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Internship Dos and Don’ts

By Casey Tsamis

March 15, 2018

Internships can be the greatest experience of your life and expose you to some amazing experiences in the real world. It’s great to have at least one internship before graduating, and
even better if you’ve had a couple more. Here is a full list of do’s and don’ts, from starting an internship to finishing it.

Do: Apply to a bunch

You have nothing to lose by applying to several internships. It’s good practice to send out a résumé and cover letter anyway.

Don’t: Try to get a paid internship as your first one

Look for experience first before money. That experience will eventually lead you to paid internships, and you’ll thank yourself for taking an unpaid internship.

Do: Ask questions during the interview

Ask what a typical day is like or what the dress code is. You want to seem interested in the job and ask important questions to your future supervisor. No question is a dumb question, either.

Don’t: Expect a virtual internship to be easy

Just because you can work remotely from your laptop doesn’t mean it will be an easy job. Make sure you give 100 percent to this and really plan your day to working on your assignments for the week.

Do: Tell your supervisor if you can’t get to something right away

If you received three different tasks you have to finish before lunch, and a different department asks for your help, it’s okay to tell them that you’re working on a couple other things, but can do it right after lunch. It’s better to communicate with people instead of promising something that you’re not sure will be done.

Don’t: Show up late

Especially in small offices, everyone will be able to tell if you come in late. If you know you’ll be a couple minutes behind, send an email and let them know you’ll be there as soon as possible.

Do: Stay connected once the internship is over

Keep in touch with people from the office once the internship ends, because you can use them as a reference once you start applying for jobs.

Don’t: Leave the internship without a thank you note

Buy a card for your supervisor and leave them a handwritten message on the card thanking them for their time and the wonderful experience you had. Also feel free to throw in a small gift if you’d like.

Casey Tsamis is a senior journalism student at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is a Division III athlete as well as the Vice President of her sorority, Xi Gamma Nu. Casey spends her free time exploring the latest fashion and beauty trends, and her dream job is to work at Too Faced.

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Women in Crypto

By Aury Cifuentes

March 13, 2018

Cryptocurrency is considered revolutionary because it is a peer-to-peer network reliant on blockchain technology without a central governing authority. Besides its host of algorithms and ongoing debates about its merit as an asset class, the representative symbiosis between finance and technology is not going anywhere. Learning about crypto is also becoming increasing social as media giants like GirlBoss, started by Sophia Amoruso, have regularly published resources for women of all backgrounds to get involved either online or in person. 

Early last year, I kept hearing about crypto and how the speculation surrounding the hype was newsworthy. Although I did not jump on the bandwagon of crypto investing, I did invest some time with to a range of academic databases to start demystifying the headlines in the hopes of finding facts over bias. This research also overlapped with one of my other courses so I was not disappointed with what I found. In fact I was able to trace the original Bitcoin research piece published by a yet-to-be identified individual by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009. Depending on your interests the article, “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”, has something for everyone as there is an emphasis on the mechanics, financial implications, and C commands behind any transaction. Needless to say there is a fixed amount of Bitcoin to be mined and the nuances of a fixed supply have a range of implications beyond the scope of this article.

Yet many women are already exploring those complex implications of a currency that did not seem feasible centuries ago. As college students were are constantly learning and becoming subject matter experts on anything including crypto is definitely possible. While there are many unknowns in a new industry, the benefit will go toward the pioneers who are trying to be one step ahead in thinking of the regulatory, entrepreneurial, and computational ventures within such a space. For example, Perianne Boring is an adjunct professor of Blockchain at Georgetown. She is also the founder of the Digital Chamber of Commerce in DC, which is focused on moving beyond the regulatory implications for business. For those in the area and interested, that could be a great place to start as well as the growing online groups on Facebook such as Ladies of Crypto. Another notable pioneering woman can include the online news hub co-founder Toni Lane Casserly. Before establishing CoinTelegraph, Toni had a vision to revolutionize regular financial journalism into a niche-reporting segment – cryptocurrency journalism. So whether it is in the media, financial service industry, or the tech space, women are changing the dynamic in a unique fashion that can benefit the relatively young and growing Digital Currency and Blockchain industry. 

The future for blockchain, barring from imminent regulations, has the potential to redefine relatively ancient industries like the media and music industries while changing the scope of social entrepreneurship ventures and technology among other things. All in all, whether you see yourself leading the next big ICO for your start-up or just adding a bit of background on the hype over brunch the future of finance is redefined everyday. 

