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Endless possibilities

Possibilities are endless – that is something I learned with my time at Indiana INTERNnet (IIN). The experiences I have been given with IIN have been far and wide. Gaining more writing experience through blogs and LinkedIn announcements, getting to manage all social media and meeting new people are just a few things I’ll be leaving with.

IIN has opened my eyes to many career possibilities. My career visions have changed, along with my career path. I’ve come to understand that this is what an internship is about, to learn. It’s all part of my journey.

I had a great time with the IIN staff, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to be with. The staff listened to me obsess over KPOP and the Pacers. They assisted …

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Thank you very much!

The importance of a simple thank you – it may seem nominal, but the more I read about job interview follow ups, the more I understand why it is essential.

There are a lot of people that take time out of their schedules for interviewing purposes: the person that has to filter through the resumes, the person that conducts the phone interviews and the people that conduct the actual interview, and don’t forget the individual that you may have networked with to learn of the open position. The least we can do is say thanks.

Thanking the interview team

The general rule of thumb is to send a thank you note within 24 hours after your interview. The thank you note could be a simple thank you, but it could also be used to reiterate your interest in the company and position, remind the interviewer who you are or mention …

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Ron Arruejo: Making an IMPACT

Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on Feb. 5, 2014, at the 8th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon. Though the event is over and the winners have been announced, we are continuing to celebrate the nominees’ successes.

It isn’t just Ron Arruejo’s affinity for Indy’s delicious food truck offerings that motivates him to commute from Bloomington to the capitol city weekly (though we’re sure it plays a role!). It’s a hands-on internship experience with Thomas P. Miller & Associates (TPMA) that makes the travel worthwhile.

“Being able to work on a vast variety of projects from local economic development to state economic reforms and various market analyses with universities, counties and regions has given me a deeper appreciation of how interconnected the economy is with everyone and everything,” Ron said.

In 2012, Ron was placed with TPMA for his fellowship for graduate school. He has been with TPMA as an intern …

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Time for some spring cleaning

Spring has sprung. Finally!

After my battle with the winter weather, I couldn’t be more excited about spring. Besides enjoying the warmth, we all know that spring is a busy time with cleaning and making way for new things by getting rid of the old.

It’s also the time of the season where some college students will be graduating soon or closing in on the last day of their internship. If you’re like me, you are going through both of these. So, there’s no better time than now to start sprucing things up a bit for the job search. You know, spring clean it.

Where to start? What needs to be done? Here are some things we all can do.


Tidy up the résumé

Remove all of the unnecessary items. Make sure your résumé fits the position that you are applying for. And remember, …

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How are you beating the competition?

March Madness has reached the peak of excitement, a great time for college basketball lovers. Teams are competing to become the champion. Fans are competing to have the best bracket predictions. What are you competing for? A full-time job?

Follow our playbook to become a first-round draft pick.

Practice makes perfect 

No good player was made over night.  Players develop their skills by practicing. You are practicing your skills through your internship and class projects. Display your strengths on your résumé and show off your talents.

No one hits the court without warming up first. You should be prepared for your interview.  Practice for your interview by reviewing typical interview questions and rehearsing your answers with a friend, family member or advisor. Practicing will make you a well-rounded player for your dream job.

Listen to your coach, know your team

Coaches inspire people to be their best while …

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Jessica Otteman: Making an IMPACT

Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on Feb. 5, 2014, at the 8th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon. Though the event is over and the winners have been announced, we are continuing to celebrate the nominees’ successes.

This is a blog by Jessica Otteman, a senior studying Business Administration and Facility & Event Management at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN.

Last summer, I had the privilege of working as the Event Management Intern at the headquarters of the Special Olympics of Southern California in Long Beach. While my time with the Special Olympics seemed short (it lasted from May to July), I learned about what goes into making a large-scale athletic event happen by working alongside the Special Olympics staff.


 “To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities …

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Who are you? Who? Who? Who? Who?

Stop and think for a moment.  When a potential employer is browsing your resume, what impression are they forming about you? What about in person, in the interview?

