Here We Do: Students of Internship Plus (WQ22)

We know that not every student can afford to take an unpaid internship, which influenced our decision to establish the Internship Plus Program. This program awards up to $2,500 in financial assistance to students who have an unpaid internship opportunity and demonstrate financial need. Through this program, many students, like the ones below, have been able to gain important experience in their field of interest. Hear about it from them:

Haley Colegate interned at Arts of Life

My experience as an intern at Arts of Life consisted primarily of socializing with and assisting the artists in studio, as well as teaching weekly art history talks for virtual programming.

Choosing my favorite aspect of my internship is incredibly difficult, though I would have to say that forming relationships with the artists was definitely the most rewarding! For instance, one of the artists, Susan, sang to me a song that she had written about me, which brought a huge smile to my face. I have learned so much about each of their families, their passions, their pets—really anything that they wanted to share with me, I was happy to listen.

However, it was also hard at times. Sometimes artists would share very sensitive and upsetting events from their past with me. On one hand, I felt honored that they entrusted me with such information. However, I couldn’t help but be saddened by what I was told. When these sorts of topics came up, it helped test my skills with trauma responses and how to provide a safe place for artists to share.

As someone who is on track to become a therapist with a specialty in art, this internship at Arts of Life was a perfect fit for me.

I got to see first-hand how the creative process builds relationships, encourages independence, and provides a sense of fulfillment in these artists.

My experiences there also helped me to talk to other facilitators who worked there, many of whom are artists themselves. Meeting new people with similar interests/ career goals as myself is always beneficial.

In terms of advice, I would first recommend only interning at a place that you feel truly passionate about. If you don’t enjoy the work, the value of your experience greatly diminishes. Fortunately, Arts of Life combined two of my passions, which are special needs advocacy and art!

Without my Internship Plus award, I would have had a much more difficult time getting to and from my internship. Arts of Life is located on the west side of town and, without a car, was pretty hard to access by public transit. I am so grateful that I was chosen as a recipient, and I hope that this award will continue for others in the future!

Kendrick Bryant interned for RUN Sports

For my internship, I worked remote from home for a company in New York called RUN Sports. My official role working in the company was a mobile game developer/software engineer, and my work mostly focused on being the programmer for a mobile game.

Some of my responsibilities were handling the user interface, gameplay, and animations. What I enjoyed most about my internship were the people I got the opportunity to work with within the company. Everyone was very dedicated, enthusiastic about the project and remained motivated while working on the project to the end.

Some of my biggest takeaways from this internship were time management. During my internship, me and my group created meetings separate from our boss just so we could stay organized, and we created deadlines for ourselves to make sure we had extra development time. Everyone made sure that we accomplished our tasks ahead of time and this allowed us to have a very smooth development process.

This internship helped me get closer to achieving my career goals as it gave me more experience within the industry, more experience working with other people, and new tools to help me progress in my field.

My advice to other students would be, if you’re searching for an internship, find a project that you’re sure that you’re going to be passionate about. A lot of people get an internship, but then lose their motivation and get burnt out. If you find something that you’re passionate about, there will be less chances of you getting burnt out and bored of the project.

Being an Internship Plus award recipient impacted me positively as my internship was unpaid and required a lot of time and energy which would’ve gone into my part-time job. Receiving this award allowed me to focus more on my internship, my education and my career.

Malena Petronijevic interned at FashionBar Chicago

My internship at FashionBar Chicago in the Water Tower Place has given me the opportunity the gain a better understanding of the technical work a company needs to function efficiently. Not only did I get a finer idea of my management style, but also what I value in a work environment.

I engaged in many different parts of a business including marketing, finance, and management. Over the past few weeks I have been able to book designers for our upcoming April and October fashion shows, access and post on our TikTok and Instagram accounts, and manage mass communication emails. One of the most important and enjoyable learning lessons has been gaining a better understanding of entrepreneurial perspectives and how to eventually build something of my own.

