Welcome to Part 7 of the Internship FAQ’s series here on The Border Collective where we answer the internship questions no one else has been answering! This is our first post since hitting 1000 likes on our FB page, so we decided to answer some of the hyper specific questions hiding in our inbox to clean it out!
I’m particularly kilig with this batch because of 2 things: a) most of them came from seniors, meaning we’re reaching a lot farther than I had anticipated so thank you for that! And b) they’re really specific, situational questions I didn’t encounter in my own internship journey, so thinking up how to answer them was enjoyable! Some of you probably have the same problems as those sent in, so hopefully more of you can apply what we talked about today!
You can tell I’m in a super happy mood because of all the exclamation marks I’m using. 😀 This is our Valentine’s Day gift to you!
To recap what’s happened over the past month (!!!), we started this to answer everyone’s and anyone’s questions about interning via this anonymous Google Form, and then it grew exponentially beyond my dreams. This is Part 7 and it seems we’re running out of questions to answer so we might stop giving tips for free since there’s nothing to answer anymore. Who knows? Things might change, the inbox might flood, I might get up and move to S. Korea (you’ll find out why this specific country in a few posts’ time 😉 ).
We hit 1111 likes on our FB page, and if you haven’t yet, please do like it because it gives you updates on the latest info about interning! Plus, we’re starting a new series called Intern-view, where we ask people who’ve interned, about their journeys. So if you want to write for us or you want to nominate your friend to write for an audience of over 500 people every post, nominate them in our anonymous Google Form!
I’m the mean one who’s frightening persistence got her into structured internship programs with very little resume as backup. Betina’s the nice one who’s maneuvered her way into 4 internships in 1 year and has the recruiter/headhunter experience to guide you wayward souls. We both can fix your resume for the low low price of a lunch/dinner because we need to eat, so if you want to hire us, drop us an email at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading and hope we answered something useful for you! 😀
What are some of the most effective places to look for internships/jobs? Least effective? I know FB groups and Kalibrr are really good places to start, but what about Jobstreet for example?
Also, is it better to just directly contact and send your CV/resume to listed e-mails I might find from the HR or hand it in through the advised route (such as company website or other intermediary)?
B: I love Jobstreet since everyone uses it. Jobstreet’s probably the one with the most options, and I used it to find Coca-Cola’s internship opening so if I ever have to look for an internship again, I’ll search there for sure. Personally, I use the FB groups and Jobstreet, but Kalibrr’s a good resource too 🙂
I’ve always done both. I send it through the advised route, but I also send in a copy to the personal e-mail if I have a contact there. Sometimes resumes get lost in the pile, especially if it’s a super big company, so it’s always good to send it via e-mail just in case.
J: Full disclosure, the main reason I like Kalibrr so much is because a, cool interface, design, and concept to job hunting and b, they hired my best friend during the time I was at Citibank so I got to hitch a ride to and from Makati pretty often. So, thank you Kalibrr!
I’ve never tried Jobstreet, but I did try getting one from Linkedin. I applied to Zalora through there and it was straightforward, email them with a specific subject line. This is really more up Betina’s alley than mine because I got a lot of my work through word-of-mouth from friends, who happen to be an excellent way of finding contacts.
B: LinkedIn is actually scary good at figuring out which positions you are suited for/will be interested in based on your connections and the short questionnaire you fill in as you build your profile. Plus a LinkedIn account and profile is always useful, so making one now can’t hurt 🙂
How many hours a day are you in the office and how do you balance internship and acads?
B: Rogue: 4-5 hours x 3 times a week after classes
Petron: M-F, 8am-6pm
ZMG Ward-Howell: M-Th, 9am-5pm
Coca-Cola: M-W-F, 9am-5pm
Those were the official hours. I usually got to the office 1-2 hours early all the time (thanks to horrible Manila traffic). Rogue didn’t really have any ‘homework’ for interns so all my work was done purely from the office. That didn’t really require a lot of time management. It just felt like having full days all the time, but nothing unmanageable.
ZMG Ward-Howell and Petron were during the long summer, so that didn’t entail balancing any acads either.
I’ll talk mostly about Coca-Cola cause I was doing that during all of last semester, so I definitely needed to balance acads and internship. I was pulling full days on T-Th (straight classes from 7:30am-6pm with one break allocated for my Mkt 101 group) and then all day M-W-F I’d be in the Coca-Cola office. On office days, I’d get there super early then have breakfast downstairs at Wildflour (literally my favorite place in the world) while working on my homework.
If you’re extremely focused about it, I find that you can really finish all your school stuff in 1-2 hours. And working early in the morning is the best cause nobody else is fully awake yet so you won’t get distracted by Twitter, FB, Instagram, etc. I was obsessive about to-do lists and scheduling out my weeks, so that I could see my friends for super early breakfast or late night dinners. (True friends are willing to meet you at super inconvenient times just because they miss you.)
My weekends were surprisingly free, and unless I had a test I really didn’t study on weekends – but that might just be cause I go back home to the south on weekends and the vibe is so chill that it’s impossible for me to get much work done.
Not gonna lie; balancing both is hard and I really really love my sleep so what I ended up giving up was social life. But Coca-Cola paved the way for me to be considered for my dream companies, so it was 110% worth it.
J: Citibank 8-5 everyday from April to May. But I was in the office by 7am because MRT traffic.
INKOMPASS officially 8-5, but I was in the office til midnight a lot because of traffic so I got a lot more work done during then. 7am entrance into the office as well from June to July because again, MRT traffic.
Blogapalooza, I do it in my spare time between acads and org work and family and friends because it’s work from home and results oriented work environment. We meet once a month, usually on a Saturday. Client meetings usually after school.
Every morning, before I have breakfast and usually when I’m commuting, I write down what needs to be done today. All the readings, how many clients to call, what meetings to set and to attend; everything is on a list in my phone every morning on the train. I break down every big project into as many steps as possible so as to get a headstart on everyone else because I like getting 8 hours of sleep during hell month.
The key is to know what needs to be done today, and what can be done when you’re not about to have a nervous breakdown because there’s so many things on your to-do list for the day.
This isn’t really about internships lol but is there any chance you guys will do a guide on time management?
J: I feel like Betina and I should teach a class on this hahaha. Yeah, why not, let’s write a guide on it. But in the future. We have to time manage when we’ll write that post.
B: I feel like she’s overestimating my time management skills, but I’m down to write a post on this 🙂
Disclaimer: I’m really type-A about…..everything, really. I schedule my whole life on my phone and I have a very long, color-coded To-do list.
J: And my life is entirely hinged on my Google Calendar because I have the memory of a gnat.
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We’ve got a lot in store for you all, (as in, our whole Feb is already booked hahahaha) from Youthhack to INKOMPASS to some other internship opportunities we’ll be fielding for you all, so keep up with us here on The Border Collective’s FB page!
Next up here on The Border Collective is a treat for us all. This week, we don’t have one but instead, 2 guest Q&A intern-views! (That’s what we’re renaming the guest writer series! What do you think?) The first from Nikki Lucenario, an Economics junior and all around goals, who will be talking about her internship at BPI; the second from one of the 17 INKOMPASS interns on how they reached the top of 4700 applicants and what their stay at PMFTC, inc. was like! Stay tuned!