Monday, April 22, 2013

Is it too late? Searching for a Summer Internship in April & May

Student regularly ask whether it is too late to find a summer internship in the months of April & May. For those of you who have wanted to ask but maybe haven't, the answer is NO, it's not too late!

Each week L&S Career Services learns of new internships that are still available for the Summer term. Yes, there are many internship programs that have completed their hiring and many that are finalizing offer. This said, some organizations have just started thinking about their staffing needs and abilities for the Summer!

Here are 5 quick tips for searching for an internship in April & May:

  1. Be ready to put in the time. Searching for an internship takes time and you will need to put the same amount of time in to the search but in a shorter time-frame
  2. Be strategic. When searching, know the following about your needs: 
    • What geographic location are you looking in? 
    • What industries are you interested in? 
    • What skill do you have? What skills do you want to develop?
    • What financial consideration do you need to make?
  3. Be organized. Create a detailed  list to keep your search organized. List the following:
    • Organization name
    • Contact person & information
    • Organization website and posting URL
    • Reasons why your interested
    • Application deadline (if applicable)
    • Dates of communication (ex. if you emailed them asking about a position, record it)
  4. Be the initiator. Reach out to organizations that are interesting to you and let them know what you are looking for and why you are interested in them.
  5. Be open. Look for opportunities that will give you a quality experience even if it is not your "dream" internship. Not all internships are well-marketed so look for opportunities through your networks!
As always, if you have questions, come visit us at L&S Career Services. 

Internship Drop-in Hours: Monday-Friday 12:00-1:00 PM; Tuesday 4:30-5:30 PM

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Internship of the Week: PR & Communications Intern at Wisconsin BPDD

Interested in using your communication skills for the betterment of the community?
Looking for an opportunity over the summer right here in Madison?

Consider applying for the PR & Communication Internship
Wisconsin Board  for People with Developmental Disabilities
The Organization:
The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) is a non-profit organization that was established to advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, foster welcoming and inclusive communities, and improve the disability service system. BPDD's mission is to help people with developmental disabilities become independent, productive, and included in all facets of community life.

The Position:
BPDD welcomes applications for a Public Relations and Communications Internship that will be based in BPDD’s office in downtown Madison.

Responsibilities will include: assisting in creating, editing/proofreading, and publishing web content, official reports, and e-communications (email alerts and newsletters) to complement on-going communications campaigns; developing, edit/proofreading, and distributing press releases, media advisories, and press kits; utilizing web-based media distribution services; assisting in enhancing BPDD’s online profile by updating social networks, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and utilizing web-based tools such as HootSuite, SlideShare and SurveyMonkey; assisting with photography projects and cover press events and conferences; and communicating with other state agencies, university offices, non-profit organizations, and media entities

Qualifications desired:

• Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills;
• Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, with individuals who have various levels of understanding
• Familiarity with and/or demonstrated experience in managing social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), video sharing sites, photo sharing sites
• Detail oriented and a strong ability to problem solve and work under pressure
• Capacity to take initiative, prioritize duties, and work independently while functioning as a member of a team.

The Details:
Location: 101 E. Wilson St., Madison WI
Time Period: Summer 2013 (begins 6/3/13); 12-15 hours/week
Compensation: $10.00/hours
Desired Background: Current students pursuing a Bachelors in Comm. Arts or related field/experience
Organization Contact: Joshua Ryf
Organization Website:

**Please visit L&S Career Services for further application details**

Application Deadline: Friday May 17th, 2013 at 4:00pm

Monday, April 1, 2013

Internship of the Week: Education Intern @ Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

The Organization:
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (SANC) in Milwaukee, WI is offering two (2) Elementary and one (1) Preschool Summer Camp Intern. SANC has 185 acres of prime habitat along the western shore of Lake Michigan, a dedicated migratory flyway.

The Position:
This internship program is designed to provide an opportunity to gain practical experience teaching students from preschool through middle school, while learning from experts in the field of environmental education.   Interns will learn from professional Teacher/Naturalists to develop outdoor teaching skills and to incorporate their knowledge of the natural history and conservation-related issues of Wisconsin into lesson plans and activities for young students. SANC’s Summer Camp internship is a challenging and highly rewarding experience for someone considering a career in environmental education.

Training is provided during the week prior to camp and through shadowing experienced Audubon Teachers during the initial weeks. All programs take place at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.

Essential functions
-Assist Audubon teaching staff in all aspects of summer camp
-Help plan summer camp curriculum when appropriate
-Other camp assignments in various capacities including: engaging in the creation of camp signage and promotion; materials and equipment preparation and maintenance; support in classrooms and lunch periods; serve as a “Greeter” table attendant during the first day of each camp week
-Report to the Director of Summer Camp
-Active participation in all camp related meetings
-Expect to be both inside and outside each day, in all types of weather conditions
-Maintain proficiency in current philosophies of environmental education
-Keep all program areas neat, clean and safe
-Occasional care and usage of live animals 

Qualifications desired
-Currently enrolled student in education, environmental science or other related field
-Must have a current CPR/AED certification at the time of hire
-Proficiency with Excel, Word, and other key Microsoft Office products.
-Experience with a variety of scientific equipment (i.e. microscopes, identification guides, sampling nets)
-Moderate physical activity such as hiking, playing outdoor games and limited lifting is required

The Details:
Location: Miwaukee, WI
Time Period: June 10-August 16, 2013 (no camp during week of July 4); 30-35 hours/week
Compensation: Paid
Desired Background: Environmental Studies, Biosciences, Education
Organization Contact: Laurie Haig
Organization Website:
BuckyNet ID: 60356

Application Deadline: April 20, 2013

**Additional application details & requirements can be found on BuckyNet**