Career Services Worked for Me: Student Employment Successes!

April 28, 2014 |


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Daniels Career Services is excited to congratulate our students on their recent employment successes!

Check out what some of them had to say about their job or internship search, as well as advice they have for those still on the job hunt.


Caroline Escobar, Marketing Intern—Janus Capital Group

danielscareers-carolineescobarCaroline Escobar, Marketing Intern – Janus Capital Group

 Professor Wagner, the Director of Internships for the Marketing Department, was a huge help in getting this internship. He works hard to build connections with companies around Denver and he had met my manager at Janus while she was getting her MBA at DU. Since DU students had previously made a good impression on her, she sent the position to Professor Wagner for him to advertise to students. I subscribe to the marketing mailing list and heard about the Janus internship in one of the emails. I applied and asked Professor Wagner to put in a good word for me and then the interviewing process began!”

Tips

“My biggest tip for finding an internship is to be driven and competitive. Internships are pretty much a prerequisite for a full time job in business, so starting your search early and seeking out opportunities for yourself is very important and will get you ahead of the game. If you get invited to interview, it’s important to be competitive and put your best foot forward. Spend time preparing for your interview, do thorough research of the company, and be sure that you appear confident and friendly in your interviews. While it’s important to be extremely professional, it also really helps to connect in some way with the person interviewing you and that is usually through showing an effort to get to know something personal about them. Thank you cards are also important. I suggest handwriting them and delivering them in person rather than mailing or emailing. Also, always have questions prepared to ask them at the interview and don’t just use generic ones that you can Google.”

“My other advice is not to be picky about where you work. My first internship, which I found through Daniels Careers, was at a small non-profit and it wasn’t very glamorous. But I learned skills there that allowed me to get other internships, and those internships helped me to get this internship at Janus.”

Sarah Avellar, Market Research Manager—MarketCast in LA

danielscareers-sarahavellarSarah Avellar, Market Research Manager—MarketCast in LA

Advice

“A positive attitude in the job search is as crucial an asset as your Daniels education, skill set and past work experiences. A job search can be demoralizing and frustrating (and in my case, take a long time), and you will get told no. Perseverance is key and a positive attitude is crucial to maintaining high-quality application materials and coming off well when networking. Look at your job search as an opportunity to assess mutual fit. To remain positive, it helps to remember that you’re also assessing whether or not the company is good fit for you.”

Christine McGarvey, Community Investment Analyst Intern—Encana

danielscareers-christinemcgarveyChristine McGarvey, Community Investment Analyst Intern—Encana

Kara Brown, Financial Representative—Northwestern Mutual

 

danielscareers-karabrownKara Brown, Financial Representative—Northwestern Mutual

“The professionals at Career Services have been tremendously helpful throughout my internship search process. My advisor provided a wealth of knowledge to assist me in finding the right opportunity. My advisor was available and willing to help throughout my application and interview processes.” 

Kara’s Tips for Landing a Position

Always be professional

  • Firm handshake
  • Dress as if you already have the position
  • Smile and enjoy the experience (People like to work with happy people, not complainers)
  • Look people in the eye when speaking to them

Always follow up in writing

  • A hand written note will ALWAYS get noticed
  • At the very least, a concise, well-written email is acceptable

Be prepared

  • Research the company (What they do, how they make money, etc.)
  • Have your resume up to date and ready to present
  • Use Linkedin to research people in the company

“My advice for any students, searching for an internship or position would be to start with an advisor at Career Services—they are a great resource!” 

Katerina Wolfe, Management Development Program—Waldorf Astoria in NY

danielscareers-katerinawolfeKaterina Wolfe, Management Development Program—Waldorf Astoria in NY

“I made an appointment last year to clean up my résumé and write a cover letter. John Haag was so helpful in encouraging me and helping my paperwork match my personality. I have John and Career Services to thank for giving me confidence in my own abilities, and giving me the tools to stand out among other applicants.”

Advice

“NEVER take no for an answer. If you want something badly enough, you can make it happen. I wanted to intern in London and got no after no after no. But, regardless how many no’s I got, I knew I only needed one yes. No one will fight better for you than yourself. Push hard because you deserve exactly what you want and you’ll end up with so much more than you’d ever dreamed of.” 

Layne Hopkings, Analyst Intern—Goldman Sachs

 

danielscareers-laynehopkingsLayne Hopkings, Analyst Intern—Goldman Sachs

“One of my professors told me that Goldman Sachs was coming to DU for an information seminar. I RSVP’d through career services and attended the session. After the session I applied for the internship through the career services website.”

Tips

“Don’t give up searching for an internship. I was denied by a couple and was feeling the stress of not having an internship lined up as March approached, but I just kept attending events hosted by career services and applying to internships.”

“Don’t feel bad about turning down an internship offer that you don’t feel comfortable with. I was offered two other internships before Goldman Sachs, but I didn’t feel passionate about them so I kept searching until I found the right one.”

Hayden Brink, Analyst Intern—SDR Ventures

 

danielscareers-haydenbrinkHayden Brink, Analyst Intern—SDR Ventures

“I owe my internship to the career services department. The only way I was even able to get in touch with SDR Ventures was by going to one of the career fairs that the Career services put on. If it weren’t for that career fair, I wouldn’t have met with the SDR recruiter and I wouldn’t have an internship, and hopefully an eventual career in investment banking. I am so thankful for the work of DU’S Career Service Department!”

Tips

“My advice for any student looking to get a job or an internship is to take advantage of every opportunity Career Services gives you.  You never know what could happen if you go to all of the many events put on by the department or apply to the many postings they put on their website.  If you do get an interview just relax and be yourself and good things will happen!”

Jordyn Michaud, Audit Staff—KPMG

danielscareers-jordynmichaudJordyn Michaud, Audit Staff—KPMG

Advice

“Network with as many people within an industry or area of interest as possible, then follow up if you were interested in the company or felt you made a connection with who you met!”

Leah Konrady, Public Information Specialist—CH2M Hill in Fresno, CA

danielscareers-leahkonradyLeah Konrady, Public Information Specialist—CH2M Hill in Fresno, CA 

“The position is working on CH2M Hill water program in Fresno, CA performing stakeholder engagement, public relations, and some government relations.  While taking a class called “Organizational Dynamics” with Dr. Karen Newman my group participated in a live case study with CH2M Hill.  Through that connection I followed up with CH2M Hill months later expressing interest as a future employer, and through informational interviews this career opportunity arose.” 

 



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