‘Be a sponge’ and other advice to help students succeed at summer internships

As students begin to leave campus for the summer, many will head off to internships, hoping to add to their classroom experiences and enhance their future opportunities by immersing themselves in the real world of work. But to get the most out of the experience, it’s imperative that they have a clear plan.

Internship ‘slam’ brings together students and employers ​

WUSTL students gathered at the Women’s Building Formal Lounge on Friday, Feb. 22, for an internship slam, where employers participated in an “open mic” pitch to students looking for summer internships. Alumnus Alan Paradise, center, of Mercy, makes his pitch.

WUSTL moves up Peace Corps’ rankings, information sessions planned

Washington University has moved up three spots on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing mid-sized colleges and universities across the country, appearing on the list for the second consecutive year. With 23 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, WUSTL ranks No. 18.

Mark Smith promoted to associate vice chancellor for students

Mark W. Smith, JD, assistant vice chancellor and director of the Career Center, has been promoted to associate vice chancellor for students and will continue as director of the Career Center, announced Sharon Stahl, vice chancellor for students. In his new role, he will also oversee the Office for International Students and Scholars.

Internship & Job Career Fair to be held Jan. 30

The Danforth Campus will host local and national organizations on Wednesday, Jan. 30, for the Spring 2013 Internship & Job Career Fair. The fair will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. in the recreational gym of the Athletic Complex.

Career Center offers Etiquette Dinner for students

All students at Washington University in St. Louis are invited to the Etiquette Dinner Program, an opportunity to enjoy a three-course meal while learning the basics of fine dining. The dinner is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Danforth University Center Orchid Room. The program simulates a lunch/dinner interview and offers tips on fine dining etiquette, professional dress and business protocol.

Finding a job is like dating, career center director says

Though some people have luck with online job boards and company websites, it’s best to use a nontraditional approach in employment searches, says Mark W. Smith, JD, director of the Career Center at Washington University in St. Louis. Networking is the way most people learn about opportunities and it often gives them an upper hand.

Architecture & Design Career Fair March 22

The annual Architecture & Design Career Fair will take place from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in Steinberg Hall lobby. Students and alumni will have the opportunity to meet with top architecture firms, as well as professional and trade organizations. Architects also will be on hand to review student and alumni portfolios.

WUSTL among top producers of Peace Corps volunteers

WUSTL has been named one of the top universities nationwide for producing Peace Corps volunteers. The Peace Corps recently released the “Top Colleges” list, which ranks WUSTL No. 21 among medium-sized (5,000-15,000 undergraduates) universities. Currently, 24 alumni are serving as Peace Corps volunteers.

Making the most of winter break

Sleep may be priority No. 1 for many college students who are finishing finals and returning home for winter break. Advisers from the Career Center at Washington University in St. Louis suggest students use the time, not only to recharge, but to reflect and self-evaluate. The extended break is an ideal time to think about options, update resumes, network and put career plans into action.