Tony Long, my supervisor and the CEO, has structured all lessons with a common theme of applicability outside of FashionBar Chicago, which I have genuinely appreciated. My biggest takeaway in this internship has been learning about applicable work knowledge. Whether that was email etiquette, developing professional relationships, or setting boundaries, being able to learn about these rules in a work environment was very insightful.

I have also become very proud of my growing confidence inside and outside of the business. FashionBar Chicago, as a business administration major, has allowed me to reflect on what I would and would not want to apply in my management style. I hope that I can continue to explore alternative work environments but now know I work well in smaller teams.

My biggest advice for students seeking internships is to build connections with your business as best as possible. I had the opportunity to volunteer for Chicago Fashion Week back in October and because of my attentiveness then, was able to intern for them! As I continue to grow and constantly express my eagerness to learn, I have even had discussions with my supervisor regarding a potential job offer.

Do not feel afraid to ask questions. Your willingness to learn the industry will be very noticeable and influential. In regards to the Internship Plus award, the award has significantly impacted my financial stability this quarter. In December, prior to the internship, I broke my ankle in a mall shooting by falling down the escalators. Regaining my physical strength while working at an internship for free has been a unique experience! Being able to leave my part-time job was an easier experience with the award. Additionally, receiving the award was an immense honor considering my grade level and experience.

Anonda Tyler interned at Lincoln Park Preschool

My name is Anonda Tyler, better known as Nonie, and to the students I observed and taught Ms. Nonie. On Tuesdays and Thursdays , the school that I did my fieldwork hours at was at the Lincoln Park Preschool.

The school is smack in one of the busy places in the city and is a private school. This school is a dream location to me because it is right across the street from the Lincoln Park Zoo, where we always went to walk when we took the children outside for fresh air. The zoo was perfect to share intimate and angelic experiences that helped me build bonds with students more closely.

The days where I went to visit were during the school day, and typically their hours for school are 9 to 3 o’clock, where they take naps at 1pm, then wait for pick up at 2pm. I stayed from 7 o’clock till 12pm on most days and managed to get over 17 field hours.

The grade I was working with were preschoolers, who were called the 3s and 4s group. I enjoyed most visiting the zoo, and this internship allowed me to appreciate the art of play in teaching and why it is important to include multiple mediums with fine motor skills and gross motor skills activities.

This award impacted me in a good way financially, because it is very hard for my family and I to pay tuition, so it alleviated a lot of stress with worrying about proceeding in this field that I am passionate about due to not always having the resources to support that dream.

In Case You Missed It: Business Not as Usual Event

At the “Business Not As Usual” event May 12, the BEC community welcomed four of our great alumni to share the strategies they employed in clinching their respective jobs during the pandemic. If you couldn’t attend it, you can watch the recording of the event here: 

You can also learn more about our alumni panelists through their LinkedIn profiles below, who graciously agreed that we could all connect with them.

While the pandemic marked a period of many uncertainties for both job seekers and employers, Shannon said she learned to not lose hope despite the uncertainty, and it paid off eventually. Though, it was a challenge it was for her to switch to remote work mode as she was just getting to know her new colleagues at work before the pandemic really took a turn.

To stand out from the competition during the job search, Michelle mentioned that she curated a portfolio summary of her body of work in addition to her resume. She also emphasized how important it is that new hires prove their worth early in the job. In other words, don’t assume your new colleagues know your capabilities well enough.

When asked what the panelists wish they would have done differently in their remote jobs, Genevieve stated that she would take more advantage of the online employee resources like yoga classes offered during her internship and utilize the time to enhance her wellbeing. Christina said she would get more involved with the different employee resources groups at work in order to network strategically.

Finally, when asked about how they would like to return to work, they all agreed that a good mix of both remote and in-person work would go a long way, and employers would do well to remain flexible on this topic.

This Week’s Hiring Trends: Business, Entrepreneurship and Consulting

Updated 9/4/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Business, Entrepreneurship, and Consulting career community. This week, we interviewed Lamar Butler at Midwest Legacy Group on what students can do to stay competitive in their job search. 

