Think Like an Employer Relations Director

When conducting your job search, keep in mind that some companies do not post all of their open job and internship opportunities to job boards. This can be especially true of entry-level positions, where there is generally a larger supply of qualified talent than with higher-level positions. Organizations will often save their recruiting budgets for more senior-level positions.  Continue reading

Lessons Learned: Avoiding Professional Pitfalls in Your Next Internship

Continuing from Part 1 in our exploration of situations that students may experience while working as an intern, let’s look at another common situation and try to understand ways in which we might ideally respond. Remember you can always reach out to your career advisor, faculty, and friends if you’d like to discuss these topics with someone at greater length. Continue reading

Adventures in Jordan

Wedged into my bus seat, limbs at odd angles around backpacks, lunch sacks and water bottles, I let the conversation float around me. Singsong Arabic, punctuated by frequent laughter and the occasional few words from a song, drowned out the increasing sounds of traffic as we re-entered Amman. With my eyes closed, I couldn’t tell student from native speaker. “This,” I thought to myself, “is what an immersive program is really all about.” Continue reading

Lessons Learned: Avoiding Professional Pitfalls in Your Next Internship

In my 10 years working with graduate students on semester-long internship programs at MIIS and speaking with their supervisors, I’ve come across success stories and issue areas. This blog series aims to provide many of these cases along with a recommended response for each. Continue reading

Why We Don’t Do “Placement”

I hate the “P” word. Seriously.

I’ve called out well-meaning staff and faculty members (even former Institute presidents!) who have used the term. Is it because I don’t want to take responsibility for you, our students and alumni, obtaining internships and jobs? Of course not. Rather, it’s because it is absolutely critical that you see yourselves as active agents in your own career development at every step of the way. The word “placement” connotes the idea that all you have to do is get good grades in grad school, and the career services staff will be lining up job offers for you just in time for graduation. This is a dangerous premise on many levels. Continue reading

Harnessing Top Talent in the Translation and Localization Industry – Welocalize West Coast Internships

Samantha Henderson is a Program Director at global translation and localization company, Welocalize. Sam currently works with the MIIS careers team to help recruit and develop interns who are interested in a career in translation and localization. In this blog, she talks about how she became involved with MIIS. Continue reading

Your First Year After MIIS

Career Advice for After Graduate School – Navigating Your First Few Years

Congratulations to the new MIIS graduating class of 2016!  You’re entering the workforce at a dynamic time, and hopefully are well on your way to getting that first job or key internship opportunity. However, I want to talk to you all about how you can navigate another critical time in your career development – that first couple of years on the job. Continue reading