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5 in 5! with Her Campus

Annie Wang singlehandedly built and continues to develop HerCampus.com, branded as “the collegiette’s guide to life.” She was named to Inc. magazine’s “30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs,” Glamour magazine’s “20 Amazing Young Women,” and The Boston Globe‘s “25 Most Stylish Bostonians.” In September 2010, Annie took a leave of absence from Harvard to work full-time on Her Campus. She was a senior majoring in visual and environmental studies with a concentration in animation and a minor in psychology. Follow Annie on Twitter: @annie_wang

Annie Wang (Photo by Nathan Fried-Lipski)

1. What do you look for when you hire an intern?

I look for professional, efficient, self-motivated individuals who I can trust. Because Her Campus is a startup, it’s extremely important that everyone, including interns, understands that giving 100% requires more initiative, attention to detail, and creativity than perhaps would otherwise be required at a “normal” company. We look for rockstar interns who are excited about this and are eager to push our mission forward.

2. How did you get started in the industry? How can I get started?

I got started in digital media/online magazines after working with my co-founders on a similar publication at Harvard (where we were all undergrads). We won a business plan competition for HerCampus.com and dedicated ourselves completely to it — I took a leave of absence from Harvard during my senior year to pursue Her Campus full-time. My advice to anyone interested in creating their own business is to just go for it. Learn what you need to know to make your dream a reality, recruit talented people to help you run it, and don’t put off launching it!

3. What is the future of your industry?

The future of digital media looks extremely promising — I believe everything that currently exists in print will continue being matched and then beaten by what can be done on web and mobile. Specifically for the magazine industry, I think more and more publications will transition online, and new publications will exist in online form only. There’s no reason to limit readership to an audience reachable by print when the whole web is available, eager, and instantly ready to consume media.

4. What is one main thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression? To make a negative impression?

Our best interns are idea-generators: they don’t wait for an assignment to brainstorm something that could push Her Campus forward. Always communicating professionally is also key, and definitely does not go unnoticed. Unfortunately, it’s much easier to make a negative impression. The opposite end of the spectrum is the intern who is unsure how to complete a task but does not bother to clarify. The result is often erroneous or sloppy work that wastes a supervisor’s time and potentially harms the business.

5. Give us a positive intern story? An intern horror story?

Positive intern story: One of my interns was designing a flowchart to accompany a national article on HerCampus.com. She took the initiative to find an online resource that would help her design a great-looking flowchart. When I gave her feedback on her designs, she politely brought her laptop to me to discuss the changes and worked until all of my suggestions were integrated after several rounds of editing.

Intern horror story: An intern who was interviewing with us showed up half an hour late, did not apologize, and then slammed the door in our face when we turned her away at the door based on her tardiness. Yikes!

Wanna intern with Her Campus? Check out some cool opportunities here!

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February 10, 2011 at 10:19 am 1 comment

5 in 5! with NG Farrell Marketing

Callum Ng is an entrepreneur and former Canadian National Team swimmer who currently serves as Director and Partner at NG Farrell Marketing in Vancouver, Canada. At 19, he created his own summer job by founding Green Grads Exterior Cleaning, an environmentally friendly window and gutter cleaning service.

1. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?
We like to interview people that have reached out to us in a creative way. Sometimes, this is as easy as shooting us a tweet, at other times it can be making a cool video. Either way, presentation, professionality and knowledge of our industry is key. Also, we like to know that our interns or entry-level candidates are passionate about what we do, and work for us because they believe in what we are doing.

2. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested get started?
I got started in sports and culture marketing because I saw a need for certain services to a niche area of the marketplace. I believe that there is a place for everyone’s passion and creativity, and you can carve that place out in a number of ways. The best place to start is to write down your three top skills, your two passions and your one biggest downfall. Find a job that uses your skills, in an industry you are passionate about that will help you overcome your biggest downfall. Then network. Find out who does your job, where they network, and go go go.

3. What’s the future of your industry or job?
Marketing will always be a required business function. But the tools that we use are always changing. That is what is exciting. Furthermore, sports and culture marketing are growing fields, with more companies seeing the possibility and focusing on the potential.

4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?  To make a negative impression?
You can make a favourable impression by knowing the history of the company you want to work for. Also, you can show relevant experience elsewhere that might help you with the tasks that may be assigned. Finally, be positive about any and all work tasks, we all started somewhere, so being humble and gracious are qualities that employers appreciate. The easiest way to make a negative impression is to forget to display that humility.

