STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES
Name: Jenny Mendoza
Class Year/Year of Graduation: Class of 2015
Major/Graduate Program: Communication Studies Major/
Newly hired as : Intern, Xavier Career Development Office
Where did you hear about this professional opportunity, and what do you think contributed to being hired? I heard about this internship from Ryssa Kemper, the Administrative Assistant in the Communication Arts Department. I had contacted her in the fall semester of 2013 asking her if she knew of any on-campus internships in the Communications department. She told me she didn’t know of anything set in stone but would be in touch with me if she did hear of anything. Closer to the end of the fall semester, she forwarded me an email from the Career Development Office telling staff and faculty to encourage students who might be a good fit to apply for this internship. I could not believe she was so thoughtful to remember me and send the application my way! I sent in my application right before Christmas break, and once the spring semester began I went through the interview process and was hired!
How did Xavier's Career Development Office help you along the way to achieve this accomplishment? Seeing as how my internship is in the Career Development Office, the interview/hiring process was extremely easy and comfortable. I had never experienced a true face to face interview before, but I felt extremely comfortable answering any and all questions directed towards me. I didn’t feel intimidated, but more like I was having a conversation and not an interrogation. Once I was hired, I also did not feel overwhelmed at any point. Everyone in the office was so extremely helpful and kind to me and the previous intern, Bridget Tully, was so helpful and patient in training me. I feel like I’m at home when I come into work!
What advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job and internship search? Don’t give up! Looking for jobs and internships is definitely something that is effortful and time consuming. It takes patience and maybe a tall cup of coffee on your side too. Something that never lets me down is regularly checking eRecruiting and my LinkedIn account for any possible networking between professionals. Keep your head up and your internship/job hunt attitude as sharp as your résumé!