STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES

Name: KATRINA D'ESOPO

Class Year/Year of Graduation:  2014

Major/Graduate Program: Entrepreneurial Studies

Newly hired as (position, company):
Online Marketing Intern, Kaleidoscope

Where did you hear about this professional opportunity, and what do you think contributed to being hired? The interesting thing is that the position was created for me. My boss at my previous internship, Design Impact loved my work and wanted to have me for the summer. She anticipated that I would want something paid, but since Design Impact is a small non-profit, she couldn't pay me. Instead, she advocated to one of her friends, the CEO of Kaleidoscope, that I should do some online marketing work for him. After two interviews, I now work for Kaleidoscope four days a week, Design Impact one day a week, until December.

How did Xavier Career Services help you along the way to achieve this accomplishment?
The Career Development Office pushed me to apply for the internship with Design Impact. I went to the CDO so I could be held accountable to my career goals, and I'm glad I did because I wouldn't have gotten this opportunity.

Based on your own experiences, what advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job/internship search?  I advise volunteering in the fall/spring with a small non-profit, more specifically, one that goes to community events to network. Before you start volunteering, make sure for at least part of the time you do things that relate to your career aspirations. Worst case scenario is you get more experience to put on your resume and boost your network. Best case scenario is you too land a paid internship that you love.

If you're interested in a social media, Karen Amend from the Centennial Barn wants to have a volunteer social media intern. I met her through a professional association. You can ask her about the opportunity at kamend@centennialbarn.org.