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Winternships: Everything You Need to Know


Bundled in a chic jacket and a killer pair of heels as she hails a cab, you see her. Eyes wide and strutting with a purpose, she looks like she’s on her way to one of the most important appointments of her career. In reality, she’s a whippersnapper just like you, running an errand for her supervisor. She’s one of many college students who choose to spend their winter break exploring internship opportunities rather than lounge at home watching Scandal marathons (though that does sound enticing). What kinds of opportunities exist for a wintern in the making? Read on for the deets:

Serena is the most stylish intern around.

As opposed to interning for a company during the summer or a full semester, some students will take on an internship during their winter break to give themselves that extra edge. Many will crash with friends or family in major cities like New York or Los Angeles just to make some additional contacts and learn valuable skills. Many will work full days a week in order to fully maximize their experience. “I chose to do a winternship not only because it’s my last chance to intern before I graduate, but I had a really wonderful experience during the summer at the same company,” says Kayla*, a Her Campus staffer and student in Connecticut. “Sure, I thought about staying at home, but I’d much rather be learning new skills, making more contacts, and gaining more experience in the industry where I hope to one day have a career.”

How to Avoid 5 Common Job & Internship Application Mistakes


There’s no denying that competition for internships is fierce for college students and recent grads in any industry. From marine biology majors to journalism students, collegiettes across the country are competing to stand out and snag a top internship to boast about on their resumes. However, it can take just one misspelled name, grammatical error, or pompous statement to turn off an employer and ruin any chances for an interview. To avoid getting tossed in the “no” pile, read on for HC’s 10 mistakes to avoid as you apply for your next internship. 

Taking a nap while at work? Probably not the best way to get on your boss’s good side.

1. EMPLOYER PET PEEVE ONE: Spelling/grammatical mistakes

Pulling Strings: 5 Ways to Maximize Your Basic Connections to Get a Job or Internship


Nicholas Cage. Amanda Hearst. Dylan Lauren. Kate Hudson. What do all of these celebrities have in common? They’ve used their family connections to land top jobs in the industry of their choice. Now, you may not be the heiress of a mega-corporation, but almost everyone has a basic network composed of friends, family, school, and organizations that can ultimately help you land an internship or job after graduation. We’ve shared how to network with professionals, but what about people you already know or may know through a few degrees of separation? Here, HC lists five tips on proper networking etiquette with folks in your personal network. Read on! 

Reach Out via E-mail

According to Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? author and resume expert at the Columbia Publishing Course in New York, Ellen Gordon Reeves, 80 percent of “all jobs fall into a ‘hidden job market’—an area in which jobs are not publicly advertised and are filled by word of mouth.” This is where reaching out to family and friends is increasingly essential. Don’t feel badly if a parent or sibling lands you an interview—it’s how the world works! E-mail is a non-invasive method of contacting someone, so spend some time crafting a basic professional template. Be very specific as you communicate your focus; you want to ensure that the person you’re contacting is clear on what you’re asking for. Try something like this:

How to Be Professional on Twitter: From #amateur to #totalpro


It’s the 21st century, folks: We all know companies are scoping out the World Wide Web to determine our online behavior. From Facebook tags to our YouTube channels, everything we do is out in cyberspace for anyone—including potential employers—to observe. You may be more careful about what’s on your Facebook page these days, but what about Twitter? According to, 45 percent of employers use social networks to research job applicants and 7 percent of them are following said applicants on Twitter. We filled you in on how to keep your virtual presence clean and how to use Twitter to get a job, and now we’ve gathered ways for you to use Twitter in a professional manner so you won’t embarrass yourself before you even get the job—read on!

Do share—this is social media, after all! 

When it comes to Twitter, it’s all about authenticity. “People want to share with a real person, not a bot or a mindless program,” explains social-media researcher and adviser Mo Krochmal. So when it comes to sharing your daily adventures like hanging with your boyfriend or catching a movie, go for it! But as Krochmal suggests, you should make sure you feel comfortable having anyone read your words. “This tool is a very public sharing platform—so if you don't want to see your words on a billboard, or the top story in the Daily News, keep it to yourself,” he says.

7 Ways to Rock Your Winternship


‘Tis the season to be jolly—you’re enhancing your professional career by taking on a winternship this break! HC filled you in on everything you need to know and now we’ve compiled some insider tips on how to make the best impression on your supervisor(s) this December/January. Read on for the deets!

1. Acquaint yourself with the staff.

With only a few weeks on the job, you’ll want to form plenty of solid relationships while interning. “I think one of the most important parts of the internship experience for both the intern and the staff is getting to know one another,” says Arianna Davis, editorial assistant at O, The Oprah Magazine. “I’d suggest you really make the time to talk to those you’ll be working with as soon as possible,” she says. Without interrupting or pestering your company’s staffers, offer some insight or comment on a project you just completed. Starting a substantial conversation shows genuine interest and will help the employees remember you.

