Landing the Internship
Although Lauren Avery (pictured) has two internships to her credit, the junior Communication major is finding new avenues to her next internship and career during the Jan Term 2013 course, “Landing that Internship.”
“I would like to do something with sports marketing – particularly with the Orioles,” says Avery, who already has experience with Visit Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. “But I am discovering new possibilities in this class.”
By creating visual maps of her interests, skills and experiences, Avery was encouraged to bridge seemingly unrelated areas of her life to think in new ways about her career path. This process helped her decide to apply for an internship at Under Armour, the sports clothing, shoes and accessories manufacturer, that she says she would not have thought of on her own. But Under Armour makes sense, she says, since she has experience in retail sales and hopes to use her Communication degree in a position related to sports.
Julia Jasken (standing, left) and Jason Stambaugh '07 (standing, right)
Avery’s experience in class is exactly why Julia Jasken, associate professor of English and director of the college’s Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO) and Amanda Blankenship, associate director of internships and career development, designed the course. Their goal is to help students learn the tools they can use to research and apply for internships and provide them with strategies for succeeding in the workplace.
During the course, the 20 students from a variety of majors are exploring post-graduate opportunities and focusing on their own professional interests and future career goals. Alumni from the Carroll County community and beyond bring real-world experience into the classroom, and the students are making strategic use of social media to showcase the resumes and professional portfolios that will ultimately connect them with potential employers.
Recent McDaniel grad Jason Stambaugh ’07 (pictured above) returned to the Hill to walk Jasken’s students through the ins and outs of LinkedIn. Stambaugh, online marketing expert and founder of Hometown Startups and Wevival LLC, encouraged the students to develop a LinkedIn page.
“You can’t afford not to,” he said, explaining that they should look at online professional connections as a Rolodex and LinkedIn as a way to showcase their experience and expertise, stay connected and discover new business opportunities.