We all know first impressions mean a lot and developing your personal brand can help achieve a good, and hopefully lasting, impression. According to Forbes, “Your personal brand is all about who you are and what you want to be known for.” Personal branding is an ongoing process of forming an image about you.

Let’s discover how to develop your brand so that you can be assured what you have to offer shines.

Define who you are and who you want to be.

You know yourself and where you want to end up in life better than anyone. Remember those things during an interview and when you are networking. Let yourself and your passions shine!

What makes you unique?

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Goodwill intern puts classroom knowledge to work

Victoria is a junior studying journalism and public relations at Indiana University. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and is also the director of the Canvas Creative Arts committee on IU’s Union Board. In her free time, Victoria enjoys running and writing.

Last year, I worked as a student ambassador for Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana. As a student ambassador, I worked on marketing Goodwill to students at Indiana University and members of the Bloomington community. My work consisted of hosting events, utilizing social media and a lot of crafting.

Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana focuses largely on giving back to the community. They do this through donations at their stores as well as working to educate people at the Indianapolis Metropolitan High School and The Excel Center, a tuition-free charter school for adults.

At Indiana University, my educational focus is journalism and public relations. This student …

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8th Annual IMPACT Winners Part II

We recognized six individuals and organizations that dedicated their energy and expertise to successful internships in 2013 during the 8th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College. These are the second in a two-part series on winners.

Claudine Meilink

Career Development Professional of the Year

Since 2006, Claudine Meilink has played a key role in facilitating student-employer connections at Purdue University. She wears many hats within the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO), including career counselor, employer coordinator and data collector.

Meilink volunteers as a Faculty Fellow and has served on search committees for various departments on campus. She also serves as an at-large board member with the Career Development Professionals of Indiana and also held leadership positions with Midwest ACE (Association of Colleges and Employers), even chairing two of its conferences.

“Claudine is one of those people who makes working in career services at …

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8th Annual IMPACT Winners, Part I

We recognized six individuals and organizations that dedicated their energy and expertise to successful internships in 2013 during the 8th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College. These are the first three stories; we will post the other three in an upcoming blog.

Pam Plain Intern of the Year (College/University)

Pam Plain led an international public health initiative as a summer intern with Komen Tissue Bank (KTB) at the IU Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.

KTB began to collect breast tissue from women all over the world, and started in Kenya, Africa, where the prevalence of a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer is common.  Plain made arrangements for facilities and transportation of medical and surgical supplies and volunteer materials from the United States to Kenya.

“This involved tens of thousands of dollars, superb communication skills and organizational skills, and an understanding …

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Nothing Stops Us From Honoring Internship Excellence

Keeping with the extreme winter weather patterns we’ve experienced this season, a snowstorm threatened to cancel the 8th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon on Feb. 5.  But it’ll take more than that to keep us from honoring internship excellence! We had so many great stories to celebrate this year [be on the lookout for upcoming blog with winner stories]!

We were honored to have Gerry Dick, the president/managing editor of Grow INdiana Media Ventures and host of Inside INdiana Business, as our MC.  It was also our pleasure to have Peter Dunn, aka Pete the Planner, as our keynote speaker.  Pete is an award-winning comedian and an award-winning financial expert & comedian, author and radio host.

Pete talked about smart financial decisions to those in attendance.  He spoke about the importance of paying student loans immediately after graduating college and how to save 10% of every paycheck, which …

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Surviving the Unknown


Nothing is more nerve wracking than the unknown. Not knowing what to wear. Not knowing what time to wake up. Not knowing what to eat. Not knowing what time to leave your home.  All of these, plus some, went through my mind during the days leading up to my new position as the Marketing and Special Events intern for Indiana INTERNnet.

The unknown consumed my first day. Having to drive a little over an hour with Indiana’s unpredictable weather would pose a challenge. And it did. But who would have thought that I would begin my internship during the second round of the Polar Vortex? Because of the weather, I was nearly 2 hours late on my first day. I did not see that coming. Luckily, I am working with a group of caring and understanding people that admire the fact that I even drive as far as I do every day. However, it …

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