Internship Resources

By Sandi Ohman

thCA5BNMPOWhile it is extremely cold right now, even here in Florida, the summer is quickly approaching.  As students contemplate their summer plans, for some, an internship opportunity is high on the list. Many though don’t know how to start the search process for identifying internships.  Below is a list of resources to use to find internship opportunities:

  1. The Career Services Office (CSO) – The CSO at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) advertises internships through the career management system, EagleHire Network.  This is an excellent resource to consider for internship opportunities.  CSO partners with employers to advertise opportunities through EagleHire Network.  These companies are interested in ERAU students, so it is a good place to start the internship search.
  2. Company Websites –  Many large companies have well-established internship programs and choose to advertise internship opportunities on their company websites. Make sure to follow all application requirements and provide requested documents, since this shows the employer the applicant can follow directions.
  3. The Internet – Search engines such as Google, Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com, Careerbuilder.com are good internet resources to search for internships.  Another resource is CareerShift.  This is an employment research tool for students and alumni to use when researching opportunities.  The Career Services Office has purchased the required membership needed to use CareerShift.  The log-in page can be found embedded in the home page of the student/alumni part of EagleHire Network.  Make sure to follow account creation/log-in instructions located in the CareerShift box.  There are also numerous internet resources listed on the Useful Links page of the Career Services website.
  4. Faculty – Faculty are excellent resources in the internship search.  Many have worked in industry, and they have contacts and companies contact them about open positions.
  5. Network(ing)Quintiessential Careers recently wrote in their blog that networking is one of the best ways to find out about opportunities.  So, let others know of your interest to find an internship in a specific field.  Also, LinkedIn is another networking source.  LinkedIn is a professional social networking internet resource.  Users can search for alumni that work at the company they are interested in, search for internships advertised through LinkedIn, or other contacts in the company.
  6. Career Fair/Recruiting Events – In 2014 the Daytona Beach Career Services Office will be hosting Career Week 360°.  This will be a week full of career-related topics and opportunities.  On Tuesday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 5, there will be an Employer Recruiting Showcase.  This is a smaller event than the Industry/Career Expo, but it is an opportunity for companies to recruit for internships and full-time opportunities.   Another opportunity to meet recruiters is company visits.  There are numerous companies that will come to campus to recruit, interview and hold information sessions.  These are good opportunities to interact with employers and learn about internship opportunities.  Check the EagleHire Network calendar for dates.
  7. Letters of Interest – Letter of Interest/Inquiry can be used to reach out to companies to find out about internship opportunities or programs.
  8. Previous Student Internship Papers – When students participate in an internship for credit, writing a paper about the experience at the end of the term is part of the requirements. Those papers are posted in the Daytona Beach Career Services Blackboard organization.  This is a good way to read what other students experienced on their internship and also find out where other students from different degrees went on an internship.

Students should use the above resources to research and find internship opportunities.  When applying for internships, make sure to customize resumes (and cover letters if requested) to positions, follow application requirements and submit complete quality applications.  This will increase the chances of obtaining an internship and gaining the experience towards a future career.

Sandi Ohman is the Senior Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  She has been with the university for over 9 years and has advised students in most all degree areas while in Career Services.  Sandi brings additional experience having worked in the finance industry for over 6 years in her previous career.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.

Welcome Back to Campus and Happy New Year!

By Brian Carhide

welcome_backThe Daytona Beach Career Services Office is looking forward to assisting you in achieving your 2014 career development goals. Remember, it is never too early to begin working with our office on your career goals. This semester will be busy, with many companies already scheduled to visit the DB campus looking to recruit top talent.  This semester’s premier event will be Career Week 360°, March 3-7…remember to mark your calendars! Please stay abreast of all our spring events by keeping up with our marketing via ERAU Connection, EagleHire, Bb, Facebook, and weekly emails.

In the meantime, here are a few tips to get started:

  • Check out the EagleHire Network calendar for events, including presentations and company information sessions, being hosted on the residential campuses
  • Periodically check the EagleHire Network for full-time and co-op/internship opportunities, paying close attention to the closing dates of the postings; the earlier you review and apply to the positions, the better off you will be
  • During the spring semester, most companies recruit their summer internship positions; ensure you are eligible to participate in the Co-op/Internship Program and search for co-op/internship opportunities via the EagleHire Network by following the instructions for your campus
  • Residential campus students, schedule an appointment with your Program Manager to discuss your future career plans and co-op/internship or full-time opportunities
  • Within the EagleHire Network, you have access to CareerShift; CareerShift allows job seekers to search for companies within their geographical preferences, identify positions of interest from various job boards and company websites, find contact information for employers and organize your job search
  • Within the EagleHire Network, you have access to Career Spots; Career Spots allows viewing of 2-3 minute videos on topics to enhance your job seeking skills; videos on interviewing tips, job searching, internships, interview dress, and salary negotiation, to name a few, are available
  • Within the EagleHire Network, you have access to Going Global; Going Global is an excellent resource for students seeking opportunities abroad and for international students who want to learn which companies have historically provided visa sponsorships
  • Within the EagleHire Network, you have access to Perfect Interview; Perfect Interview creates a compelling and realistic “simulated interview” experience where you are asked challenging questions and must respond, just as you would in a real job interview
  • The Going Places blog will continue to showcase Embry-Riddle’s wonderful students and alumni and their advice, and we will bring you even more articles to help in your career development

Brian Carhide has more than 20 years of professional aviation experience. He spent many years as a professional pilot, including experience as a charter and airline pilot. He has been a leader in guiding young aviators in higher education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is the Executive Director of Career Services.

Move your Career into the Fast Lane with CareerShift

You may know about the EagleHire Network, Embry-Riddle Career Services’ career management system, but do you know about the other amazing resources at your disposal once you log in to EagleHire?

CareerShift is one such resource. This system allows you to:

  • Search, select and store job and internship listings from job boards and company listings on the internet. This means that you do not have to go searching dozens of job boards and company websites to find the opportunities that interest you. It’s all available for you in one place.
  • Get up-to-date contact information, including email addresses, for millions of companies.
  • Access in-depth information about contacts and companies posting jobs. Great for conducting pre-interview research.
  • Record, save and store correspondence history records, helping you to easily keep track of every aspect of your job search.
  • Create personal marketing campaigns, including unlimited resumes and cover letters, easily, and save them to access, print, or email.

How is this different from the EagleHire Network? The EagleHire Network has many similar features, such as the ability to search jobs, company information, and contact information. There are many jobs in the EagleHire Network, most aviation and aerospace related, but employers tend to only post a fraction of their openings in our system. With CareerShift, you can search and find those positions that are not in the EagleHire Network. These two systems complement each other well and should both be part of any job search.

To get started using CareerShift, click on the image above or visit http://erau.careershift.com. Register with your ERAU email address to receive a free account. Alumni may utilize the system for free by entering in our group code. If you are an alumnus, please be sure to enter the group code foreveraneagle when creating your account.

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