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How to Prepare for Your Summer Internship

Author: Annie Fick '20

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Do Your Research

You may have already researched your company as you went through the interview process, but it is important to stay well-informed. Be sure to refresh yourself on the company website, as well as the trades for the industry you will be working in. Knowing what is going on will speak to your competence about the company. Also, feel free to reach out to your supervisor and ask about workplace dress code. This will show that you care about making a good first impression, and will help you feel more comfortable on your first day!…

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Nonprofits Career Trek: Putting Passion into Practice

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    On Friday, my Business of Nonprofits class was fortunate enough to receive the opportunity to visit three nonprofits in Chicago. The different groups we visited included Heartland Alliance, the Illinois Policy Institute, and the American Cancer Society. The three nonprofits provided us a unique look into the variety of topics nonprofits can encompass, ranging from advocacy to fight poverty, working with politicians to make impactful policy change, and building communities through event facilitation and funding research in various topic areas.

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Chicago Sports Trek 2019

Author: Brendan Brady, Class of '21

    Our sports trek group had the opportunity to visit two professional sports teams, Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks, and a sports consulting firm called 4Front. Ten of us, along with two chaperones, gathered in United Center Lobby eagerly waiting to see what was in store for our meetings. While waiting officials and executives donning business attire passed us, and we all looked on wondering if that may be us some day. A representative for the Bulls greeted us and lead us to a 3rd

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Media and Entertainment Trek, LA 2019

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  While our first day on the Hollywood Trek was jam-packed, we learned so much about the industry! At the writers’ room for Charmed, we were exposed to the process of writing a TV drama, which proved to be especially interesting since the show had to change their thirteen-episode arc to a twenty-two episode arc. After our visit with the writers of Charmed, we ventured to Disney, where we met with amazing alumni. We toured both Disney Animation Studios as well as ABC. During our tour at Disney Animation, we had the cool opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes action of our favorite cartoons. It was fascinating to learn how the animated movies we grew up with were made. We took a short walk over to the ABC studios where we had the coolest opportunity to walk on the set of Black-ish. It was so impressive learning about set design and the time crunch that comes post-pilot season.…

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Aerospace and Defense Career Trek

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    During the afternoon of our first day on the Aerospace & Defense Career Trek, we visited SAIC in El Segundo, California. While we were on site, a few of the senior members of SAIC’s team were able to give us a presentation on the company’s background in the defense industry, some of its goals, and how they are pursuing new strategies for creating solutions to some of the most complex problems in defense and space.…

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Public Interest Career Trek: Discovering Careers in Public Interest

Author: Sierra Gonzales, Class of '20

Students on the Public Interest Career Trek stopped by the Notre Dame Chicago Campus for lunch during the Trek.

  Our Law Career Trek to Chicago as part of the Public Interest Law group was such a success! We each took away different lessons from the people we met and the places we went, and definitely had a lot of fun while doing it. The five of us in our group are all very interested in practicing law some day and the chance to meet and ask questions of practicing attorneys was invaluable.

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Chicago Law Trek: Careers in Private Practice

Author: Ruilin Sang, Class of '21

The final stop of the day for the Private Practice Career Trek group was at the office building of Jenner & Block.

  It was an exceptionally sunny day, and our group of six students were on our way to Chicago for the first Private Practice Career Trek. We all began the trek eager to learn and hungry for more information about the world of Law.

 

  Before the day started, the only thing that I knew about K&L Gates was a fun fact; It was founded in 1883 by Bill Gate’s father in Seattle. When we got up to the office, I was immediately attracted to its modernistic environment with white walls and simplistic furniture. We were cordially greeted by attorney and Notre Dame alumna, Erinn Rigney. She then led a panel discussion with four of her colleagues, three of them current partners and K&L Gates. They each talked about their experiences from undergraduate, to law school, to career, and shared what it’s like to work for K&L Gates.…

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Chicago Law Trek: Exploring Patent Law

Author: Ashlee Fu, Class of '21

Notre Dame students visit Irwin IP at the first stop of their Patent Law Career Trek.

  After a competitive selection process, extensive research on legal firms, and preparation, I was riding an early morning bus to Chicago with five other students on the Patent Law Career Trek. We all came from science or engineering backgrounds and were drawn to the practice of law due to different reasons. Still at a career exploration stage, we were eager to learn what intellectual property law, an exciting area at the intersection of law and sciences, looks like.…

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Exploring Careers: Environmental and Sustainability Technical Career Trek

Author: Marissa Kivi, Class of '19

Students visit Invenergy during their Career Trek to Chicago.

  With an icy breeze moving between the skyscrapers of downtown Chicago, our small group of nine began our explorations in the industry of sustainability at one of the biggest names in environmental design and engineering: Stantec. We filed into the lobby in our black suit jackets and ND-embossed folders, and, setting the tone early, we quickly found ourselves going in the wrong direction, going up and then immediately back down the escalator, backtracking towards security. We received our visitor passes and made it to the elevator, which, of course, did not have any buttons on the inside. Thankfully, it went up to ~almost~ our floor, and we eventually arrived at the bright, clean conference room of Stantec.…

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Sustainability Trek: Seeing Science at one of Chicago’s Favorite Sites

Author: Katherine Franz, Class of '21

Thirteen Notre Dame Students visited with employes of the Shedd Aquarium on Friday, February 22, 2019.

