PREPARE FOR INTERNSHIP CONNECT
Prep to Connect Presentation
Wednesday October 11th, 7PM, 20 Washington Place Auditorium
Hear everything you need to know to meet with companies at Internship Connect! Learn how to speak with professionals and how to get the most out of this in person event. Find out how to leverage LinkedIn to research companies and build your professional network.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Internship Connect?
Internship Connect provides a rare opportunity to meet with art and design professionals in your field of interest. This event is one of the best ways to learn how to network with employers who are interested in RISD students and may lead to finding your next internship or art opportunity.
How can I prepare to meet with professionals?
Evaluate companies and organizations registered in ArtWorks. Keep an eye on the Participating Companies page leading up to the event.
Prioritize the companies and organizations you want to meet with. Research their websites, follow them on social media, learn about their staff on LinkedIn and search for them in the news and industry publications.
Formulate custom questions for each company and organization you are meeting to demonstrate your knowledge and interest in them. Be ready to draw meaningful connections between their work and yours.
What do I say to professionals?
The Introduction: Begin by thanking the professional for meeting with you, tell them your name, year in school and major. Explain why you are interested in them and how your skills and interests would be useful to them as an intern.
Your story: What do you want to do? What are your goals? What do you enjoy? What are your passions? What skills do you have? Write it down. Talk it out. Practice your pitch. Nobody knows you better than you. Be confident - they are here to see you!
Types of Questions to Ask:
What types of internship opportunities are available?
Can you tell me about your role in the organization?
What are you looking for in a potential intern?
How are interns involved in the work of the company?
Where can I find your internship postings when you have them?
When is the best time to apply?
Are your internships paid or unpaid, and would I be able to earn academic credit for the experience?
You can also meet with a Career Center staff member to discuss your approach.
Do I show my portfolio at Internship Connect?
There is not enough time to share your full portfolio, but sharing a portfolio sample may be possible.The focus of this event is on networking and brief discussions. If things go well with your meeting, you may request a follow up meeting to share your portfolio as part of a deeper conversation.
Tip: Include a URL to your online portfolio or demo reel on your resume!
Is there in person etiquette I should know?
Before Internship Connect
Print your resume or CV. Bring extras to avoid running out during the event.
Optional: Print portfolio samples highlighting your work. Portfolio reviews are not encouraged at this fast paced, networking event.
Take care in your appearance to earn a positive first impression.
During Internship Connect
It is customary in the USA to shake hands with the professionals you meet, if you are willing to.
Make eye contact with company representatives to enhance your discussions.
If the line at the booth is long, keep your conversation brief out of courtesy to your peers.
Booths with short lines offer a rare opportunity for longer conversations with professionals.
What if I need HELP during Internship Connect?
The Career Center will be on hand to assist with any last minute questions or concerns throughout the duration of the event. Whether you have a question or if you're having second thoughts, or you're unsure about something a company representative told you.
Visit the student check in table for assistance or contact 401-454-6614.
Student Check-In Opens – You must present your RISD student ID!
Ballroom doors open for event
Students may attend Internship Connect anytime between 4:00 and 7:00 PM and stay for all or part of the event.
Students must be registered to attend and present a RISD ID to enter the event.