Looking For a Summer Internship?

January 18th, 2018

By: Justin Luby ’19

You just came back to campus from Christmas break and you’re heading into your spring semester – what’s the first thing you do? Well that’s a tough answer, but if you ask Career Services, beginning the process of landing a summer internship should your first step!

So, how do you start? Luckily, we’ve got lots of good leads for you:

  1. The OIFC CareerFest – One of the largest, most attended career fairs in Ohio! This fair is held on February 2nd at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus and is open only to students of private colleges and universities in Ohio. There will be hundreds of recruiters and thousands of opportunities that companies across the nation want to fill with students like yourself! You will not get a better chance to network and meet recruiters than you will at this event, so consider making the trip to Columbus – it’ll be well worth your time and effort.
  2. The Spring Job and Internship Fair – This is the easiest possible way to get into contact with great companies and recruiters of the field you’re interested in! On February 22nd, Career Services will bring 35 recruiters, all from different companies and fields of interest, into the Geil Lounge in the basement of the student center. At this point, all you’ll need to do is dress formally, print some copies of your resume, and have a smile on your face. These companies chose to come to Wittenberg to recruit students – they obviously want to hire students from our campus! These job and internship fairs have worked wonders for Wittenberg students in the past and will do the same for you.
  3. The New Wittenberg Tiger Den Job Board – An awesome campus resource. The jobs that make up this board are posted by companies around the nation specifically on Wittenberg’s Job Board, meaning they are specifically inquiring about Wittenberg students. Log into the job seeker and start searching for jobs and internships in your field, as there are currently over 300 opportunities posted. If you’re ever having trouble logging in or need assistance searching the job board for what you want, stop by Career Services during walk-ins or make an appointment so we can help.
  4. CareerShift – “The Google of job searching”, as some would call it. CareerShift can be accessed from the dashboard of the Wittenberg Job Board – just click the “CareerShift” logo at the bottom of the page and create an account by using the password reset system. This service is paid for by Wittenberg and it allows you to search for jobs that are posted on tons of different career websites (i.e. Indeed, Monster, GlassDoor, LinkedIn, etc.) for the best search results possible. This is the best online resource out there, so be sure to check it out because search results are nearly guaranteed. If you’re having trouble using CareerShift, stop by Career Services so we can show you how to open the door to endless opportunities posted by companies and recruiters across the nation.

Start the New Year off right and secure an internship early on in the spring! This is the prime hiring time for summer interns, so take action while you have the most options available to you. If you’re struggling, come see us in room 210 in the Compass Sweet Success Center, main floor of the Thomas Library and we’ll get you back on track in no time!

Final Reminder!

By Samantha Martens

I’m going to apologize now, because this blog might sound a little repetitive, but we don’t want you to forget anything that might be helpful to think about over break!

  • Your résumé is begging you to take another look at it during Winter Break. We in Career Services advise you to have one résumé that is a compilation of everything you have ever done, just to keep track of all of it. From there, think about designing a résumé or two that are a little more specific. Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Create a résumé that includes only the work experiences that would be relevant to a teaching position. Are you hoping to work in a hospital? Design your résumé so that it highlights the volunteering you’ve done at your local hospital, or be sure to include the time you helped with the patients at the Rocking Horse Center. This list of examples could go on and on…
  • If you have any questions regarding your résumé or cover letter, be sure to schedule an appointment with the Career Services Office! We can be reached in person or at (937) 327-7521. And don’t forget that our Walk-In Hours are from 1:30pm-4:15pm on Mondays and Thursdays. We really want to help you feel prepared for anything that life throws your way, so stop on by!
  • Remember that we have all kinds of internship/job/grad school information right outside of our office! There is a table in front of Teresa’s office (located in Thomas Library’s Compass: Sweet Success Center) with folders of job descriptions, grad school programs, and internship opportunities just for you! There’s also a TON of free stuff from employers and recruiters that we would love for you to take.

Also, our Facebook page has a multitude of possible internships, part-time, and full-time job options just for you! Keep your eye out for anything that suits your fancy, and take advantage of it while you can. If you get bored over Winter Break, check us out and see if there are any opportunities that stand out to you.

If you have ANY questions at all, please make an appointment or stop by Walk-Ins! We’re only here to help.

