Internships: More than Copy Machines and Coffee Makers

By Courtney Grogan

The cool, fall breeze signals the beginning of football season for many people. For me, it means continuing the internship of a lifetime. This will be my second season working with the Denver Broncos.

CourtneylinkedinAt the end of my sophomore year, I was browsing CareerRam for a summer internship. I thought it seemed too good to be true when “Denver Broncos Marketing and Promotions” appeared on my screen. After submitting my resume, I soon forgot about the job, thinking that it would be a complete long shot. After a couple of months, I received an email asking if I was still interested, and would I like to set up a phone interview for the job. I wondered if anyone would say no to that. That afternoon, I had a phone interview with the Promotions and Marketing Coordinator and nervously waited for a response for over a week. After a long finals week awaiting a phone call from the Broncos, I finally received an email asking me to be part of the marketing and promotions team.

The 2012-2013 season was a legendary one for the Broncos. It was Peyton Manning’s first season with the team, taking them all the way to the playoffs. Many said that the team was Super Bowl bound; the only team standing in the way was the Baltimore Ravens. It was -10 degrees on the field during that game, but everyone was so excited at the prospect of advancing in the playoffs that they didn’t mind. The game did not go as eager fans had hoped. The devastating loss to the Ravens that night was one of the top five worst days of my life. Seeing the team and staff work so hard all year, only to have it end so suddenly, was difficult to experience. We all left the stadium in silence and hoped that the following season would be better.  The experience showed me what it is like to work for an organization where everyone is completely invested in its success. The same principle can be applied to any company, sports related or not.

So far, the 2013-2014 season has been shaping up to be another big year for the Broncos. I was chosen to do the Coca-Cola Coin Toss at each game, which involves escorting a special guest as well as an alumni player out on to the field for the coin toss. Staying professional and keeping my composure is a huge part of my internship.

Terrell Davis signing an autograph for a fan

Terrell Davis signing an autograph for a fan

A lot of people ask me if I get player autographs and pictures, but I think the best part is being able to see behind the scenes and talk to players as people and not celebrities. Meeting and escorting Broncos legend Terrell Davis during the NFL season opener versus the Ravens was a huge moment. The Broncos won the game and gave the organization the redemption it had been craving for eight months.

The College of Business Job & Internship Expo is this Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 18 and 19.  I encourage you all to go out and talk to companies that you might not usually consider. Internships can be more than making copies and getting coffee for the office. Your personal interests can lead you to a rewarding internship that makes you look forward to going to work each day.

What to do while you’re living in your parents’ basement

By Tim Pate

What NOT to do as a job-seeker

Graduation is looming, and you don’t have a job in line yet. No need to fret; you’re not alone. Plenty of college students spend a little time unemployed before finding that elusive position. Graduates who find success in their job search aggressively seek opportunities and make the connections that others miss. So instead of becoming a master video-gamer during your time off, here are some tips for finding that job as quickly as possible. You and your parents will thank me.

1. Improve your social media presence.

Facebook and Twitter have been fun channels through which we have interacted with friends throughout college, but now it’s time to use these platforms and more to your advantage. First, clean up your personal sites: take down your party pics, commit yourself to clean and sophisticated language, use a professional photograph for your profiles, and sculpt your biographies so that they reflect the best version of yourself.

Then start posting content that is relevant to your interests and the career you want to pursue. Employers want to see that you actually care about your career – demonstrate your passion over social media.

Once you’ve done that, think about exploring other social media sites and learn how they can further serve you in your job hunt. Use LinkedIn as an online resume. Post pictures relevant to your career goals on Pinterest. Showcase your photography on Instagram. Keep a blog that documents your job-seeking activities. Do whatever you think might help you stand out in the eye of a recruiter.

2. Continue self-educating.

Just because you’re done with college does not mean you’ve finished learning. No matter how great your education, remember there is a world of information waiting to be discovered. Read industry magazines and blogs (and share and comment – see advice above!). You can also read up on fields that are only peripherally related to your focus – you may end up diversifying your knowledge and skills.

Another great way to learn and stay fresh on what you learned at Colorado State University is to pass your knowledge along. Offer to tutor students studying what you studied and you’ll retain that information. Tutoring also gives you experience to add to your resume, thereby making you a more desirable candidate for recruiters.