Aury Cifuentes is a very bubbly senior at The College of New Jersey. As an Economics major with a concentration in Social Justice she is happily working on a capstone project, internship, and thesis this year. When she isn’t studying, Aury is actively participating in the community through the Bonner Service program and working closely with her E-Board as president of Women in Business this year.

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Job Opportunities in Business that are Different from Investment Banking

By Megha Karthikeyan

March 8, 2018

There are many lines of work one can do in business, but the most popular job that people go into is investment banking. Banking can be a very intense job and people often think that it is the only job when going into the finance industry. There are many different opportunities to work in business that aren’t just investment banking like finance, risk, compliance, and operations. 


Finance can often be split into treasury and tax subdivisions in many companies. Treasury involves analyzing the company’s finances and looking at how the company is doing in terms of debt, equity, and general financial health. It is a very important job because they regulate the company’s budget and collaborate with other divisions. The tax subdivision makes sure that the company is following tax regulation and analyzes the profit and losses of the company. They are responsible for making sure the financial statements that are prepared are up to par for external and internal purposes. 


In some companies, risk is a part of finance while others have it as a separate division. In this division, you do a lot of risk modeling where you look at lending structures and measure liquidity and credit risk. A lot of the work in risk requires data analysis and research skills. Doing work in the risk division will give you a broader understanding of how the company runs and give you a chance to work with different people and on different projects. 


Compliance often has risk modeling aspects to the job but also deals with regulations and the law. They make sure that the private wealth management, securities, investment banking, and other divisions are following SEC regulations and that there isn’t any insider trading going on. Compliance can have various jobs within it like anti-bribery units as well as teams assigned to look at cryptocurrency markets and cyber terrorism. It is a very broad division with many different job opportunities, so depending on what you are interested in, compliance could be a good option for you. 


Operations makes sure that day-to-day functions of the company run smoothly, so people in this division work with employees from many different lines of work. They focus on efficiency and streamline various business processes so that divisions can do their work. This job will be great if you want to have a wide variety of responsibilities from financial analysis to designing processes. 

These are just a few of the jobs that exist in the finance industry that aren’t investment banking. Although investment banking is a great opportunity to work on deals and learn more about mergers and acquisitions, there are also other amazing jobs out there that will let you work in the finance industry. 

Megha Karthikeyan is from Vienna, Virginia and attends the University of Virginia. She intends to double major in Economics and Commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce with finance and information technology concentrations. Megha will graduate from UVA in 2020. She hopes to work in the finance industry as a finance or risk analyst, but is also looking at working in investment banking.

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Résumé Tips You Didn’t Already Know

By Casey Tsamis

March 6, 2018

It’s so important to have a solid résumé made before graduating college. It may be difficult when first creating it, because you may not have had much experience in the past, and that’s completely okay. Or maybe you’ve had a lot of experience, but are struggling with putting everything together and don’t know what to add or keep. Regardless, here are the best ways to really make your résumé stand out.

Need a layout? Try ​ has the perfect résumé templates, and there are hundreds to choose from. It also saves all of your designs with an account, so you’ll always have it and can refer back to it when necessary. Other templates like business cards, posters, and letterheads are available as well.

As for account options, has a free account plan and a $15 a month option, which would include more templates.

No need to put where you went to high school

If you’re currently enrolled in a university, you don’t need to have your high school listed. Make sure to list the school that you’re attending as well as your major and the degree that is being received. Also write your expected graduation month and year. For example:

Bachelor of Science, Major in Journalism
Emerson College-Expected May 2018

Have a section for achievements and awards

This is great especially if you’re feeling like your résumé has a whole lot of white space. If you made honor roll or dean’s list, definitely add that here. Scholarships are also great to include.

Make sure to create a section on related courses

It’s beneficial to the employer to see what you already know, so they don’t have to teach you later. If you’re applying for a public relations job and took a public relations or marketing class, add that into your résumé.

Use action-oriented words when describing your tasks at a previous internship or job

Action verbs are key to start with when describing daily tasks at a previous job. Action verbs like “Suggested, Developed, and Researched” are good examples of this. Another example:

-Pitched and developed content for magazine’s fall issue

Check out this page for 185 action verbs to use for a résumé. It’ll be super helpful when writing out your previous job description.

Lastly, be sure that your résumé is clean and is free of any grammatical or spelling errors. Use a font that is easy to read, such as Arial or Times New Roman. A 10-12 point font size is perfect.

Always send a résumé as a PDF file, so employers don’t have to download it and have it come up as a Microsoft Word document. A résumé shows off your talents and strengths, so make each word count and you’re guaranteed to get that interview.