We in Career Services hope that you all have a relaxing and fun Winter Break! See you next semester!!

Don’t Forget!

By Samantha Martens

Hello again! Just a couple of quick reminders about the Career Services Office as the semester winds down:

  • We ARE open through the end of the semester! Please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling (937) 327-7521 or stop in to Teresa’s office to schedule it in person. We will also be hosting our Walk-In Hours from 1:30pm-4:15pm on Mondays and Thursdays, so be sure to take advantage of those!
  • Winter Break is an excellent time to be updating (or creating) your résumés and cover letters!
    • Don’t know what a cover letter is? Stop into Career Services and Wendy will walk you through the requirements for developing a cover letter. We even have some handy-dandy templates available in the standing paper organizers outside of Teresa’s office.
    • The same thing goes for your résumés as well. We have templates for ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF RÉSUMÉS! Career Services can assist you in perfecting your résumé for any internship, job, or volunteer opportunity you’re looking into.
  • Looking for internship, job, or volunteer opportunities for the Spring or summer? Stop by the table outside of Teresa’s office and you’ll find all sorts of information about employers and recruits from our Internship and Job Fairs, as well as information about different grad school programs. We have organized the flyers, business cards, and pamphlets left over from the Fairs so that you all have easy access to opportunities that might interest you. J

In all honesty, the Career Services Office can help you with pretty much anything you can think of. Are you having trouble deciding on a major that fits you? Do you need help choosing what types of internships or jobs might be right for you? Are you interested in taking a personality assessment to help pinpoint types of jobs that best you as a person? Is your résumé a little rusty? Do you want to make a cover letter that will blow employers’ minds? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Career Services is the place for you.

And don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for a plethora of volunteer, internship, part-time, and full-time job possibilities. We are constantly updating the page with chances for you to gain valuable work experience. Don’t be afraid to look around and see what you can find!

Signing Off

By Samantha Martens

Well, this is our last official blog post for the semester! We’ll post one or two more reminders about things to be thinking about over Winter Break, but other than that, this is it until January. In general, we hope that you all have a very successful finals week, and that all of your papers get finished on time! And after all of that stress is over with, we hope that you have an exciting, enjoyable, and relaxing break.

Once next semester starts back up, Career Services will be here for you just like always, so take a little bit of time over Winter Break to think about what you want to do during Spring semester, summer vacation, or where you might want to go to grad school. We have information about all sorts of employers right here at the office in the folders located outside of Teresa’s office. Not only do we have four folders of internship and job information, but we also have four folders FULL of grad school opportunities! And remember, you don’t need to be an upperclassmen to start thinking about internships, jobs, or grad schools. Being prepared is NEVER a bad idea.

However, if you’re feeling unprepared at all, please stop by the office! We’ll be holding Walk-In hours (Mondays and Thursdays from 1:30pm-4:15pm) and scheduling appointments (call 937-327-7521 or stop in) through the end of the semester, so if you’ve got any burning questions about an upcoming job interview, how to set up your résumé, what your personal strengths are, or anything in between, let us know and we’ll be helping you before you can say “I love the Wittenberg Career Services Office!”

If you’re unsure of what exactly we do in Career Services, here’s a little list from this semester to get you up-to-date:

  • We host a Local Internship and Part-Time Job Fair in August (which was on the same day as the Involvement Fair this year),
  • We host the Graduate School Fair,
  • We moved into Thomas Library’s Compass: Sweet Success Center and got our computers set up for you all to use with Wendy and Teresa’s help,
  • We host the Networking Etiquette Learning Event with Terri Thompson, a few Wittenberg alumni, and students from all different majors,
  • And finally, we have a November Internship and Job Fair!

The Career Services office has so many amazing programs and events available to students, and we LOVE seeing you all in attendance.

Be sure to keep a look out next semester for all of the Internship/Job/Grad School Fairs and etiquette events! Take advantage of your free time over break to prep your résumé, prep for the Fairs, prep for interviews, prep for grad schools, and prep for anything else you can think of. We are here to help you “put one foot in front of the other one” (as Kris Kringle wisely sang), and we can’t wait to continue assisting you all in the Spring semester.

Have a safe and warm Winter Break!

