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How to get an Internship

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Having an internship is a great way to teach you more about your career path. At the end of the internship you may want to continue your career path or go a different route. It can also distinguish you from other students when applying to graduate school.

Here are some helpful ways to find them:

  • Visit the homepages of Universities/colleges.  Check to see if the school provides internships. Email professors at those schools asking about internships. Once you find applications just fill them out and wait
  • Check out the career center on campus
  • Look into non-profit organizations and social services organizations such as the Young Women Resource Center and Domestic Violence Alternatives
  • Do you have a dream company which you would like to work for? Check their homepage and see if they have internships you could take. This will be a great stepping stone  of experience with that company
  • Mentoring students or becoming a teaching assistant can help you get an internship
  • Speak to students in your major and alumni.
  • Networking. Ask around Tweet and Facebook!

Applying to a University/College first time? Transferring? Returning to College?

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

It’s your senior year of high school. Graduation is probably a year or a few months away. You’ve decided to further your education by going to a University/College and have a dream list written out. You’ve researched psychology programs and know where you want to go. The time now is to apply. Some things you may need when applying:

• A college application which can be found on the schools website
• A grade point average (gpa) of 2.5 – 4.0
• An appropriate score on a college entrance exam
• Taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) and have a required score.

To learn more and take the test check out: www.collegeboard.com or www.act.org

• Letters of recommendations which will detail your positive traits
• A letter about yourself which you can describe some philanthropy (volunteer work) you’ve done and other transferable skills you can detail

Transferring to a University/College

When transferring from a community college examine what courses which can be articulated to a 4-year University. Figure out what are the prerequisites to which will allow you to safely transfer. Does your dream university accept transfer students in the fall or spring?

Are there other students who have already transferred or in the process of transferring to the school you want to attend? Ask them the steps which they took. They may know a website which shows exactly what you need when transferring. If you are having trouble finding what you need then type the keywords transfer and your selected college on a search engine. The results will show you the steps and even a number you can call for immediate assistance.

Returning to College as an Adult

You may already have a family or be in the process of raising a family. The procedure for figuring out what college is perfect for you is the same. Research schools to see how far they are. Manage your time so you have time for your family, school work, and work which you may already be doing. Once a week night classes can help your schedule as well as online classes. Do you have credits taken years ago? Check transferring policies and see if those credits can be transferred to reduce the stress of having to take more courses. Checking the official university/college website under admissions should yield you those answers.

What colleges should you choose?

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Where will you study? Ask yourself where you would like to go. Write down a list of the possible places which you’d like to attend. Out of that list start researching each school. Look at University/College catalogs. Check the website. See what is offered at the school. Are there clubs you would like to join? Does the school have a spirit when it comes to sports? Where ever the school is located ask yourself if it is a town or city you would enjoy? Will you be far away from home? Once in a while you make become homesick and want to return home for certain events. Think of how much the trip may cost. Consider your options where ever the school is located when finalizing your decisions.

How much does it cost to go the school you’ve been dreaming about? Figure out how much the school may cost you each year. Calculate those numbers into 4-5 years and that is how much it will cost you to attend that intuition as an undergraduate. Will your parents be helping you with college? If they are paying ask them what they think about the college you are attending and if they are fine with you going somewhere far.

Does the school provide any financial opportunities such as scholarships? How many students graduate per year? Asking alumni for advice is another great way to collect information about your school. You can contact them on social media websites such as www.facebook.com or www.myspace.com . There should be clubs or fan pages for your school. Contact the alumni or current students and nicely ask them about their experiences.

How will you pay for school?

Monday, June 21st, 2010

There are a few ways to get your self through college. One is by applying for loans. These loans will pay for all your university/college expenses. The only issue with loans is that many of them have high interest levels. They will also only give you a few months to start paying once you graduate. Many people have taken this route and are slowing paying their loans with payment plans. Another option is working and going to school. This option is harder but can be done with effective time management. Expect to be studying longer than the average 4 years it takes for a bachelors. It takes two years for a masters and three more for a PH.d. If you jump from bachelors to Ph.d program it will take 5-7 years of school. The last years will be all internships and accumulating hours before your set loose to work.

A great site to use in the United States for Federal Student Aid: www.fafsa.ed.gov.

 

This site will help you fill in tax and lifestyle information which will then access if you can receive free money from the government. If you’re an independent student who does not live with parents your more likely to get federal funding as opposed to living at home. If your parents make more than 100k then you will be unable to get free money. Your school may also require you to fill in the FAFSA application. So take a look at that link.

Funding Options

Paying for school is a very expensive investment. State schools in America cost 10-15k every year while private schools can go up to 20-30k a year. Internationally school may be cheaper. Do research so you can see the exact costs! You can also try looking into your school and see if they provide funding. Some schools will pay you to study. All you need to do is fill a prerequisite such as a grade point average or enter a program specific to your area of study.

You can also take the free money route and apply for scholarships/grants. Your acceptance to these awards are dependent on the their guideline. For more information on scholarships please sign up to our email list or visit the website www.fastweb.com