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2013 Internship USA Trends

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

53% of companies plan to hire more interns in 2013 than they did in 2012. This is an amazing news as many of you begin searching for your summer 2013 internships!

This number came from the Internships.com survey.

They surveyed over 7,300 students and recent graduates and over 300 companies to uncover how students and employers really feel about internships. They looked back at the 2012 internships season and forward to 2013.

Here are some highlights

Supply and Demand in the Internships Market

53% of companies plan to hire more interns in 2013 than they did in 2012
65% of companies received more applications in 2012 compared to 2011
63% of 2012 college graduates have completed at least 1 internship

Who Gets Hired: Employers Value Work Experience over Academic Experience

66% of employers believe interview performance and relevant work experience are the most important factors in their hiring decisions
Relevant work experience is more important to employers than strong academic performance
Employers rank college/university preference as the least important factor when hiring interns
Good News for Recent Graduates: 83% of employers would consider internship applications from recent college graduates.

Internship Experience Overwhelmingly Positive: 85% of employers say hiring interns was a positive experience while 86% of students polled say that their internship was a positive experience.

Virtual Internships on the rise: 33% of employers hire virtual interns – a 20% increase from 2011 to 2012, while 71% of students are open to the idea of completing a virtual internship.

Internships are the new interview: 69% of companies with 100 or more employees made full-time job offers to their interns in 2012.

Check out this insightful Infographic.

internships infographic 2012 Infographic: Internships Survey and 2013 Internship Trends
Courtesy of: Internships.com

The New Networking: Ultimate LinkedIn Guide for 2012 Grads

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

by Guest Writer

Reblogged from OnlineColleges.net:

Our New Networking series has taken a look at how social media sites can be used as powerful networking tools for new college graduates, sharing our best picks for tips, tools, and more for FacebookTwitter, and now, LinkedIn.

Today, we’re exploring LinkedIn for new grads. We’ve saved the best for last: this site was created with professional networking in mind, and it’s our top pick as the most effective resource when it comes to making meaningful professional connections. Check out our guide to find great ideas for making the most of this great tool, as well as groups to check out and insightful posts for LinkedIn success.


Whether you’re a LinkedIn newbie or just need to become more effective on the site, these tips offer great ideas for LinkedIn networking as a new grad.

  • Use it: Too often, students and recent grads shy away from LinkedIn, preferring to use Facebook or Twitter instead. That’s a mistake: LinkedIn is the online destination for professional networking, and you’ve got to be on it to get connected.
  • Create a complete profile: Don’t just give a tiny bit of effort when it comes to your profile; actually take the time to fill it out completely so that you’ll be more likely to connect with others that share your interests.
  • Connect with your classmates and professors: Leaving school doesn’t mean you have to leave all of your connections behind. Bring them with you by reaching out and connecting with classmates, faculty, and friends on LinkedIn.
  • Find a mentor: Use LinkedIn to find alumni, professors, or industry greats that can help you out as you navigate in your new career.
  • Use introductions: If you share a connection with someone you’d like to meet, simply use the introduction form to request that your connection passes it along and helps you grow your network.
  • Connect with all of your past employers: Yes, all of them. You never know which connections can pay off for you, so really take advantage of your full network.
  • Take advantage of resources just for new grads: LinkedIn has recently spiffed up profiles for new grads, allowing users to list projects, honors, organizations, and even courses that you’ve taken in college, all relevant experience that can help you stand out and get connected with more people.
  • Ask for recommendations: Check in with former employers, professors, colleagues, and classmates to greatly improve your LinkedIn profile with recommendations from those who know you in your college/professional life.
  • Be a connector: If you know two (or more people) that should know each other but don’t, take a moment to introduce them to each other on LinkedIn. They’ll appreciate that you thought of them and recognize that you’re valuable as a person who offers assistance and great connections.
  • Don’t neglect keywords: Although you’ll likely connect with people you know, and people they know, others (including recruiters) will find you simply by searching. The best way to get found is to include relevant keywords throughout your profile and summary. Remember to highlight and repeat key phrases and words that do a good job of explaining what you’re all about.
  • Go public: Although you may be concerned about privacy, keeping a private profile is not the way to go on LinkedIn. Open your profile up publicly to connect with new people, and just be careful about what you share.
  • Make small connections: LinkedIn’s co-founder, Reid Hoffman, says that it’s a great idea to do “small goods” on the site, offering congratulations, “likes,” and other little ways to let people know you’re listening and you care.
  • Join groups: This one should be a no-brainer. If you want to network on LinkedIn, one of the best ways to do so is to get connected with others through industry and career groups.
  • Establish yourself as an expert with Q&A: Check out the LinkedIn Answers tool to stand out as a resource in your industry and area of interest. You’ll attract new connections and show potential employers that you’re well-informed.
  • Personalize your connections: When requesting connections on LinkedIn, take a moment to change the template request from “I’d like to add you to my professional network” to something that actually identifies you and why you should be connected with that person.
  • Network in person, too: Use LinkedIn as a way to get connected with people and events that you’ll spend time with in person, deepening connections and finding more resources within your network.

