kokoruchan said:

A few internship questions: Assuming you get an internship, how likely is it that it would later turn into an actual paid position? For someone who is no longer a student, would it be better to try to get an internship and hope that that morphs into something more, or to try for a paid position from the get go?Finally, do internships ever accept someone to work part time for the full year (for example, so you could still have a job to pay the bills)?

Most of the time, internships are offered during the summer to students through various internship related programs through the school. Internships are almost always an excellent way to get a permanent job after graduation too - if you can show you’ve got the necessarily skills and that you can work with the team, assuming that the team has the head count for a new developer, you’ll probably get a job offer.

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When I worked for EA Sports, they had interns come in every summer. A good number of them had job offers waiting for them after graduation - it was really up to their performance during the internship and the company’s financial situation that determined whether they got the offer. We can’t really hire anyone if the studio is bleeding money, after all. At my current studio, we’ve currently got an intern who started a few weeks back. According to the program he’s in, he’ll be working for us full-time for the summer and the fall semester. 

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As for part time work for the full year, it is also possible… but problematic on most sorts of titles simply because of the development cycle. Most of the time, an entire year is a huge part of the total development time and much of the work is bottom-heavy - you need to do more work later in the game than the beginning. It’s actually more likely to get hired as a year-long intern for a studio that provides a game as a service than a single product - think something like working on Sims expansion packs, MMOG development, MOBA development or games in the social, online, mobile, etc. sphere.

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Year-long internships aren’t terribly common though… if you’re looking for something to just help pay the bills, you’re probably better off with a more traditional part time job or an on-campus research assistant position. It’s really hard to get a significant amount of work out of somebody who only does 10-20 hours a week. Most of the time we cherrypick specific features for the interns to better teach them about the development process without requiring too much of them. Lining up enough features like this over the course of a year is very difficult, since we don’t necessarily know exactly what we’ll be doing 9 months down the road.

Jobs for Writers on pw.org

PW has a good job listing page just for writers. It’s interesting to browse through whether you’re actively looking for a job, or just want to see what sorts of jobs writers can have!

We also a post did a post a while ago where former English majors wrote in and told us what there jobs are now. You can read that here or on our Writing Advice page under “Education and Careers”.

Fall internships

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Know anyone with some free time this Fall, who’s interested in gaining experience working in Museums, Libraries, or both? Well look no further…

Fall internship projects include:

  • Improving access to the Vertical Files in our Art Libraries
  • Processing collections in the Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian
  • Building a Stewardship Program for the Smithsonian Libraries’ Gift-in-Kind Donors with our Advancement team
  • Graphic Design for exhibits and publications

Although most are unpaid learning experiences, they are part time and have flexible hours. We are also happy to work with a student’s college or university to help them obtain credit. Many projects have the potential to be used as practicum experiences.

—> Applications are due August 22nd.

Selections will be made by September 1st, with flexible start dates around mid to late September. Please visit our website for additional information for each project: http://library.si.edu/fall-2014-internship-projects

At ProPublica, we’ve heard from a lot of unpaid interns. You’ve told us about walking your boss’s dog, fact-checking for magazines and even doing the same work as federal prosecutors — all for little or no pay.

If you think you might be entitled to minimum wage for your work, you have legal options. Here are a few resources you should know about.

Let’s start with the obvious — you can appeal to your employer directly for wages. If you go that route, know the U.S. Department of Labor’s rules. The Labor Department says if you are interning at a for-profit company, your employer needs to pay you at least minimum wage if any of these things are true:

EW’s Los Angeles bureau is looking for an editorial intern for the fall term. The internship program is open to college seniors, graduate students and recent graduates (within two years of graduation) who can work a 5-day, 35-hour week out of our office, located at 11766 Wilshire Blvd. We’re looking for applicants with strong writing and reporting skills who are passionate about entertainment.

WHEN: September 2014 to March 2015 (Application Deadline: Sept. 5)

HOW MUCH: $10/hour.

WHAT: Contribute blog posts, news briefs, interviews, on-the-scene reports, red carpet reporting, and recaps to EW.com and print. Also: organizing and opening mail, maintaining databases of entertainment events, researching forthcoming articles.

