    » View Sample Questions Students Might Ask
  • Get a business card. You will want to send this individual a thank you note and/or email.
  • Follow-up your conversation. Find out if the company is interviewing on campus and ask to get on the interview schedule. If they aren't, ask for a contact name and information as to contact this person.
  • Take notes. Find a quiet spot to jot a few notes on the company and the individuals you have met.

After Internship Mania

  • Send a thank you note. Show your interest in a company by sending an email and thank you note to the employers you met.

Sources: UW-Eau Claire Career Services website; "Sell Yourself at the Career Fair" by Sara "Sally" Kearsley for; Northwestern University Career Services website

News around Schneider

Get the Scoop on Internships

from Erin Leifker, Career Services

Erin LeifkerInternships allow you to “sample” a particular career. You’ll gain practical experience in your field, which is highly valued by employers. And most COB internships are paid! Internships can also lead to a job offer. Many employers view the experience as a way to pre-screen prospective employees. So it's not uncommon for students to receive a job offer at the end of their internship.

Internship Mania is a great place to connect with an employer and find an internship, even though you aren't currently looking for an internship. It is always best to plan ahead -- many employers start searching for interns 1 or even 2 semesters before the internship would start. You can also find internship postings at Blugold CareerLink, a computerized database that gives you access to over 2,200 internship opportunities.

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