Student Success Story



Leah Efken

Philosophy, Politics & the Public
Hired as: Social Research Analyst Intern, 1919 Investment Counsel


1) Where did you hear about this opportunity, and what/who contributed to your being hired?

This internship was posted to the Xavier University Career Development Office’s job site, HireAMuskie, and I had also seen the posting on LinkedIn. I submitted my application after having my resume and cover letter reviewed by both a friend and one of the CDO Career Advisors—it never hurts to have another pair of eyes look over something that is important to you, and that you want to look good, like a resume or cover letter. The firm told me they would like to have me for an interview, and I was lucky that they agreed to do the interview by phone, as I was studying abroad during my internship search process.

2) What advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job/internship search?

Don’t quit trying when the search process gets tough. Use a variety of sources to find postings (HireAMuskie, LinkedIn,,, and there are so many others). Apply to as many opportunities as you can, even if you don’t think they seem like a perfect fit or the exact job you want—you might be surprised! Although rejection (or not hearing a response of any kind, good or bad) can be frustrating and disheartening, stick with the process. Ask friends, family, and professors if they know of any opportunities.

Top Resources

O*Net (Discover occupations & opportunities)
Going Global* (for international opportunities)
Wet Feet* (research companies, explore careers)

*Going Global and WetFeet are resources available via Hire-A-Muskie.  Links to these resources are on the homepage after you log in to your account