31 Jan, 2012  |  Written by  |  under internship update

Last week my university said goodbye to its legendary football coach who lost his battle with lung cancer.  Coach Joseph Vincent Paterno was a mentor and leader to many of the students at Penn State not just the football players. It was a time of great sadness here at Penn State. We cried, mourned and grieved together.  My fellow classmates and I shared our memories with each other.  We spoke with pride about Coach Paterno’s influence on each of our lives. We at Penn State are very much aware that Mr. Paterno was more than a football coach. He gave monetary donations that allowed us to have a first rate library, student health center and various scholarships for students unable to afford college tuition.  I was thankful to be able to surround myself with friends during this difficult time. I was able to participate in the memorial events and vigils that honored Coach Paterno. My virtual internship allowed me to share my grief with friends, professors and others within the Penn State community.  I can’t imagine being away from the Penn State campus during this difficult time. As a former professor told me I was living history.  I will cherish and always remember the week that allowed me to honor Coach Paterno’s memory.

28 Jan, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

Hey everybody, this is my second week working for Justin and Dreama Lee. First I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to work for/with them at Intern Profits. I am working on Search Engine Optimization, and I already feel like I have learned a ton of valuable information in only 2 weeks! My first week consisted mostly of watching training videos and talking with Justin, so that I could get a grasp on the concept of SEO before actually diving into it. I had a chance to watch some very interesting training videos which contained information that a lot of local business owners would love to know. These videos are vital in teaching local businesses how to get their business website onto the first page of Google.

Once the training process was over, I finally got to start using these tactics on my own. Doing some of these tasks and assignments really open your mind up to how and what people actually search for when using Google. I know there is a ton more to learn in the upcoming weeks, and I plan to let you all know how my internship goes throughout the semester.

21 Jan, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

Search Engine Optimization is a term, which many people are not familiar with. Most of my family is not comfortable in the IT world and have never even heard of the words Search Engine Optimization.   When my family members begin asking me about my new internship, I take a deep breath and attempt to explain the meaning of search engine optimization.  I have found out it is not an easy task. I get a certain amount of surprise and such responses, as “I didn’t even know you could do that”. As I demonstrated the procedure, it reminds me how far technology has progressed and the growth involved in Search Engine Optimization. When I applied to Intern Profits, I didn’t know much about Search Engine Optimization but I am enjoying learning all the steps and how it works. I am looking forward to seeing where Intern Profits takes me in the next few weeks as I continue to learn.

20 Jan, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

Hello All!

This is my second week as an intern for internprofits.com and Efficient Enterprises Inc. I am the PR and Social Media intern and in just these few short weeks I have already learned so much through this virtual internship! Internprofits.com is such an amazing opportunity for me to expand my knowledge and skills in the world of PR. I want to thank  Justin and Dreama Lee for letting me have this opportunity and creating such an amazing company for small business and us interns. Having an internship is so important these days if one is serious about having a career in any field. I look forward to the exciting projects I will be doing as well as all of the interesting information I will be learning!

 

13 Jan, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

Happy Friday the 13th

When comparing my current internship to my previous internship the first word that pops into my head is flexibility. The reason for this is I am able to pick my own hours and get my work done. I like the advantage of looking at the day and working when it`s convenient. This is why I believe virtual internships are going to begin to increase in the future. If your looking to hire student internships it great benefit to have. Think about all students random schedules and odd hours. If you ask your intern to put in 40 hours this week it becomes much manageable. This is why flexibility and virtual internships go hand in hand. It`s a great option to have as business and  student.

11 Jan, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

Hello Guys,
I am graduating in the spring! The last thing I had on my plate was to find an internship for my Information Sciences and Technology degree. I understood the process of selecting an internship due to the fact that I was currently doing an internship for my Recreation, Park, Tourism and management degree. My main goal for my IST was to make to try and get a lot of hands on experience. My main reason for this was that I was new to the field and didn`t have any work experience in the IST field. I really needed an opportunity where I could grow to develop my skills. When searching I was in an odd position due to the fact that I was  looking for internship in the spring semester so I was limited in that aspect. I then came across the company InternProfits while on the intern search. The company was interesting due to the fact they were offering a type of internship I hadn`t seen on the job posting site before. Search Engine Optimization. I became interested in this topic and was excited to learn more about the methods used . When I applied for the job I didn`t realize it was a virtual internship at the time and didn`t know you could do this. After understanding the process of a Virtual internship there are so many benefits of this and I couldn`t happier the way my internship is set up.

