All posts by Tracy Lytwyn Fischer

Employers Urge Students to Attend Oct. 12 Internship Fair

For most people, practice makes ­perfect, unless you’re Rafael Nadal. He was born flawless. But for the rest of us, it takes a lot of effort to make sure we’re doing something right or that this is what we want. Because of that, some wonderful person invented ­internships. They are the perfect way to gain ­experience, learn about your chosen field, and build connections in the professional world.

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Alumni Profile – CSI: Illinois Wesleyan

I once spent my May term in a forensic anthropology class. For three hours a day, I held real human bones – some hundreds of years old – briefly learned how to pick up clues from a crime scene, and eventually could tell you what the bones I spent hours staring at said about the person they once belonged to. By the end of my class, I wasn’t any sort of expert. The most I could do was answer the “Is that a bone or a stick?” question that I asked myself so many times in my adventures through parks as a child. To be honest, I don’t know the first thing about forensic science. But IWU alum, Kevin Latman could probably teach me more than I ever thought went into that field of study. For this FBI employee, CSI is just a day in the life.

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Don’t Forget to Volunteer!

My first volunteering experience was when I was in middle school. I was in National Junior Honor Society, and like National Honor Society in high school, we had to get in a certain number of volunteer hours. I spent most of my time that school year at the local library, helping with computer sign-in, checking younger kids’ homework, and shelving books. It also fulfilled the dream my much younger self had of being a librarian some day. Now that I’m in college, I, and students like me, always hear that it is a great idea to intern and volunteer, but a lot of people seem to forget the “volunteer” part of that statement. For some students, the job doesn’t seem worth putting on your resume if you can’t add the word “intern” after your title. However, that is not the case!

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Business Attire on a Budget

The other day, I bought my first suit ever. Yes, there was much rejoicing, especially on my part. I had been hesitant to actually purchase one for a while, mostly due to the fact that I am your typical broke college student. So I wasn’t about to drop $200 on a suit when I could spend that money on more pertinent things like soap, toothpaste, and supplies to actually clean my dorm. But lo and behold, I witnessed a beautiful event while wandering the shops of our local mall: a 50 percent off sale at Bergner’s. At the end of the day, a new blazer and pencil skirt cost me about $50. Success!

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Do I Really Need a Business Card?

‘Tis the season for job and internship fairs! And with that comes the onslaught of questions: “What do I wear?” “Does my resume look okay?” “How do I even approach an employer?” But one question that sometimes goes under the radar is “Do I need a business card?” Now that just about everyone in the working world has a business card, students are wondering if they, too, need to jump on board. More importantly, what should it even say?

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IWU Student Interns with New Innovative Company

When it comes to marathons, 5ks, and the like, I’m not usually not the type to want to throw on my Nikes and get out there. I was always the kid to finish last in the mile run in elementary school, and I have always preferred riding my Schwinn bike around town to relying on my shins to have an active role in propelling me across the pavement. But when I first heard about Warrior Dash via this picture I’ve included of my friend, Eric covered in mud and in mid-air over a crackling fire, I felt the sudden urge to start training for something I had little interest in before. Continue reading IWU Student Interns with New Innovative Company