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.

8 Reasons to Attend the College of Business Job & Internship Exposition

By: Annie  Burnham

Welcome back, College of Business Rams! I hope your summer was relaxing, productive, and that you set and met some short-term goals. Now that the new semester has started, setting a few more short and long term goals (even if they are just in your head) is important to your success this semester.

One of your long term goals is probably to get a job after graduation. Well, there’s no time like the present to start working toward that goal. And here’s one of the best ways you can start – the College of Business Job & Internship Expo.

This event will be held on September 18 and 19 from 4-6 p.m. in the foyer of Rockwell West. The event is taking place two days in order to split up the concentrations. Marketing, Management, Master of Management Practice, Master of Business Administration, Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise Master of Business Administration students are invited to attend the Wednesday session, and

Computer Information Systems, Accounting, Finance, Real Estate, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Science in Business Administration for Computer information Systems, and Financial Risk Management, students are invited to attend Thursday. Register with the Career Management Center today.

Now, why should you go to this event, you ask?

The Career Management Center has eight good reasons students should attend.

  1. You can increase your network. 80% of jobs are found through a personal or professional connection. What better way to start making those connections than in an environment designed to cultivate those relationships? LinkedIn is a great vehicle for these relationships to be formed as well. The COB Job & Internship Expo hosts more than 50 employers and a number of great contacts that are looking for someone like you.
  2. It gives you a reason to dress your best. Your professional appearance makes a difference. Put on your nicest business attire to make a lasting impression. It is always better to be a little overdressed and show that you want to make a good impression rather than look like you decided attend this expo last minute.
  3. It is an opportunity to learn about a variety of companies. Take every opportunity to attend company or industry meetings, conferences, and events. The Job & Internship Expo provides you with a unique opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with a number of recruiters who can tell you firsthand what working with their organization is like. Come prepared with questions and research companies beforehand.
  4. Get a job/internship.  More than 50 employers will be in attendance. They are all seeking College of Business students. Start the career process early and meet with a number of companies one-on-one.
  5. Employers want to meet you. This one goes with No. 4. These employers will be prepared to conduct on the-spot interviews with the candidates who offer the best value to their organizations.
  6. Get a professional photo. Have your photo taken by a professional photographer to use on social media sites like LinkedIn. This is another reason dressing your best will be important. Your selfie in the bathroom mirror should NOT be your LinkedIn profile photo.
  7. Gain experience in career fair settings. Careers fairs can be intimidating – start early in college and learn the best ways to attract employers attention. You can also watch others interacting with employers and take some mental notes.
  8. Discover new companies and opportunities. Chances are you will not have heard of every company that is in attendance. This is a chance to find some companies that you might want to research later on about employment opportunities.

Although you might be a few semesters away from graduating, it is never too early to start thinking about what you want to move on to next. The Job & Internship Expo is a great way to meet new people and learn about opportunities to take advantage of now.

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. 

Ben Hilzer on the Business of Theater and the Theatrics of Business

by Tim Pate

As you may have gleaned from this blog, I’m quite proud of the College of Business, from which I am earning a minor in business administration. However, I am also delighted to be a part of the College of Liberal Arts, where I am earning my degree in Journalism and Technical Communication. Both Colleges have incredible academic programs, and they each host activities and events that enhance the college experience for their students.

Ben Hilzer
Image credit: Ben Hilzer

Enter Ben Hilzer, a junior accounting and finance student in the College of Business, who lives at the intersection of these two colleges. In addition to being a fervent business student, Hilzer is also a self-proclaimed thespian and played the character “Jake” in Colorado State University’s production of “Evil Dead: The Musical.” I saw the R-rated show on opening night and laughed myself to tears. Hilzer’s character is a tobacco-spittin’ hillbilly with surprisingly good singing abilities, and he was one of the highlights of the show.

Hilzer’s Twitter feed is an eclectic combination of his thoughts on business, theater, sports, and music. He displays such enthusiasm for these areas of his life; I knew his perspective would be an interesting one for this blog. So, I caught up with Hilzer a couple days ago to talk about his unique dedication to business and the arts. Here is our exchange:

TP: What has being in Evil Dead taught you about business, and vice versa?

BH: Being in “Evil Dead: The Musical,” as well as theater in general, has shown me the distinct overlap between business and theater. Most notably, the importance of your personal brand. In business, we try to develop our personal brand for job interviews and career building; similarly in theater, your personal brand is crucial for auditions and development for your acting career.

TP: Tell me a little about what you do to build your personal brand. 

BH: To build my personal brand I like to keep a strong online presence, most notably with Twitter and LinkedIn. I comment on finance and business aspects while also staying true to my arts/entertainment passion; I like to stay up to date with news. I also attend networking events CSU and the COB put on so I can constantly promote my personal brand: a passionate, always growing student.

TP: How do you balance the two things you are pursuing?

BH: I balance the two things by allocating my time during the day to my studies and the rest to theater. There is also never a bad time in between classes to memorize lines or learn a song. Acting and performing is such an amazing escape but still remains practical in business.

TP: Can you tell us a little about the audition process and how it compares to a job interview? 

BH: The audition process begins with a monologue in front of directors for every show for the semester. The directors then call you back specifically for their show to see where you can fit (for Evil Dead, we had to perform a song as well). After that, the directors post a cast list and rehearsals begin. The audition process relates to a job interview in the regard that both are trying to prove to someone why you will fit in and benefit their team (or show).  Whether that is with outstanding leadership in business or your characterization and ability to take direction in acting, both have the sole purpose of showing someone you can benefit them.

TP: What was your favorite part about performing in Evil Dead?

Image credit: Colorado State University

BH: My favorite part about performing in Evil Dead was playing such a zany character and being a part of such an amazing production. The special effects, props, projections, sounds, lights, they’re all amazing and something I have never seen before. It truly is an amazing show to watch and be a part of.

TP: What do you want to do when you graduate? 

BH: When I graduate, I would like to be associated with the arts/entertainment in some way.  I am studying accounting and finance, so integrating the two would be ideal; however, I am all about opportunities.

Hilzer is also a vocalist and pianist for the band Three Plus Me, which plays in various locations around Fort Collins, as well as a member of the Dean’s Student Leadership Council in the College of Business (as though he wasn’t already involved enough).

This weekend marks the final showings of “Evil Dead: The Musical,” and I highly recommend that you attend (unless you don’t do well with blood, that is). The production starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the University Center for the Arts. Tickets are available online.

Be bold – sit in the “splash zone,” and watch what a business student can do on the stage.