5. Can you share a positive intern story and an intern horror story? No names needed …
Best intern ever was this year! We had a Korean intern named B, who came to us from a local business language school. The guy was rock solid, showed up, always well dressed and was up for anything. Not only that, but he saw every opportunity as a chance to learn, and learn he did!

February 3, 2011 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

5 in 5! with Teach for America

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week we have Gary from Teach for America.

1.      What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?

One of the most important things we look for in an intern is evidence of past success.  Past success is indicative of future success, so whether it’s success in academics, success in a work environment, or success in extracurriculars, we see that as potential for a successful internship.

2.      How did you get started in the industry?  How can someone who is interested get started?

My first job out of college was as a fifth grade teacher, and the disparities I saw in my own classroom were the impetus for me to take my involvement in education to the next level.  I think an internship—either with Teach For America or with another education-related organization—is a great way to see whether education is the field for you.

3.      What’s the future of your industry or job?

This is an exciting time to be involved with education.  In just the past few years I have seen education come to national headlines in a way I’ve never seen before, thanks in part to education advocates like Michelle Rhee or Geoffrey Canada and even education outsiders like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.  Education is not just a profession for teachers or education majors any more!

4.      What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?  To make a negative impression?

Most of my colleagues agree: a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, and strong organizational skills are the key making a great impression on an employer.

5.      Can you share a positive intern story and an intern horror story?  No names needed…

Fortunately, I don’t have an intern horror story!  But I can relate a positive intern story from last year.  I joined a new team last year and managed an intern who was on the team for her second year.  She could have sat back, but she stepped up to act as a mentor to the first-year interns on the team.  She also worked with one of my colleagues to craft a new role for herself that required increased responsibility.  The initiative and commitment she displayed was inspiring, and she became a model for intern potential on the team.  When she applied to medical school the following year, I had so many positive things to relay on the recommendation form!

January 19, 2011 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

Best of 2010 EOTI Posts (In no particular order or rank…)

Alex's Boss

This Internship Was Creepy – Poor, poor Alex. He should’ve instead titled this post as “This internship was extremely creepy and potentially dangerous/life-threatening.” Glad you made it back to America so we could laugh at with you about this great adventure.

What’s The Deal With Investment Banking? – Our guest blogger Bill not only explained the role of an intern in the intimidating investment banking industry, but included excellent sample questions and answers for the interview. It sounds intense, insane, and I want to apply!

Interning in the NFL – This is another one of those posts that makes me wish I could be a professional intern. I’m not even a guy (I’m not being stereotypical but stereotypically the NFL has a large mostly male following) and I want to intern for the NFL after reading this! I’m not picky and don’t have a particular team that I root for, so…

5 in 5! with SIRIUS XMSirius XM loves their interns. You can just tell. It seems like one of those workplaces where all the cool kids work and everyone hangs out even though they’re not forced to but you’re still learning a whole ton and know not to cross the line between work hard-play hard. It might have something to do with their boss, who did this interview.

One of those says "Clean My Desk"

The Coffee Run: The 7 Most Worthless Office Supplies – The most precious office commodity? Post-its. Where would I be without my Post-its. Agreed though, the dispenser is completely unnecessary. Unless you only have one hand…

Meet the Intern: Green Mike – We held a photo contest over the summer. The pictures we got were ridiculous, and Green Mike has been my desktop wallpaper ever since.

Sweet Tweets – I do lots of what I like to call “tweavesdropping.” Some of the things people say on Twitter about their interns and their internships are completely inappropriate. Some, though, are just plain silly. It’s the INTERNET people, and I can see what you’re saying…

Tips for Getting a Sports Industry Internship – If you don’t have the skills to become a professional athlete (How many of us do? Like, none.) then the next best thing is to get into the industry. Also, “I’m a sports agent” sounds totally awesome.

Back to the Future: Avoiding Missteps Before They Happen – Not only is this some great advice for anyone who is starting a new internship, it is completely doable. It’s also a great mini-assessment if you’ve just ended your internship and aren’t quite sure what went wrong.

Video: What NOT to do at an Interview – One of the things our Spring 2010 interns had to do was create a video based on the resources we offered on our site. Vicki came up with this extreme version of a bad interview. I can only hope that one day a potential intern will walk into an interview like this… “A Resu-what?”

Cheers to 2010!

–Synthia

January 7, 2011 at 11:02 am 1 comment

5 in 5! with Her Campus

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week we have Stephanie from Her Campus.

