'Intern Queen' visits MU campus

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 | 7:45 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA  — When she graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2006, Lauren Berger had already completed 15 internships over four years and landed a high-profile job with Creative Artists Agency.

Two years later, she decided to take her knack for landing internships public by launching a website dedicated to helping college students find their dream internship.

Self-dubbed the "Intern Queen," Berger's website helps students make connections with over 500 employers.  

She has also recently teamed up with BlackBerry to help promote youth involvement and collaboration with their personal role models — hers being entrepreneurship.

In addition to managing her website, she travels the nation giving speeches, and Tuesday she stopped again at MU to dole out her advice. 

Although her advice may seem only applicable to current students, much of what she said to those in attendance in Cornell Hall can be used for anyone applying for an internship, temporary position or full-time job.

  • Know your priorities and what you want.
  • Bring passion, energy and knowledge to the application.
  • Network and coordinate with everyone you meet.
  • Ask yourself, "what's next?" Then start right away to get where you want to be.
  • Keep schedules and deadlines in mind, no matter what.

"When people tell you 'no,' you must realize that there is always a way to get it,"  Berger said.

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