Interested in a career path in Finance? Make sure to follow Midwest Legacy Group on Handshake to learn about new opportunities, and make sure to register for Finance Spotlight Night to connect with employers hiring for opportunities in Financial Services. 

What tips do you have for students conducting a job or internship search right now?

Patience, the current market has seen more layoffs than any time prior. I also recommend adjusted expectations. What we are seeing is a dip in salaries as the economy begins to recover slowly, this will take quite some time. Many that have been able to keep their jobs, take substantial pay cuts in the process. This has been seen in many industries during the pandemic.

How can students make themselves stand out to an employer?

What will be beneficial to stand out, is sharing some of your personal life experience and showing the human side of whom you are. Often, we just see the details of academic achievement and accolades and employers that may give credibility. What goes along with that is the person behind the resume who is actually being hired, so it would be good to show a portion of that in which you are comfortable sharing.

What advice do you have for students whose job or internship offer has been rescinded?

If an offer has been rescinded a key piece to remind yourself of, is that it was not something you did or controlled that lost it.  hiring freezes are very common in tough economic times as companies go into a safe mode managing the books. Adversity comes in many forms throughout our professional careers. How we respond to it is what is more memorable. If you lose the opportunity, stay grateful and appreciative to have been considered in the first place. As employers look to re-open, that opportunity may have only been paused not lost and reaching back out as you see hiring begin again, you already have familiarity and an approval to leverage. 

As you think about university recruiting now and going forward, what has changed?

The format of recruiting may possibly be altered forever. The idea of outside campus presence and exposure to heightened risk, I can not see administrators wanting to absorb that. The influence of technology will be an aide as the students we look to reach also change their platforms of communications. The scope actually will span much farther for those who may not be available on a campus visit event and feel disconnected.  This is possibly more of a positive as it relates to reaching a bigger population of students more frequently by making information about employers digital and creating access to jobs even more shareable on devices than prior. Campus touches seem to be an antiquated approach that we will move from and see greater success for students to find the right employer.

Updated 8/20/2020

This week, we are focusing on the intersection of technology and business, and careers in logistics and supply chain. One of the largest news stories this week was Amazon’s expansion in corporate sector jobs. The tech giant announced they will be growing by over 3,500 new positions, and also made the interesting announcement to bank on in-office work through acquiring a New York City Fifth Avenue building from WeWork for over 1 billion. 

Coronavirus has had a significant impact on the logistics industry, but recently, large companies like Echo Global Logistics are seeing a rebound, according to Crain’s Chicago. “Larger brokers like Echo and C.H. Robinson are in a very good position because they’ve been investing on the technology side, further widening the gap between themselves and some of the midsized players,” Seidl says. “Ultimately, they’re going to take over more market share and weed out that smaller to midsized brokerage space.” That’s good news for large companies, but smaller firms are feeling the pressure. 

Employers recruiting at DePaul are starting to expand their positions posted on Handshake, with 1373 employers with active positions posted as of this week. As we are gearing up for fall, companies are hungry to meet with DePaul talent in virtual recruiting events! Our Fall Fair, Meet the Firms, and Finance Industry Spotlight Night are a few Career Center events to keep on your radar. Additionally, consulting firms like Huron, and public accounting firms like PWC have multiple events posted on Handshake to get to know you! Make sure to meet with your Business, Entrepreneurship and Consulting Career Advisor to make sure you’re ready for fall recruiting. 

Updated 8/5/2020

This week, we will be focusing on trends in Accounting and Tax, as the global pandemic is creating some interesting ripple effects for companies and accounting expertise is important for navigating these murky waters. This Wednesday, the DePaul Business, Entrepreneurship, and Consulting Career community hosted alumnus James Mahon from Morrison & Morrison who spoke on some of the ways the pandemic is impacting the tax profession (Blog post on the event coming soon if you missed it! They are also hiring DePaul students for full-time jobs and internships). 