Groups for New Grads

Join and participate in these groups to get connected with relevant new contacts, find resources for new grads, and more.

  • Your alumni network: Take advantage of your college connection and get active in your alumni group on LinkedIn. Some of the best of these include the Boston College Alumni Group and The Penn State Alumni Association.
  • Young professionals groups: There are countless groups on LinkedIn dedicated to young professionals in a variety of different interests. These include those that are industry-based, like Young Professionals in Energy, and location-based, like Chicago Young Professionals.
  • Professional organizations, interest groups: Perhaps the most valuable groups you can join are the ones that cater to your specific career, interest, and industry. Search to find the right one for you, and dive in to become an active member.
  • New Grad Life: Join this group to find discussions on interviewing, job posts, networking, and more.
  • Students and New Grads: Become a part of Students and Recent Grads to get connected with people who want to hire new grads, learn about entry-level jobs available, and find out about news that matters to recent graduates.
  • College Graduate Job Hunters: Find great new jobs, lively discussions, and great connections, all aimed at new graduates searching for jobs in this group.
  • College Recruiting Central: Get insight into how human resources professionals and recruiters are finding new grads like yourself by joining and participating in this group.

Useful LinkedIn Tools

Find a job, discover new connections, and share your portfolio by taking advantage of these great tools on LinkedIn.

  • LinkedIn Student Jobs: LinkedIn has made it amazingly easy to find a job targeted for new grads on the site. Through the LinkedIn Student Jobs section you’ll find a wealth of companies looking to hire recent grads just like you.
  • Beepmo: Using this GPS-enabled mobile app, you can discover new connections based on where you’re located, making finding new people “as easy as checking into Foursquare.”
  • Creative Portfolio Display: If you’ve worked on a lot of projects in college, this app is a great way to showcase your work and show your connections (and potential employers) what you’re all about.
  • Reading List: This app is great for discovering new and relevant books, and also for striking up a conversation with others about what you’ve read.
  • LinkOut: Having trouble finding time to get together with a new connection? LinkOut can take your calendar, your connection’s calendar, and automatically find times in which you can get together.
  • Cardmunch: At events, it’s not always easy to collect business cards and remember to connect with everyone you’ve met on Facebook. Cardmunch automates much of this, automatically transcribing and uploading information from business cards after you take a photo of them.
  • Events: This is a can’t-miss app. Stay on top of events that are important for networking and your career with the LinkedIn Events app.

Helpful Resources

Further explore the ways you can use LinkedIn for professional networking as a new graduate with these blog posts.

Inspiring Graduation Speech by Oprah to Stanford Graduates

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

And what I’ve found is that difficulties come when you don’t pay attention to life’s whisper, because life always whispers to you first. And if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you’ll get a scream. Whatever you resist persists. But, if you ask the right question—not why is this happening, but what is this here to teach me?—it puts you in the place and space to get the lesson you need.

You’re Graduating … Now What?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Daniel Pink on “the surprising science of motivation,” a TED talk that is one of many resources Larry Ferlazzo, a teacher and author, uses in this post.

Today, in lieu of a lesson plan, The Learning Network, New York Times – Education, has invited Larry Ferlazzo, a teacher and author, to write a guest post that brings together a number of recent Times and Learning Network pieces about motivation — and shows practical ways teachers can use them to help students learn to exert self-control, gain self-confidence and motivate themselves to learn and achieve. Read full post here

Determination Can Overcome Everything!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Back home in Zimbabwe, Energy Maburutse‘s disability was blamed on witchcraft. But now this determined young man is living his version of the American dream — attending college and enjoying independence.

Check out this extremely inspiring video story here and here

Navigating American Culture

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

This is an inspiring video from Michigan State University‘s international students. They share how they are adapting to the American culture, making friends in the U.S. and their best tips for succeeding at an American university.


College grads turn entrepreneurs

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

As part of our series “Help Wanted: Getting America Back to Work,” Anthony Mason reports on college graduates who have decided to take their careers into their own hands, and become entrepreneurs.

If you often find yourself quietly thinking “I know a better way to do this” or “I could create something new that would make this easier for everyone,” you are a potential entrepreneur. Don’t waste that potential. U in the USA can help you turn your passion into an American dream business. Contact us here for more information.

Did you pick the right major?

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

By Isa Adney

These five questions can help you figure out if you are heading in the right direction.

Read complete article here

Everything You Need to Know About Life After College

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Life After College by Jenny Blake is the book that every graduating college student and twenty-something looking for direction must get.

This book is a compilation of tips, quotes and exercises trimmed to the essence, divided into chapters for every major life area. Chapter categories include life (values, goals), work, money, organization, home, friends & family, dating & relationships, health, fun & relaxation, and personal growth.

It provides practical, actionable advice and helps you focus on the big picture of your life – on your values and aspirations – all in a rapid-fire format.

Life After College will leave you feeling inspired, confident and ready to take action toward creating the life you really want.

Life After College Interview with Jenny Blake from Sean Ogle on Vimeo.

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