9 Jan, 2012  |  Written by  |  under internship update

Hello,
This is my first week of my internship! I want to thank Justin and Dreama Lee for giving me the opportunity at Intern Profits.  My role as an intern will be focusing on Search Engine Optimization.  I am very excited to broaden my knowledge and  to learn about the different methods and techniques used in the area of search engine optimization. I hope to keep you up to date as I move forward with this experience.

Today is my final day here. As I look back on my time here at Intern Profits, I reflect on how much I learned and how much I grew as a professional.

This was the first time I have ever held a job working for a company. Just the thought of that, for business student like me was exciting. The best part about working with a small business is that you get to see the mechanisms behind the storefront. Here, I learned more about what makes small businesses tick.

I remember during my interview, when Justin and Dreama asked me why I wanted to work for a small business. I answered, because “I want to observe a business where everyone works for one goal free from other agendas. In a small business, everyone is dedicated to the success of the business.” The solidarity in the staff at small businesses always amazed me; therefore, I decided the best way to learn about it, is to experience it firsthand.

I was, and still am, amazed by the dedication not only Justin and Dreama show, but all the way down to the other interns and employees. There is that one goal in mind, success.

Through this experience, I have learned to be even more professional. My writing skills have increased here, and so have my video skills. Most of all, my business communication skills improved.

One of the best things about this internship was that, even though I was many miles away from the physical location during this virtual internship, I still felt like part of a team.

Thank you Justin, Dreama, and everyone else who I encountered on this journey.

Thank you to all who read my blog posts too.

Have a nice day and happy new year! In addition, good luck to the new interns!

30 Nov, 2011  |  Written by  |  under Small Business, Video

Check out the latest animated commercial from www.InternProfits.com showing business owners & entrepreneurs how to find an intern:

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20 Nov, 2011  |  Written by  |  under internship update, Tips

What is an excellent way for interns to keep track of every project they work on? The answer is a work record. A work record is a powerful tool that enhances resumes and gets better recommendations. How is this tool so powerful? Read on to find out.

A work record is a document that lists every single action and/or project that a worker does. This is especially helpful for interns, because they need to document their in-depth work experience to show to future employers. I learned how to do this first at Intern Profits.

Work records can help interns with their careers. At the end of the internship, interns can present the work record to the employer to help them write a polished reference. When filling out a resume, interns can pick the highlight of their work records and add it to their resume.

For more information about work records, feel free to watch this short video.

As the popularity of internships shifts into a happening trend of the twenty-first century, it is easy to ask:  What exactly is the role of an internship in today’s society?

In the past, some have held intern positions as a trial before entering a company in order to train in a particular profession and to gain invaluable experience.  With the increase of degree programs requiring internship experience for graduation, it is natural to assume this movement serves a greater purpose.  In fact, internships are growing because of the benefits which extend not only to the intern but the business and overall labor force, as well.

Interning for InternProfits has allowed me to research the predominant issues caused by a dwindling labor force and how unemployment has remained at a critical level throughout America in recent days.  The source of jobs for entry level positions is lacking, and it is becoming difficult for graduates to secure a position fresh out of college.  The experience required cannot be found without an opportunity for practical and professional learning.  Yet, businesses are suffering from economic crisis just the same.

It seems the only solution for both issues is to create a system that solves the pitfalls of unemployment and economic strife by training interns in how to complete real work that is valued by both the intern and the business.  With this mutually beneficial system through InternProfits, I have gained confidence in my own professional skills and have provided my own ideas to help new projects along the way.  Therefore, the role of internships in the professional sphere is a valuable asset to unlocking the windows of opportunity for both interns and businesses alike.

One of the important things I learned in this internship is the value of professionalism. I always keep in mind that my actions can influence how others see the company. Their first impression of me can be their introduction to Intern Profits.

When I speak to business people, I often explain how rewarding my internship is for me. I tell people the Intern Profits system is helping to boost the economy in two ways. First, businesses gain an eager workforce. Second, the interns are gaining valuable experience to help them get the career they want. I enjoy being involved in something so powerful.

Without professionalism in my words, people will not take what I am saying seriously. This can be a detriment to not only me, but also the company. Therefore, it is important to convey professionalism at all times.

The short video below explains the value of professionalism.

 

During my internship here at Intern Profits, I have been able to combine my classroom experience with real-world work experience.

The best example of this is the information I learned in my writing classes. In class, I learned the importance of adapting your message to its audience. For example, if you are writing for real estate investors, you would use all the technical terms that accompany that field. On the other hand, if you write that same information for the public, you would use as little technical terms as possible.

This directly applies to my tasks here at Intern Profits.  I help write articles and adapt them for different audiences. The techniques I learned in class for adapting writing truly help me here. These techniques prepared me to write about the same topic in a way that everyone can appreciate.