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Samantha Martens

We are all so ready for this short break from classes… Even though we still have assignments to work on, we shouldn’t lose sight of what this break is all about: WORKING ON YOUR RÉSUMÉ!!! Just kidding, but it’s something that we in Career Services hope you’ll think about during the time off.

Now that we’ve had our second Internship & Job Fair, those of you who attended should consider prepping and perfecting your résumé, cover letter, and maybe even shopping for a more professional wardrobe (it’s almost Black Friday, guys). For those of you who missed the November Fair, stop on over to the Career Services office in Thomas Library’s Compass: Sweet Success Center! We have job/internship descriptions and contact information about almost all of the employers who came to the August and November Fairs, and it’s available to you on the table outside of Teresa’s office. If you can’t find anything that suits your fancy from those folders of information, it’s nothing to worry about. We also have our Tiger Den Job and Internship Board that is comprised of opportunities JUST for Wittenberg students! And if there’s STILL nothing that speaks to you, we can help you navigate CareerShift, which is a national version of the Tiger Den program. We would love to see you stop by the office, and we can help you with pretty much any questions you might have about deciding on a major that best fits you, working on résumés/cover letters, taking personality assessments to see what kind of job would be ideal for you, and SO much more.

But back to business. Over Thanksgiving break, Career Services would love to have all students take a good look at their résumés to see which past “Work Experiences” would be most applicable to the job or internship that you have found (or are about to find) for the Spring semester or even summer break. On your résumés, you want to highlight past jobs or volunteer opportunities that will best apply to the position you’re applying for. If you have any sort of questions about that, or you’re not sure what you should include, feel free to stop in to the office during our Walk-In hours (Mondays and Thursdays from 1:30pm-4:15pm) or call in and make an appointment at 937-327-7521. Our Walk-Ins and appointments are open through the end of the semester! We want to make sure that you feel confident and prepared to tackle any upcoming interviews, or to talk to recruiters at the next Internship and Job Fair, or apply to that grad school of your dreams. It’s our job to help you out with all of this, so do us a favor and stop on by!

And don’t forget to keep an eye out on our Facebook page! We are frequently posting new job, internship, and volunteer opportunities for you to take advantage of. While you’re at it, you might as well follow us on Instagram and Twitter, too, because we can be pretty hilarious, and we post memes, so what’s not to love?

Have a wonderful break, everyone!

In Case You Missed It

By Samantha Martens

As many of you know, last Thursday (November 9th) was our second Fall Internship & Job Fair! If you were unable to attend the event, the Career Services Office has got you covered. Right outside of our offices, located in Room 210 of the Thomas Library’s Compass: Sweet Success Center, we have all sorts of information about the employers, companies, and businesses that came to the November 9th Fair, as well as those who attended the Fair on August 24th. Our collection also include the booklets from both Fairs in case there is not a folder for the company you are looking for. The booklets are simply a full list of every employer who registered for the Fairs, as well as a brief description of what kind of jobs or internships they are looking to fill, and contact information for the representative(s) who came to the Fair! We highly recommend that you come check these out, because we’ve got folders for:

  1. The Springfield Arts Council
  2. Woeber Mustard
  3. Project Woman
  4. Benchmark Family Services
  5. AT&T
  6. Mike & Rosy’s
  7. Interfaith Hospitality Network
  8. 3 WYSO
  9. Charles River
  10. Ohio Legislative Service Commission
  11. The Fuller Center for Housing
  12. Developmental Disabilities
  13. Wags N Wiggles
  14. United Senior Services
  15. The Springfield Masonic Community
  16. Security National Bank
  17. HSG/Code Blue
  18. One Main Financial
  19. Adecco
  20. CSL Plasma
  21. National Trail Parks and Recreation
  22. Cox Media Group
  23. Safe Harbor
  24. And the Springfield Museum of Art

If those aren’t enough options for you, stop in to the office and we’ll help you get set up on our Tiger Den Job and Internship Board. Through this “search engine,” you can search for jobs, internships, and part-time positions that have been specifically offered to Wittenberg students! We also have the Career Shift program, which is similar to the Tiger Den, but it’s on a national scale.

