Want to learn more about finding internships and succeeding in the real world? Join us for our Twitter chat on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. We’ll be hosting Lauren Berger, The Intern Queen, and Olga Belogolova, Reporter for the National Journal. Use #uchicjobtips and follow @UniversityChic to join in!
During our chat, we’ll pick the best tweeter to win a $25 gift certificate to Dormify. Read more about our favorite Dormify products here.
Here’s more info about Lauren from her website:
Lauren Berger is CEO of InternQueen.com, an online internship destination that helps students find and apply for internships while also educating them on how to make the most of their experiences. Berger grew up in Clearwater, Florida and participated in 15 internships during her 4 years of college, hence the title “Intern Queen.”
We asked Lauren a few questions:
- What’s one thing about being the Intern Queen that most people wouldn’t know?
It’s tricky! Sometimes I feel like a one-woman circus! Being an entrepreneur in 2012 is all about multi-tasking and being everywhere at once.
- How did you motivate yourself to hold an internship AND go to school at the same time?
The internships motivated me. Every experience was new and exciting and nothing like what I was learning in the classroom.
- If you could go back and time and give yourself some advice as a freshman, what would it be?
It’s OK to say no. Use your time wisely. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone.
Here’s more info about Olga from her website:
… She has been published (perhaps because of talent; perhaps sheer luck) in The Student Operated Press, The Daily Free Press, OC METRO Business Magazine, OC FAMILY Magazine, Boston magazine, UniversityChic.com, Encore Magazine, National Journal and The Atlantic. In addition, she has contributed two chapters to U Chic: The College Girls Guide to Everything. In the spring of 2009, she was also lucky enough to be chosen as one of 10 journalism students nationally for a journalism press trip to Jordan in honor of Sixty Years of Friendship. She is currently a Staff Reporter at National Journal in Washington, D.C.
We asked Olga a few questions:
- What’s your favorite article you’ve written and why?
This is a tough one. I think I’ve had several favorites and at the same time, I tend to over-think a lot of my writing after it’s published (or edited). I think my favorite recent article would be one I wrote for National Journal magazine. I mostly write articles for our daily publication, which is more news-driven and focused on the day-to-day workings of policy-making in Congress … so writing something for the magazine is always a good step back to look at the big picture. The article, titled “Eastern Market,” focuses on the U.S.-Japan trade relationship and how the shutdown of nuclear energy in Japan after last year’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident could open the door to a strategic energy partnership built around the growing glut of natural gas in the United States. I think I like the piece because of how the reporting came together, how the piece points out something that people might not be paying attention to, but should be and that the piece deals with U.S. foreign relations, something that I have always been interested in writing about.
- How did having internships help you get to where you are today?
Internships were extremely helpful in getting me to where I am today. Each summer job or internship allowed me to learn a little bit more about writing, reporting and just working in an office environment. In addition, I was able to build relationships with my co-workers at those various jobs and I still keep in touch with many of them today and keep them on tap as references. While majoring in journalism was one step towards my future, getting real hands-on, publishable, deadline-driven experience really brought me miles further.
- What are some misconceptions about working in the world of journalism?
Don’t get me wrong, being a journalist can very often be fabulous. And we’re extremely lucky to get paid to do what we do, but it’s a lot of hard work, uncomfortable conversations, fact-checking, editing debates and newsroom drama. The other thing that I find to be pretty funny is the fact that a lot of people think we’re out to get them. Unfailingly, when I go out with my friends and start talking to people at happy hours or other events, someone will gasp when they find out I’m a journalist and say, “Well I should probably stop talking to you then.” Maybe I’m just speaking for myself here, but I don’t think of myself as someone who goes out every day trying to ruin someone’s reputation or life. Most of the time, just like everybody else, I love writing, talking to people, learning something new and sharing it.