How Not to Suck at Your Summer Internship
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How Not to Suck at Your Summer Internship

Some things you should do at the workplace.

Although we'd like to pretend that our future careers will be easy-breezy, there's actually a lot to learn before moving on to a real world job. It's going to be like nothing we've ever experienced before, and it's important to realize that it isn't all about us. We'll often have to make relationships with others, maintain standards, and basically not screw things up. Here are a few tips to make that process a little bit easier.

Communicate.
The golden rule in every workplace. Without communication comes chaos. Even if it's the littlest things, communicating with fellow employees will keep things going in the right direction. Don't assume that something is too insignificant to mention to others.

Be a leader rather than a boss.
In other words, don't be bossy. Even if you're not the one in charge, taking initiative in the group that you're in is a responsible and efficient thing to do. But rather than telling people what to do and watching them do it, it's best to incorporate yourself in the task. And it's especially important to think of you and your coworkers as a team rather than you vs. them.

Have honesty in mistakes.
Dishonesty is bad in general, but not owning up to your mistakes in a professional setting is just, well, unprofessional. There are real things at stake, such as money, assets, or human lives. It's best to just take the blame for something and keep things fair and safe rather than causing a mess out of something you could've been truthful about.

Think like a team.
Obviously an important tip to follow. Teamwork is the best way to ensure efficiency and stability in a workplace. And it also helps everyone feel like they have support from one another. Being able to rely on other employees in important situations makes the job that much more enjoyable.

Be vigilant about conflict resolution.
Don't sweep anything under the rug. If there's a problem, address it. A lot of stress comes from mismanaged problems in the workplace, and it makes it hard for other employees to feel confident that things are being taken care of.

Earn respect by developing people rather than using them.
If you notice that something isn't being done correctly, you should help rather than reprimand. It isn't all about you knowing how to do things that the other person doesn't.

Be receptive.
Don't ever assume that you have nothing new to learn. Even if you're the boss, there are still things that you can learn from other employees. Be open to new suggestions and advice.

Appreciate others success.
This is a tough one sometimes, but for those who truly deserve recognition, it's important to acknowledge that they are worthy. Jealousy is a difficult thing to fight off, but being happy for someone else's success shows how appreciative you are. It might even land you some recognition in the end as well.

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5 Things I've Learned From Working In Corporate

It's not like "Beauty and the Briefcase".

At the beginning of the summer, I was ecstatic to have two part-time internships at established companies. I felt like I would be the next Andrea Sachs. I loved thinking about decorating my desk, strutting into the office with a Starbucks in hand and getting those biweekly direct deposits.

Four weeks later, and I'm looking forward to the end of my internships, because I'll have time to be a nineteen year old college student during the summer--free of a forty-hour work week commitment. With that said, I'm grateful for the experience. I've learned a lot, made mistakes and discovered some aspects of what I do and don't want as a career.

If you're interning this summer, you can probably relate to these five things I determined from working in corporate:

It's not as glamorous as it appears on television.

Movies and TV shows have the tendency of making the office environment seem very appealing and enticing with hot men and women, classy outfits and exciting drama. However, I've quickly realized that this image distorts reality (like many things on screens do these days). Eight hour days are not my definition of "fun". Unpaid 30-minute lunches are a high luxury. Most days, I'd rather be rocking my classic college look. And no, I've never heard of any steamy office hook ups.

It really is all about money.

I never understood how important money is to people and companies until I worked a job in corporate. Numbers are super valuable, and I'm not talking about the low ones in my bank account. Revenue, profit, debt, etc. are what's on people's minds constantly in corporate. Nearly every decision made in any company happens with money at the center of attention. It doesn't seem right, but I suppose that's just how it is for businesses to thrive and people to make a living. I don't think anyone has the power to change that.

You can't escape the hierarchy or cliques.

You may have tricked yourself into thinking that middle school, high school and even college cliques would magically disappear post-college graduation. I hate to break the news that they won't. In corporate, I've concluded that most workers in each department stick to themselves; there's not a lot of integration among company workers on the whole. Plus, the sense of hierarchy is palpable in the office. People talk to higher-ups differently than they do to those below them or equal to them. Someone from senior management who treats people working under them with respect is one of the best things you can find in a working professional. I wish we could find them more frequently.

Interns don't have much say.

I agree that you get out of it what you put into it when it comes to internships, but I also think that corporate companies over all don't care too much about what interns have to say. They say they want fresh voices and innovation, yet simultaneously don't want to change their ways or take risks. It's been rewarding seeing some of my ideas implemented, but, at the same time, it's also disappointing, because I want to contribute more and feel like I'm incapable of that.

There's no rush.

Working in corporate gives me a smack in the face as to this is what I will most likely be doing for 40 years plus after college. That terrifies me. We're in a world that tells kids to not grow up too fast, but to also do things to prepare them for the "real world". I honestly think squeezing lemonade and waiting tables prepped me almost as much as working in corporate has. I may take a break from it next summer and do something more fun and exciting, for there will be countless office days in the further future. Enjoy being a student while you can!

