It is scary to be an upcoming college graduate. Your dream of landing that amazing job is masked by the uncertain status of the economy and the looming unemployment rate. Human resource professionals say that 80% of the jobs available are not listed in traditional job postings and online career sites, so building a network and getting in front of the people that can influence hiring is how you are going to find the best job opportunity. Even though it seems daunting, there are ways to get that dream career in the organization you want but you have to get the right exposure and experience.
I owe my career to my internship. I was walking along ASU’s Hayden Mall and saw a booth for a company that I found interesting. Striking up a conversation with the woman manning the booth, who was an intern, she told me about the unpaid marketing internship opportunity. Although I was interested in the company, I was not sure I wanted a career in marketing. However, I applied and was hired to help in the office for 10 hours a week. There was a fair amount of writing, answering phones and filing, but what I gained was so much more than administrative skills. I learned how to interact in a professional environment, gained experience in marketing, and discovered a new industry. I loved my internship and eventually it landed me a career. I built a network of professionals that continues to aid me today. Internships gives insight into a possible future. You can learn something new or realize that there may be something else worth your time and skills.
So you need to gain exposure and learn new skills to be a more desirable candidate for a job, Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) has an opportunity to get experience and meet the movers and shakers of Phoenix. PCA is looking for a dynamic, positive, mature individual to give 5-10 hours per week to assist in communicating PCA initiatives in various social media outlets including its web site, blog, twitter, Facebook, YouTube, flickr, delicious, and email newsletter. Interns will be occasionally required to attend meetings, perform research, and other general office duties. Intern may need reliable transportation however the office is conveniently located across from ASU downtown, near light rail and central transit station.
Knowledge and Skills Required :
- Excellent communication skills
- Organized and deadline oriented
- Strong writing and grammar skills
- Initiative and a desire to learn
- Solid working knowledge of computer, Internet, and Microsoft Office products
PCA interns will have the opportunity to build a priceless job and business network, gain valuable insight on local community initiatives, and indispensable professional business experience.
A internship at PCA is the step in the right direction to help land you a career during this tough economic environment. If interested, qualified individuals send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing samples to Joemarie@phoenixcommunityalliance.com. For more information, please contact PCA at (602) 254-7477.