Economics Career Office
Job Search Advice from the Class of 2017 Internship Panels (Academic Year 2016-2017)
- Apply anywhere you are interested in the position. If they [the organization] doesn’t want you, that’s their decision. Don’t make the decision for them. [Customize your resume and cover letter for each submission.]
- Attend Employer Information Sessions [found in Handshake].
- [If you are interested in a global experience] Get $ from the Office of Global Internships.
- Consider alternatives to investment banking and management consulting.
- Consider economic consulting.
- Check out an organization before interviewing and continue to assess it as you intern. If it’s not a good fit, that is ok.
- Don’t just chase prestige. Prestige doesn’t equal a good opportunity that’s right for you.
- Don’t undersell yourself; you have a lot to offer.
- Think about business development jobs.
- Don’t worry about rejection [with job applications, at career fairs, info sessions].
- Draw on your skill set and build your story about how you built that skillset.
- Use usajobs.gov and the Pathways program (when they are active).
- Learn how to sell yourself; work with a career center or a mentor or a friend.
- Be prepared for interviews but don’t overthink. This can stress you out.
- In a case interview or interview with a math problem, talk it out, out loud.
- Take pride in your accomplishments.
- Practice. In front of the mirror, with others, InterviewStream (through Handshake).
- Learn the language of the industry/ies you want to enter and learn to think and speak using it.
- To prepare, create a document with everything you know about the org and people you’ve met – like prepping for an exam.
- Participate in a mock interview with a career center or through an alum program.
Other Skill Building
- Determine the skills you will need and seek out opportunities.
- For data analysis consider the stats minor.
- Take econometrics, and the associated project, seriously. Get a lot out of it.
- Classes can be taken outside of U.Va. online for free with MOOCS and Lynda.com while you are U.Va. students. Try uncubed.
- Consider data analysis as a core skill to build.
- Supplement your econ course work with real world experience such as externships and internships.
- Keep your eye on your GPA, but try things out during the academic year, especially if you don’t know what you want to do.
- Participate in an internship in Charlottesville or a job on Grounds.
- Look into UIP, the University Internship Program, for internships during the academic year and in Charlottesville or Ireland.- Yes, that's right, Ireland
- Talk to people.
- Use the ECO network and Alumni and Friends list in Collab.
- Keep a spreadsheet of organizations and people and where they are in your pipeline.
- Attend employer info sessions.
- Once you have an internship or summer experience – talk to people within the organization and in other organizations in the city where you’re living.
- Talk to your professors; become friendly with them; ask their advice; they want to help you.
- Personal networking is important; I found one experience because my supervisor [from academic-year job in Cville] gave me a list of all of the big Charlottesville employers that hire interns.
- Use your UVA alum and student network through Hoosonline, LinkedIn, VAM - Virginia Alumni Mentoring.
- Stretch yourself [in the internship and job search process] and on the job.
- Consider the UVA MBI (McIntire Business Institute) online program, but only if you will make the most of it.
- Build up a folder [or some kind of tool] for holding the jobs you are interested in or apply for.
- Set up goals and priorities at the beginning of the semester.
- Become self-reliant.
- Build your story. [Goes along with selling yourself.]
- Do weird things. [That is – things that may be unusual. One panelist was involved in Woofing, one panelist traveled to Australia.]
- Invest in yourself and get to know yourself. You’ll be able to talk about yourself more confidently [and will find opportunities that are a good fit for you].