Meghan’s Summer Internship Post #4

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Where am I Living:  I’m living in Rappahannock River Hall! There are some other interns who live in the building as well!

What Do I Do for Fun:  Living in Newport News this summer has allowed me to enjoy activities that I don’t have time for during the school year. I’ve walked the entire Noland Trail, spent the day in downtown Norfolk, gone to several Farmer’s Markets, spent the day in Colonial Williamsburg, gone to Water Country USA, and perused the Williamsburg Outlets. You can find me at Busch Gardens sometimes on my days off! I also cannot lie; I have spent a majority of my summer watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix.

Have You Gone to Any Restaurants: Yes! I’ve been to a few on Granby Street in Norfolk, and The Cheese Shop and Pita Pit in Williamsburg.  I spent a lot of time at Busch Gardens during their Food & Wine Festival in June where I got to try a multitude of dishes from different countries.

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Madison’s Summer Internship Post #4

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Where am I living: I’ve had a pretty cool living experience this summer. I’ve gotten to live with my Sorority Big Sister here in New York, which has been awesome because we hadn’t gotten to see each other much since she graduated. I split my weeks and weekends between Long Island and Brooklyn. My Big Sister was in the process of moving while I was staying with her this summer. This allowed for exploring on the weekends and calm work weeks.

What do I do for fun/ What restaurants am I enjoying: Luckily for me, my internship facility has a gym on site so I would often go to the gym after work. The first two weeks I saw Florence and the Machine at the Barclay center and Ellie Goulding at the world famous Madison Square Garden. Two amazing concerts,  they were seriously life changing. In addition to finding great entertainment in New York, I love trying new food places. Brooklyn has phenomenal brunch spots and hidden gems.

In fact, fellow intern blogger Kacie Celli and I met up in Brooklyn last week and met for the first time over a Disco Brunch at a whimsical hot spot called House of Yes. We hit it off over avocado toast, it just goes to show you that no matter where you are in the world, you’ll always find a friendly Captain to help you on your way.

In addition to brunchin’, hunting down Facebook famous favorite like Rainbow bagels, I’ve spent my time going to art museums such as the Whitney were I saw amazing art works, night clubs where I’ve danced the night away, roof top socials were I’ve met aspiring actors and artists, thrifting where I scored the greatest long skirt with pockets, and hunting for great street art. That’s one great thing about New York, street art is everywhere and there are even some famous artists among the mix. I had a small freak out in Little Italy when I recognized some Invader pieces from my Media Aesthetics class this past spring. In the words of my Little Sorority Sister, my “Instagram game has seriously increased since going to New York”, mostly due to all the cool things around me!

Of course I saw a few Broadway shows, got Pizza whenever and wherever I could, and attempted to learn the subway, oh I chopped my hair off too, the heat up here is worse than the Virginia Humidity when you have no AC. I crossed off my childhood bucket list and went to the Alice and Wonderland Statue in Central Park. I’ve got a few more weekends left in New York. I’m hoping to play tourist one weekend and go to the Empire State building, Brooklyn Bridge and things like that. We shall see what else I can cram in!

Rio Olympic Athletes With Surprising Day Jobs


When they’re not competing for gold in Rio, these Olympic athletes may be helping you pick out shoes or delivering your mail.

The journey towards international athletic glory can be a very expensive enterprise. Dozens of Olympic hopefuls have GoFundMe pages, turning to crowdfunding to help pay the bills as they train to be the best in the world in their events.

Here is a round-up of six Olympians in Rio who have funded their quest for a gold medal and paid their bills with the most unexpected day jobs.

Raheleh Asemani

media_xll_8359491Asemani, 27, was born in Iran and fled to Belgium three years ago, and was originally slated to compete on this year’s International Olympic Committee’s refugee team, but announced that she gained Belgian citizenship this April and will be competing in tae kwon do for Belgian’s Olympic team, according to The Associated Press.

When Asemani is not training or competing, she works as a postwoman, delivering mail house to house, she told the Rio 2016 official blog.