HOW: Please email applications. If you have any other questions please contact internship coordinator Jake.Perlman@ew.com

CONTACT: To apply, email a cover letter, résumé, and 3 previously published clips to Jake.Perlman@ew.com

I interned at MPI when I was in college and I loved it! It’s a small environment and I learned so, so much about publishing. That internship lead to my first job, which lead to the one I have now which I love love love, so it really paid off! If you live in the Tri-state area, check it out!

http://www.bookjobs.com/view-internship/1011

I also see a lot of resumes from recent grads on their 4th or 5th internship and that makes me wonder…why is one not enough? Are times really so tough that the only career path available to recent grads is to hop from one internship to another, sometimes for years after school?
—  Adam Schweigert explores the value of internships in The End Of Interns.
Being Intellectually Prepared for Job Interviews in Your Field of Study

Congratulations, you graduated from college and now you are looking for that perfect first job in your field of study!  Most of the posts that I see regarding this topic tell you how to dress for the job interview.  I think it is basic common sense that you shouldn’t just roll out of bed and go to the interview.  If you are a female don’t wear a short skirt or dress and don’t wear a plunging neckline.  To be honest, it probably doesn’t matter what color you wear to the interview either, as long as you are dressed professionally and it looks like you actually care about looking professional.  People that are conducting your job interview care more about what’s in your brain than what’s on your body.

I was vastly unprepared for my first job interview due to reading all of these posts about how to dress for a job interview.  All I cared about was dressing perfectly that I forgot about the most important part, showing them that I’m intellectually appropriate for the job.  I completely bombed that first job interview, but I learned a lot from it! P.S. This information can also be utilized for internship interviews.

Ask Around:  One thing that I wish I had done is ask the people from my internship, my professors, and previous graduates from my program that now have a job about what kind of questions will be asked in the interview.  This will prepare you to cover the type of questions that you will be asked in your interview. You can even ask them if they could do a mock interview with you and provide you with feedback.

Preparing Your Answers Before the Interview: There are going to be some of the questions that are basic of any job such as “what are your strengths” and “what are your weaknesses” that you should be prepared to answer, but there are also going to be questions asked that are specific to your field of study/work.  Another question that you should prepare for is the “can you give me an example of a time that you…”  I was asked this multiple times in the interview for the job that I currently have.  Since I am in a counseling field I was asked questions such as “Give me an example of a time that you faced an ethical dilemma and explain what you did.”  It is hard to prepare for these questions, so what I suggest is to think about all the experience you have in the field and think of specific examples of various times that you did something well.  If you can’t think of a situation off the top of your head there are two different ways to answer this question.  One option is to ask the interviewer if you can come back to the question so that you can think about your answer.  If you have never run into that specific situation, you could honestly say “In my experience working in the field I honestly haven’t run into that dilemma, but if I did this is what I would do…”  This last option allows you to be honest when answering the question and shows that if you do run into that specific situation you are prepared to properly handle it.

Study Up: Before you go to your job interview, study some of the basic material regarding your field.  I kick myself when I think about the way I answered a question in my first interview regarding something that all counselors should know.  I had a brain fart and I found myself tripping over my words to try to explain the basic concept of “motivational interviewing” (a tool that all counselors should know).  It was extremely obvious that I did not know off the top of my head what motivational interviewing was, and I completely froze.  Review your notes from the classes you took so that you can remember and easily explain the basic concepts associated with your field of study.  You don’t want to come off as a babbling idiot.  Know how you would apply specific concepts and tools that you have learned about, knowing about these concepts/tools is useless if you don’t know how to apply them in specific situations.

Know Your Preferred Theory, and be Prepared to Explain it: This may only apply to counseling/psychology fields, I don’t know maybe it could be applied to other fields as well.  One thing that I got asked in all of my job interviews is “what is your counseling style?” or “what theory of counseling do you utilize?”  Prepare for this question!  Choose a theory or a combination of theories that you would utilize and be able to accurately explain these theories, the basic concepts behind the theories, and how you would apply it to clients.  If you are open to various theories and there are multiple ones you could see yourself using, there are a few ways to answer this.  First you could research the agency and see what type of counseling they do and add this information to your answer (as long as you could honestly see yourself using this theory).   Otherwise you could say that you haven’t worked in the field long enough to solidify the theory you would use and that you are open to applying a multitude of theories.  If you choose the latter type of answer, make sure you are still able to accurately explain each type of theory so that you aren’t giving a generic answer. 

