4 Oct, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Intern Updates

Before this internship, I thought I had a good handle on social media, but after a few short weeks, I am astonished by how much I have learned. Initially with twitter, I went through various modules to learn about how to gain a large following, and the importance of interacting with your followers. From a marketing major stand point, social media makes it extremely easy to select your target market, and attempt to reach them. This seems easy for certain new upcoming markets, but I never thought of deep frying a turkey, as its own niche market. However, as I read more into the subject, I am beginning to grasp how popular deep frying has become, and how much it will grow, in the next couple of years.  Furthermore, I have begun the process of learning how to set up a Facebook page, and how the page can increase your sales, and your following.

I am also excited to finally begin reading about how to deep fry turkey, so I am able to better sell the product.

This internship has really enhanced my social media marketing skills; I am extremely excited to continue with this project, and to learn more along the way.

Our past intern, Burlingtina Vines, has been hard at work getting her own freelancing gigs over the past few months using some online outsourcing sites.

She’s doing very well and applying much of the knowledge she gained from her internship with Intern Profits to help her grow her freelancing business.

She was kind enough to share with us an article on how other interns, recently graduated college students or anyone looking to make money as a freelancer can go about getting set-up with online freelancing bidding sites.


Three Steps To Get Started Freelancing on Bidding Sites
By Burlingtina Vines, past intern with Intern Profits and Freelancer on oDesk.

Congratulations! You want to make a name for yourself with more experience. You may have successfully completed an internship or you’re moving into a new field. A great way to do this is to work on bidding sites such as oDesk and vWorker. The following are three steps that you need to take to begin your freelance experience there.

First, you need to get your legal house in order. Wherever you live, check with your local government to see if you need a business license. Some cities require you to have a business license to earn any income from home. Furthermore, if you do not have a business license and earn a profit, you could face some stiff penalties. To illustrate, if you work from home without a license in my city you face fines and six months in jail for each paycheck you earned. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Second, when you first join whatever site hide your profile until you are ready to show it. It’s great that these websites want you to start working as soon as you fill out the form, but trust me, you are not ready. Go through the options and hide your profile. Then, complete all of those extra sections. If you do not have any samples to show, go make some!

Third and lastly, take any relevant skill test you can. Some jobs require you to take some skill tests to apply for them. If you do not pass the test the first time, hide your score until you do. These skills also show your ability. Some website charge you these tests, while others do not.

So, start on small projects at online bidding sites. Help small business and make a little money on the side! Remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to working from home as a freelancer. You can only go up from here!


19 Jun, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

So far I have learned many new things thanks to Intern Profits. The best part is that I work whenever wherever. I have been using googles keyword tool in doing my research. SEO has been very interesting and I have enjoyed learning about the traffic certain words get on the web.

13 Jun, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Tips, Where are they Now

Just chatting with one of our past interns Burlingtina Vines, she’s just made Dean’s List this year and is making some good money while still in school as a freelancer on ODesk – if you need some help writing articles, etc. check her out: https://www.odesk.com/users/~~daf1d23623b49cc7. Great to reconnect with our past interns and hear their success stories!

We’ve told past interns that working as a freelancer on ODesk, etc. is a great way to make additional money while still in school and help build your resume.  Great to know that Tina has been so successful!

16 Apr, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

I have had a lot on my plate recently (school, work, internship..). What I love about this internship is that I can do it whenever/where ever I want. I’m still doing research on internship companies as well as putting together press releases. I love how much I am learning through this internship. Learning the skills I am going to need for my future profession is obviously a major plus, but with the research I do for projects that Dreama assigns to me I am also learning so much about the world and what is going on concerning jobs and internship field. With summer quickly approaching and me moving to San Diego I will have more time to dedicate to my internship, which will only be beneficial. I am very excited about these next few months to come and everything I am going to learn!

12 Apr, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

When I began my virtual internship in January I was not sure what to expected.  I was starting my last semester of college but needed an internship to complete my course requirements. However, there was one major problem.  I couldn’t afford the relocating expenses associated with other internships. I wasn’t sure how a virtual internship would work but I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

I liked the idea of not having a rigid work schedule or not taking the subway into an office each morning.  Not bothering to get dressed up in a suit and tie was definitely a bonus for me.  Being able to work anywhere I could take my computer was a plus. The flexibility provided to me thru my virtual internship was a positive experience .It allowed me the chance to gain valuable work experience from my own desk while completing my last semester of college at Penn State. It was a valuable opportunity that allowed me to improve my skills for my future employment.

I enjoyed the freedom my virtual internship provided me. I was able to work on my tasks without the added pressure of a mentor looking directly over my shoulder. I liked having deadlines for my assignments, which helped motivate me to complete my tasks. I was able to communicate effectively with Justin and Dreama via the computer and phone.

I have been grateful for the opportunity to work with my mentors, Justin and Dreama. They have been supportive, encouraging and have created a professional work atmosphere thru the virtual world.  My virtual internship was a valuable work experience and I am thankful for the experienced.  I have been fortunate to grow while also improving my work skills thru Intern Profits.

