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4 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Summer Internship

4 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Summer Internship

Summer internships provide relevant experience and professional relationships that will set you up for success post-college. They’re critical to understanding the layout of the professional world, so use your summer internship to do more than the job description. Follow these four tips, and you’ll automatically impress the colleagues around you.

Meet Robyn!

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IMG_5265 Meet Robyn Park, one of The Niche Movement’s summer interns! Robyn is a junior at the George Washington University in Washington, DC majoring in marketing and journalism. She was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea but recently moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. Among her interests are social entrepreneurship and design, and she also has a weakness for puppies - perfect since our office at WeWork allows dogs. Robyn likes Mexican food and long walks on the beach…just kidding. She actually is a sucker for Thai food and hiking in the Superstition Mountains.

When she isn’t working with Kevin, The Niche Movement and their clients, Robyn likes to hang out at a variety of museums around DC. Among her favorites are the National Portrait Gallery, the American Art Museum and the Hirshhorn. If that wasn’t enough, Robyn is also a passionate advocate for mental health awareness. She furthers the effort through a blog she plans to launch this summer.

This summer, she will work with Kevin and the Niche Movement to hone her social media marketing skills and gain greater experience in creating a digital voice and marketing strategy. In the future, Robyn hopes to use marketing and advertising to make a positive impact on the world (think social good). Another one of her aspirations is to travel the globe, visiting countries such as Italy, Iceland and Morocco.

We are so excited to welcome such a passionate and creative person to the Niche Movement family and can’t wait to see what she accomplishes! Want to learn more about Robyn? Connect with her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter. You can also contact her directly at Robyn@thenichemovement.com.

"If you live for weekends & vacations, your shit is broken" Interview w. Gary Vaynerchuck

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Wow! On Monday night Feb 25th I finally got a chance to do a phone interview with Gary Vaynerchuck for his 1 day interviews he is doing. I only came across him just shy of a year ago but after reading both his books, watching countless keynotes and videos and reading all his posts, he has changed the trajectory of my career, the way I create social media marketing strategies and why I started the Niche Movement.

Now this is my final post in the Skip Your Career Fair series and college students LISTEN UP - this is the core of innovative career exploration and what the Niche Movement is all about. I'm keeping this post short because the 12 minute interview backs up everything 18-25 years olds need to hear and DO! Here are 3 highlights from Gary's interview:

1. “If a place doesn’t make you happy, start looking. They’re going to be working more than anything else in their life, be happy while you’re doing it.” - This is exactly why I started the Niche Movement - the average American is going to work more than 98,000 hours in your lifetime. Find your niche and be happy.

2. “Between the age of 16-22 take 2 summers working for the person they most want to be like and work for free” - This is Gary's response to how college students and recent grads can stand out from their peers and set themselves apart from the pack of applicants.

3. “You don’t have to settle, find the right place for you” -I've said this in 2 other blog posts, but it is 2013 - go out and do what makes you happy. Whether you create your own niche in your current company, pave a way in your internship or follow your own dreams and ideas go do it and don't settle.

Without further adieu, here is my talk with Gary - enjoy!

Kevin O’Connell, Founder – The Niche Movement

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If you are reading this and are a college student or a recent graduate within the last two years think about the type of company culture you want to be a part of. Apply to be part of the first Niche Movement Cohort where we will work with your niche and discover employers that have jobs that you want. Applications due March 3rd.  

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I already found my niche, am part of a great company want to tell my story.

We are in the process of matching up a curated young talent pool with featured curated jobs and internships. If you want to host your job, help us recruit and place new hires, let's talk. And if you happen to stumble upon The Niche Movement and you already found your niche then share your story. Or we can help you recruit top, talented college who by helping you create appealing job description, screen candidates and host internships or jobs on our website.

Skip Your Career Fair - 30 Under 30 List

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It’s the third post in the Skip Your Career Fair series and this week I want feature a list and some more tips to stand out rather than an event to attend. I’m excited to share the Fast Company “30 Under 30 - Class of 2012.” I came across this 2 weeks ago and I have been revisiting it just about everyday. Turning 30 myself in less than 3 months, I am a little bit jealous of this group’s success but it also inspires me to hustle and go all-in on this movement to be happy in your job.

A few things all of us can learn from this 20-something group is they:

  • recognized a problem in how things were done like Joe Coleman, Shane Snow & Dave Goldberg from Contently who now connect journalist and writers with Fortune 500 companies who are willing to pay for well written content and research.
  • worked hard to turn an idea into a reality like Sarah Schupp who turned her business school idea into University Parent Media, a $1.8 million business that creates newsletters & guidebooks to inform parents about what’s happening on campus.
  • wanted to shake things up and not be boring like Jesse Thomas & Leslie Bradshaw from Jess3 did. This couple worked hard to build relationships and help companies take boring data like Nielsen ratings and make them fun and engaging.

What can all of us learn from these few young entrepreneurs? They either left school or their career with their idea in hand and went for it. They took a risk, but their passion, hard work and ability to build relationships are paying off. They all found their niche.

So how does this relate to students looking for internships or their first full time job?

 

  1. If you are looking for a job no matter the industry you need to build relationships. Tony Doody, a colleague of mine, tells students to “build your network before you need it.” So if I were 20 years old I would read the 30 under 30 list as much as I am and contact (or stalk) each company, owner or employee if you have any interest in working there. Do this by following them on twitter, facebook, reading articles or watching videos they are featured in because when they do announce they are hiring you need to be the first one to apply. If you aren’t sure how to initiate contact just email them and ask if you could have 5 or 10 minutes of their time to interview for a class project.
  2. I’ve said it before, but it is 2013! If you have an idea go for it and implement it. If you need a kick in the ass read Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuck. The cost of entry or even the cost to fail is far less than 20 years ago.
  3. Lastly, build yourself up by enhancing your resume by putting projects you may have worked on for a class or your volunteer opportunities in bullet items. If you are currently working decide how you are going to best communicate what you actually did in that job on an interview. Keep a weekly report of 3-4 items you worked on and things you learned. Once a month review it and then print it out when you go on an interview so when they ask you for specific examples you can reference it.

Kevin O’Connell, Founder – The Niche Movement

Bring the Niche Movement to Campus to meet with students, staff or host your next workshop, keynote or training.

Engage with the Niche Movement - Facebook - Twitter

I'm a student leader graduating soon.

If you are reading this and are a college student or a recent graduate within the last two years think about the type of company culture you want to be a part of. Apply to be part of the first Niche Movement Cohort where we will work with your niche and discover employers that have jobs that you want. Applications due March 3rd.  

I work with student leaders.

If you are reading this and work with student leaders that you want to help land a job they love then share The Niche Movement with them.

I already found my niche and want to tell my story.

And if you happen to stumble upon The Niche Movement and you already found your niche then share your story. Or we can help you recruit top, talented college who by helping you create appealing job description, screen candidates and host internships or jobs on our website.