Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Emily Kopp, '14, Exploring the Recording Industry at Nonesuch Records

Free concerts and social events with the “big fish” in the music industry are great, but intern Emily Kopp is enjoying even her more tedious duties at Nonesuch Records this summer.

“Sending packages has never been so fun!” says Kopp, a Business major entering her junior year this fall. “On my first day I packaged new Shawn Colvin CDs to be sent to magazines, radio stations, producers, etc. and after that I found myself sorting through band poster and older records.

“I got to check out band merchandise from Wilco, Punch Brothers, The Black Keys, and Carolina Chocolate Drops,” she says. “When a new artist releases a CD, I'm in charge of sending the pre-releases to everyone on our publicity manager's contact list.”

Kopp says her first day at work was like the first day of school, “But way scarier.”

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Talya Mallin, '14, Honing Communication Skills at JP Morgan Chase

Halfway through her 10-week internship at JP Morgan Chase, Talya Mallin has found her learning has gone beyond investment banking to lessons that will last a lifetime.

“One lesson I have learned is time management and to just go with the flow,” says Mallin, ’14, a Financial Economics major.

“There have been times when my manager gives me a project and a deadline, and then a day later will change the deadline. I then have to organize everything I am working on to make sure I can get the project done on time. “

She says she is honing her communications skills as well.  “Whether I am talking with professionals and managers in the office, or talking to the teams we support in Mumbai and London, communication is very important and very different from what I am used to in school.”

Mallin says she found her internship through CareerLink at the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center.  She worked with counselors to improve her resume and coverletter before applying.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Making the Most of Your Summer

Summer is a time that you look forward to as the end of an academic year and the beginning of a period of rest, relaxation, and, yes, FUN. If you’re looking to make the most of your summer by either building your resume or enhancing your education, Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center Senior Assistant Director Ellen Cole has some ideas:

Summer is a time when most students are free of their major commitments, you have the ability to work, do an internship, and volunteer more easily than they would during the academic year. If you are a pre-medical student, you may wish to volunteer at a local hospital, and if you are a business or engineering student, you might want to see what internships are available at local companies. Or, check out the hundreds of shadowing opportunities offered by UR alumni. Try to tailor your summer activities to fit your career interest.  Make sure to document these experiences on your resume!

Summer internships and research projects are a great way to get real-world experience in the field you are interested in. Some internships pay but you may want to volunteer; what is most important about an internship or a research is to gain experience in your field, this gives you something solid to write about on your resume as well as the possibility of being employed by the company/organization once you graduate. The key to selecting an internship is making sure that you have something to offer the company. While much of your internship will be a learning experience, knowledge and hands-on experience in your field is imperative as well.

Even after your first year of college, you probably know a lot of people that you didn't know when you started at the university, and many of these people will have the same or similar career goals as you do. Keep in touch with these people; they make good professional contacts in your future. Things like RCAN, LinkedIn, CareerShift, and e-mail should make this task relatively easy. And, don’t forget to make sure that the professionals where you work, intern, or volunteer know who you are so that you can get a good personal recommendation if you want one later. The more people you meet who work in a field of interest, the more likely you will someday enter that field!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Morgan Preziosi, '13, 'Never be discouraged!'

Morgan Preziosi heard many “no’s” before she got the “yes” she wanted for her summer internship.

“I knew I wanted to be at Roswell Park Cancer Institute,” says Preziosi, ’13, majoring in Psychology and Biochemistry.  So she began sending networking notes to the head of the department--with no response. Next, she began emailing lab heads personally.

“Many said they were not looking for help, and many offered unpaid positions,” she says, “However I was very fortunate to obtain an offer from my current principal investigator. We arranged an interview and before I knew it I had a job!

“Two pieces of advice I'd offer to anyone looking for an internship is to consider sending personal emails versus applying through postings, and to never be discouraged!” she says.

Preziosi is working on two different projects this summer. “One project is relating to different peptides that are prevalent antibody targets in melanoma patients, and I am doing bioinformatics using NCBI to find more information about the peptides and compiling it into a spreadsheet,” she says. “This information will eventually be used to start developing personalized cancer vaccines.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

'Book Detective' Meredith Doubleday, '13, Russian

Meredith Doubleday’s summer internship in the Rare Books Division at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. sounds like something out of an episode of “History Detectives” on PBS.

Toward the end of the 19th century, Siberian merchant Gennadii Vasil'evich Yudin amassed an unparalleled collection of more than 80,000 early editions of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literary works, maps, pieces of music and Russian magazines. In 1906, hoping to keep his collection safe during the Russian Revolution, Yudin sold his collection to the Library of Congress which distributed it throughout the museum.

A locked red silk box containing Yudin’s handwritten card catalog accompanied the collection. More than one hundred years later, Doubleday and two fellow interns have been given the key and charged with tracking down the Yudin materials using these cards.

“It’s really like being a detective for a book mystery,” says Doubleday, ’13, a Russian and Classics major.

“We are reading these pre-revolution Russian cards, finding the book, pulling it out and seeing if it matches,” Doubleday says. One of things they look for is Yudin’s provenance, which he stamped onto page 13 of each of his books. “Every time I pick up a card it is something new.”

Doubleday works from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Her cubicle in the stacks is next to those of full-time employees who she says are very supportive. “My boss is fantastic,” she said. “Everyone has been so encouraging and excited about what we are working on.”

Her team will present their work at the end of July, and chose to focus on A. Ilyin, a Russian cartographer for the czar whose work is represented in the Yudin collection. In a strange twist of fate, Ilyin happens to be an ancestor of the family friends Doubleday is living with in Maryland this summer, so Doubleday made plans to interview his great-granddaughter for their display.