Everyone's different. You may discover you love working in corporate and that it's your dream. You may find a company that treats their employees very well. As for me, I'm starting to brainstorm freelance opportunities and earning money through genuine passions of mine that don't involve a stuffy corporate environment.

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Five Things I Learned While Applying to Internships

It's never too early.

Going to college and earning a degree is hard, but getting an internship to complete that degree can be an even bigger challenge. Here are five things I learned while applying to internships.

1. Don't wait to take internships for experience.
My college expected students to wait until their senior year to complete a single internship for a school credit. This also depended on the student's major; not everyone had to complete an internship to graduate. I was genuinely shocked that the school wasn't encouraging more students to experience as many internships as possible as early as possible.

By the time my senior year rolled around, I had little work experience for my major, and was scrambling to find an internship that met my needs. While I followed my school's recommendation to wait until my senior year, it only hurt me in the end. They were probably trying to keep students from being overwhelmed, but in the end, they only starved students of more experience, and more opportunities for the future.

2. Don't wait until the last minute to apply.

We've all heard the saying, "it's not about what you know, but who you know." I thought that was true until my senior year. I worked in the communication studies office, and the secretary told me she knew a retired professor who was looking for writing and public relations interns. She gave me his phone number, and any thoughts of applying to other internships went out the window. To me, I had the internship in the bag.

My mistake was realized when the professor never returned my calls, and when I finally reached him and set up an interview, he never showed up. By this time, the internship paperwork was due in just a matter of weeks, and I had no internship. Because the deadline was so close, almost all of the available internships were taken.

Even if you think you have an internship early on, don't wait to apply to more. It could fall through, and you don't want to wait until the last minute to start applying for something else. You can always tell other places you've applied that you are waiting to make a decision until it gets closer to the deadline.

3. Apply to as many internships as you can.
When I began applying for internships, I had a very specific idea of what I wanted, and I ended up limiting myself. Had I applied to any available internship in my field, I would have had a better chance at finding one sooner. I was stubborn, and kept looking specifically for film or production, but I could have applied to so many more, and had so many other possibilities for myself. Instead, I only applied to a few, and ended up picking one I wasn't completely happy with.

4. Research the internships you apply to.
Speaking of choosing an internship I wasn't happy with... it's because I didn't do my research. Just like when applying for jobs, you will want to research the company or organization thoroughly. What is their mission statement? What have past employees or interns thought of them? While you obviously want to bring something to the table for them, you also need to consider what experiences they can give you. Internships should ideally be experience that helps you find a career, and if they can't give you that experience, you shouldn't give them your hard work and dedication.

Also, you definitely want to make sure the internship you choose isn't going to treat you like a stereotypical intern; you don't want to be doing coffee runs and errands. While this may be an internship to be completed for a school credit, you shouldn't blow off the work experience part. That's important.

5. Don't get your hopes up.
This one may sound odd and a little bit harsh, but I have to be real with you; some people are offered full-time positions from their internship, while others aren't. You shouldn't get it stuck in your head that your the company you are interning for will immediately going to hire you. Most places don't, and too many college students rely on that experience to save them after college. The ones who do get hired are lucky, and put a lot of hard work, dedication, and effort into their time interning.

It also depends on the type of internship. I interned for a small non-profit organization who simply couldn't afford to hire me. So start applying to jobs while you are still interning. Don't wait until your internship is complete and you have your diploma in your hand to start making some calls. It's always good to be one step ahead.

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Tips for Getting an Internship in Fashion

The Devil Wears Prada?

The fashion industry is ROUGH. I mean, really rough. It's hard enough to learn about it in school with all-nighters and studio classes, none the less actually live it when it's time to be a real-life adult. It's a difficult field to enter, and to anyone up for the challenge, I salute you.

I study fashion design and merchandising, so I'm learning both the creative and business sides to the industry. My school requires us to participate in a "co-op," which is essentially a six-month internship at the business of our choice.

I just began the application process, and was not sure how to get a college internship, or how to get college jobs. As soon as I started applying to places, I realized how tough the application process can be. Finding the right job in the fashion industry is difficult, not to mention extremely competitive, especially if you are wondering how to get a job in college.

One of the hardest parts about applying for fashion internships is getting your name out there. You need to build yourself up as much as possible whether it's through a retail job, social media, etc. You also need to apply to the right section of the industry, whether it's e-commerce, styling, graphic design, or merchandising. Here are few tips on how to make your internship application process a little less stressful and actually land a college internship.

1. Check online for companies that are hiring.

Believe it or not, some companies use websites to post their applications. I know when I started to look, I didn't know how to get a college internship, let alone where to find one. I ended up using FreeFashion Internships.com because new jobs are posted almost daily!

2. Amp up your LinkedIn.

If you don't have one, get one. Nowadays, so many companies are using LinkdIn as a source to find new employees, and we can use it to find them! You can "search" for your company of choice, and get in touch with people who already work there. It's also helpful to send other interns a message and ask them advice on how to apply.

