By Isabela Jacobsen
Assistant features editor
Do you want to kick-start your career? Get out your calendar because Lauren Berger, founder of Intern Queen, is coming to Hofstra on Mon. 18 at 7p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Trust me when I say that you don’t want to miss this. The intern expert will leave you ready to chase your dream internship!
After hearing Berger speak for the first time, I left the room incredibly motivated and ready to work hard for my future. She has a great way of connecting to the audience when she speaks, making them feel like there’s no one else in room. You almost forget she’s a big intern expert and instead, it seems like she’s just a friend, letting you in on the juicy secrets of landing the internship you desire. It’s going to be a fun and exciting evening, so don’t miss out on the amazing opportunity. This event is open to everyone and any major.
If you want an inside scoop on Lauren and this upcoming event, look no further. Lauren shares some words of wisdom and what she’s planning to bring to Hofstra:
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about how you were crowned "Intern Queen?"
A: I had 15 internships when I was in college! Crazy, right? After all of my experiences, I had tons of knowledge to share.
Q: Hofstra students are incredibly excited for your visit! What can we expect at the event?
A: A high-energy presentation where I tell you everything you need to know about how to land an internship and how to make the most of it. And of course, I talk about my connections at companies like NBC, ABC and Fox. Also, the first 50 students in the door get a free, signed copy of my book.
Q: Do you have some advice on how to balance internships and classes?
A: Yes! It's all about creating that "close-to-perfect" class schedule, writing it down and staying organized. You don't have to be superwoman to get it done. Organize, prioritize and stay focused – we'll talk more about this at my presentation!
Q: Starting an internship can be quite intimidating. How can students build up their confidence when taking on that first internship?
A: An internship is your time to mess up. It's your time to learn how to act like a professional and execute your work like a professional. As long as you have a "say yes" attitude, you'll be good to go.
Q: In your book and speech, you encourage students to chase their dreams. What is the first step in doing so in college?
A: Think about what you want to do and then think about the steps you need to take to get there. Write it down, make some goals, create a timeline and hold yourself accountable. Become someone who makes things happen.
I think by now we all know the importance of gaining internship experience. No one’s going to be handing you a perfect job, you have to work for it and pursue it. Berger is the perfect person to help you take that first step of achieving what you want. The Limited is bringing Intern Queen to campus and Hofstra’s PRSSA will be hosting, so make sure you take advantage of this great opportunity. Sit back, relax, and get inspired!