#NDSUintern Advice

Paige Schwartz
Major: Health Communications
Graduation Date: May 2018
Company: NDSU Career Center
Position: Career Peer

Why did you choose to work for the Career Center?

As a freshman, I was trying to find a job I knew I would enjoy and one that would get me more involved at NDSU. When the Career Center posted the part time job it sounded right up my alley. As I have been at the Career Center for about two years I have seen my position change drastically. I went from being a desk worker to going to classes on campus to teach and give Career Fair presentations.  I love the ever changing atmosphere of my job and how no two days are the same.

How did you find your internship?

I found it on the Career Center’s Part-time Job Board.

How many internships did you apply to before you were hired?

None – I was promoted to intern.

Did you register for credits through the Career Center’s Internship Program? If so, why was it beneficial for you to register?

Yes, in order for me to graduate, I need 122 credits. The Internship Program is helping me reach that credit limit while I work and go to school.

Do you have any advice for students who haven’t had an internship yet or are in the process of applying to internships?

Waiting is the hardest part. It can be a mind game you play with yourself wondering why you haven’t been called back or what didn’t qualify you for the position. Ask questions, ask what they would have liked to see in your application and use it as a tool to better yourself. It might seem embarrassing at first but it will make you stand out and if you apply again they can see that you took their criticisms in to account.

What is an average day like for you on the job?

Some days I answer the phones, make appointments and do work for the upcoming career fairs. Other days i’m running around campus giving presentations to classrooms ranging from 20 students to 250. I am in training to review resumes so I also sit in on appointments throughout the day.

What is the most challenging part of your job? How do you overcome these obstacles?

The largest challenge I have faced so far is adapting to the changes of my job. I am a person who loves change, but that being said it is still difficult to adjust to a new work dynamic. I try to learn as much as I can to make the transition as easy as possible, not just for myself but for the students I will be working with.

How has your internship shaped your ideas for your career? Has it changed your career path?

This internship has really helped me to network. I work all of the career fairs and it is rare that I am not asked what my major is. Recruiters will know who you are and that will help when applying for jobs in the future. I am still on the same career path, but this internship will help me achieve my career goals.

Would you recommend having an internship?

I highly recommend having an internship. You get credit to gain experience doing something you love! You meet so many people and in the end an internship will help you network and build workplace relationships that will get you a good recommendation in the future.

Did your internship help you get a job after graduation?

I won’t graduate until May of 2018, but I have no doubt this internship will help me get a job. I do so many different tasks at the Career Center that it is difficult to think of a job that the work would not apply to.

For more information on the Career Center’s Internship Program and the benefits of registering for credits, see https://career.ndsu.edu/internship-program/.

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