Internship and Volunteer Experiences Lead to Promising Job Opportunities
With the help of the U-Idaho Career Center, the Sandpoint, Idaho native, studying Organizational Science, Non-Profit and Community Management, has already begun interviewing for potential employment opportunities and is using her past internship experiences to promote her skills.
“Experiential learning has been an invaluable part of my education,” Fuqua says. “I’ve been able to hone my skill set, explore my interests and funnel my efforts towards my passion.”
Currently, Fuqua is a candidate for the White House Internship Program. She is also a finalist for a position with Times Square Alliance, which promotes economic development in New York, N.Y. The Alliance plans all major events in Times Square, such as the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Broadway on Broadway.
These job opportunities have not come without hard work and dedication. Since her freshman year, Fuqua has taken full advantage of the services offered at the University and Career Center.
Fuqua job shadowed employees with the Festival at Sandpoint, a two-week-long concert festival. She quickly earned an internship and was given the chance to work one-on-one with artists and booking music for the event.
Changing direction, Fuqua spent her sophomore winter break in Cape Town, South Africa working in an AIDS clinic. The trip was an experience she had always dreamed of. She was able to use her experiences as part of her Intercultural Communications class project. Continuing in the service-learning vein, Fuqua spent the rest of the semester in Bay St. Louis, Miss. working for Mission on the Bay, a Hurricane Katrina relief organization, where she was appointed as one of the volunteer coordinators managing over 500 volunteers.
“Volunteerism is very important, employers are looking for well rounded students with a variety of experiences,” Fuqua says, who strove for more experience. “I’ve applied for jobs even though I knew I wouldn’t receive a position just for the interview experience.”
This strategy paid off: Fuqua earned an internship position in Los Angeles on the Dr. Phil show, and spent the semester on set working with the producers and directors. Her time working on the show allowed her the opportunities to meet with guests of the show and network on a daily basis.
Having an exponential amount of experience in the music and film industry, Fuqua landed an internship with the Knitting Factory in Boise, during the summer of 2011, marketing performing artists and assisting with public relations.
With such a wide range of work experience and service-learning projects, Fuqua struggled creating a resume that showcased all of her accomplishments.
“I had a difficult time getting my resume centered,” Fuqua says. “The Career Center helped make all of my previous work experience line up properly.”
Fuqua met individually with career adviser, Cynthia Mika, who helped Fuqua draft a resume that showcased her most important experiences and highlighted her array of skills.
"Stephanie has so much to be proud of,” Mika says. “Once she understood what would be most important to a particular employer for a specific position, she was able to customize her material appropriately.”
The Career Center also helped Fuqua with her phone interviewing skills, as most of her job offers are located outside of the Moscow area.
“Communication is so important and connecting on a personal level during the interview is key,” Fuqua says.
To receive resume tips, interview advice or to learn job seeking techniques, set up an appointment with a career adviser through the Career Center. Their office is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment call (208) 885-6121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All story photos, courtesy of Stephanie Fuqua.