Additionally, the Big 4 Accounting Firms have a wealth of resources on how COVID is impacting industries. KPMG, EY, Deloitte, and PWC all have interesting data to browse through. Becoming knowledgeable on these trends will help you prepare for small talk in the upcoming fall virtual networking events and interviews. CPAs remain more important than ever in the current market. According to EMSI, there were 5,538 positions listing CPA as a qualification. 

When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, the number of employers with active job postings has increased from last week (1,238 employers on Handshake are actively hiring now, up from last week). We’ve seen a lot of employers in the Accounting, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Commercial Banking industries reaching out to our students. Want to make sure your Handshake profile is up-to-date? Make sure to meet with your Business, Entrepreneurship and Consulting Career Advisor to put your best foot forward! 

Updated 7/24/2020

Key take-aways

  • Remote internships are a great way to build on your experiences in the classroom! Check out some of the awesome remote internships available on Handshake (examples below)
  • Industries are becoming leaner than ever before with multiple layoffs across the Tech, Airline, and Retail industries
  • Accounting employers are gearing up for fall recruitment, and are among the top companies actively messaging DePaul students on Handshake 

This week, one of the most notable trends we’ve seen in the Business community is industries becoming leaner to stay ahead of the economic downturn. Tech giants such as LinkedIn recently announced a layoff of 960 jobs which equates to 6% of their global workforce. We’ve also seen plans for downsizing staff across the airline industry including American and Southwest, and layoffs in retail with J.C. Penny, Men’s Wearhouse, and Walgreens, surprisingly. According to EMSI, hiring is still down compared to last July, however, there are great opportunities in the entry level workforce. Around 40% of all job openings in the Chicagoland area in Accounting and Sales require less than 1 year of experience, and 58% of positions in Hospitality are entry level positions as well. 

When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, the number of employers with active job postings has increased from last week (1,178 employers on Handshake are actively hiring now). If you’re looking to build experience this summer and into the fall, make sure to take advantage of the awesome remote internship opportunities on Handshake. Epsilon recently posted a Human Resources Internship, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is looking for an Events and Marketing Intern, and Selection Capital is looking for a Private Equity Analyst Intern. If summer did not go according to plan, don’t rule out a fall internship as a great alternative to capitalizing on your experience and increased flexibility with remote learning. 

As far as employers who are actively reaching out to DePaul students, Accounting is big right now. Ernst & Young, Crowe, and Wipfli are the top three companies messaging students, so make sure your Handshake profile is updated. Crowe and Wipfli currently have active positions on Handshake, and most employers in the Accounting industry will begin to post their positions soon before fall recruiting starts. Interested in applying for one of these positions? Make sure to meet with your Business, Entrepreneurship and Consulting Career Advisor to put your best foot forward! 

Updated: 7/2/2020

Key Takeaways

  • Business industries (Accounting, Banking, Hospitality, Logistics, Market Research, and Sales) are showing continued negative growth in unique job postings across the Chicagoland area this week
  • A few key areas (Manufacturing, CPG, and Travel & Recreation) show positive growth compared to this time last month
  • There has been an increase in employers hiring on Handshake at DePaul, particularly in Analyst positions for full-time roles and Investment Banking Internships

Looking back on the month of June, how did the job markets fair with the launch of reopening in many states? Nationally the numbers are relatively unchanged from May, however there is positive growth in a few key areas in business.

  • Manufacturing (+47.8%), Consumer Goods ((+48.1%), and Travel & Recreation are all up compared to this May according to LinkedIn’s hiring report. These month-over-month gains seem large, however, hiring is still down from this time last year and we are still seeing declines in unique job postings compared to last year in the Chicagoland area in this week’s read of the EMSI report numbers.
  • According to EMSI, every area is down across unique job postings compared to this time last year, but Hospitality (-34.7%), Market Research (-41.4%), and Logistics (-43.1%) are hit the hardest.
  • The positive news is, the unemployment rate is declining slightly, from 13.3% in May to 11.1% in June according to the Federal Bureau of Labor statistics. 