11 Apr, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

Since the website that I have been working on throughout the semester is pretty much ready to be viewed by the public, it is now time to start promoting it. I am currently working on building a twitter following for @BuyRedFrogBeach. I am using a software that allows you to follow, and unfollow a number of users each day. It is quite interesting. I am also creating a Facebook Fan Page for the villa which should be ready to be viewed by the public by next week. I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks leading up to graduation, and seeing how all of this work throughout the semester turns out.

4 Apr, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

Over the past month or so, I have been working on a website for Justin and Dreama. The idea is for them to be able to sell their shares that they own in a villa in Panama. The site is pretty much finished besides some minor touches. I have been learning more about dofollow and nofollow links, and which sites should be placed into each category. The only thing left for the site is to add a video and maybe update the background. I will soon be getting into more SEO stuff and I will surely keep you updated.

I will also be working on a side project involving intern profits. Not exactly sure if any SEO work will be involved in the project, or if I will just be updating the site in WordPress. Either way I am really looking forward to it. I’ll be sure to keep you updated while I finish out the last month or so of this internship.

24 Mar, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

Recently I have been going through the HARO advertisements looking for more and more opportunities to spread the word about Intern Profits! I have also been continuing the research on other internship companies just to learn more about the industry. Dreama has been giving me opportunities to write press releases and with her helpful feedback I am learning the Do’s and Dont’s in creating a successful press release. Everyday I am doing this internship I learn so much that will only benefit for my future career.

14 Mar, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

This week marks about my halfway mark while working with internprofits.com. In addition with working with WordPress, updating pages, rearranging theme, etc. recently I have been searching for a variety of different WordPress plugins. These plugins can be used as a number of different tasks to help make your website findable when searching in Google. The more I go along the more I want to learn. So far it has been a great experience.

2 Mar, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

The more I work on the project handed to me by Justin and Dreama, the more I learn about SEO optimization. Recently I’ve been doing a lot of keyword research for different terms that relate to the project that I’m working on. Once I figure out what terms are most searched for using the Google Analytics tool, I record my results into an Excel Spreadsheet. I find out which terms are the most relevant and most useful, and then I eventually insert them into the “tags” on that certain page for the website. This way we know what people are searching for, and eventually when they search these terms on Google they may come across our page after a little bit of link building. I am currently searching for WordPress plugins that I can insert into the site.

As a little side project, I am also doing some keyword research for students or other people who are trying to find an internship. This will help out with the intern profits site by finding out what people are searching for when it comes to trying to find an internship. I was one of those people searching for an internship not to long ago.

23 Feb, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

This past weekend I was proud to be involved in the largest student-run philanthropy in the world called THON. Intern Profits allowed me to participate and donate my time to this worthy cause. My fellow classmates at Penn State danced for 46 hours straight and raised over 10.6 million dollars! Yes it was over 10.6 million dollars to help bring awareness and help find a cure for pediatric cancer.   The event had over 15,000 student volunteers and 700 dancers. The 46-hour dance marathon was filled with music, talent shows, fashion shows and various games.  It was very gratifying and a very emotional time for all of us here at Penn State.  We felt a great sense of pride for helping these young cancer victims and making a difference in their lives.  Thru my virtual internship I was able to attend THON and work on my internship during breaks.  I am grateful to have  been selected for an internship at Intern Profits and the opportunity during my senior year to participate in this record-breaking fundraiser called THON. It will be a lasting memory for me.

23 Feb, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

Hey everyone. Over the past few weeks and I have been learning so much! I took my first stab at writing a press release, which I found to be more challenging that I expected. Although, with a bit more practice I know I can nail it! President Obama made his State of the Union speech a few weeks ago, so I have been keeping an eye out for anything and everything relating to internships and apprenticeships concerning our (the  interns) futures. My daily tasks still consists of looking through HARO requests and Google Alerts for any advertisement opportunities and keeping spreadsheets updated, which seem to be going very well. There are some great ways to get your product out there once you know where to look! I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks bring!

20 Feb, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

Over the past couple of weeks Justin and Dreama have allowed me to help create a website for property in Panama that they will eventually sell. They’re giving me the freedom to write the content and information I feel is necessary for the site, as well as create landing pages, include pictures, edit videos, and manage the twitter and youtube accounts for their villa. I’m learning more about using WordPress everyday and all of its little capabilities when it comes to editing a website. I’m also learning how to promote the website through twitter and youtube by using SEO techniques, such as link building and keyword research. I am interested in seeing how the website will turn out when it’s close to finished and how many hits it gets per month.

7 Feb, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

I have been working for Justin and Dreama for a few weeks now, and I learn more every day. I usually take a call with Justin once or twice a week and he gives me the rundown of the tasks that need to be completed. First I started with link building, but now I have moved on to another interesting project. I’m trying to help them with a new website that they are working on by doing some research and even posting information that I have found on my own. The project I’m working on also involves networking on Twitter and Youtube to get some other people interested through social media. I can’t wait to get even more involved with this project and am looking forward to doing my part.