Spring Internships: A New Way for Students to Get Ahead

We at EHS HQ have noticed an exciting new shift that may open more career doors for college students across the country: Spring Internships.

Traditionally, most students use their break from college classes during the summer to intern, making summer internships with top NYC companies extremely competitive. With so many students migrating to the city during the summer, these opportunities are often lacking of one-on-one time with professional staff. Savvy interns from across the country have started looking to internships during the spring semester. Their goal is to increase their chances of landing the internship they desire, as well as increase the opportunity for invaluable quality time working with potential future employers.

“I think it’s great for students to intern during the year because there are fewer interns to ‘compete’ with. They get more work to do, they learn more, and the staff gets to know them better because there aren’t too many other students to work with. It just makes a lot of sense,” says Katie Curcio, Director of the CBS News Internship Program in New York City.

New York City has long been one of the world’s most popular intern destinations. Educational Housing Services’ student/intern-only housing allows companies such as CBS to extend these coveted spring opportunities to students from across the country, knowing they have a safe place to stay during their internship.

Meanwhile, internships as a whole continue to play a crucial role in launching students’ careers; in fact, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 2012 Internship & Co-op Survey reported intern hiring is expected to increase 8.5% from last year.

Curcio continues, “It’s essential to do an internship to get a job in this industry. Internships expose students to real-world scenarios and experiences that they can’t learn in a classroom.”

If you have spring internship experiences to share, we’d love to hear ’em! Leave a note in the comments below.

And if you’re curious to learn more about the housing EHS offers for spring interns just give us call at 800-297-4694.

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From a Professor’s Perspective: Advice for College Students

As another school year kicks off, college students are snapped back into the reality of hours of classes, followed by hours of studying, followed by hours of homework (repeat until graduation).

Luckily, there is plenty of august advice floating around for students new and old. Below is some offered from Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Ph.D., who is an Associate Professor of History at Texas Woman’s University:

“First and foremost, go to class. It may seem obvious, but attending class really does matter. It is easily the simplest thing you can do to succeed in college. Years after I’ve taught a student, I can run into them on campus and tell them where they used to sit in my class…”
Landdeck includes much more in a special article she wrote for the Huffington Post, which you can continue reading here.
Do you agree? What advice do YOU have to share? Let us know in the comments below!

Meet the “Intern Queen”

EHS has long been sharing interning tips and advice from the fabulous Lauren Berger, aka The Intern Queen, so we thought we’d feature her here in case you’d like to, too!

Lauren’s blog is a great resource for students who want to get the most from their internship opportunities. She also hosts a ton of events across the country as well as in her native LA, and even has a book out filled with tons of great advice as well. Check out her blog here: http://www.internqueen.com/blog

And check out one of our favorite posts below. Enjoy!

3 Simple Tips to Keep Your Life Organized

Submitted by Lauren E. Berger on Fri, 2012-07-27 08:30

This blog post was written by University of Tennessee Campus Ambassador, Jordan DeJarnette.

We all know it’s hard to stay on track with a busy internship and work schedule. Here are some simple changes to make to your daily routine to help you stay on track!

1. Put first things FIRST!
As simple as this tip seems, it is one that can save you lots of time and stress! Social media has become such a huge presence in our generation now a days it can easily take up hours of your time without you even realizing it! To make sure you stay on task and get things accomplished during your day (instead of hours glued to your iphone refreshing twitter) it is important to put first things first. Get the things done in the beginning of your day, like studying for an upcoming test or working on various internship responsibilities, rather than putting them off. Waiting too late in to the day can cause rushing and might not allow you to do your best at the task at hand! Just look at it this way – by getting your work done, you’ll have more free time at night to Pin!

2. Exercise daily!
Exercise is good for not only helping you stay fit, but it’s also helpful when it comes to staying on task! By getting your heart rate up, whether it’s taking your dog for a walk, burning it out on the elliptical or playing a game of tennis with friends, you immediately become more focused! The endorphins that are released when you exercise can help you relieve stress and stay more focused on whatever you have to do throughout the day. Also, if you’re like me, you feel very accomplished after a workout! This “go me!” attitude can transition throughout the rest of your day, helping you get more done in less time!

3. Write it down!
List making is something that anyone can do, but is often looked over as to how helpful it really is! Making a list can help you stay on schedule by making you accountable. By putting something in writing, you’re less likely to forget what it is that you need to get done that day. Studies also show that psychologically, lists are effective in the fact that they motivate simply by someone wanting to mark something off their list!

Dorm Flashback at the University of Oregon

The New York Times recently posted the dorm rules for the University of Oregon in the 1960s and today and we thought it was too funny not to share! Check it out below (read the full article here)…

Handbook for Dormitory Women, 1960s

DORM HOURS Freshmen are to be tucked into bed by 11 p.m., and counselors will count noses at this time — upperclass noses, too. During quiet hours (all but four and a half hours a day during the week), residents should use phones, not windows, to call friends. Call limit: five minutes.

PERMISSIONS To go home, sign out with the housemother and pay her for a 2-cent postcard. She will send it to your parents to let them know you are on your way. Written permission from home is needed to go to the beach, ski lodge, hotel or boyfriend’s home.

SOCIAL STANDARDS To improve in poise and social ease, students should observe and practice good manners — for example, by standing when an older person enters the room or approaches to speak. Dining room manners should reflect the training thus far received and absorbed.

PERSONAL APPEARANCE Shorts may not be worn on campus except to and from P.E. classes, and then only when covered by a long coat.

Residence Hall Contract, 2012

WEAPONS Possession, use or threatened use of firearms is prohibited. Possession of knives with a culinary purpose or a blade no longer than three inches is allowed. Combat knives and ceremonial swords are not.

ALCOHOL Residents under age 21 are not allowed to consume or possess alcoholic beverages. Possession of a rapid-consumption device (“beer bong,” for example) is prohibited.

PERSONAL SAFETY Residents are not allowed on roofs, sides of buildings or outside ledges. No one is allowed to extend any part of his or her body outside the windowsills.

FIRE SAFETY Ceiling lights and lamps, including lava and disco lamps, cannot be covered with hats, towels or any other fabric.

GENDER EQUITY HALL Residents can choose to room with a student of any gender or gender-identity. Restrooms in this hall are gender-neutral.