When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, the number of employers with active job postings is back up from last week (1,139 employers on Handshake are actively hiring now). Don’t forget to complete your profile, because employers (84 this week!) are actively reaching out to DePaul students!

In the BEC community, it’s good news for those who have strong analytical skills as we’ve had many recent Analyst roles posted at companies like Goldman Sachs, PL Marketing and NISA Investment Advisors. Additionally, internships in banking are a trend at DePaul right now as JP Morgan, NextGen Growth Partners, and TD Ameritrade recently began recruiting for their internship programs this week. Interested in applying for one of these positions? Don’t forget to meet with your Business, Entrepreneurship and Consulting Career Advisor to make sure your job search is on the right track!

Updated: 6/12/2020

Key Takeaways:

  • The decline in unique job postings in the business sector has plateaued across Chicago, and we’ve seen global trends indicate an economic rebound in China and France.
  • Accounting hiring has spiked to 11.1% across Chicago, which is significant positive growth.
  • Upskilling and reskilling are industry trends emphasized by the Human Resource industry, and job seekers benefit from highlighting adaptability and interpersonal skills. 

With the prospect of reopening looming for many organizations, there is a lot of focus on the idea of upskilling and reskilling employees. Therefore, as a jobseeker, now is a really important time to highlight your transferable skills. Particularly, adaptability and interpersonal communication can both come to your advantage at this time.

HR leaders discuss the importance of combining business strategy and empathy for their employees, which is an important context for those of you who are currently in the interview process. Preparing scenarios for discussing a time where you had to have a difficult conversation at work, or a time where you had to take on a new project or overcome a problem that you weren’t expecting, could prove to be particularly valuable to a Hiring Manager. 

In DePaul’s employer engagement, we’ve seen a few industries within business ramp up their hiring on Handshake.

  • Internet and Software, Accounting, and Manufacturing are the top industries with positions in business who have posted on Handshake within the last 10 days.
  • On a global scale, LinkedIn’s latest hiring report shows positive growth in the countries like China and France that have reopened.
  • In Chicago, we’ve seen decline plateau, with all 6 industries averaging out at a rate of .25% in positive growth. That average was brought up by the heavyweight Accounting hiring sector, which saw a sharp increase of 11.1% in numbers of unique postings since last June.
  • If global trends are consistent, Chicago will hopefully see growth in hiring soon.

Updated 6/5/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Business, Entrepreneurship, and Consulting career community. 

One of the new initiatives launched by the DePaul Career Center Marketing Communications Team that your organization should be aware of is our Senior 2020 Spotlight! We are compiling a list of DePaul graduates with unique skills, experiences and interests who are currently seeking employment opportunities. We’ve arranged this in easy-to-search industry sectors, and using this platform is a great way to quickly source available talent for your open opportunities.

Senior 2020 Spotlight Business, Entrepreneurship and Consulting Grads: 

Additionally, if you are looking to hire for positions, our DePaul students are actively utilizing Handshake at a higher rate. We’ve seen an increase in engagement at 39.4% with Alumni, and 9.7% with Undergraduate students. That’s great news for employers who are looking for candidates with more work experience for positions; our alumni are active! 

Looking at the broader Chicagoland area hiring trends, recent updates in the EMSI reports show a unique posting decrease averaging at 6% across the Accounting, Banking, Hospitality and Retail, Marketing and Sales, and Logistics and Supply Chain industries. This is expected, with the uncertainty of the pandemic impacting hiring timelines. Another interesting finding is the commonality of top skills across the Business, Entrepreneurship and Consulting Career Community; organizations report Management, Communication and Leadership as their most sought after skills they are seeking in candidates. How do these skills align with your organization’s needs?

We’d love to have a conversation with you about how you can effectively engage with DePaul students and alumni during this time! Please connect with us at or 312-362-5201 to learn ways to build your virtual brand and hire talented and passionate DePaul students.