How do you set yourself up for success in college to obtain internships that will help you long term? College is the time to explore and gain valuable work and life experiences both in and outside of the classroom. Internships and research opportunities are part of the experiential learning opportunities available to students throughout their college experience. Students need to take advantage and embrace their time in college to learn, network and gain insight into different disciplines, professions, and organizations. Sharise Kent will walk us through her steps and advice on how to make every moment in college count.
- Take an intentional approach to education and integrate coursework outside of your major
- Roadmap your college experience by planning coursework and internships
- Learn social media from a marketing perspective
- Try to obtain an internship every summer and test drive your career preferences through internships
- Utilize your university’s career services office
- Talk to your professors about internship opportunities, research online internship resources, and utilize Linkedin and social media
- Join pre-professional student organizations
- Organizations that help students of color find internships
- Manage student debt
- You don’t need to go to a prestigious university to get a great internship: “At the end of the day, it is about the student. It is about the experiences that they are bringing. It is about how they are positioning themselves to impact that company.”
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Meet Sharise Kent:
Sharise Kent has been motivating, guiding, and coaching millennials to academic and career success for over 20 years. As the previous Senior Manager for a national college internship program, she oversaw the placement of over 400 interns with major companies including AMC Networks, CBS, ESPN, HBO, the National Basketball Association, NBCUniversal, Viacom Media Networks, and many others. In less than five years under her leadership, the internship program grew by over 50%. At that same time, she launched a full-time placement and career development department to assist recent graduates with developing career skills and finding full-time job opportunities and provide top-notch talent to companies looking to fill openings.
Sharise is on a mission to educate and empower the millennial generation to take charge of their careers, finances, and futures so they are equipped to become generous givers that can impact the world. Her blog, The Internship Manual, is not just about helping students “do college” successfully, but the discovery and pursuit of passion and purpose. Over the course of her career, Sharise has worked as a college admission professional on the undergraduate and graduate levels at seven institutions in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.
Sharise holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego and an M.S. in Professional Writing from Towson University. Sharise resides in upstate New York with her husband and their two children.
Thank you to Sharise or joining us today to help students as they transition from college to a career. Be intentional with your course selection, sign up for a coding class, take a STEM class, be open to internships in different disciplines, take note of the culture and environment of the companies you work at, get to know the career services department earlier rather than later, ask professors for ideas and advice, and join professional organizations as a student.