Archive for March, 2011

March 31, 2011

Have A Plan!

The Internship + Career Fair is tomorrow afternoon!  Have a plan including which employers you will visit and what questions you will ask. Refer to the chart and map below to see which employers are recruiting from your field and where they will be located. Click on the “Participating Employers” Tab to link to their profiles.  Download or Print a copy here: Chart+FloorPlan (we will be providing this chart and map at the fair).  UPDATE: Please revisit the list of participating employers as there have been changes due to cancellations.

March 31, 2011

Tips for the Internship + Career Fair

Be yourself! Confidence, a positive attitude, and willingness to learn can go a long way.  Make eye contact, give a firm handshake, and be respectful in your body language. Dress professionally and bring copies of your resume and business/artist cards.

Make sure your portfolio is portable, neat, and begins and ends strong.  Include only your best work and be sure to have pieces that reflect the type of position you are applying for.  You can choose to tailor your samples to one specific industry or show a breadth of your talent, depending on the type of employers you are targeting at the fair.  Be prepared to discuss each piece.

Know the employers you want to speak with and research them using the Internship + Career Fair blog and the employer’s website.  Look for the About Us, Mission, or Philosophy pages to learn more about the size and scope of the organization.  Is the company regional, national, international?  Where are they located and who are their clients or customers?  What trends are happening in this industry?  What is their mission/purpose?

When you approach a table, introduce yourself, share what position you are interested in, give the person your resume, and answer any questions they have for you, including showing them your portfolio.  Also prepare 2-3 questions for each employer for any lull in the conversation.  This setting is for you to learn more about them too!  Some sample questions you could ask are:

  • What qualities are you looking for in the person you hire for this position?
  • Can you tell me more about the specific job responsibilities of this position?
  • What are the new directions your organization is going in?  What are your next big projects?
  • What is one of your biggest challenges currently?
  • What is the work environment like?

DON’T Ask at the Fair:

  • What does your company do? (you should know)
  • How much will I be making? (appropriate to discuss before you accept an offer)
  • What is the vacation/leave time like? (appropriate to discuss before you accept an offer)

Take breaks between visiting tables and refocus yourself for your next conversation.  Career Center staff will be on hand to give you a quick pep talk.

Don’t feel like you have to accept any position if offered on the spot.  Thank them graciously for the offer, reiterate your interest, but ask if you can send them an email the following day.

Follow up all of your conversations with a thank you note via email or mail, within 48 hours, reinforcing your interest in the position.  Get the business card of the person you spoke with, or write down their name so that you can research their contact information later.  You may be judged on whether or not you do this, it’s important!  So, bring a notepad and take notes!

Be honest, don’t lie about your skills or qualifications to get a job.   But learn to “spin” your weak areas into areas for you to grow.  Share your enthusiasm to learn, or discuss a project/program you are currently working on to improve in this area.

Be courteous, polite, and positive!  Smile!


March 31, 2011

Prepare for the Interview

Here are a few sample interview questions:

  • Tell me a little bit about yourself and your work.
  • Why are you interested in working for us?
  • What special skills do you have that you could bring to the position?
  • What are a few things that are important for you to gain from this job experience?
  • What questions do you have for us? (Have at least 3 prepared)

See a full page of potential questions here: sampleinterviewquestions

If you missed the Art of the Interview presentation by Erin Meyers of Threespot, you can view the handout here: ArtoftheInterview

March 31, 2011

The Fair is Tomorrow!

Please revisit the list of participating employers as there have been changes due to cancellations.

March 26, 2011

Employer Profile: The Intersection

The Intersection is a non-profit organization dedicated to shifting the expectation of what is possible for Baltimore’s young people by training students to become community organizers. By bridging the intersection between schools and communities, our students develop into the leaders and role models for the next generation.

We are looking for summer interns.  We will be working out of the Carmelo Anthony Recreation Center in East Baltimore and we need interns who will help train and work with our students on community organizing.  We would like to recruit MICA students who can work with our students on art-based projects and can help direct a video about the experience.

March 24, 2011

Employer Profile: Timothy Cook Illustration

Timothy Cook’s illustration style combines traditional printmaking techniques and digital media. Timothy graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He creates work for MasterCard, The New York Times, TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Brown University and many more. He has received recognition for his artwork from various organizations including Communication Arts Magazine, 3×3, Print, the Society of Illustrators and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Timothy will be reviewing portfolios.

March 23, 2011

Employer Profile: Michael Owen/Baltimore Love Project

Michael Owen is a graduate of MICA who started his mural business while still in school. Now, Michael makes his living as a contemporary painter, whose work is on the streets, across the country. From city commissions, like one of the world’s longest murals, to self-initiated projects like The Baltimore Love Project, Michael is constantly pushing the boundaries on the role of a street artist.

Internship Opportunity: Studio and Mural Assistant at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore and various mural sites

Experience the entire process of street art and murals, both self initiated and commissioned. From applying to calls for entry, to possible execution of the mural, the intern will be assisting in all steps, to see the image come to life on the street.

March 22, 2011

The Fair is next Friday!!!

Prepare by researching employers and attending our upcoming programs.

March 21, 2011

Program: Internship Success Stories

3:00 PM Monday, March 28th

Main 110

Join us at this exciting program to hear the internship tales of 5 current MICA students. Internships are an ideal way to gain real-world experience in your future profession while still a student. Sometimes the internship process can seem daunting, so come hear the ins and outs of these students’ experiences to inspire and encourage you on your internship path. Student presenters include: Mel Barat (N Network), Elle Perez (Cass Bird Photography), Andy Mangold (Jim Croft Papermaking), Tyler Naugle (MTV On-Air Design), and Caitlin Deane (Baltimore Clayworks).

March 21, 2011

Program: Decoding the Dress Code

3:00 PM Wednesday, March 23rd

Brown 307

Can you tell the difference between business casual or smart casual? Come to Decoding the Dress Code, an event presented to you by the Career Development Office, and learn how to look good on the job with an artist’s budget. We will discuss what real employers want their employees to wear and finally decode the dress code.