Submitted by Ashley Williams, Office of Career Services Graduate Assistant
Ariel Rivera first discovered her Summer 2013 Internship opportunity at the Rollins Career & Internship Expo this past spring. Ariel not only secured an Intern position with Where Orlando magazine, but also received both academic credit and scholarship toward the opportunity due to her thorough investigation and timely follow up.
In this post, she describes her tasks as an intern, the challenges she overcame, and the skills she has developed half-way through her internship.
by Ariel Rivera, Summer 2013 Intern at Where Orlando Magazine in Orlando, FL
As I approach the midpoint of my internship with Where Orlando I have realized the hard work and dedication that goes into not only publishing each issue of the magazine, but organizing advertisements, dealing with clientele, and informing the community of our publications. I feel that I have progressed immensely on completing my learning objectives. For example, as I work closer with the circulation manager and editor, among other personnel, I have learned the process of completing each issue and assignment by working together to make everything from articles to emails as effective as possible. Most of my work entails posting on the company’s social media sites, which has made me proficient in using these tools for successful advertising and as great sources of information. I have always felt intimidated by complicated computer programs and now I find myself using Excel and design software with ease. Embracing the power of online interaction and realizing how useful websites like Facebook and Twitter can be in promoting a company has helped me to feel connected to my community and a helpful asset to the company.
Learning to be in a new environment was initially the hardest part of my internship. I am used to working in fast paced environments so being in a cubicle for hours at a time took a lot of getting used to. However, I now enjoy going to work and I definitely see myself working in this field as a career. Seeing the power of group work has impressed me the most. I am used to doing things on my own, including homework and other assignments. Working together with everyone on staff step by step in creating e-blasts (emails sent out to clients and advertisers), newsletters, and event updates has taught me that it takes a lot of time, energy and teamwork to keep a magazine running. Especially when I attended my first Where Wednesday event at Bon Posh Fashion Jewelry was I able to see how advertisers, concierge, clientele, and those on the magazine came together to create a fun way to connect with each other and sponsor other projects. Helping with that event and finally seeing it unfold was perhaps my most proud moment with the magazine thus far. I was able to see how Where Orlando actually affects the community and it helped me connect to other businesspeople and feel the satisfaction of a job well done. Read More…
Submitted by Chad Chernet, Central and North Florida Recruiter for the US Peace Corps
As the central and north Florida Regional Recruiter I encounter many people with varying levels of knowledge about the United States Peace Corps and what Volunteer service entails. I have heard everything from “Wow, I didn’t know Peace Corps still existed!”, “I am too old to serve”, “If I decide to apply, will I be placed in Iraq or Afghanistan” and “I do not have the money to serve”. In fact, none of these statements or questions is accurate and it is my job to ensure that the next generation of Volunteers is fully informed of all aspects relating to Peace Corps service. For full information regarding Peace Corps, please visit www.peacecorps.gov or contact Chad Chernet at 407-450-8840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below I have listed the top 10 common myths regarding Peace Corps followed by the facts regarding each topic.
1) MYTH: Peace Corps Volunteers must cover their own expenses while serving abroad.
FACT: Peace Corps service does NOT require any out-of-pocket expenses. As an agency of the Federal government, Peace Corps is in a unique position to cover the costs associated with service. This means that we cover housing, monthly expenses (such as food, local travel and incidentals) as well as travel to/from the country of service. We also fully cover medical and dental expenses. Furthermore, returning Volunteers receive a “readjustment allowance” which helps them transition back to life back in America. Even immunizations and all legal documents (Passport, Work permits, etc.) are covered.
2) MYTH: Peace Corps Volunteers serve in dangerous countries.
FACT: We are a “need based” Agency and only send Volunteers to countries who have requested trained men and women and who are stable enough to ensure the safety and security of our Volunteers.
3) MYTH: As a recent college graduate, I am not competitive.
FACT: The majority of Peace Corps Volunteers are recent college graduates and work in all six of our program areas. They bring energy and creativity to the local community and job assignment. Read More…
A couple weeks ago, Lindsey Pfaender submitted a blog entry, describing her career path into commercial real estate, promoting the profession for other women. On October 25th, the CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women) will be hosting their second annual university outreach program UCREW 2013. Lindsey describes the event in greater detail below and is inviting any Rollins students who are interested to register and attend as her guest. The deadline to register is October 18.
Submitted by Lindsey Pfaender, Rollins MBA, Class of 2010
Come network with some of the communities top Commercial Real Estate Professionals at our UCREW event on October 25th at the TLC office in Downtown Orlando. Please see flyer for details and registration instructions. You will be exposed to many career paths available to you in Commercial Real Estate like interior decorating, project management, banking, law, and brokerage just to name a few. We also have INTERNSHIP opportunities available! Please see list below for the list of key note speakers.
Please email me if you have any questions: Lindsey.Pfaender@cushwake.com. Hope to meet you all there!
2013 UCREW Speakers
Laura A. Lewis, P.E.
Associate/Structural Project Engineer
TLC Engineering for Architecture
Director of Development
Equinox Development Properties, Inc.
Kelly Eger-Smith R.E.M.
American Environmental Consulting, Inc.
Marketing and Public Relations:
Marketing & Public Relations
Architect and Project Manager:
Jacki Hale, AIA LEEP AP B+C
Cindy Colvin, FVP
SunTrust Community Capital
Heather Himes, Esq.,
Office Leasing Director
Cushman & Wakefield
Multifamily Associate Broker
Cushman & Wakefield
Workplace Interior Architecture
Little Diversified Architectural Consulting