Casey Tsamis is a senior journalism student at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is a Division III athlete as well as the Vice President of her sorority, Xi Gamma Nu. Casey spends her free time exploring the latest fashion and beauty trends, and her dream job is to work at Too Faced.

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Fail Your Way To Success

By Andrea Andric

March 1, 2018

The stress of seeking perfection

If you ask anyone to tell you 3 of their weaknesses, they will do so with much less reservation than if they were to tell you 3 of their strengths. We tend to see ourselves through negative lenses because in the positive aspects of our lives there is no work do be done - no bettering to be accomplished.

Likewise, we tend to undermine our successes and make big deals out of our failures because we don’t learn anything from our wins. When you succeed, there is no stepping out of your comfort zone, no personal internal growth whatsoever. 

When do we learn?

You fail – you learn. It is that simple. You can’t succeed unless you’ve failed. Instead of bringing yourself down when the goal you had wasn’t accomplished, learn to analyze the experience and why it didn’t work out, and then next time try again. Avoid mistakes, but don’t fear them – face them. It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It only matters that you get up again, learn from your mistakes and not repeat them.

Courage is the key

You never know what sits around the corner and everything truly happens for a reason. Maybe your mistake had to happen so next time when you play in the big ring you will know what to do. Maybe you didn’t get your dream job because life has something better in store for you. You just need to be courageous enough to keep going. The quote by Winston Churchill that you should refer to daily because its core is in everything that we do is that “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” So therefore, let’s get up and make today and every day count!

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Will Young College Women Have to Walk the Gender Tightrope?

By Eileen Zhou

February 27, 2018

In the professional fields of business, technology, healthcare, and education, women have made great strides in increasing their visibility and representation. But with each hard fought triumph comes another barrier to entry. Women in the corporate world and in college classrooms increasingly feel that they are walking the gender tightrope. 

So what exactly is this phenomenon? Well first, think about a time when you had to assume a leadership position and assert yourself. You most likely had to be strong, confident, and driven. That being said, women, in the process of gender socialization, are not taught or expected to be ambitious, assertive, or even the slightest bit aggressive. They are taught to be communal and caring, having the exceptional ability to read into micro expressions and accommodate others accordingly. As a result, when women take on leadership roles and exude characteristics that make up a great leader, they often act in direct violation with their generally accepted “roles.” And experience shows that this does not always sit well in the workplace. This “violation” can often paint women as rude, self-centered, and unsympathetic. 

Now that we have established this underlying phenomenon, what can women, especially young college women, do to navigate this seemingly impossible situation? 

Think critically about your qualities and contributions as a leader or team member

Identifying and addressing the gender tightrope does not inherently mean that all women must feel the need to be assertive and overtly powerful. It is instead important to assess your brand as an individual and the value proposition you offer to those you are working with. If you are a soft-spoken but analytical and considerate individual, those are equally important characteristics that make a great leader. Above else, feeling a sense of comfort with who you are and what you offer are essential to the framework of feminism. 

Rather than only learning how to walk the tightrope, engage in active dialogue about the double standard women face

While a highly progressive period is certainly upon us, the reality is that women function by very different standards still. Rather than teaching young women how to tread carefully so as to not step on toes, it is more important to ask the hard questions. Why do organizations feel that women only become suitable leaders when companies are sinking ships, a position that makes it impossible to succeed? Why is the act of anger expressed by women viewed so starkly different than when expressed by men? These are the conversations that are to be had in order to forge a better tomorrow for all individuals in the work place.

Try to avoid committing woman on woman hate

In a society where the workplace is still an uphill battle for women, the last thing we want is for women to be their own downfall. Rather than tearing other women down and feeling the need to vie for certain positions, we should instead build each other up and encourage women to take up leadership in any way that they can. Building success requires a mutual understanding of respect. 

Eileen Zhou is a Maryland native currently attending Cornell University. She is a sophomore in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management concentrating in finance and strategy. Through her major and campus involvements, Eileen has a keen interest in strategic thinking and a future in management consulting. Although business is her central passion, she tries to foster an eclectic and interdisciplinary approach to her coursework and career aspirations!

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Social Awareness: More Than A Trend

By Aury Cifuentes

February 8, 2018

From the boardroom to the classroom, an echo of changing times can no longer be ignored. Statements about harassment, diversity, and the ties between the politics of all are not always easy to understand. While it might not be easy to trace a story back to its earliest instance or beginnings cultural awareness is now more than a brand builder. Companies like Uber, Google, and Microsoft are making strides in their company policy and hiring decisions in the hopes of alleviating some of the strife these allegations have caused their bottom line. Yet justice for the victims is often indirect and forward looking while forgetting the present. 