If you Have a Complete Brain Fart:  If at any point during the interview you have a complete brain fart and can’t remember something, be honest.  Don’t try to bullcrap your way through the question, the interviewer will be able to tell that you have no idea what you are talking about.  Again, there are a few ways to address this.  You can ask the interviewer if you can come back to the question because you need a moment to think.  You could also honestly tell the interviewer that you don’t know the answer but are willing to learn.  It is more respectable to admit when we don’t know something and (although it is obviously better to actually know the information) admitting that you don’t know something shows that you are willing to admit when you are wrong or don’t know something.  It also shows that you are willing to learn.  Interviewers that see that you just graduated are completely aware that you are new to the field and most likely will understand if there are one or two things that you haven’t thought about or haven’t experienced yet.  As long as you are able to answer the majority of the questions, you should be fine. 

For all you Marvel Comic Fans out there...

This is not a drill, this is actually something going on. If you are currently in college and looking for an internship, Marvel has internships open for everything from editorial to production to inventory. You can apply for them RIGHT NOW. They are OPEN. Godspeed to you all.

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WEB EXCLUSIVE: We sat down with a familiar face from the University of Alabama, Jack Blankenship, and asked how “The Face” led to a Tonight Show internship! 

Finding a Feminist Summer Internship

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By: Erin M.

What are you planning to do this summer? Take trips to the beach? Start a new project? Hold down a job?

Have you thought about doing an internship?

If you’re like most college students or young people, the answer is probably ‘yes.’ Summer is the perfect time to do one- there are usually a lot more options available to you, the position is usually temporary, (which can be a good thing if you’re going to be going back to school in the fall), and the learning curve is often enormous (so you can expect to get a lot out of it).

I’ve done numerous internships and gained valuable experience from each one of them. I can tell you—  they are worth it.

Landing an internship can be easier said than done though, especially with the stiff competition the current job market presents. So what can you do to help land the perfect feminist summer internship?

Here are some tips to help you in your search:

1) Decide What You Want Before You Start Looking

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is entering into an internship that doesn’t really align with your professional goals. You should think about what you want to learn, what type of work environment you want (and what type you’re willing to settle for), and what your pay requirements are. If you don’t live in a large city, I can tell you from experience that finding a feminist internship can be difficult, but if this is the case for you, don’t give up! You may be able to find something local and there are also plenty of online positions out there. 

There has been quite a bit of buzz lately about unpaid internships (personally, I have done a couple, but am against them in concept- you deserve to get paid for you work), but be sure to decide for yourself what your own philosophy is. You can usually use pay to filter when sifting through job websites and doing this can help you stick to your guns.

Some internships are considered to be volunteer-based, which if you are wanting the experience but might not have as much time to devote to it, can be a good match. For something to be considered a volunteer based position, it should have flexible hours, allow you to have a say in defining your work, and be driven by wanting to help more than wanting to enhance your professional skills. 

2) Network, Network, Network!

Did you know that 41% of jobs are landed through networking? It really does matter!

Reach out to people you know and ask them if they know of any internship opportunities. Talk to friends, classmates, or acquaintances you know who’ve done internships and ask them how they made it happen. If you don’t have a big social network of feminists, reach out to some that you admire or have formed a connection with on social media and ask them if they know of any positions. Reach out to those who run feminist organizations you love and ask them if they’re hiring and pitch yourself! 

3) Know (Where Else) To Look

If networking doesn’t bring you any results, sending in applications the old fashioned way is the best way to go.

Looking on Monster usually won’t give you a whole lot that is geared towards feminism, but luckily there are plenty of other places to look.

Websites like Idealist.org and the Feminist Jobs Board will exclusively give you almost results that are geared towards social good, feminism, and non-profit work. 

Don’t forget to start following some feminist organizations on Twitter and Facebook— they will almost always post calls for interns there first!

4) Be Prepared

One of the most devastating things is to land an interview for a dream position and then not get the job. This has probably happened (or will happen) to all of us at some point, but it can often be avoided.

First, brush up your resume. Check for typos, make the formatting clear and concise, make any needed updates, and make sure your references are current. 

For a cover letter, I recommend making 2 or 3 that hit target points for the various types of positions you’re looking for (maybe one for internships geared towards social media, another for blogging, and another for PR and marketing), since people can tell if you’re using one basic template. Although having these set outline will help, don’t make these templates and just fill-in-the-blank, but rather an outline in which to work off of and customize for each position you apply for. Don’t forget to address why you want a position. Employers want to know why you to work for them, both in the position and at the organization/company.

It is usually better to target a few specific positions instead of machine-gunning your way through applications. Again, people will notice. Focusing on a few positions and putting time and effort into applying for them will get you better results.

