A great internship during college can be an excellent springboard for future internships and can help graduating seniors land their first entry level job.
AOL Jobs talked to Dr. Cheryl Minnick, internship coordinator and career advisor at The University of Montana, to learn how a great student resume can help land a great internship. Here is her story.
The Boston Celtics receive thousands of internship applications each semester, but one student's rose to the top. Nick walked into the college career office at the University of Montana with his Word template resume and a dream to get hands-on internship experience working in promotions and media relations for an NBA team, specifically the Celtics. There was a small problem. He's not a basketball player, nor has he ever played basketball. That's where his major in communications management, as well as his superb promotion skills and passion for live events worked to his advantage.
At the university's careers services office, Nick received strategic guidance on how to re-craft his resume. He focused on his experience interning with Disney and working on campus with UM Productions to help coordinate concerts, including one featuring The Rolling Stones. He spent time researching the internship's job description for keywords and job duties, then related his past experience in a value offered section, sprinkled with keywords. His career history was presented grouped into key areas required for the internship -- entertainment, production, marketing, and live events. In his accomplishment bullets he also mentioned high profile concerts he helped promote.
Nick was called in for an interview and offered an internship where he was responsible for putting media packets together, checking in media prior to games and confirming their credentials, answering media questions, and providing player quotes after each game. In addition, he got to work on a philanthropic project with Shaquille O'Neal and interviewed several prominent NBA stars.
Entertainment and Venue Manager
Public Relations · Concerts · Live Events
Dynamic, experienced brand marketing professional with skills honed and showcased in Disney Resort theatre and box office operations and in the live entertainment industry as assistant concert producer for the Rolling Stones, Dierks Bentley, and Carlos Mencia. Top-notch customer service and communication skills with outstanding ability to thrive in deadline-driven environments within the live entertainment industry. Expertly skilled in graphic design, editing and movie making using Adobe Creative Suite. Recognized for strong work-ethic and consistently exceeding expectations of supervisors, colleagues, and industry professionals; offering the Boston Celtics an invaluable asset.
Fortune 100 Entertainment
Cirque d'Soleil, Walt Disney World (2008-2009)
Assisted with show production, venue management, audience control, box office and ticket sales, hosting of VIPs, and coordination of special theater events with Reebok.
UM Campus Productions (2006-2007)
Managed greenroom and artist hospitality, including advancing production riders and dressing room set-up for Elton John, Rolling Stones crew, Modest Mouse, Carlos Mencia, Dierks Bentley, A Prairie Home Companion, Shooter Jennings, Sonic Youth, and various cover bands.
GAP West Broadcasting (2008-2009)
Coordinated on- and off-site promotional events, promoted e-commerce, and distributed marketing collateral for events aimed at increasing market share and listening audience.
Concert Productions (2006-2008)
Served as stagehand to set-up barricades, lights, audio, video, coordinate merchandising, on-site security, audience control, unload production vehicles, construct temporary floors and structures, and assist with props, as well as aide in on-stage concert production.
BA, Communication Studies ·Entertainment Management certificate ·Media Arts minor
The University of Montana, May 2011
The University of Montana, May 2011