Thursday, June 25, 2015

Welcome to Handshake!


At the Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center, we are always searching for innovative ways to provide the best experience to all of our students and employers. As a result of this mindset, we are excited to announce our transition to a new career management system beginning on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, powered by Handshake. The new system is a modern career services management platform that empowers you to efficiently connect with employers and search for jobs and internships to launch your career. 

Handshake is a modern and intuitive career platform that resembles many common social media websites.  Through social networking technology you will be able to quickly connect to classmates, career resources and events on the go and be connected to recruiters from around the country. 

Just by signing on to Handshake you will have already made some great steps towards finding your dream job or internship.  You can make yourself viewable to employers so that they can reach out to you directly and you can use the system to search for opportunities on your own.  You can also request an appointment with a UR Career Advisor, upload important documents like resumes, and check out upcoming events.  

Make sure to check back regularly over the next few months as our UR career community grows and the system gets into full swing! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ling Rao '15 Now Assisting Scientists with Impaired Urban Stream Restoration in Portland, Maine


"This past spring, I graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, and accepted an Americorps position with Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection in Portland. Since May, I have been assisting scientists with impaired urban stream restoration and monitoring and will be here for 6 months, until November. I know this opportunity will provide invaluable experience, especially in field work and active conservation. From there, I may join a year-long conservation corps program or find a full-time position in conservation or environmental restoration before returning to school.

Thank you to the Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center all for their support in the application process, which I began in early spring. With their help, I received interviews and multiple offers within the Students Conservation Association and Americorps. I'm so thankful they worked with me to improve my candidacy; I benefited immensely from their advice. Because of their help, I was able to have a choice between offers and decide on a position I thought was the best fit. I was very fortunate to have had so much interest in my candidacy. It's exciting beginning life in a new city!"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Spotlight on Summer Interns: Octavia Rhim


I am a summer 2015 Human Resources Generalist intern at Warner Music Group in New York City. I'm working under two supervisors, assisting with recruitment, employee relations, and office administration. The culture of Warner Music Group is everything that I thought it would be. The office has a cool vibe and the people are really friendly and open. I look forward to networking with other interns in the company and learning more about the functions of Human Resources within a media & entertainment company.

Being a Human Resources professional requires you to be culturally-sensitive and aware and have strong skills in interpersonal communication, leadership, organization, and more. As a Linguistics major with minors in Dance & Organizational Psychology, I've gained knowledge of human behavior in the workplace and in society, language & communication, and culture & diversity. I am looking forward to continuing my interdisciplinary studies through my Take 5 Program in African-American Music & Communication in Fall 2015.

The UR Career Center has helped me tremendously this past year. Several of the Career Counselors have assisted me in constantly editing and revising my resume and cover letter; finding internship opportunities, applying, and drafting follow-up & thank-you emails; and navigating Career Link and the useful online resources. The Career Center has also granted me a Reach Funding award, which will provide me with financial support during my unpaid internship with Warner Music Group. Thank you to all the Career Center Counselors!

Interested in sharing your summer internship story? Let us know HERE!