3. Freelance or volunteer – it’s all about networking!

You can also add experience by doing freelance work or volunteering in your desired industry. Say, for example, you’re a marketing graduate but you haven’t found a full-time marketing gig. Who’s to say that new restaurant in your hometown couldn’t use some discounted marketing work? There’s no harm in offering to work a freelance job, and you might even make a few dollars while you’re at it.

More importantly, you continue to build that ever-important “Experience” section of your resume. Doing freelance work shows initiative to employers. You may even make a connection through your freelance work that leads to the full-time job of your dreams.

4. Make applying a full-time job.

As I said at the beginning of this post, jobs come to those who work for them. If you are not actively and determinedly reaching out to employers, they won’t notice you. While some people are lucky enough to find a job with the first company to which they apply, it takes others dozens of applications and interviews before opportunity knocks. Don’t get discouraged. Your hard work and your investment in an education are on your side. Being patient can be hard, but complacency won’t make the time pass any faster. Go find the job you want and don’t stop proving why you deserve it.

Remember that the College of Business has resources to help you find your first job. The Career Management Center is a great place to find job postings and other tools to help you showcase yourself for employers.

How is your job search going, graduating seniors? What are you doing to prepare for the real world? Do you have any advice for underclassmen that you wish someone would have told you? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Looking Forward to the Spring Semester

by Tim Pate

A new semester has begun at Colorado State University, and that means plenty to anticipate for CSU students. As the warm weather rolls around, students will get back in the rhythm of being a Ram full-time.

For freshman, this time of year means transitioning from apprehension at the prospect of new environments and challenges to excitement at embracing the next steps in a college career. At the other end of the spectrum, senior students realize that this is their last semester at CSU, which means charging into new territory come May. There are decisions to be made and opportunities to be had.

Spring semester at CSU is always a great time of year. The blossoming trees of the Oval never fail to provide a spectacle, and warmer days mean later nights spent on the intramural fields. It is also now that students begin thinking of their summer plans – be they visiting family, traveling or studying abroad, or staying in Fort Collins to work and take classes. Springtime shows students the multitude of possibilities ahead of them.

The College of Business too is alive with exciting prospects for students, faculty, and friends of the College. Events for students of all interests are on the horizon, as are career fairs and expos to get students connected with the business world. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to engage with the College of Business – the programs and events available are continuing to improve with each new semester.

This semester, you can look forward to these events and more:

Global Finance Summit

Friday, March 1, 2013
7:00 am – 1:45 p.m.
University Center for the Arts
Colorado State University
1400 Remington Street, Fort Collins, CO

Th­e Global Finance Summit will feature expert commentary and debate from financial professionals, economists, and academics on topics relating to the overall state of the global and domestic economy, fiscal and monetary policy, investment strategies, and business challenges.

Career Management Center Job and Internship Expo

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Rockwell Hall West, Atrium
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

This event is an exclusive opportunity for employers to engage with College of Business student and alumni (closed event for Business Majors) in Rockwell West, the College’s state-of-the-art facility.  The event is smaller and more intimate, allowing recruiters more time to have meaningful interactions with our students.

Everitt Real Estate Center presents Mark Fleming: “Once a Hare, Now a Tortoise”

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
4 – 6:30 p.m.
Fort Collins Hilton
425 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO

Mark Fleming will talk about what is in store as we head into the traditional buying season in the housing market in 2013, how the economy will fare given the political and fiscal situations, and whether housing will be as strong in 2013 as it was in 2012.

Make sure to check the College of Business website and to keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings around the College – there are sure to be plenty.

A little encouragement for Dead Week

Ghost town

Campus feels a bit like a ghost town, doesn’t it?

by Tim Pate

Here we are. We are in the middle of the dreaded Dead Week – the week before final exams when students realize that all the procrastinating of the semester is about to take its toll. Campus is hauntingly quieter than normal as the dark cloud of finals lingers over the heads of worried students. Students abandon their strict gym constitutions and late-night activities and elect instead to coup themselves in their rooms, pouring over dimly lit books and notes that haven’t been reviewed since they were composed.

Yes, it’s that time of year, and I know that the stress of it all might be getting to you. I’m also realistic enough to know that reading this blog post is probably another excuse for you to put off studying just a few more minutes. That being the case, I have a few words of encouragement to get you through these dark times…

You’re almost done.

That’s right. Winter Break is just around the corner, and all that is standing between you and that sweet relief is a few tests, your last remaining classes, and some study hours fueled by excessive amounts of coffee and energy drinks.