Stephanie is a co-founder and the CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Media. As a 2010 graduate of Harvard University she majored in Psychology and minored in Economics. She spent Summer ’09 as an American Society Of Magazine Editors (ASME) intern at SELF magazine at Condé Nast Publications, and Summer ’08 as a Features Intern at Seventeen magazine at the Hearst Corporation. Stephanie was named to Inc. magazine’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs, Glamour magazine’s 20 Amazing Young Women, and The Boston Globe’s 25 Most Stylish Bostonians.

1. What do you look for when you hire an intern?

We look for candidates who are hardworking, reliable, detail-oriented, professional, creative, quick-learners, and who are passionate about Her Campus’s mission.

2. How did you get started in the industry? How can a student today get started?

My co-founders and I launched Her Campus while we were still undergrads in college!  We had all held related internships beforehand, but this was our first real job for each of us.  We had gained experience via college extracurriculars and summer internships, but mostly we just learn as we go and get advice from everyone we can.  To get started as a student, I think it’s important to be actively involved on campus in activities that interest you, to pursue summer internships in industries you think you might want to go into, and to just network with and talk to as many people as possible.  It’s also important to always be reading the news- both national news and news specific to your chosen industry- so that you’re completely in the loop on what’s going on at all times.

3. What is the future of your industry?

I think the future of media is online.  With Her Campus, we’re providing a model for how an online magazine can be profitable.  Being online allows you to individualize content and to be much more responsive to what your readers want and care about.  I think the business model for online media is going to keep evolving, but I think there are a lot of creative things you can do by combining online and offline channels, and by targeting at the local level.

4. What is one main thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression? To make a negative impression?

An intern can make a favorable impression by always asking if they can help you with anything else and by always being willing to go above and beyond just what is being asked of them.  An intern can make a negative impression by being careless with her work and not upholding the integrity of the brand.

5. What is your favorite positive intern story? Your favorite intern horror story?

Positive intern story: Just this week, an advertiser told us they wanted to buy a sponsored blog post from us but it would need to be posted by 10am the next morning (they told us this at 9pm at night).  I texted one of my interns to ask if she could get it done (we don’t start work until 10am), and by midnight she had the post written and uploaded.  I was wowed.

Intern horror story: This girl was a prospective intern and luckily never became an actual intern with us.  On the day of her interview, she called ten minutes after her interview was supposed to begin to let us know she was lost and to ask where she could park at our building.  She did not apologize for being late, and obviously did not call in advance to let us know she was running late.  When she finally arrived, we asked her what time her interview had been scheduled for and why she was running late, and she slammed the door in our face and walked out.  She then sent us an angry email from her BlackBerry a few minutes later.  Lesson: Don’t arrive at an interview late, but if you do, apologize!

Amazing! Lucky for you, Her Campus is hiring interns. Get all the details and apply by clicking here.

January 6, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

5 in 5! with Internships.com

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week we have Synthia from yours truly, Internships.com.


1. Where do you work and what is your job?  What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

My business card says Student Marketing & Internship Coordinator which roughly translates to managing our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube pages, putting up new blog content and making it look pretty, keeping in touch with both students and employers, helping to develop and launch new products on the site, hiring our interns and making sure they have an amazing time with us … you know, a little bit of everything! I get really excited when I hear about people who have successfully used our site – it makes my day! So I guess the main focus of my job is to try to understand and appreciate the people who are coming to our site and figure out how to make it as easy for them to use as possible.

Oh and on Wednesdays I choose where we order delivery from and place the order. The pressure!

2. Did you have internships while in college?  Do you feel your internship experience ultimately led you to where you’re at today?

I had 2 internships – one while actually in college and one the summer after graduation. The first one was good, but not life changing. The second one came about when I stayed in touch with a startup company that was on campus during the spring career fair. I graduated a few months later, moved back to LA, and got an internship with them! Interning at a startup gave me the freedom to learn a bunch of different things, and be extremely proactive. It also allowed me to realize that marketing and social media and all this nerdy internet stuff really is what I’m interested in. That second internship is definitely what got me here to Internships.com.

3. What do you look for when you hire an intern?

We have been spoiled with the interns that we’ve gotten so far and they’ve set the bar pretty high!. Because we’re a startup, we look for people who can be flexible with their responsibilities and have a positive attitude while doing it, because things move quickly and change even faster. It also is critical that the interns know our site and audience well enough that they can come to us with projects that they’d like to initiate on their own. We also do lots of brainstorming here and we take the opinions of the interns pretty seriously, so they need to be comfortable and creative enough to express their ideas for what they think we should do.

