Annual internship speed dating event returns

6 November 2018

Devon Williams

dwilli2@uccs.edu

    The 3rd Annual Internship Speed Dating Event, hosted by the Communication Graduate Student Association, will be held on Nov. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    The event will bring intern-seeking organizations together with students in a speed dating format for interviews.

    Organizations such as Ms. Rodeo of Colorado, The Independent, The Gazette, KRDO and Colorado Springs Police Department will be present at the event, some offering paid positions, according to Iwalani Wolff, adjunct faculty within the communication department.

    The event also offers students resume evaluations and mock interviews as well for students who are not looking for internships.

    The event will be sponsored by the Student Government Association, the communication department and the professional and technical writing program.

    The event was created by Wolff and Laura Eurich, a senior instructor for the communication program and advisor for The Scribe.

    Students who attend the event will have a chance to participate in eight to 10 interviews in a rotating speed date format. Wolff recommends students bring a canned good, multiple resumes and to dress professionally. A canned good for Clyde’s Cupboard will give students an extra interview session.

    Wolff said to bring 20 resumes because some will be kept and others will be marked on.

    “We have a few students who in the first year got an internship with a company and then in the second year came back to represent that company as an employee and so they’re coming back again and they’re reaching out to other people and they’re trying to find more interns so those connections grow outside of school,” said Wolff. “We get more jobs and then we also help the campus community create those partnerships with organizations in town.”

    Wolff recommends visiting the Excel Communication Center and the Writing Center to get help preparing for the event, where they will be able to get advice.

    For practice before the event, mock interviews will be held in the Excel Communication Center in Columbine Hall 312. Appointments must be scheduled in advance, and students can schedule one at  uccs.mywconline.net. Help with resumes in person and online will occur in the Writing Center located in Columbine Hall 316. Appointments can be made at uccs.mywconline.com.

    According to Wolff, the first year’s event was small, where students were limited to six interviews, but it organizational participation doubled during the second year giving students a chance for eight interviews. This year’s event is the largest yet and will add an hour of networking at the end.

    There will also be a drawing for UCCS prizes from the bookstore.

    Students who plan to go should register on Mountain Lion Connect before the event occurs. The event is open to all students.

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