  During the afternoon portion of the sustainability trek in Chicago, students on the non-technical track had the opportunity to visit one of Chicago’s most popular attractions: Shedd Aquarium in Chicago’s lakeside “Museum Campus.”  Our student group spent time speaking with professional scientists from Shedd’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research, many of whom spend their days performing experiments, collecting information from and contributing to scientific publication, and doing observational research in the field.…

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IMPORTANT - ND Winter Career Fair Re-Scheduled Due to Weather

Author: Marcella Mullaney

The Winter Career Fair is rescheduled to Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

In accordance with the closure of the university, any career-related events and interviews scheduled starting Tuesday night, January 29 through Thursday, January 31 are cancelled.

The Winter Career Fair scheduled for this Wednesday, January 30,  has been re-scheduled. The new date for our Winter Career Fair is Wednesday, February 13 at 4PM - 8PM in the same location (

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Advice from Recruiters: Making the Most of the Career Fair

A recruiter talks with a Notre Dame student during the Fall Career Fair.

Over 100 employers will visit campus to recruit students from every major at the Winter Career Fair on January 30, 2019.  To help you get ready, recruiters who will be on campus to meet you have offered up some advice on how to have a successful career fair experience.  


Prepare

Do your homework. Familiarize yourself with the list of employers coming and what they will be recruiting for. Don’t overlook Career Fair basics such as having a well-organized resume, a good handshake, and preparing your brief introduction.

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Holiday Survival Guide: How to Handle Pesky College/Career Questions

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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s timely to address the most delightful pastime of this season: well-meaning, but perhaps misguided family members questioning you about your major and/or career choice at dinner.  On the one hand, it’s understandable.  They’re excited to see you since you’ve been away the whole semester.  And the most natural questions to ask college students are “what are you majoring in?” followed by “what are you going to do with that?” and for our seniors, “so you’re graduating in the spring...what are you going to do next year?”.  What they may not realize is these questions can be a source of great anxiety for students, regardless of your year or major.  So if you anticipate some or all of these questions could arise through the course of dinner conversation, read on for suggestions to navigate them as painlessly as possible.…

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DC Career Trek 2018

Author: John Henry Hobgood, Class of '20

John Henry Hobgood, Class of '20

Day One | Sunday, October 14, 2018

Today was our first day. We all flew into D.C., checked into the hotel in Arlington, and had an informal meeting with ND alumni from different industries. The first day made us feel a bit nervous and unfamiliar, yet we felt comfortable towards the end because of the genuine kindness of the alumni. Hearing the stories of alumni and how Notre Dame prepared them for success in D.C. was inspiring.

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Careers in Science DC Trek 2018

Author: Erica Vossen, Class of '20

Erica Vossen, Class of '20

DAY ONE | SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018

Today marked our first evening together on this Career Trek in Washington D.C. I happily found out that my roommate for the Trek, Rachel, and I were taking the same bus from ND and flight from Chicago to D.C. So, we got to know each other a little more and talked about all of our hopes for this trip. We both were feeling eager to get a sense of direction in our career paths, excited to learn about all the companies, and anxious to make a good impression for our hosts at the companies. We found another team member, Evan, was also on our flight, so the three of us split an Uber to our hotel.…

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Questions to Ask During an Interview

Author: Marcella Mullaney

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An interviewer will typically ask if you have any questions about the position or the organization. Don’t pass up this opportunity to demonstrate that you have researched the organization - it indicates that you are interested in the job. 

Your questions also allow an opportunity to gather information that will help during the decision-making process. Prepare five to seven questions for your initial interview with an employer. You may not have the opportunity to ask all of them, but avoid saying, “I don’t have any.”

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Common Resume Mistakes Notre Dame Students Make

Author: Rachael Yemc, Class of '20

A recruiter reviews a student's resume at the Fall Career Expo

Creating a resume requires a lot of detail and planning to ensure your most valuable information is being marketed to employers. The Center for Career Development offers several resume building resources for students to create their best resume possible - including resume reviews with a Career Assistant. Below are several common resume mistakes our Career Assistants have noticed Notre Dame students make when creating their resumes.…

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Now What? A Guide On What to do After Attending a Career Fair

Author: Rosie Crisman, Class of '20

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You attended either your first, second, third, or fourth Career Fair -- now what do you do? Follow the tips from the list below to walk out of this professional experience successfully.

 

1. Have an organized notebook or padfolio with notes about who you spoke with, or interesting tidbits you gathered during your conversations with recruiters. Our memories are sometimes worse than we would like them to be, so having notes to reference later are an invaluable resource.

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What to Expect when Interviewing at the Center for Career Development

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Congrats! You have been selected for an interview with a prestigious company who thinks YOU might bring exceptional talents to their team. This alone is a huge accomplishment! Now, to knock their socks off in the interview.

In order to best prepare for interview day, plan to arrive on the 5th floor of Duncan Student Center at least 15 minutes before your interview time. No need to swipe in - just stop by the North or South desk to find out where the student waiting area is for each company. The interviewer might communicate the actual room number with you when scheduling, however, we ask you to check-in first as student waiting areas are determined morning-of!…

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