But when that has all been completed, you get five weeks (count ‘em – it’s five this year) with no academic responsibility. (That is, of course, assuming you didn’t choose to take winter classes.) It is important to remember this time of year that what lies ahead of you is nothing you haven’t experienced before. Even if this is your first semester at college, keep in mind that you had to take finals in order to get here. You and millions of other students have maneuvered finals successfully before now, and you can do it again.

So take a deep breath, stick your nose back in your books, and get to work. In only a couple weeks’ time, you could be drinking hot chocolate and sitting by a fire with the fright of finals a distant memory from your past.

Need to procrastinate a bit more? Tell us your plans for the break in the comments below!

Red, white, and blue balloon to make its second landing at CSU

For the second year in a row, Dave and Gail Liniger will make an appearance at Colorado State University to talk with and inspire students. Their area of expertise: real estate. The Linigers are the co-founders of the world’s top-producing real-estate network, RE/MAX, and they will be sharing their story with interested CSU students on November 29 at 10 a.m. in the Bohemian Auditorium.

Dave Liniger

Dave Liniger, co-founder of RE/MAX, speaking at CSU last year.

RE/MAX, which now boasts a network of more than 100,000 agents in 82 countries, was not always the successful company for which it is renowned today. You can expect Dave and Gail to share stories of their own failures and what they learned from their experiences. For example, Dave failed out of college – a result, he says, of having no goals. However, Dave would later go on to be named one of the “50 Most Powerful People in Real Estate” in 2010.

Gail Liniger

Gail Liniger, co-founder of RE/MAX, speaking at CSU last year

Gail too faced difficulties through the growing process of RE/MAX. While Dave was in charge of recruiting agents to get the company running, Gail maintained the duty of keeping their creditors at bay until they had the funds to pay their dues. But In 1989, Gail was awarded the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” for the real estate and construction category in Colorado in 1989 by the international accounting firm Ernst & Young and Inc. Magazine. Hard work and perseverance always delivered for the Linigers in the end.

Tales of their struggles, triumphs, and more can be expected during their presentation. As a Denver-based company, RE/MAX has shown a tremendous amount of support in helping CSU to cultivate a culture conducive to the success of business and real estate students. Attending the event is free and open to students, and the College of Business highly encourages interested students to take advantage of this opportunity.

Giving Thanks

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, and we at the College of Business have a lot for which to be thankful. Without the support and dedication of some terrific people and organizations, the College of Business would not be renowned program it is today. With that, we would like to take the time to thank some people who have helped build this college to be one of the best in the nation.

Our Students

CSU StudentsWith the right tools, any college can build the framework for a successful program. However, actually achieving success is impossible without hardworking students to make it happen. We believe that within the CSU College of Business you can find the nation’s best students, and they are at the heart of our program. Thank you students: for your hard work, your involvement, and your commitment to your school. We are consistently amazed by your accomplishments. Keep it up!

Our Faculty and Staff

In each of our five departments, you can find professors who are thought leaders in their fields. Their research continues to make an impact in the business world, and we are proud to have them at CSU. We are also excited by the stories we hear from students of professors going beyond their roles as researchers and teachers and becoming mentors. Our professors are dedicated to not only instilling knowledge in students but also building character and helping them reach their goals. Thank you to our professors for being so awesome!

Our Centers of Excellence

No matter what your interest in business, CSU’s College of Business has the programs and people to help you reach your goal. That’s why we’re so glad to have a number of centers dedicated to the specialized interests and aspirations of our undergraduate and graduate students. To the Beverage Business Institute, the Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise, the Career Management Center, the Everitt Real Estate Center, the Center for Marketing & Social Issues, the Center for Professional Development & Business Research, the Tribal Technical Assistance Program, and the Institute for Entrepreneurship – thank you all for enriching our students’ experiences.

Colorado State University

Finally, we want to thank Colorado State University as a whole for…well…just about everything. From the students to the faculty and staff to the multitude of programs and organizations, everyone that works to make CSU a special place has gone above and beyond. Thank you all for doing what you do, and doing it so well.

Get Caffeinated: Where to Get Your Coffee Fix on Campus

by Tim Pate

Like many of you, I had a little trouble getting out of bed this morning. Luckily for us, Colorado State University has a great selection of coffee hubs on campus so that we can get that pick-me-up to embrace the day. Below you’ll find information on five campus cafes and what is great about each of them.

