Indivly would like you to know that you can now receive academic credit for getting Facebook likes and comments and “maximiz[ing] eyeballs.” If you have strong writing skills (Yes), are familiar with online publishing (Yes…), can use Photoshop (YES) and can navigate social media (YES!), then meander on over to PennLink for a “Love+Sex internship.” Make sure to bring your cigs because we imagine you’ll want a nice, long smoke afterward. Check out the full ad after the jump.
Suits. Info sessions. Networking. Push-up bras. Case prep. OCR is a stressful, stressful time, especially when it’s squeezed between classes, a cappella rehearsals, and studying for exams. There simply isn’t time for it all—until now!
Career Services has introduced PennLink mobile, allowing you full access to PennLink on the fly from your smartphone. Why waste even a second in this dog-eat-dog game? Drop your resume at McKinsey while walking down Locust to your BCG interview. Map out your info session trajectory during an extended bathroom break. Revise your cover letter while pretending to pay attention to that bro chatting you up at a frat party. (Wait, you’re a junior or senior. Why are you at a frat party?) Three cheers for Career Services!
Sick of going to all those career fairs that Helen and the rest of the gang insist are open to all majors only to realize that you don’t know what “marketing” or “finance” really mean? In other words, are you an aspiring starving artist?
Fear not. The Philadelphia Liar’s Club has planned a benefit party for Leslie Esdaile Banks, a Penn alum and NYT bestselling author who writes under the name L. A. Banks and who is currently battling adrenal cancer.
The “Writer’s Bash” will take place at Smoke’s this Saturday night from 7PM until closing and will host numerous bestselling authors, agents, editors and marketing gurus (so you can finally ask them what it is they really do), and it’ll be the perfect opportunity to “rub elbows.” Read the rest of this entry »
We’re sure our finance friends have already seen this (y’all read Dealbook more than UTB? No way), but for the rest of you, we thought it only fair to share the plight of our suffering peers. It seems Wall Street Interns just cannot catch a break. Forced to satisfy their basic needs in hiding, many are faced with significantly less perks than their predecessors three or four years ago thanks to shrinking budgets and a failing economy.
Imagine, for a moment, a $15,000-a-summer internship without a “firm-sponsored trip in white Hummer limousines to the trendy NoHo nightclub Butter.” Or the face of the desolate summer analyst upon hearing that company-sponsored “gourmet cooking classes” would no longer be offered. Is it even possible to work in such conditions?
While a certain Career Services office is quoted in the article touting the remaining benefits of a summer on Wall Street, we know that behind those
beady strong eyes lie disappointed worker bees, longing for what could have been. Chin up, Wall Streeters: one day, you’ll get what’s rightfully yours.
Bemoan On Campus Recruiting and PennLink all you like. But before you write off job-browsing altogether, allow yourself a look between the lines of McKinsey and Goldman — there are postings of jobs that take degrading to a whole new level.
A posting from “Z Boss Inc.” for the position of “Executive Assistant to CEO” reads:
“I need an assistant that can plan appointments, keep up my women and keep them satisfied (planning dinners, sending them flowers, making them feel important, etc.)… picking up laundry, assorted other errands. This would be the easy part of the job. The rest would be assisting with all high-level thinking and planning that goes in to the growth of the company as well as working directly under the CEO (no pun intended).”
Obviously, this is offensive, chauvinistic, and frankly, kind of fucked up. Obviously, this is a prank (and not even really a funny one). But the job was posted on June 9. It’s now almost October. What gives? Is Career Services playing some kind of sick joke on us (doubtful) or do these postings simply go unchecked?
But don’t worry, she will be back! Career Services guru/Queen of Your Inbox Claire Klieger mentioned in an email today that she will be going to Zimbabwe! What do you think she is doing there?!?!
Fortunately, friend to UTB Helen Cheung (and Kelly Cleary) will be holding down the fort.
Sifting through the scintillating Career Services internships can often get tedious. But every once in a while, due diligence pays off and you find cool things… like TACOS!
Okay, so it’s not exactly stuffing your face with guac for a stipend, but you do get to hang out with the Coup de Taco folks. They’re offering the first-ever (as far as we know) food truck internships, where lucky applicants will get the chance to basically invent a business strategy. Or something. Finance words scare us. Luckily, there’s also a PR one!
Anyway, here and here are the apps (you need to be logged into PennLink) if you want to check them out. We’re assuming “delivering apology tacos to A-Gut” is missing because it’s just such an obvious intern task.
Even if you don’t get that Goldman Sachs interview, your working relationship with Career Services need not be over.
The Penn Career Services blog is hosting a super exciting contest: YOU CAN NAME THEIR BLOG. Though we’re fairly certain we’ll keep the official title for best blog name on campus, you may as well leave your mark somewhere. Oh, and the winner gets a $25 iTunes gift certificate.
You can enter by leaving a comment on their blog. May the wittiest win. Oh, and we’re entering. So good luck, suckers.
Being an unpaid intern means you leave the summer behind with but one tangible bit of compensation: the recommendation letter. While this non-monetary reward can’t buy you, well, anything, it can in fact help you get a job. Career Services used to keep students’ rec letters on file for free and send them out to potential employees for a small fee. It was a nice service, and being as though these documents take up what we assume is insignificant server space and that we pay $45,000+ a year to attend Penn, we took the whole no-filing-cost thing for granted.
Until today, that is. As per an e-mail sent out today, Career Services has announced that is partnering with Interfolio, “the premier web-based credentials file management firm.” The service actually sounds pretty good, but it comes at a price. The $19 a year fee won’t exactly break the bank, but it looks like your rec letters (yes alums, even the ones you have had on file for the past decade) will be destroyed unless you cough up the dough. Uncool.
In the age of email, it’s easy to send and receive electronically without ever being able to put a face to that email address. For example, the TA from your Friday recitation, among others.
For every Penn undergrad, one such figure is firstname.lastname@example.org, also known as Helen Cheung, the illustrious author of Career Services emails galore. Ms. Cheung took a moment off from resume advice and internship searching to answer a few questions for UTB. So even if the job search has you down, you can take pleasure in our ultra exclusive interview.
First of all, what’s on your resume?
I tailor my resume to the recipient. My “career services” resume includes a masters degree in counseling, accomplishments during my stints at three career centers, work experience in nonprofit and business consulting, and related skills and activities.
What is the most ridiculous job posting you have ever sent out?
I’m not sure. We have received some fun job postings before, like “Elephant Trainer,” but I didn’t send them out.
How do you tell kids that they just aren’t going to make it as a [insert dream profession here]?
I don’t tell anyone they aren’t going to make it, because most careers can be achieved with enough time, passion, and hard work. I do encourage people to research a dream job idea fully to learn what it takes to get it; and to really go after what they want.
Would you rather be a nameless face or a faceless name?
Faceless name. But that’s probably not the right answer.
As the Penn e-mail queen: BlackBerry, iPhone, or computer only?
Computer. The old school desktop PC.
Who is the one person at Penn you’d most like to meet?
The mascot, though I already met the Quaker when he stumbled into our career fair last Fall.
If you could have any other job in the world, what would it be?
Running shoes maker.
Finally, what advice would you give to our readers who are currently lacking employment?
Don’t lower your standards but do think broadly, specifically, and flexibly about the jobs you want. And come to Career Services if you want to chat.