Make It Happen

Staying Positive Throughout the Job Search

December 11, 2017

By Amanda Chapman, Graduate Intern Whether you’re applying for a summer internship, changing careers, or beginning the search for your first full-time position, it’s unlikely to coast through the process without hearing a heart wrenching “no”, or even not hearing anything back at all. Hearing “no” can be tough, and sometimes...

Build Your Business Etiquette

December 4, 2017

By Lucy van Beever, Associate Director of Employer Relations You’ve started a new job or internship and want to make a great impression. But how? My advice: stop worrying about “fitting in” and start thinking about how to stand out! Take communication, for example. Communication is one of the skills employers most...

Making the Most of Your Internship

November 20, 2017

By Lou Gaglini, Executive Director Congratulations on joining the 93% of BU graduates that participate in at least one internship before graduating.  This is a big deal, and it’s time to shine! Here are a few pointers before your first day: Stand out in the crowd. Sometimes the best way to make a...

How To Avoid Employment Scams

November 6, 2017

By Heather Reghitto, Recruiting Manager Let's face it, it's hard to look for a job or an internship. There are so many methods available (e.g., Handshake, LinkedIn, networking, etc.), and postings usually include limited details. It can be hard to decide which positions to apply for and which to avoid.  If...

Internships Vs. Volunteer Positions

October 30, 2017

By Samantha Stocksdale, Internship Coordinator According to BU’s annual survey of recent graduates (BU First Destination Survey), more than 90% of students complete at least one internship. Many students also volunteer in the community, including through FYSOP at the start of their first year of college. Internships and volunteer positions are...

Career Fairs for Introverts

October 16, 2017

By Martha Brill, Assistant Director, Counseling & Programs Career fairs can be overwhelming events for just about everyone, but especially for introverts who may feel drained when interacting with large numbers of people. If you’re introverted, it’s helpful to pay attention to your energy level, take breaks if necessary, and give...

Taking Advantage of On-Campus Employer Visits

October 2, 2017

By Corinne Montanaro, Recruiting Coordinator Did you know that many employers come to campus during the academic year? It’s true. On-campus employer visits are a great resource you don’t want to miss. Perhaps you think that this is something that does not apply to you. You are just beginning your academic...

Organizing Chaos; Tracking Job Applications Made Easy

September 18, 2017

By Ben Flavin, Operations Manager One of the biggest job-search headaches people talk about is the sheer volume of job applications that need to be submitted in order to net just a few interviews. Keeping track of all those applications can feel like a chore. Luckily for you, programs designed to...

Characteristics of a Good Intern

September 11, 2017

By Donna Devlin, Staff Coordinator To complete a successful internship, interns need to have certain characteristics that will make them more effective in the workplace. These qualities will help to increase the chances of transitioning to full-time employment someday. Here are some of the characteristics employers look for when hiring interns: Strong Communication...

Developing Career Skills While Volunteering

September 4, 2017

By Chi Luu-Tran, Internship Administrator Before I started working full-time, I volunteered at an organization that helped provide low-cost, fresh groceries to communities considered “food deserts.” I volunteered alongside many professionals who were leading successful careers in law, finance, marketing, and more. Being a first-generation college student with entry-level career experience, I...