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Looking for a Speaker? – Think Indiana INTERNnet for Your Next Event

Indiana INTERNnet welcomes the opportunity to be included on the program for your next event. Service organizations, member-based associations, employers, students and universities all benefit from the experience and knowledge included in an Indiana INTERNnet presentation.

Students and Universities
Allow the Indiana INTERNnet staff to assist with your next career fair workshop. Presentations on the following subjects are available:
• Interview etiquette
• Resumé critiques
• The power is in the connection: networking 101

Invite Indiana INTERNnet to present a brown bag lunch series to your staff. In just three short weeks, your staff will learn how to establish an internship program with the goal of mutual benefit for your company and Indiana students. One topic will be covered in each 45-minute session:
• How to find interns
• How to identify meaningful project work
• How to manage your intern

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Career Services: Taking Advantage of Social Networking

Entry by Pat Patterson

Social networking may help you reach your student body, keep in contact with alumni, connect students and alumni with employment opportunities, and market your events.  John Hill, alumni career services director at Michigan State University (MSU), has had a lot of success with social networking:

The MSU career services network’s social networking strategy is to have alumni help it access industries, interest areas, and professions that it wouldn’t be able to reach through traditional on-campus recruiting or career fairs.

“The MSU alumni who get involved in these groups through social and professional media are our low-hanging fruit and it’s up to us to mobilize them,” Hill says. “Social media gives us a ready-made repository to identify them.”

MSU primarily focuses on LinkedIn as there are 135,000 MSU alumni and students using it. Through information and data on resumes, the career services network creates communities that …

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Knowing Your Audience: The Mindset of the Class of 2014

Entry by Pat Patterson

If you are a career services professional or faculty member enticing freshmen to visit the career office for the first time, it is important to know more about your audience.  Consider Beloit College’s mindset list for the class of 2014:

Few in the class know how to write in cursive. Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail. Al Gore has always been animated. “Caramel macchiato” and “venti half-caf vanilla latte” have always been street corner lingo. Entering college this fall in a country where a quarter of young people under 18 have at least one immigrant parent, they aren’t afraid of immigration…unless it involves “real” aliens from another planet. Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry. Doctor Kevorkian has never been licensed to practice medicine. Colorful lapel ribbons have always been worn to indicate …

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Last Call for Nominations – Indiana INTERNnet IMPACT Awards

Friday, October 29 is the deadline for Indiana INTERNnet IMPACT Awards nominations in the categories of Intern of the Year (both college and high school), Employer of the Year (both nonprofit and profit), and Career Professional of the Year.  Last year’s winners were honored at the annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon and we’ll be doing the same this time around recognizing finalists and winners on February 10, 2011.

Nominations are open to interns, employers and educational institutions statewide.  Share your story of internship success by nominating yourself, your organization or another who is making an impact on stemming the Indiana “Brain Drain” through internship connections.  And, remember to mark your calendar for the luncheon in February.  Registration for the luncheon will open in late November.

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Indiana Chamber Launches Higher Education Web Site

Entry by Pat Patterson

For all career services professionals – today, the Indiana Chamber launched a new web site, Achieve Indiana, focused on higher education in Indiana:

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce seeks to advance policy innovation and change in higher education finance, management and instructional delivery to substantially increase the number of students who complete postsecondary education. Currently, the Indiana Chamber is leading Indiana’s participation in the Lumina Productivity Initiative, a national program aimed at increasing the percentage of college graduates in the U.S. from 40% to 60% by 2025. The Indiana initiative, funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education and conducted in partnership with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Governor’s Office, is focused specifically on performance-based funding, engagement of university trustees and productivity of regional campuses.

From the Achieve Indiana site, you can download a new higher education report, Crossing the Starting Line: An Examination …

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