Nathalie Marchino

In addition to being an Olympic rugby player, Marchino, 35, also works in sales at the tech giant Twitter, according to ESPN.

“Juggling work and rugby has been part of my reality for so long that I’ve just accepted that it is that way,” Marchino told ESPN. “However, going to the Games would make it all worth it.”r85713_800x450_16-9

Marchino will compete for Colombia, the country where she was born and where her mother is from. She is taking a five-month leave of absence from Twitter in order to compete in Rio, and manage her work-Olympics balance, she told ESPN.

Miles Chamley-Watson

IMG_5147_largeThis London-born American fencer who competed for Team USA in the 2012 Olympics also works as a high fashion model, walking the runway for Ralph Lauren and others fashion houses.

Chamley-Watson, 26, is also a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, and currently lives in New York City.

Stephen Mozia

stephenmozia20thcommonwealthgamesathleticslqawknlksptlMozia, 22, is an American-born shot-putter who will compete in Rio for Nigeria. On top of throwing at an Olympic level, Mozia also graduated from Cornell University with an engineering degree. He told the shot-putting website Throwaholics that he works at Emerson Electric as a sales support engineer, in addition to being an Olympic thrower.


Kazuki Yazawa

15528739Yazawa, 27, has developed the kind of mental toughness necessary for the fierce competition of an Olympic athlete. The Japanese slalom canoeist with a shaved head also moonlights as a novice Buddhist priest at the Zenkoji Daikanjin Temple in Nagano, Japan, according to The Japan Times.


Jeremy Taiwo

7574149_1450212759_1524Taiwo, 26, an American decathlete, is one of the Team USA athletes who works at Dick’s Sporting Goods, helping shoppers pick out shoes and gear.

Dick’s has a program specifically tailored towards Olympic hopefuls, offering flexibility and support for athletes training for the Games, the retailer announced in a statement last year.


We wish the best of luck to these weekday warriors in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Make sure to watch the Opening Ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday, August 5th at 7:30pm. GO WORLD!


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Laurent’s Summer Internship Post #4


Where Am I Living: I am staying temporarily in Tysons Corner with some family friends. My commute to work is about 15 to 20 minutes.

What do I do for fun/ What restaurants am I enjoying: I also have an older cousin a few years older than who lives nearby so I often hang out with her and her friends, usually checking out different oriental food spots and happy hours.

Emily’s Summer Internship Post #4

Where am I living: This summer I am lucky enough to not have to pay for housing. I am living at home and commuting (slugging – getting into a car with strangers and riding into the city, it sounds not safe but it is safe and gets me into the city quickly) into the city everyday. It’s not as glamorous as living in a city for the summer but it’s financially responsible. Living at home is forcing me to spend lots of time with my family, which is wonderful.
What do I do for fun: For fun, I spend time exploring northern Virginia. I have been to DC sightseeing. I’ve been to Alexandria to play Top Golf. I’ve been to Nats games.  I’ve explored downtown Fredericksburg. And found new ways to have fun at home.
What restaurants am I enjoying: I have been to the restaurants around Stafford and downtown Fredericksburg. Because my lunch break is so short, I usually pack my lunch but I have been able to go to the food trucks around L’Enfant Plaza and they are wonderful.

