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My 5 Tips for Finding Your Internship

Hi guys, I'm Corey, and I'm a design intern at Hasbro, one of the world's top toy companies. How can you get an internship like this at Johnson & Wales University? Here's my advice:

1. Know What You Want
Graphic design has been a passion of mine long before I came to JWU. All I needed to do was find a way to make a career out of it.

I knew that this internship would be a great way to “test out” Hasbro and the corporate scene — and determine whether or not this would be a good fit for me after graduation.

My advice: Ask for tasks you don't know how how to do (After all, why would you take an internship doing something you already know?)

2. Use Your JWU Connections
I found my internship through Jim Demick at JWU’s Career Services, where I've been a student assistant since sophomore year.

He knew that I was looking for one that would have potential of a job after I graduate.

3. Research Your Company
Learn everything. This is a great way to show that you have interest in that company, and that you are not going in to the interview with a “blind eye.”

I found that Hasbro has a general history of hiring interns. So I prepared my portfolio and resume to cater to the needs of Hasbro. I had all of the qualification that they were looking for.

4. Don't Miss an Opportunity
At JWU, I’ve been able to take a four-year degree and complete it in three years. Then, Hasbro wanted an intern that could commit for at least 8 months — that's 3 terms! But with an opportunity like this, I could not pass it up.

5. Unpaid is OK: It's About the Experience 
Money isn’t everything! My internship is paid, but some of the best internships are unpaid, and they pay off in the end with the experience and knowledge you gain.

An internship is what you make of it, so why not go for your dream company (or at least a company you could see yourself working at long term) when you search through JWU's internship listing. After all, they could hire you after graduation!

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