Believe it or not, companies actually use them as a resource to learn more about you. Make sure yours is updated and looking good when you start applying! This is the easiest way to find college internships!

3. Do a social media clean up.

Your parents and teachers constantly nag you not to have inappropriate photos on your social media, and they're right. Even though you're not applying to the average business, suit-wearing internship, it's still a good idea to delete the pictures that may be questionable.

4. Stand out from the rest of the applicants.

Do something that makes you unique! Add a pop of color to your name on your resume, or create an online portfolio of all of your work through PortfolioBox.com. You're not applying for just any job, so it's OK to get a little creative. You can also create a fashion blog, or give your employer the link to your Instagram page if you think that will help you.

5. Always include a cover letter with your resume.

A lot of people forget this step, but it's extremely important to show your potential employer your level of interest in the job. It can't hurt you, and it can provide more personal detail than your resume will.

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Why I'm Still Upset About Trump

An open letter to Donald Trump and his supporters.

Ever since Trump was sworn in on Friday, January 20, the nation has been in a continuous state of fear, unease and melancholy.

Regardless of who you voted for in the 2017 election, you cannot deny the effect Trump has had on the people of the U.S.--especially on minority groups.

The media has covered the numerous times President Trump has single-handedly targeted minority groups, whether it be through his words, tweets or executive orders. As stated in an article by Time, Trump has set multiple executive orders that blatantly affect minorities.

If you are up to date with the Trump presidency, you are probably aware of how Trump has targeted Muslims, women, African Americans, Hispanics and many more.

As an Asian-American woman, I can say that I have felt offended and nervous for how Trump has the ability to alter important aspects of my life and the lives of many others.

For example, as Sean Spicer told reporters: "I think the president, it's no secret, has made it very clear that he's a pro-life president." And that is exactly the case. Just three days into his presidency, Trump signed to adopt the Mexico City policy or "global gag rule," which puts a stop on all federal funds in support of international NGOs that offer and promote abortions.

Similarly, the Trump Administration had passed a law on April 13 that revokes the protection of Title X patients and their ability to access "family planning health care" and rights to abortions. Approximately four million low income people rely on Title X for their health care.

Additionally, on March 27, Trump had revoked Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order, which protected women by including rules on "paycheck transparency and a ban on forced arbitration clauses for sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination claims."

Not only has Trump dictated women's healthcare and personal healthcare decisions, but he has also blatantly discriminated against women's rights in the workplace.

If you're a Trump supporter, you're probably thinking, "These acts don't even concern/affect you," and actually, you're quite wrong.

By having an openly racist, sexist and homophobic President, the country is allowing and accepting such behavior and is setting an accepted example of how the country should run: under the rich, white man's power. By placing Trump on such a high pedestal of power, other rich white men will begin to feel that they, too, have the ability to act in the same way.

So yes, Trump's presidency does affect me (and many others like me) and our futures. My future boss may be a wealthy, white, upper class male and may believe that the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order does not apply, and that sexual assault in the workplace is acceptable.

Additionally, women should not have to rely on men to determine their healthcare; more specifically, by men who do not give a damn about women's healthcare.

A lot of progress was made during Obama's presidency, but it seems we are taking huge steps back all because of the Trump Administration in 2017. Whether or not you agree with me, you have to admit that regression is not what the country needs or deserves. The U.S. has to move forward and accept positive change to be a role model nation for the rest of the world.

If you are a woman who supports Trump and are not afraid for your future, then congrats and good luck. But if you're someone like me--someone who wants to fight for and protect their rights, then keep speaking up, keep fighting, keep marching.

We cannot let a man dictate our world.

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Google Proposes New Professional Women Emojis

It's about time.

Google employees have designed new emojis to better represent women in the professional workplace. They proposed 13 new emojis, hoping to have them available to all smartphones by the end of this year.

Since the release of emojis in 2011, there has been criticism about the lack of diversity. Last year, the Unicode Consortium, the organization that creates these characters, introduced emojis in all different skin tones and added same sex couples and families to the collection.

Google's proposal suggests that the language of emojis should include all individuals, including those who don't identify with a specific gender.

They state, "Given the fact that women are the most frequent emoji users, and that they span a wide professional spectrum not yet reflected in current emoji, we want to help address this pressing matter of equality."

Women only make about 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, but the fight to close the gender gap in the workplace is strong.

The current emojis show men with jobs like police officers, and women doing things like cutting hair. The new proposal suggests emojis representing women doing jobs in the farming, healthcare, food service, education, music, science, and business industries.

The Proposal states: "To make our final selection, we looked at the primary, secondary, and tertiary categories that compose global GDP--Agriculture, Industry and Services--and further broke them down categorically based on global popularity, growth, and overall representation. We additionally added in concepts from popular media campaigns such as #likeagirl, global influencers, and the ongoing support to promote women in STEM."

The proposal also includes men representing these jobs, as well as gender-neutral individuals.

Google is in the early stages of getting these emojis implemented... they could be heavily altered or eliminated, but this proposal is backed by prestigious figures, so the argument is strong.

Click here to read the full proposal.