“I’m not sure this internship will be a good fit. Should I apply?”

Originally posted on The NACE Blog:

Jason Bauer-Clapp Jason Bauer-Clapp, associate director of Internships & Programs, Smith College, Lazarus Center for Career Development
Twitter: @jason_bc
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jbauerclapp

Have you met with students reluctant to apply to promising internships because they are unsure that the internship will “look good” or that they’ll be the best candidate? Students who apply only to what they perceive as sure-thing experiences can miss out on a broader set of great opportunities, while those who accept an internship by default (with few or no other opportunities for comparison) may find themselves in unsatisfying roles that turn out to have limited educational value.

It is useful to remind students that while applying for any position requires time and energy, it isn’t a commitment. Rather, it’s an indication of interest, a snapshot of the applicant’s knowledge and skills, and a request for an interview. While I wouldn’t encourage haphazardly applying to any opportunity that comes…

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Meet the Career Success Team

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Kelly Lapetino, Director

Hello fellow Saints! My name is Kelly Lapetino and I am honored to serve as the Director of the Career Success Center at USF. My role provides strategic direction to all facets of student/alumni career development, employer engagement, and career-related events. In this capacity, the Career Success Team collaborates with every academic college and student club/organization on campus to ensure students, alumni, and employers are receiving holistic service and future success. My background includes 10+ years in the corporate and education industries. In these industries I have had the opportunity to lead dynamic teams in recruiting, managing, and the training and development of both students and employees.

I am a first-generation college graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University and Master of Science in Training and Development from the University of St. Francis (Go Saints!). I enjoy seeing our students and alumni achieve career success and earning a degree from USF is an important first step.

Spending quality time with my family and being active and involved in the community is important to me. I enjoy serving as a board member on several professional organizations such as the Joliet Chamber’s Council for Working Women and the Professional Women’s Network.

The thing I love most about USF is: that we are a small enough school to make a big difference and have a large impact on students.

If I weren’t in my current job, I would be: a party planner….. David Tutera better look out!

To me, the USF Family is: compassionate, caring, respectful and fun!
My favorite spot on the USC campus is: the Motherhouse balcony overlooking the quad. It’s great to see everyone gathering in a common area on nice days.

One of my favorite books is: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper because of the message on the importance to be determined, persevere, and never stop trying. This book adds to the list of favorites that I read to my children.

My First Job: I was a babysitter and delivered the Star newspaper.

Funniest Interview Question: If you were a McDonald’s cheeseburger, what part of the burger would you be? I said the hamburger buns because they hold everything together.

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Danielle Benedict, Employment and Internship Coordinator

Welcome to the USF Career Success Center! I am a very proud alumni of the University of St. Francis, 2003. I was very active on campus, being RA in Marian Hall and Tower Hall, played on the Women’s Golf Team, was in Duns Scotus, designed the Encounter for two years, and worked on campus as an ambassador, admission student worker (when admissions was in the house across the St.) and worked in the graphic design lab on the 4th floor Tower! I am born and raised in Joliet, lived in downtown Chicago for 7 years and in Florida for 3.5 years.

I have my undergraduate from USF in Graphic Design, my M.Ed. from Illinois State University in Higher Education – College Student Personnel, and am currently writing my dissertation in Organizational Leadership at Argosy University. I have worked in Career Services for ten years in many different roles! My role here at USF is to be the liaison between employers and our services and students, as well as help students get connected with Internship opportunities and develop new employer relationships for future job leads and internship sites. Please visit me if you need information about an internship, it’s never too early to get started!

The thing I love most about USF is: the small private Catholic university environment, there is a unique family like feeling here and it changed my life as a student and I try to find students now that I can impact in the same way.

If I weren’t in my current job, I would be: a chef….or a DJ

To me, the USF Family is: cozy, inviting, familiar, passionate, intelligent, and comfortable.

My favorite spot on the USC campus is: the top of the main staircase in Tower Hall, it has so much history and was an amazing place to walk down before graduation in our gowns.

One of my favorite books is: All of the Roald Dahl books. I can still read them and enjoy them just as I did as a child!

My First Job: I had a paper route with the Herald News when I was 12 years old.

Funniest Interview Question: If you were a pizza, what toppings would you have on it? I think I said veggie, because that would make me diverse?

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Betty Kohl, Administrative Assistant

The Career Success Center is a very welcoming office. As you come in, I will be your first contact. I will help to make your visit here a great experience. I can set up with an appointment for you to receive help with resumes, internships & possible career opportunities along with a few other services we provide. If you already have an appointment, I will point you in the right direction to the person you are meeting with.

A little bit about myself. I have been here at St. Francis for 16 years. Before that I was a stay at home mom and enjoyed being able to stay home and raise my kids. Having said that, it made St. Francis a perfect place for me to start back to work because of all the students I would be working with. Ironically all my children are boys and I now have 4 young granddaughters who I love to shop for. I am very family oriented and I think I show that here at work with the students. I also love to travel to tropical places. I think the warm weather and sunshine just makes everyone feel good. My one confession is that I am addicted to the game Bejeweled on my Ipad!

So come in and see me and I would be glad to help you out. Even if you don’t need help, just pop your head in to say hello when you walk by the office! See you soon!

The thing I love most about USF is: the feeling of belonging. People have a lot of respect for each other and treat each other as their family.

If I weren’t in my current job I would be: a hotel or resort reviewer.

To me, the USF Family is: warm, welcoming, caring and filled with vision about the future of the students.