Meghan’s Summer Internship Post #3

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My life as an intern: Intern life is really nice! We work in the park just like everyone else, but have certain activities just for us.  Every Wednesday we have intern seminars from 8am to 10am and we get to listen to representatives from different departments such as Human Resources, Environmental Health & Safety, Merchandise, Park Operations, Culinary, Zoological, etc.  The first day we had an intern meet-and-greet lunch.  There are actually three types of interns at Busch Gardens: Merchandise (that’s me!), Culinary, and Park Ops.  We all stood up and said what university we attend, which park we work at, our major, and what type of intern we are.  In our intern class there are 45 of us, and three of us are named Meghan! We as Merchandise interns had breakfast with our Director of Merchandise, where we got to make suggestions and voice our concerns about the program.  We also took a class on Strengths Based Leadership which was very interesting! I’m a relationship-builder!
Meeting other interns: The Merchandise interns are pretty close. Through interactions in the park, intern seminars, leadership classes, and get-togethers outside of work, I’ve definitely gotten to know them pretty well.  They have definitely been a shoulder to lean on when I’ve run into a problem, because we’re all in this together!
Types of social activities I participate in: Back in June there was Merchandise Team Night, where all of the Merchandise team members got to stay and play in the park after it had closed. They fed us dinner and we played a huge game of Bingo in the Festhaus.  We had a bowling night a few weeks ago with all the supervisors and management, which was a ton of fun. I’m not as bad of a bowler as I thought I was. Last week all of the Merchandise interns went and had lunch at The Cheese Shop in Colonial Williamsburg. Then we went on a scavenger hunt!
What the company has done to make me feel like part of the team: Busch Gardens places their team members in the highest regard.  There are always things going on to thank team members for their service.  Last week, The Snackin’ Wagon came to Busch and we were able to get snacks on our way in/out of work.  We got free drinks at our employee break area last weekend.  There are team member nights where we get to play in the park. We have an employee newsletter that comes out on Fridays that contains a lot of team member shout-outs. It’s something I always look forward to reading.

Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid


by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D. writer.

Your cover letter shows employers how well you express yourself. It can also demonstrate that you are savvy in the ways of marketing yourself and selling your best qualifications. A good cover letter can entice the recipient to review your resume. A bad cover letter, on the other hand, can nip your chances in the bud. Here are 10 mistakes that contribute to bad cover letters. To ensure that your cover letter is effective, avoid these mistakes:

1. Sending your resume without a cover letter. Sure, there are some employers that don’t read them or place much importance on them. But since you don’t know whether the employer you’re writing to reads and values cover letters or not, you must include a letter.

2. Failing to address the letter to the specific name of the recipient. Addressing the letter to “Dear Personnel Director/HR Director,” “To Whom It May Concern,” “Dear Sir or Madam” (or worse, “Dear Sirs”) instead of a named individual are all lazy approaches that show the employer that you were not concerned enough to find out the name of the person with the hiring power. It’s not always easy to find the name of the specific hiring manager, but try to do so if at all possible. Usually, you can just call the company and ask who the hiring manager is for a given position. Tap into your personal network to learn the names of hiring managers. Let’s say a company post an opening online. You know someone who works at the company. Ask your contact to find out the name of the person hiring for that position. Also use the library, phone book, and internet to track down names of hiring managers.

The worst-case scenario is that your letter will begin “Dear Hiring Manager for [name of position]:” It’s not the best approach, but if you absolutely cannot find a name, this salutation does at least provide some specificity.

3. Telling the employer what the company can do for you instead of what you can do for the company. This mistake is particularly common among new college graduates and other inexperienced job-seekers. In most cases, employers are in business to make a profit. They want to know what you can do for their bottom line, not what they can do to fulfill your career dreams. Tell the employer how you can meet his or her needs and contribute to the company.

4. Leaving the ball in the employer’s court. Too many cover letters end with a line like this: “I look forward to hearing from you.” Proactive cover letters, in which the job-seeker requests an interview and promises to follow up with a phone call, are far more effective. Don’t be vague about your desire to be interviewed. Come right out and ask for an interview. Then, take your specific action a step farther and tell the recipient that you will contact him or her in a specified period of time to arrange an interview appointment. Obviously, if you say you will follow up, you have to do so. If you take this proactive approach and follow up, you will be much more likely to get interviews than if you did not follow up. This follow-up aspect is another good reason to obtain the specific name of the hiring manager. Here’s a sample closing paragraph requesting specific action and describing the writer’s planned follow-up.

“I would like to be considered for a sales position in which someone of my background could make a contribution. I will contact you soon to arrange for an interview. Should you require any additional information, I can be contacted at the phone numbers listed above”.

