After spending 10 years in college admissions I had a desire to serve students differently. I transitioned to a position as the Senior Manager for a non-profit internship program for minority students. In 5 years I was oversaw the placement of more than 400 students with major media companies like ESPN, HBO, Showtime, Fox, Verizon, DIRECTV and others. In addition to my 15 years of working with college students, I also did 8 internships as a student. I believe strongly in taking education outside of just the classroom.
Who's your targeted audience for The Internship Manual? Why did you feel that it was important to write The Internship Manual for this particular group?
This book was written primarily for college students at any level. I do think it is beneficial for high school students to read it early so they are best prepared to enter freshman year ready to roll. I meet college students all the time who get to senior year and have no idea that they should have done an internship or where they should start looking. This is for students who don't know where to start and for the student who has already done an internship to learn how to be a rock star intern at their next internship. It is also a good idea for parents to understand the importance of internships as they can play a role in networking or supporting their student (financially) if they do an unpaid internship to gain experience.
What is it that separates The Internship Manual from other books covering the same topic?
I think my book is different than others because I lay out for you step-by-step how to get search for the internship, how to network, how to prepare your resume and how to be a superstar intern. I even provide scripts to get students started in what to say when networking and looking for internship opportunities.
What is it that you'd like readers to walk away with after reading The Internship Manual?
I want readers to walk away after reading this book and be excited, hyped, and energized and informed. I want them to take their newfound energy and knowledge and immediately apply it to making their next internship connection.
What is a hidden talent or favorite pastime that you enjoy that may surprise others?
I actually love listening to sports talk radio. Seems rather boring but I'm a sports geek.