My favorite spot on the USF campus is: the main entrance to Tower Hall. When you stand back at look at the building it is just an awesome sight. The tower where the bell is, the grandeur of the entrance, it is a monumental sight!

One of my favorite books is: the children’s book, Love You Forever. I read that to my children when they were small and now it is one of their favorite books to read to their children so it has a warm spot in my heart.

My First Job: I worked as a sales person in a bakery and made 90 cents an hour.

Funniest Interview Question: Did I really want the job? Really, how do they expect someone to answer anything but yes to that question!

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Allison Moss, Student Worker

Internship Information Workshops

Interested in doing an Internship this Fall or next Spring semester? Need to know more about what constitutes an internship, how to go about finding one, and the process to register an internship with the appropriate office on campus?

Then visit one of the following Internship Workshops, RSVP to Betty Kohl, Administrative Assistant in the Career Success Center at  bkohl@stfrancis.edu reserve your seat in advance! Questions? Call 815.740.4295

Workshop Dates: All workshops will be held at 3:00 p.m. in Room N225


  • Thursday, September 4th
  • Thursday, September 18th
  • Thursday, October 2nd
  • Thursday, October 16th
  • Thursday, November 6th
  • Thursday, November 20th
  • Thursday, December 4th

How to Turn an Internship into a Job: An interview with Lexi Southall ’13

How to turn an internship into a job: an interview with Lexi Southall ‘13

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After USF’s Saints Recruiting Saints Career Fair, which involved 57 employers and 156 job seekers and gave students the opportunity to network with employer and alumni representatives, it seemed fitting to talk with alumna Lexi Southall, Regional Manager on The Productivity Team at Caterpillar in Joliet. Southall graduated from USF in December of 2013, and as a result of her Caterpillar internship, was able to secure full time employment there, obtain a promotion, and is now in the position to hire other interns.

Q. How did your USF experience prepare you for the workforce?
A. At USF I was a member of Duns Scotus, Student Business Association, Delta Mu Delta, Delta Epsilon Sigma, and the University Softball Team. All of these activities and organizations allowed me to build relationships, work on communication, and learn time management skills.

Q. What strategies did you use to secure your internship?
A. I secured several internships during my time at USF through networking and continuously updating/improving my resume and LinkedIn account.

Q. Briefly describe your internship experience and how it lead to a full time position.
A. Both of my internship experiences while at USF were helpful in making connections and learning new things. A connection made in my first internship led to my second internship, and a connection at that internship led to a full-time position.

Q. What has been your biggest accomplishment and challenge?
A. My biggest accomplishment and challenge during my time at USF was handling 18 credit hours, a part-time job, and softball during my career while still managing to graduate early.

Q. What advice do you have for current students?
A. My advice for current students who have secured an internship is to show to your supervisor/manager through your actions that you are willing to show up early, stay late, eager to learn, committed, and one of the hardest working people they have ever met.

Q. How does it feel to be in the position to recruit/hire other USF students as interns?
A. I am honored to be able to recruit interns out of USF. I am confident the students from USF have a well-rounded education, and I have experienced firsthand the family-like atmosphere the College of Business possesses, and the dedication the professors have in furthering their students.

To learn more about internship opportunities available to USF students please visit our online Career Board: https://stfrancis-csm.symplicity.com/manager/ or contact us by phone at (815) 740-4295 or email at careerservices@stfrancis.edu 

Blind Applying?? 18 Companies – 18 Cities – 18 Internships

Ever heard of blindapplying.com for an exciting internship experience? Here’s more information!

18 Companies – 18 Cities – 18 Internships

Maximize your chances with just one application. Be matched with 18 top internship positions. Receive an Entrypark Scholarship for the travel and housing costs. Blog about your experience from places around the world. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

What is Blind Applying?
Blind Applying is a new worldwide campaign for students. 18 companies offer one internship each. Any student can apply, and out of all applications, each company will select one candidate for their secret internship. So there will be 18 winners. You don’t know which internship belongs to which city and company, so you might be surprised!

After that, the companies will contact matching profiles for more jobs, internships and programs that they offer. You can be invited for interviews by all top employers on Entrypark.com that have matching career opportunities.

Is it guaranteed that I get an internship?
No. But it is guaranteed that your application will be considered by these 18 companies. You will receive an answer, no matter if you are one of the 18 selected candidates or not. Also, even if you are not one of the 18 internship winners, you might be contacted by the companies for other matching internships, jobs and trainee programs. Therefore, keep your profile on Entrypark.com updated and In addition, after the selection process, your application will be visible for all top employers on Entrypark.com for other positions.

Why should I apply?
Because you can apply for 18 world class internships with just one application. And, your profile will be matched with a lot more internships, jobs and programs that these employers offer.

Might be worth trying!

http://www.blindapplying.com/index.htm

It’s Never to Early too Start Looking for an Internship

In need of an Internship for the Fall Semester? It’s never too early to start! The USF Career Success Center has numerous Internship openings available now! We have updated our Internship web page to help you get started!

http://www.stfrancis.edu/about/employment/career-services/services-available/internships/#.U78IqX87u2k

We look forward to assisting you with your Fall Internship needs!

Great articles regarding Internships!

https://www.internmatch.com/blog/

New and Improved USF Career Success Center Web Pages

Check out the recently updated USF Career Success Center webpages. It’s a one-stop spot for alumni, current students and employers. USF Career Success Center staff assists students with their employment needs. We are devoted to helping students and alumnus research career options. In doing so, we focus on the individual needs, goals, and values of each student. The Career Success Center believes in personal and professional development therefore assistance with job search, resume and cover letter writing, along with career counseling are among the services available.