5. Being boring and formulaic. Don’t waste your first paragraph by writing a boring introduction. Use the first paragraph to grab the employer’s attention. Tell the employer why you are writing and summarize the reasons you are qualified for the position, expanding on your qualifications in later paragraphs. Don’t use such cliches as “Enclosed please find my resume” or “As you can see on my resume enclosed herewith.” Employers can see that your resume is enclosed; they don’t need you to tell them. Such trite phrases just waste precious space. Write a letter that will make the employer want to get to know you better.

6. Allowing typos, misspellings, or incorrect grammar/punctuation into your letter. Your letter reflects your ability to write and communicate. Be sure your document is letter-perfect before sending it out. Proofread your letter. Put it down and proof it again a few hours later with a fresh eye. Then enlist a friend to review it for errors.

7. Rehashing your resume. You can use your cover letter to highlight the aspects of your resume that are relevant to the position, but you’re wasting precious space — and the potential employer’s time — if you simply repeat your resume.

8. Failing to specifically tailor your letter to the job you’re applying for. If you’re answering an ad or online job posting, the specifics of your cover letter should be tied as closely as possible to the actual wording of the ad you’re responding to. In his book, Don’t Send a Resume, Jeffrey Fox calls the best letters written in response to want ads “Boomerang letters” because they “fly the want ad words — the copy — back to the writer of the ad.” In employing what Fox calls “a compelling sales technique,” he advises letter writers to: “Flatter the person who wrote the ad with your response letter. Echo the author’s words and intent. Your letter should be a mirror of the ad.” Fox notes that when the recipient reads such a letter, the thought process will be: “This person seems to fit the description. This person gets it.”

A particularly effective way to deploy the specifics of a want ad to your advantage is to use a two-column format in which you quote in the left-hand column specific qualifications that come right from the employer’s want ad and in the right-hand column, your attributes that meet those qualifications. The two-column format is extremely effective when you possess all the qualifications for a job, but it can even sell you when you are lacking one or more qualification. The format so clearly demonstrates that you are qualified in so many areas that the employer may overlook the areas in which you lack the exact qualifications.

9. Rambling on too long and telling the story of your life/career. Keep your letter as brief as possible. Never, never more than one page. Keeping to four or five paragraphs of no more than three sentences each is a good guideline. Using bullet points in the letter is a good way to break up blocks of text and interest the reader. Some job-seekers tend to use their cover letters to provide a narrative of their life or career. That’s not what the letter is all about; it’s a marketing tool that should focus on the qualifications that will sell you to the employer. Your letter should answer the question that the employer will be asking while reading the words you’ve written: “Why should I hire this person?” Use simple language and uncomplicated sentence structure. Ruthlessly eliminate all unnecessary words.

10. Using wimpy language. Avoid such phrases as “I feel” and “I believe.” Your statements will be much stronger without them. It’s best to either leave off the qualifier or use a stronger qualifier, such as “I am confident,” I am convinced,” or “I am positive.”

Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers, is an educator, author, and blogger who provides content for Quintessential Careers, edits QuintZine, an electronic newsletter for jobseekers, and blogs about storytelling in the job search at A Storied Career.

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Kacie’s Summer Internship Post #4

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Where am I living and what do I do for fun: “New York City runs on the blood of young people.” Stephanie Danler (my favorite author at the moment) said this at a question and answer event at The Stand Bookstore which I attended this month, and honestly this statement has resonated so much with me this summer. I am originally from outside of NYC so I’m not a stranger to the city, but living here by myself this summer has definitely opened my eyes a lot more to the city and what it has to offer. I’ve been going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art a ton (my favorite) and also the Whitney Museum.
What restaurants am I enjoying: My favorite food is Italian so I’ve also been eating my weight in pasta (but I’m walking a lot so it’s okay right??) There’s just so much energy in the city and always something going on; I’ve been to a few concerts, as well as some book signings. Brunch is also a culture thing here and so that’s been a huge part of my weekends! Madison Setness and I actually got brunch a few weekends ago and it was awesome to meet another Captain in the city! NYC is truly the city that never sleeps and it’s been an incredible summer but I definitely miss CNU a lot and can’t wait to be back lounging on the Great Lawn with friends!


