Interns Bolster Credentials at Career Boot Camp

Interns Bolster Credentials at Career Boot Camp

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Christian Holm
July 14, 2015

Just two months ago, Vishnu Jagdar walked across a stage to receive his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in New York. At Career Boot Camp on July 10, he prepared for a different stage: the hot summer jobs market.

 

He and more than 500 fellow students took part in The Washington Center’s Career Boot Camp, a one-day workshop designed to transform interns into marketable job candidates.

 

Jagdar, an intern with the Multistate Tax Commission, said he plans to pursue a career in financial regulatory policy. Like many Washington, D.C. interns, Jagdar will spend the summer gaining important skills and proving his value to his internship supervisors. But as he looks toward the job hunt, he knows he must synthesize all of that hard work into a succinct, compelling resume and portfolio to successfully land that first position.

 

“The biggest thing I took away from today is how important it is to tailor your credentials for the job you want,” he said. “You have to show employers that you are a perfect fit.”

 

Jagdar and a handful of other students took part in a new Career Boot Camp opportunity this summer. A small group of interns were invited to join local TWC alumni during an off-site luncheon. Alumni guests were:

 

Andrew Wood ’13, criminal research specialist, Metropolitan Police Department

Chris Myers ’11, individual giving associate, Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Andrew Lee ’08, director, Story Partners

Justis Tuia ’06, Magnet Schools Assistance Program officer, U.S. Department of Education

Erin Kelley ’04, intelligence research specialist, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

 

Yet even beyond the luncheon, networking served as a key theme for the day. Sophia Shetterly, a student at the University of San Diego and an intern with Atlas Corporation, said she sees networking as a necessity, not just a best practice.

 

“It sounds simple, but just talking to people is a great way to find opportunities. In a city like D.C, it’s all about making good connections, which can be more difficult than it sounds,” she said.

 

Career Boot Camp is hosted by TWC Career Services, which provides resources that help interns build paths toward professional achievement. The event complements TWC’s Leadership Engagement Achievement Development (LEAD) Colloquium, which ensures TWC students leave Washington with the greatest amount of academic, professional and personal development possible. TWC’s Career Services staff offer periodic workshops about various professional development topics, including networking, resume writing, interviewing and using LinkedIn.

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