Education is certainly a huge step forward as prior practices were not proactive enough to change the behavior instead favoring keeping taboo topics under wraps. These instances are now useful case studies for MBA programs as highlighted in a recent NYT article “Business Schools Now Teaching #MeToo, N.F.L. Protests and Trump.” Yet any individual involved in business whether as consumer, shareholder, or employee should feel some type of accountability on an issue that can impact them directly. 

As an undergraduate, these difficult conversations were a regular part of my philosophy and feminism courses but they can extend beyond the typical humanities classes (professor and student permitting.) Depending on whether your school follows technical or liberal arts curriculum can affect the access to learning about the concepts and subsequently your awareness level. Yet with the invention of the World Wide Web, (barring from changes in net neutrality) a formal education on how to cater your emotional intelligence and experience a new level of “woke” are not impossible. Patriarchal concepts tie closely to sexual harassment claims or political debates about birth control. While discussions of equality transcend beyond affirmative action and discrimination. For those inching toward graduation or looking to land an internship or job with a notable company, becoming familiar with their stance on the issues presented above can serve as a useful metric of the workplace culture extending beyond the formal interview.

Overall, this article is not trying to champion one issue over the other but raise awareness to the importance of these issues as part of a greater cultural movement that will change the antiquated way of doing business in the future. Technology has only accelerated this process and could change our original methods of communication in the next 10 years completely. As a final point, no single person can be an expert in every socially charged topic but there is a bare minimum of respect and empathy that should be extended to every individual in business and beyond. So kudos to anyone already becoming well aware of their own power and privilege who is willing to use their voice for the greater good of those who might not be regarded in the same respect because of institutional barriers and social constructs.

Aury Cifuentes is a very bubbly senior at The College of New Jersey. As an Economics major with a concentration in Social Justice she is happily working on a capstone project, internship, and thesis this year. When she isn’t studying, Aury is actively participating in the community through the Bonner Service program and working closely with her E-Board as president of Women in Business this year.

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Senior Perspective: Everything I Wish I Knew About College

By Casey Tsamis

February 6, 2018

When I first entered my freshman year of college, I didn’t understand where I fit in and what opportunities were there for me. I knew it was a good school for my major, and that’s about it. It took me years to understand the ins and outs of college, so as I start my last semester as a senior, I’ve come to realize all of the important details that I wish I could’ve told myself entering my freshman year. 

Appreciate what your school is known for
If your school is known for its football team, theater program, or anything of the sort, go check it out. It’s amazing to witness the raw talent of students at a young age. You may really enjoy it and continue to go back afterward. 

Start interning early
It’s definitely worth it to start interning freshman or sophomore year. Experience early on in your college career will pay off when you start looking for internships going into junior or senior year.

You can still join other on campus organizations while being a college athlete
At times it will be hard to balance, but it’s great meeting people outside of your sports team, or even the sports department. It’s possible to commit 100 percent of yourself to both organizations, and you’ll learn so much about yourself and what you’re passionate about by exploring more than just one option.

Take unusual classes. You may be surprised
I took an Animal Advocacy and Outreach class as a journalism major, and it was eye opening. Some classes may seem a little strange and not something you would generally lean towards, but it’s good to go out of your comfort zone and take a risk on something that seems unusual.

Go to as many conferences as you can
Forbes 30 Under 30 and Her Campus are just two conferences out there, but there’s a wide variety of conferences college students can attend in their area. This is great for those who are still looking for a career path since the conferences are broken down into a wide variety of interests. It covers so many different career options and you’ll begin to find out what you’re interested in and what you can go without.

Study abroad. You’ll regret it if you don’t.
Take a chance to see the world and explore. There won’t be many times that you get to do it again, especially for a whole semester. 

Get a mentor
I found my mentor my sophomore year, and she really helped me get on track with what I want to do and how I can get there. Even things like registering for classes or making tweaks to your resume, it’s great to have someone guide you and help you out when you need a little boost.

These four years will truly be the best time of your life. You are your own person and have so many positive things to look forward to. Take chances and go out of your comfort zone. Appreciate college for all of the opportunities you will receive and the social privileges you’ll get to experience.

Casey Tsamis is a senior journalism student at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is a Division III athlete as well as the Vice President of her sorority, Xi Gamma Nu. Casey spends her free time exploring the latest fashion and beauty trends, and her dream job is to work at Too Faced.

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