Also, be sure to remember that a company’s name does not define the positions they have available! As I have said before, your major does not define you, but it helps you to solidify your strengths and highlight what you are most passionate about. Take Woeber Mustard, for example. As of August, they were looking for part-time Label Developers! Just because the company produces mustard, sauces, horseradish, and vinegar does not necessarily mean that you will be on the production line. They want students who will be able to help them develop their label and advertise that to the public. The same situation applies when you look at the Springfield Masonic Community! At this most recent Fair, they were looking to fill STNA, LPN, Dietary Aide, Housekeeping, Security (on weekends), and Cook positions. The point is, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Not only do we have information about the employers, the positions available, and the phone numbers/emails for the represented businesses, but we also have all the fun and FREE stuff left over from the Fairs! At the same table as the folders, we have a basket of pens, rubber bracelets, stress balls, water bottles, notepads, calculators, shoe polish, card holders for the backs of your phone, hand sanitizer, key chains, lanyards, and lots more! See if you can find items left over from the company of your choice and enjoy the fact that, even though you missed the Fair, you can still find everything you need here at Career Services.

Student Spotlight: Matilda Patterson!

By Samantha Martens

Say hello to Matilda Patterson, a Mathematics major here at Wittenberg. With a little bit of help from the Career Services office, Matilda found an amazing internship last summer that was right up her alley!

Matilda worked as a Data Center Engineering and Desktop Support intern at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group). As an intern, she helped make sure the companies’ technology worked correctly for trading at the Chicago Board of Trade. Being in Desktop Support, Matilda also helped with tech support needs such as trouble-shooting for CME employees and clients. One of the parts she enjoyed the most was the fact that she got to work with people in multiple departments.

Some of her other favorite aspects of the internship include the culture that was created by her boss, Jeremy Norman. Especially compared to other departments in the building, the Data Center Engineering and Desktop Support team was unpredictable, always laughing, creating a fun and friendly environment, and very welcoming. Another great part of the internship included the opportunities provided by the internship program. Matilda told me that she was able to network, attend talks, work under mentors, take part in activities specifically for tech students, be creative, come together with the rest of her team, volunteer, and listen to other departments discuss their roles in the company. The talks she attended were about anything from Women in Networking to B.O.L.D., which was a black organization for networking and support.

But Matilda says she really got by with a little help from her friends here in the Career Services office. Her initial goal was to do research, so she started applying to all kinds of jobs but kept getting responses that sounded something like, “Thank you for your interest in the position, but…” When I asked her how she finally discovered Career Services, Matilda said, “It was time for me to get an internship.” So she went online and found the Career Services website! Matilda said that the most helpful part about the office was the assistance we provided with “LINKED-IN!!!” Having never really bothered with the website before, Matilda told me that she hadn’t taken it seriously and didn’t even have a profile picture. “Wendy [Smiseck] went into mother mode” and made Matilda take a picture to use, helped her with her résumé, and employers actually began looking at her LinkedIn profile! “Wendy went the extra mile,” says Matilda, and she loved that the Career Services office opened her eyes to the professional world.

“In the career world, it’s not really about your major, but what you can do,” Matilda told me. I was curious about how she discovered her internship specifically, and she explained that she took a chance on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group because she wanted to give the corporate world a try. Once she got there, they put her on a tech team, but her Math major and background certainly helped. It’s important to keep in mind that your major does not define you, rather, it helps you to solidify your strengths and highlight what you’re most passionate about.

Matilda said that her internship and the experiences that went along with it taught her one thing: “I don’t want a job where I’m just comfortable. I always want to be a little uncomfortable.” Since this internship was such a great chance for her to use her skills, I asked Matilda whether or not she thought she would work for the company again? All she could say was that there may or may not be a chance to work for them in the future. She definitely would, though! She thought her internship was “a very humbling experience,” and she is “grateful for the opportunity” it provided her.

So if you’re interested in finding a job, internship, or volunteer opportunity that’s as amazing as Matilda’s was, stop in to the Career Services office, and we’ll get you started on the right path! You can also stop by the Internship & Job Fair TOMORROW (November 9th) from 11:50am-2:10pm in the Lower Level of the Student Center to find your very own job or internship! We have 25+ employers coming to the Fair, so be sure to take a look at the opportunities they have to offer.