July 17, 2013 | 473 views
A look at 2013 summer employment
Since summer is in full swing, college-aged kids are feeling the pressure to find jobs and internships that will fulfill college credits or put a little bit of change in their pockets for the upcoming year.
Lisa Schlosberg, a 2010 Baldwin Senior High School graduate, is feeling the pressure.
“Especially with the current job market and economy,” she said. “We’re being told by schools, parents, teachers, etc. to enter as soon as we can into the ‘real world.’ We all need to be thinking about how to one-up everyone else out there and the best thing to have is experience.”
Schlosberg is spending her summer in Michigan blogging for Quicken Loans, a job she found through a friend. “I applied because I heard about it through a friend who worked there and I wanted to have some sort of writing internship,” she said.
Rockville Centre resident Carly Beyar is also looking outside of the New York area for a summer internship. The Fairfield University senior took a job as a social media intern at Fuseideas, an advertising and creative agency located in Boston.
“The reason I chose to work for Fuseideas in Boston was because I wanted to experience life outside of Long Island,” Beyar said. “I joined a new gym, a summer league soccer team, made new friends and colleagues, and I also became closer with my sister [by living with her] and her friends. Not to mention, I made excellent networking connections with my boss and the CEO of the company.”
Like Schloseberg, Beyar found her job through connections. Unfortunately, others had a more difficult time and experienced the grueling job search process.
Jamie Rieff, another Rockville Centre resident, faced this reality.
“The job search was not as easy as I thought,” Rieff said. “Applications became very extensive with many letters of recommendations and transcripts. I became less hopeful after hearing about the strict credentials many internships required. Also with everyone else at school looking for internships it does get very competitive.”
But Rieff said that all of the hard work had paid off once she was accepted into the New York University Langone Medical Center Health Careers Opportunity Program where she is a clinical nutrition intern.