1. Sweet Sinsations – Lory Student Center

Located directly across from the Information Desk, Sweet Sinsations is perfect for students traveling through campus’s central hub. Many students travel through the LSC on the way to classes in the Engineering Building, Clark, Eddy, Computer Sciences, and Rockwell, and Sweet Sinsations makes it easy to grab a cup on the go. Sweet Sinsations also offers a smoothie bar if you’re interested in trading coffee beans for fruit.

2. Sweet Temptations – Behavior Sciences

The younger sibling of Sweet Sinsations, Sweet Temptations is a newer coffee shop located in the elegantly modern Behavioral Sciences building. The Behavioral Sciences building is the prime location for study groups on campus, with study rooms available for reservation and laptops available for checkout. The coffee shop also offers $1 coffees if you just need that basic spark to get you going. Grab a cup, meet with your study group, and get productive!

3. Morgan’s Grind – Morgan Library

You’re in college, so it’s safe to assume you spend a healthy portion of your life in the library. Hours of studying and reading can be draining, and it’s nice to have a spot to grab a cup of joe to help you refuel and get back to work. Morgan’s Grind, on the lower level of the library, offers various coffee drinks as well as snacks to keep you going. There is also a study lounge in the coffee shop, complete with tables and chairs for group work or a den of pillows in the back, notoriously conducive to nap time.

4. Ram’s Horn Express – Academic Village

Do you spend more time in the dorms and less time near the center of campus? No need to fret – Academic Village has a coffee shop just for you. Ram’s Horn Express is in the same building as Ram’s Horn (the AV dining hall), and here you will find a convenient spot to grab a cup of coffee, a smoothie, and a variety of light snacks. Open until 1 a.m. every night of the week, Ram’s Horn Express is perfect for the freshmen who elects to cram the night before a big test.

5. The Bean Counter – Rockwell Hall-West

Of course I chose to save the best for last. The Bean Counter, New Rock’s favorite café, is perfect for the business student on the go. Located on the first floor of Rockwell Hall-West (near the ticker), the coffee shop offers close proximity to the classrooms, labs, auditoriums, and meeting rooms of Rockwell. Service is quick, so business students can grab a cup in between classes or on their way to a meeting with a professor.

Bonus points: Check-in to each of these locations on Foursquare to view tips, meet up with friends, or even unlock specials (free coffee, anyone?). 

What CSU’s Rocky Mountain Showdown Victory Teaches Us About College and Business

On the first day of September, virtually the entire Colorado State University community had one thing on its mind: the Rocky Mountain Showdown football game against the University of Colorado Buffaloes.

Defense

For those who were able attend the game in Denver, the Rams put on an exciting show both schools have come to expect from the annual faceoff. After 48 minutes of white-knuckle action, the CSU Rams emerged victorious in a 22-17 win over the Buffs.

If you watched the game, you know that the play wasn’t always smooth. Penalties inflicted harm on both teams, and there were turnovers to go around. However, the Rams were able to fight for the win, and the tactics that gave them the advantage serve as a great analogy for personal success in the collegiate and professional worlds…

You have to earn respect and recognition.

Before the game ever started, Coach McElwain sent a message with his choice in uniforms for the 2012 season. McElwain ditched the pizzazz of the previous year in favor of plain, sharp jerseys.

“To me you have to earn the uniform,” McElwain said. “As of right now, we haven’t done any of that. I do believe we will.”

In the professional world, you have to expect to work your way to the top. Your first job will likely not be an upper-management position, but there is nothing stopping you from reaching your goals. If you begin your career humble but determined, you will earn the deference you seek in time.

When an opportunity comes along, take it.

 The Rams found opportunities on both offense and defense that aided in their victory. On defense, the Rams were able to hold the Buffs to a grand total of 58 rushing yards for the entire game. The CSU defense also put a great deal of pressure on CU’s quarterback, Jordan Webb, and made it difficult for the transfer from Kansas to compensate for the team’s weak running game.

On offense, the Rams were able to capitalize on two mistakes by the Buffs. The first was a bad punt that gave the Rams excellent field position. CSU was able to move the ball forward and score before halftime. The second mistake was a personal foul by a CU defenseman, which moved the Rams an additional 15 yards forward, and subsequently led to another touchdown.

Finding and taking advantage of prospects is crucial in college. Especially in terms of networking and finding job opportunities, students should always be on the lookout for chances to advance their careers. At work, employees also need to seek these opportunities. Taking the lead on projects and going the extra mile in your position are great ways to grab the attention of your boss.