4. What is one main thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression? To make a negative impression?

If they want to make a negative impression then they should have a bad attitude, say things like “well… that’s not how I usually do it…”, and ask daily what they should work on. I try not to give out assignments that I wouldn’t enjoy working on, but sometimes it just has to happen. No complaining please!

Our most favorable interns have all come to us on their own with ideas that we have actually implemented –whether it’s series on our blog, a feature or update on the site, or ways to make our social media and on-campus efforts more effective. Many of these same interns continue working with us on a project basis even after their official internships have ended.

5. What is the future of your industry and what do you think a student can do to position him/herself to start a career in your industry?

Internships are becoming absolutely necessary, and employers look for this type of experience over anything else – your grades and school mean a lot less in comparison to your “real world” experience. For most people, the whole point of even going to college is to prepare for a career, so internships are only going to get more important!

At the end of the day we are a startup internet company trying to help college students prepare for their careers. Keeping up with tech blogs, internet and career trends, and college life is a huge part of what we do. People with an entrepreneurial mindset thrive in this industry. The best way to get started in this (and ANY) industry? An internship!

Internships.com is currently looking for Spring Marketing Interns to work with us here in Los Angeles, as well as a ton of position that students can do on-campus from anywhere in the country. If you have any questions for Synthia, please leave them in the comments below!

December 30, 2010 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

5 in 5! with Funny or Die

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week, we have Allison from Funny or Die..


1. Where do you work and what is your job?  What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

I’m a Producer at Funny or Die. On any given day I’m either on set making (hopefully) internet magic, taking meetings with potential talent, working with writers on brainstorming new concepts, or making sure the post production process is going smoothly. The beauty of this job is they really trust you to own your own project from its inception in the writer’s room, to managing script rewrites, to pre-production through post. It is by far the most rewarding job I’ve ever had in my life. It’s a great feeling when people forward me links to funny videos they love – that I produced!

2. Did you have internships while in college?  Do you feel your internship experience ultimately led you to where you’re at today?

I had so many internships in college, I took as many as I could. I worked in NYC two different summers at different production companies and another summer I worked at a production company in Chicago. I jumped at any opportunity to try new aspects of the TV/Film worlds – from casting to development, to production and post. These ultimately led to my first job because when one of the companies I interned for sold a show, they hired me on full-time as a PA. I would definitely say that all that intern experience made hiring me as a PA an obvious, easy choice since I pretty much knew all the ropes of how things worked around an office and on set.

3. What can an intern do to really standout and impress his/her manager?

Be proactive and go around the office checking what everybody needs. Don’t be afraid to ask all the questions you need to so you can execute a task well. Never assume or guess, always better to ask more questions that not. Notice something unorganized? Come up with a system to keep it in check. People will not have even thought to do it and will love you for taking the initiative and streamlining their work flow. Have a great idea? Speak up so people can see your ambition and passion. Most of all, be positive and excited to be there!

4. What is the worst thing an intern can do on the job?

In my experience, the worst interns have been the ones that are on Facebook all day and act really put out if you ask them to do anything. I have actually seen their updates on Facebook how “bored” they were at the internship or how they cannot wait to leave. Um, don’t friend your co-workers on Facebook if you are going to complain about your internship! There are hundreds of other kids who would love to take your position at any time. This goes for Twitter too! When people Google you, a lot comes up. Fair warning.

5. What is the future of your industry and what do you think a student can do to position him/herself to start a career in your industry?

The “industry” of online comedy doesn’t have a hard and fast path to success. Striking viral gold is elusive and can be totally random – unless you’re dealing with a talented cat that can churn out great content. If you can’t get an internship with your preferred companies, still intern with another production company to start getting on set, or shadow writers or producers. Your best bet may be just to start making your own videos, writing your owns scripts, and creating a channel on video hosting sites. If you can promote yourself well, your videos will gain traction. If you can demonstrate that you produce great content to a wide audience, you can get in some doors and maybe even get paid to do what you love! In many cases, these are also people who get the attention of managers and agents. They go on to pursue their preferred niche of production – whether it’s writing, directing, or acting. The best thing you can do is to go out there and just start creating and meeting other creatives to collaborate.

Add “Funny or Die” to the list of places we’d love to intern with. Thanks Allison for the great advice, it’s a tough business!

December 16, 2010 at 10:21 am 1 comment

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