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Unpaid Internships Can Cost - or Pay Off for - College Students

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Pennsylvania State University sophomore Elysia Mann, 18, is spending her summer in New York City working at two fashion internships — both unpaid.
If her parents weren't covering the nearly $3,000 in housing and food expenses for staying in New York University's dorms for the summer, Mann probably would be back home in Philadelphia.

Although she's working 48 hours each week for no compensation, Mann says this is something she "has to do" if she wants to go into the fashion industry.

"It's frustrating," she says. "I know they're not going to pay me because I know there's always somebody who would take this instead of me."

To read more on Elysia's experience, click here!

Using Social Media in Your Job Search

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Fortunately, my previous job allowed me to experiment and learn the many ways in which a number of social mediums are used for personal, professional and business purposes. So, I decided to put these tools to the test.

My first step was to update my resume and my personal web site. These would serve as the foundation for all information about me. But, much more essential to networking, I needed to update my LinkedIn profile with relevant information and recommendations from former colleagues, and join the Sodexo Careers – Past, Present & Future networking group. Having done some quick searches, I found that key Sodexo people had profiles on LinkedIn – and I wanted them to be able to find my profile, too.

To read more of Trish's story, click here!