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Matt Kennett is the marketing and public relations intern at the Crossroads of America Council. He is currently a senior marketing major at Butler University’s Lacy School of Business and will be seeking job opportunities in the near future.

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I have accumulated some questions before I enter the work force, as many students have experienced. Fortunately, I was able to get some answers at an event through my internship at Crossroads of America Council. On Monday, October 24, 2016, I did not go into the office. Instead, I traveled downtown to take part in an internship event hosted by Indiana INTERNnet and Baldwin & Lyons. I did not know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by the professionalism and quality information provided.

I was able to meet interns from all around Indianapolis and some other Butler University students. We were able to talk about our current and past positions as interns, career goals, and offered each other advice. It was very reassuring to see that other students were in a similar position as me, when it came to starting their careers.

About halfway through the session we were treated to a guest speaker, Lauren Berger, CEO and founder of Intern Queen, Inc. Berger talked about her experiences working as an intern in 15 different positions. She was very knowledgeable about the hiring process, internships and creating a professional network.

After her presentation I introduced myself. I was able to ask about how a student should keep in touch with employers throughout the year. She explained communication about three times a year would be the perfect amount to remain at top of their minds. She also explained how online resources, such as social media, could help me stand out with employers.

In the end, I found the experience very rewarding because I was able to network with students like me and learn valuable information about job searching. I also won a raffle for tickets to see a movie at the Historic Artifact Theater. I would recommend this event to companies and interns alike because of the value I experienced.

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