In terms of interviewing, if you need some practice, find a friend who can give you a mock interview, and offer to do the same for them. There are sometimes networking groups and support services on campus (if you’re in school) that you can take advantage of to help you in this area as well. If you don’t have access to any of that, try writing a few questions you think you might be asked (‘why are you interested in this position?’ ‘What are you looking to get out of this internship?’) and answer them on the spot. Work on improving your answers and getting rid of any nerves.

Finally, learn about the organization you’re interviewing with. You don’t want to go in not knowing anything, or else you’re going to appear unprepared. Most interviewers will usually ask you if you have any questions for them at the end and it’s always better to ask something, than to not. That’s when this information can come in handy.

Are you looking for an internship or are you planning to intern somewhere this summer? Tell us about your search and don’t forget to check out the rest of our professional resources

Helpful list when looking for jobs or internships:

I’ve been applying to a lot of things lately and thought I would compile a list of some of the websites I use to find internships/jobs. Feel free to let me know other things I should add, as most of these will be from the areas I’ve been exploring. Hopefully this will help you now or in the future! :)

  • Indeed.com   Good for general jobs and internships. Search by keyword and location; able to narrow down the search based on full-time/part-time/intern/temp/etc. and more. Indeed often links to most if not all of the sites below.
  • BookJobs.com   For those looking to go into the publishing/literary world.
  • Internships.com  It is exactly what it sounds like. A bit of a wider search in the realm of internships, but it has lots of ways to filter the search
  • InternMatch.com  This one is great because it tells you how many people have applied (through them) already. One of my favorites for sure!
  • CareerSushi.com   I don’t use this one because I think it encourages a video profile in addition to a typed out one and I don’t want to make that, but besides my own laziness I still think this is a good option
  • ProductionHUB.com  If you want to be a PA or just go into the film/TV/video side of things, this website has some good options.
  • Experience.com   If you are in college or have been to college, you should be able to use your school’s specific Experience.com
  • MediaBistro.com  If you’re interested in a job in media, this is a good, narrowed-down search as well.

If there’s a specific company you like, definitely go to their website and go under jobs or careers or internships (if they have all or any of those tabs) and explore there too. Enjoy and work hard!

anonymous said:

Is there any chance of being hired as an intern even if you have no experience whatsoever in developing a game but have taken and is in the process of taking computer science classes in college? (bare minimum game making experience being a very simple java game and watching tutorials online of making said games.)

Let’s turn this around and think about it from the hiring manager’s perspective. Say you’re the hiring manager. What qualities would you look for in an intern? They’re actually a little bit different than an entry-level engineer (assuming it is as a programming intern and not a design or production intern), since I know that the intern will likely only be with the team for a few months, and will most likely need to return to school afterward.

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These are the sort of qualities I would be looking for in an intern:

  • Good problem-solving skills
  • A passion for learning more about game development
  • A personality that will work well with the team
  • A solid work ethic - someone who will complete the task I assign
  • A reasonable technical foundation, somewhat less important than the above

Seems pretty straightforward, yeah? You might be looking over this list and thinking “Yeah I totally qualify for all of those.” But you also have to consider that we’re probably going to get at least twenty or thirty resumes for each open position that we have. If you have those skills, you need to show it. It needs to be in your resume, and it needs to be in the way you talk about yourself. You need to be able to stand out enough to get past that first wave of rejections and brought in for an interview with the hiring manager.

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Given what you’ve told me, it is possible for someone with your qualifications to be offered an internship position, but it is unlikely. Why? Because getting a job isn’t about meeting minimum requirements, but about being the most attractive candidate for the position. You need to be the one that we want to pick compared to all of the other candidates, because we will always want the best candidate.

You might luck out and everybody else turns out to be slackers with no skills at all and no interest. If that’s the case, then you’ve defaulted into it. Congratulations. But that’s extremely unlikely - I’ve answered lots of general career questions about getting a job in the industry, and plenty more I haven’t answered. Would you hire someone who made a simple java game from youtube tutorials over someone who wrote her own Half-Life mod, Skyrim questline, or graphics engine? I’d even be impressed if the person created his own RPG Maker game with some custom features written in Ruby.

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If you want to get a job as an intern, you have to prove to me that you want it. You need to show me that you have the skills that I’m looking for, through your resume and the way you answer questions at the interview. You need to stand out in some way, so that I remember you and view you favorably compared to the other twenty candidates. I’m trying to build the best team that I can. You know this! It’s up to you to show me that you belong on that team.

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