2. Share your goals.

4 Weirdest Colleges You've Never Heard Of


From the East Coast to the West Coast, there are hundreds of colleges and universities that we’re all familiar with. There are certainly the Ivies, big state schools, and select private institutions that we’ve received seemingly endless emails and letters about (and likely know a million people who go there), but what about the ones we may have missed? Here, HC lists four schools in the U.S. that you may have never heard of before, but now you’ll be glad you did:


Nope, it isn’t a myth—a McDonald’s school entirely devoted to training individuals in “restaurant operations procedures, service, quality, and cleanliness” does in fact exist. Aimed at promoting quality, service, and value, HU is a college for the basic restauranteur. It is McDonald’s’s worldwide management center, housed on a well-landscaped site of more than 80 acres near lakes, trails, and trees. Five thousand students attend each year and graduate to move on to restaurant managerial positions. 

How She Got There: Heather Lapham Duque, Co-Founder of Momba


Name: Heather Lapham Duque
Job Title and Description: Momba, Co-Founder & CFO / VivaKi (a division of Publicis Groupe), North American Financial Monitoring Control Director
Education: Cornell University – BA, English / City University of New York / Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business – MBA, Finance & Investments
Twitter Handle: @HeatherLDuque

Her Campus: What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?
Heather Lapham Duque: As Momba’s co-founder and chief financial officer, I provide leadership and guidance on all financial matters. Getting Momba going has been an all-hands-on-deck experience, and there’s no such thing as a typical day. One day I’m designing a financial projections model based on our current and future aspirations as a company; the next day I’m packaging products in our inventory storage space.

At VivaKi, I provide financial monitoring and control oversight of Publicis Groupe’s wide variety of digital advertising and media agencies in North America, which generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue every year. My daily responsibilities consist in deep dives into these agencies’ financial statements, and identifying areas where they can improve their efforts. While my core focus on financial monitoring and control remains constant, each agency is different, posing unique challenges from agency to agency.

How She Got There: Lindsay Brown, Seventeen’s Pretty Amazing Contest Winner


Name: Lindsay Brown
Age: 21
Job Title: Founder of The SEGway Project (Soccer Empowering Girls Worldwide and You)
College/Major: University of Notre Dame/Political Science (International Relations)
Twitter Handle: @lindsaybrown10

Her Campus: Congratulations on winning Seventeen’s Pretty Amazing contest! What was your initial reaction when the mag surprised you at school?
Lindsay Brown: It felt like I was dreaming when Seventeen surprised me at school! I had no idea my coaches and teammates were planning a surprise like that. Seventeen didn’t even tell my parents beforehand! I was so happy my teammates were there with me to celebrate because they have helped me organize She’s the First events since I first started a few years ago. Without them there’s no way my cupcake sales could have been so successful, so it was really special that they were there to surprise me with the incredible news.

How She Got There: Viki Merjos, Fashion Designer at Goddis


Name: Viki Merjos
Job Title: Designer and owner of Goddis knitwear
College/Major: Business major at the University of Virginia
Twitter Handle: @goddisknitwear

Her Campus: What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?
Viki Merjos: There isn’t really a typical day at Goddis; it’s always a combination of business and creativity. I take inspiration from the beauty of the world outside, to create the bright colorways I use in my collections. Inspiration can come from anywhere—recently I was at Bimini in the Bahamas and swam with dolphins, which inspired a lot of new colors in my collection. Aside from design, my job is also a lot of business. Whether it’s paperwork, phone calls, or emailing, the biggest thing for me is to keep organized and follow through with every little detail. Through the years, I found this to be the most crucial point in running a business.

HC: What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?
VM: I started working in retail at a very young age. I worked hard and always helped style the shop. My bosses ended up liking my portrayed style so much that they let me become an assistant buyer, and eventually promoted to buyer. From there I learned everything about the industry, from designing, to advertising, to sales. By the time I was ready to start my line, I was equipped with a strong set of skills and experiences.

How She Got There: Erica Zohar, Founder of


Name: Erica Zohar
Age: 41 (even though I feel 21!)
Job Title and Description: Co-founder and chief creative officer at
College/Major: University of Miami / English and History
Twitter Handle: @teeology, @ericazohar

Her Campus: What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?
Erica Zohar: It’s very exciting to be a part of a real .com start-up and to be surrounded by an office full of incredibly smart and talented people. My job is one that oversees the creative aspects of the business, from working with our curators to decide which tees should go up for vote on the site, to meeting with potential partners (brands, non-profits, etc.) for collaborative projects. There is not enough time in the day; the attraction to a start-up is that no day is a typical day.

HC: What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?
EZ: I’m an entrepreneur at heart. It all started in seventh grade when I used to sell Blow Pops in between classes. I used to buy a big box of Blow Pops for under $5, sell them at 25 cents apiece, and clear a $10 profit before lunchtime every day. The minute I started making my “own money”, I was hooked.