Solid leadership is essential for success.

CSU was truly invested in a “Bold New Era” when McElwain was brought to Fort Collins from Alabama. He brought with him not only a solid skillset as a coach, but a mentality of winning that the CSU football program desperately needed. McElwain’s statement that hard work would produce results was an indispensable component of the Rams’ victory.

Becoming a good leader is not necessarily something that students can gain from textbooks – it takes experience. That’s why the College of Business encourages students not only to get involved in the many programs and organizations available through the College, but to also take part in a leadership position. The ability to govern groups (be they small groups for class projects or large teams for national competitions) is a skill that automatically boosts your employability.

 

4 Reasons Business Students Should Study Abroad

by Tim Pate

Former finance student, Jason Sandry (’12), smiles at the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Colorado State University and the College of Business are dedicated to providing students with a first-class, well-rounded education. One of the ways CSU ensures the best education possible is through a rich study-abroad program. The College of Business supports the University’s efforts to encourage students to study abroad, so we have crafted a list of the top four reasons you should look into a school away from school.

Push your boundaries.

Studying abroad requires a level of stepping out of your comfort zone. Living in a new place, speaking a different language, learning new local customs, or even eating strange food can be a challenge. These experiences challenge students to adapt to these unfamiliar environments, and new skills are born. College is a time for adventure, and the world is full of them.

Broaden your perspective.

Study abroad students enjoy a camel train in Merzouga, Morocco.

Understanding business principles and customs in the United States is important to a successful career, but we cannot ignore the fact that the world is becoming more and more connected. Studying abroad gives students the chance to experience and become familiar with different economic and political systems than that of the United States. Learning about how other economies operate and the role they play in the U.S. economy is highly valuable knowledge to possess.

Get scholarships.

The College of Business greatly encourages students to study abroad – so much so that it has provided scholarships specifically for business students interested in exploring and learning in a new place. One such scholarship is the College of Business Study Abroad Scholarship, which offers up to $2,000 for summer, $3,000 for a semester and $5,000 for a year-long study abroad experience. The Chris Collins Memorial scholarship is also available to juniors and seniors in the College of Business, and is worth up to $3,000. The Office of International Programs also offers the Fulbright program to undergraduate and graduate students. CSU wants to help you reach your dream location.

Impress recruiters.

In addition to your accomplishments in school, recruiters want to see indications that you have practical knowledge and experience outside the classroom. Studying abroad shows independence, motivation, and ambition – all traits highly sought after in new employees. Having study abroad experience on your resume indicates to your potential employer that you are capable of navigating new situations and that you have experience you can’t find in textbooks. If you want to get hired, studying abroad is a great way to show employers that you can handle the job.

College of Business students and alumni: Have you studied abroad? If so, leave a comment and tell us when and where you visited and what you studied. What did you gain from the experience? What would you recommend to students embarking on their first study abroad journey?

Get Involved!

By Tim Pate

Congratulations! You made it through the first week of the fall semester at CSU. Most of your professors are diving into the material for your classes, and you are slowly learning or remembering what it’s like to be a CSU Ram.

As you become more accustomed with being back in school, I would like to encourage you to look into an opportunity to enhance your university career: student involvement. There is no better place to start than right here at the College of Business, where we have nearly 20 student organizations specifically tailored to your interests in the world of business.

Members of the Society of Human Resource Management Student Chapter use Hewlett-Packard HALO video conferencing technology to meet with Human Resource professionals from around the world. (Photo and caption courtesy SHRM)

No matter your concentration, the College of Business has a student organization just for you. These departmental organizations are here to foster your education and to give you real-world experience in the field of your choice. Get homework assistance, participate in competitions, or just meet people who share your interests. Clubs are great for networking and team-building, and they often lead to opportunities after college.

Student organizations also go beyond the concentrations within the College. A number of fraternities, honor societies, and diversity organizations are also available to help you become connected to College of Business and CSU communities. Even better, if there is an organization you have conceptualized but does not yet exist, nothing is obstructing you from establishing it and starting a legacy of your own.

At the College of Business, you can expect great professors who will develop in you a great knowledge of the business world. However, you have the power to enrich your experience at CSU by getting involved in campus organizations. What you gain in your time at Fort Collins is largely dependent on the effort you commit to making this time special.

Interested in joining a College of Business student organization? Learn more about them all here.