Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Internship Feature - NYC Parks & Recreation

Name: Mitchel Ladner
Place: New York City Parks & Recreation – Manhattan Borough
Duration of Internship: May 2012 – July 2012

Describe Your Experience:

 It was incredible. The people there gave me actual work to do, so I didn’t feel like they made anything up just to keep me busy. During the interview, they asked me what kinds of things I was interested in, and they really followed through in putting me somewhere where I was able to do that kind of work. They were also adamant in giving me free time to walk around and explore one of the greatest cities on earth. 

What is the most valuable thing that you learned?

I’m a senior now, and I remember taking classes early in college that required electives that had nothing to do with my major. I remember thinking “Why am I in this class?” This summer was the first actual job I’ve ever had, and I really used some of those things that I thought I’d never use. I guess the most valuable thing I learned is not to take things you learn for granted. My boss and most of my co-workers were impressed that I knew how to do something or knew some piece of information that we needed and that I picked up in one of those classes.

Would you recommend this organization/company to other students?

Most definitely. Over the summer, I had to set up seminars and meetings between my boss and some foreign city’s parks & recreation departments because they traveled the world to come study how NYC operates. Seoul, Korea is in the process of translating the codes and procedures for Central Park, essentially word-for-word to govern their new state-of-the-art park, so being part of an organization of that much national and international recognition is pretty fulfilling. It’s so large that there is a division inside NYC Parks & Rec for everyone, too. 

How did you find out about your internship?

I found it on 

Do you have any advice for other students who are interested in internships?

I applied on a whim during finals week spring semester. While I don’t recommend waiting that late, I do recommend taking a shot at something out of your comfort zone. I lived in New York City this summer; that’s pretty cool.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Career Fair Prep: Your Pitch & Your Dress

Our last post discussed the importance of your resume and its presentation to employers; however, other important aspects of meeting with employers are your verbal communication and your attire. As shared by NBC News, Tom Fenwick describes his experience in meeting employers after serving in Iraq as a Marine: “You can submit online resumes or job profiles until your fingers bleed. You can dial the phone until your voice goes hoarse. Neither method will be as effective as meeting people in person, letting them see who you are” (to read more about Tom’s story, follow this link). The technology of our generation tends to dissuade personal interactions with people, which is why it is important to take advantage of the opportunities that career fairs provide for you to meet with employers face-to-face.

Oftentimes, your appearance and ability to communicate your passions and interests effectively are the first impression that employers will receive when they meet you.  This impression can determine whether or not they further examine your experience and skills on your resume. You want to make the most of this opportunity to capture their attention and to distinguish yourself from the other applicants. Below, we provide some steps for creating persuasive points:

Developing Your Pitch:

  • Research the company and position that interests you.
  • Brainstorm about ways that your abilities, skills, and experiences can benefit the company or organization.
  • Write down three to four points that you can effectively share in three to five minutes. Explain how your passions and interests relate to the company.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice.
  • Tell a friend. He or she may realize that you are leaving out important information.

Hopefully, you were able to attend our Dress Your Best event that took place this week, but if you could not come, we have other resources that can help you to prepare for the Career Fair next week. The Career Center outlines specific guidelines for men and women in regard to business casual and business professional dress styles. You can review the extensive list of details for men and women on our website, but we have also highlighted the high points below:

Dress Essentials:

  • Wear a dark suit (black, brown, navy, or dark gray) to your interview, unless the employer specifies that you may wear business casual.  Women may wear a pant or skirt suit.
  • Make sure that your shoes match your suit. Generally, navy and black will look better with darker suits and brown will look better with lighter suits. Do not wear open toed shoes.
  • Be careful with the accessories that you wear in addition to your suit. You want to keep your jewelry very simple and lean towards a more conservative style.
  • Portfolios can increase the professionalism of your appearance; plus, they are useful for carrying your resumes, questions for the employer, and a writing utensil and paper for taking notes.

We have also included some pictures that will help you to visualize appropriate attire.

Business Professional:

Business Casual:

You can view more visual examples at our Pinterest site.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We are also available this week to help you improve your resume before you give it to employers! We look forward to seeing you at the Career Fair on Tuesday, September 25th and Wednesday, September 26th from 12:00-4:00 p.m in the Humphrey Coliseum.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Career Fair Prep: Resume Development

Your resume is a very important part of your professional development as it directly portrays your skills and abilities to employers. The information that it contains must be organized in such a way that it highlights and presents your unique and individual skill set. Within a minute, an employer may scan your one page resume and look for a characteristic or experience that is going to distinguish you from other candidates. As you prepare for interactions with employers at the Career Fair, you will want to prepare a resume so that they can further survey your skills, abilities, and interests after you talk with them.

Below, you will find the different types of information that you will need to provide in each section of your resume. Our office provides sample resumes for you to view the different ways that you can format your information within a Word Document. Do not use templates; they have the tendency to result in errors of translation and formatting when emailed to an employer or uploaded to Connections.


  • Name
  • Contact Information: address, email, and phone number


  • Begin with “To obtain…”
  • Position type
  • Reason why you are applying for the specific position or career field


  • Name of University
  • Location of University
  • Degree Title
  • Graduation Date
  • GPA (if above a 3.0)


  • Company
  • Location of Company
  • Job Title
  • Dates of Employment
  • Three to five descriptions of work

Activities and Honors:

  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Volunteer Work/Community Service
  • Intramural Sports
  • Leadership Involvement or Positions

If you need to fill out your page, you can include a Reference section at the bottom of the page. Make sure that you list the actual references on a separate page and provide their job title in addition to their contact information: physical address, email address, and phone number. You should have three to five references available for employers to contact.

This blog post provides the information that you can include in the different sections of your resume. For more specific advice related to your degree or to the purpose of your resume, please call our office to set up an appointment with one of our staff members.

We would love to critique your resume so that it represents you in the best way possible. Please come in to meet with one of our Career Center Ambassadors or email it to Please let us know if you have any other questions about developing your resume.