By: Lily Holeva, Strategic Planning committee member
Everyone in the communications and business fields knows the importance of landing a good internship. The right internship can lead to invaluable networking and on-the-job experience that can give you a serious edge in the competitive world of communications and business. However, with all of these benefits comes a great deal of hard work and research. When the time comes, you may ask yourself where to find an internship that suits your career goals or how to set yourself apart in such a competitive application process. Once you find an internship, you’ll want to know how you can make the most of all it has to offer. This all can be pretty stressful, but luckily, there are resources out there to guide you through the process. From applications to advice on appropriate office attire, the Queen is here to answer all of your questions (and I’m not talking about the British one with the impressive hat collection.)
Most college students will probably have one to two internships before graduating and heading out into the big, scary, unknown that is the real world. But imagine completing fifteen internships in your four short years. Impossible? Not quite! Enter Lauren Berger, the appropriately titled ‘Intern Queen’ herself! Three years after graduating from the University of Central Florida with fifteen internships under her belt, Lauren set out on a mission to share the knowledge she gained with ambitious young students like yourselves. And so in 2009, InternQueen.com was born. InternQueen.com not only provides users with applications to hundreds of to-die-for internships (i.e Chanel, Seventeen Magazine, and US Weekly among others,) but also a blog where Lauren shares priceless advice on how to make the most of your internships- even after they end. The site is an incredible student resource for what top companies are looking for in their interns.
Lauren has also written two books since becoming an internship expert. The first, a campus best-seller titled All Work No Pay is a crash course on landing your dream internship and how to succeed at it once you do. The second, Welcome to the Real World is a follow-up guide on transitioning from college to your first real job and dealing will all the difficulties that are inevitable post-graduation. In the last five years, she has also been featured on The Today Show, The New York Times, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue to name a few and has spoken at university campuses across the nation.
As an Intern Queen campus ambassador, I’m excited to share that Lauren will be visiting Penn State on October 20th from 6-8pm in 102 Thomas Building! This event is part of a program that Lauren first developed with Ford Motor Company two years ago called The Ford College Ambassador Challenge. The competition involves teams of students from nine different universities going against each other in three separate marketing challenges, the second of which is this speaking event. Participating universities include Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota, and of course Penn State!
Lauren will be speaking at each of the nine schools, and the team with the most students in attendance at the event will win the second challenge of the competition! During her discussion, Lauren will be sharing her personal experiences and expert advice on internships, networking, and making the most of your time here at Penn State. Whether you’re a freshman just starting to build your resume or a senior about to become a ‘real person,’ this is an event everyone can gain inspiration from. Show your support for Penn State’s #FordCollegeChallenge team and RSVP to the event at http://fordcollegechallenge.com/events/. Plus, it’s not everyday we get a visit from a Queen!