Madison’s Summer Internship Post #3

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My life as an intern/ meeting other interns: Life as an Intern at Canon is unique. I’m not fetching coffee or filing away papers; I’m getting hands-on experience that I can translate back to my studies or even to my next job. Canon has done a great job creating an environment where Interns are welcomed, utilized, and socialized. Through the Insights program I’ve been able to meet and befriend other interns, even if they are not in my department! We have a series of lunch and learn sessions where all the interns enjoy lunch over a structured lecture, which has fostered learning about the company but also friendships and familiarity with my fellow interns.
Types of social activities I participate in: In addition to the lunch and learn sessions which provide academics and friendship, we participated in a field trip to a local arboretum where we were able to use Canon camera gear and take photos that would later be submitted in an intern gallery (picture shown is one I took on our trip). The day was filled with learning, experimental photography, and memory making. Although we melted in the heat, I shared a few good laughs with my fellow interns. The company has an employee barbeque coming up which we will also be attending. And next week I’ll be attending a New York Yankee’s game with the company!
What the company has done to make me part of the team: Canon welcomed us on the first day with a Manager lunch where we were able to meet our manager and other executives. From there I was matched up with a Peer Buddy who would be my advisor for the ten weeks I’m with Canon. My Peer Buddy and co-Peer Buddy took me under their wings, inviting me to lunch and showing me the ropes. I left my first day of work feeling comfortable with the company and ready for work the next day. My whole team cracks jokes and has showed me the silly YouTube videos they get their office jokes from, so now I can actually laugh along instead of just awkwardly chuckling.

Ways to Stay Positive During a Job Search

Rejections are an unavoidable reality during a job search. You’ll talk to many companies before you find the right fit. It’s discouraging, especially when you thought you had the job and you’re surprisingly passed up without reason or feedback. It’s okay to be disappointed, but set a limit on how long you’ll sulk, and then move on.


An important part of your job search will require you to evaluate yourself. While you won’t win them all, one of the most important aspects is to recognize the possibility that there may be something you can change, and if so, be open to it.

Recruiters can all attest to the frustration that some job seekers convey in their initial contact. Hiring managers are keen at sniffing out negativity, desperation, bad attitudes, and emotional imbalance. Simply being aware of the negativity and making a concentrated effort to focus on the positive can completely turn around a job search gone bad.


Here are seven ways to stay positive during your job search:

1. Take responsibility. How often do you let others control your happiness? Happiness, bitterness, and frustration are all choices. How you decide to react to any situation in a job search is up to you.

2. Reward yourself. Celebrating the small successes along the way helps keep you focused on the overall goal. Maybe it’s not a job offer, but a second round interview is a step in the right direction. Even if you aren’t selected for the job, it means your resume is communicating the right things to a potential employer.

3. Surround yourself with positive people. Finding people who are also engaged in the job-search process and understand the challenges will help you shake the feeling of flying solo. You can help keep each other motivated and positive, too. Negativity is contagious.

4. Set goals. Take your job search seriously and search every single day. Set daily goals and track your progress so you have a good idea of where you are heading. Monitoring your progress will give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day.

5. Find time to do things you enjoy. Keeping your life balanced will help you stay positive and keep things in perspective. Explore a new hobby. Catch up on your reading list. Eat healthy and exercise. Stay engaged with your family and friends.

6. Consider exploring a cause you are passionate about through part-time volunteer work. Volunteering can quickly lead to possible job leads and new connections in your professional network. It’s also a great way to add structure to your days and contribute to a good cause, which in turn leads to positive feelings.

7. Focus on the long-term benefits of a job search. You meet new people in every interview and networking event you attend. Even if you don’t end up working for those people’s companies, the connections could lead to valuable, career-enhancing connections in the future, when they change companies, have other opportunities in their current company, or become a client at your future employer.

This article is by: Lindsay Olson

Lindsay Olson is a founding partner and public relations recruiter with Paradigm Staffing. She co-founded Hoojobs, blogs at and is chief editor of the HooHireWire. You can follow her on Twitter at @PRJobs.

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