Equally important, I have used my experience here in the classroom. My teachers often ask for examples from student’s jobs. As I had never worked before this internship, I found myself without a topic to talk about. Now that I intern here, I have many great examples to use in the classroom. A case in point, my class reviewed the effect of video on a business’ marketing strategy. I could connect the videos from Intern Profits that showed the value of people excited about their product.

Before this internship, I did not know how many aspects of business management applied in real life. I only had textbook knowledge. Now that I have had the chance to observe the management style here, I have learned new strategies for managing employees and for getting assignments done.

My experience here at Intern Profits gives me a foundation in real-world business while I learn in the classroom. I can apply the knowledge I have gained here to my classroom assignments and the reverse is also true. I apply my classroom knowledge here. This is why I feel that internships are the best learning you can get outside of the classroom.

Only two weeks have past since I started interning at InternProfits, and I couldn’t be happier with the type of projects I’m helping to create! I get the pleasure of listening to past intern stories and writing them into case studies. Some of these case studies are the true experiences in the words of former interns from various places who have been nice enough to take an interview.

When I heard a past intern reflecting on the unpaid internship that eventually became the “turning point” in his track to successful entrepreneur, it helped me to realize how important professional experience can be to your future success. It’s not just about having the experience to be hired after finishing college. It’s about expanding your own professional horizons and understanding what type of job or career suits you best. First, an internship can expand your professional horizons by teaching the non-written aspects of your chosen career. Let’s face it, there are many processes in real work that cannot be taught with books. Learning these relative skills before others in your field gives you an edge. No matter if you are being paid or not. Interning also provides a better understanding of which career type suits you best, and choosing your own path is the key to happiness. The skills gained by a internship will translate into practical experience in your chosen career field. It is a long term investment that will lead to professional success. Then, when you are confident you have gained enough experience to get that perfect job, you can love what you do, and get paid, too.

The ‘dream scenario’ may not be in everyone’s mind, but for those that hope to reach a professional goal and lack the experience, an internship is the perfect answer. Getting started is all about gaining respect and credibility through simply being good at what you do, and the opportunities for success can reach you in many forms. Whether you chose to acknowledge an opportunity could be the key to your own career. If you are already talented in a field, then expanding this talent through an internship can only help.

The stories of past interns I’ve been reading and writing for InternProfits have already helped make my own internship an enriching experience.

Check out some of the case studies I’ve helped create by clicking here.

The day has finally come.  I’m done with my internship, and for some reason, I’m not ready to be done.  I feel like there is so much more I can do, and I wish that I could continue to help Intern Profits become a successful and trusted business.

In these last six months, I have learned more than I ever thought I could.  Through the Intern Profits System™, as well as direct interaction with Dreama and Justin, I have been able to build a portfolio filled with examples of my work.  I now have the experience and confidence that I needed in order to kick-start my career in Public Relations.  Six months ago, I knew this was what I wanted to do, but there was no way I was going to be able to start my career without any experience! This internship was the only way for me to solve the issue of the catch 22 that I was facing (or “double-edged sword,” as Justin calls it).  I wasn’t able to get a job without experience, but I couldn’t get any experience, since I couldn’t get a job! (Trust me, there’s no such thing as “entry level” anymore.)

I now have experience building a Press Kit, writing Press Releases, contacting the press (and bloggers), media monitoring, editing marketing materials, social bookmarking, blogging, managing social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and I have a better understanding of SEO! Actually, I’ve learned much more than that, but those are some major examples.  I honestly cannot thank Justin and Dreama enough for all of their support and guidance.  They really helped me a lot, and now I know that I have a bright future ahead of me.  I may not find my dream job tomorrow, but with the experience I’ve built up, I know I will find something incredible soon.  The good news is that I don’t have to say goodbye to Dreama and Justin quite yet – I have started working on an “as-needed” basis with Dreama as a contractor writing press releases for Efficient Enterprises, Inc.  Not only does that mean that I can continue working with them, but I am also able to continue to build my portfolio!

Take it from me – if you are looking to get the experience you need in order to start a career, a degree isn’t enough.  Take the time to find an internship that suits you (even if you’re already out of college, like me), and be sure that the work you’re doing is REAL (not making photocopies and going on Starbucks runs) … and if you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, I hope that you can see what kind of value can be gained from hiring an intern.  If you haven’t taken a look at my portfolio, you should.  You’ll see that the work that I did was important, and I know that it was valuable to the company.  Your intern can do it, too! (And Justin and Dreama’s Intern Profits System™ will help you get them trained properly.)

Good luck!

P.S. – Thank you again, Justin and Dreama.  I really, truly appreciate all that you’ve done for me.  Also – welcome, Harriet!! You are going to learn so much!