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Here’s How To Write a Cover Letter for a “Boutique Investment Bank”

It’s that time of year again: you’re spending winter nights hunkered down in front of the Macbook and drafting cover letters for summer internships  so you can work for free, gain valuable experience, and maybe someday sue the shit out of your employer. (You may even get an op-ed in the Times out of it!)

Trying to land an internship at a “boutique investment bank” on Wall Street? Take it from one admittedly average finance major at an admittedly average university who wrote a bizarrely frank, candid cover letter that apparently garnered him attention from “entire listservs of Wall Street bigshots.” Via Gawker:

“This might be the best cover letter I’ve ever received,” exclaimed one recipient. “THIS IS AWESOME,” capslocked another.

Others weren’t interested in wasting time on platitudes while someone else was snapping him up.

“No joke, I think we should consider this guy,” said one investment banker who was two forwards deep. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy gets at least a call from every bank out there.”

Research Interns Needed for CPE Assessment

Lexi Sturdy ’10 invites you to assist with an assessment of the Center for Prison Education:

Want to learn how to administer qualitative research with a reputable research agency? The Center for Court Innovation, based in Manhattan, is doing an assessment of the Center for Prison Education at Wesleyan and needs student interns to help with hands-on research!

They are going to facilitate a training at the beginning of next semester. The research interns would then conduct interviews and focus groups at Cheshire and York Correctional Institution! It is a great opportunity for hands-on research experience. If interested email Alexis Sturdy ’10, CPE Manager at asturdy(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Contact: asturdy(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
Deadline: next semester

Wesleyan World Wednesdays: Clean Water Talk

From Grad Student Dana Pellegrino:

Come listen to Wesleyan students and alums talk about why clean water saves lives and how they’ve helped to create innovative solutions for contaminated water. Refreshments will be served.

Alum Max Perel-Slater writes in that:

Additionally, we will provide information about the new Maji Safi Group Cardinal Internship for students interested in working with the organization in  Shirati, Tanzania during the summer of 2013.

Date: Today, December 5
Time: 4:30pm
Place: Allbritton 311
Cost: Free Food!

Apply for Queer Resource Center Internship

Come sail away on the internship with Michael Leung ’15:

Please consider applying for this paid internship position for the calendar year of 2013. The application deadline for this position is November 18, 2012. The application form and more information about the position can be found here.

The QRC Intern is responsible for being a resource for and maintaining communication with the various LGBTQQ organizations and groups on campus, as well as with LGBTQQ allies among alumni, faculty, and administration. The intern also maintain the Queer Resource Center and organize monthly Queer Community Meetings and other campus-wide social and educational programs. The intern typically has an interest in multi-political organizing–recognizing the complex interconnections among issues of sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, ableism, etc., aiming to build bridges between the various multicultural communities on campus. The QRC Intern is a member of the Student Affairs Intern Team.

Deadline: November 18th, 2012
Apply: Here

Teach for America Information Session

Stop what you’re doing and pay attention. This just in, from Jennifer Healey at the Career Resource Center:

Do you dream of making a difference in the world after you graduate? Do you want to wake up every day knowing that you’re part of a
movement working towards equity and social justice – a movement geared towards transforming lives, perspectives, and our country?

If so, then join Evan Hendon, a member of the Kansas City charter corps who taught 6th grade Social Studies and 10th grade African American History and Economics, for an information session on October 2nd at 7:00pm in 41 Wyllys, Room 112. This will be a great opportunity to learn about his impact in the classroom and find out how you can become a part of this movement to ensure that all children in this country have access to the quality education they deserve.

Chris Murphy Seeks Interns, Needs Volunteers

An important message from Michael Linden ’15 on behalf on Representative Chris Murphy’s Senate campaign:

The Murphy campaign is seeking a few Wesleyan students to intern for their campaign from now until the November elections at their new Middletown headquarters. Recent polls have shown that Representative Chris Murphy is close to tied with his Republican opponent Linda McMahon, the founder of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. who is aiming to spend about $100 million on the race in order to essentially buy herself a Senate seat. This is a great opportunity to work on a race that could easily determine who controls the US Senate. If you are interested, contact me as soon as possible and fill out an online internship application here (resume needed). No previous campaign experience is necessary.

Also, the campaign is doing a phone bank at Democratic HQ on Thursday afternoon from 5 to 8PM and is seeking volunteers.  Anyone can come for as long as they can, and pizza will be provided. We will be leaving from the PAC entrance at 4:45.

What: internship / phone bank for Chris Murphy
Date: Now until November / Thursday 5 – 8PM (or for however long you can offer)
Place: Middletown Democratic HQ, 386 Main St, 2nd floor (atop New England Food Emporium in the Main Street Market)
Misc: free food

Ampersand Seeks Social Media Intern

Fluent in French, Spanish, and North American Friendster? Have more friends than Tom on MySpace? The Ampersand is seeking one ambitious social media intern to help manage its online accounts, including its website. More from Piers “Piers” Gelly ’13:

Do you know your way around social media? Are you of the humorous persuasion?

The Ampersand is currently looking for an enterprising individual who will take the reins of the hotheaded stallion that is our online presence. This is a position that will allow you to rapidly climb the editorial ranks of the Ampersand: past social media interns of the Ampersand include both campus personality Daniel Nass ’13 and Piers Gelly ’13, editor emeritus, gentleman, and scholar.

This internship is currently unpaid, but you will become a member of the Ampersand family, a privilege that no amount of any valid currency can buy.

NYT on Unpaid Internships and Their Discontents—After Graduation

Lee ’10: “If I ever become a famous filmmaker, I promise I will pay my interns.”

Wesleyan is in the New York Times this weekend. So are unpaid internships. It’s not what you think.

First there was the story of Alex Footman ’09, the aspiring filmmaker and Wesleyan graduate who served as unpaid production intern on the set of Black Swan in 2009 and later brought a highly publicized open class-action lawsuit against Fox Searchlight Pictures for labor exploitation. (Footman penned a New York Times op-ed in February, imploring the Labor Department to “take this matter seriously and step in to enforce its regulations.”) Then there was Lucy Bickerton ’08, the latest Wesleyan alumnus to turn an entertainment industry internship into a well-publicized lawsuit. Bickerton interned for PBS interviewer Charlie Rose in 2007. She “did everything an employee does except collect a paycheck,” she now claims. So, half a decade later, she’s suing for the minimum wage compensation she says she is owed.

The latest New York Times piece, headlined “Jobs Few, Grads Flock to Unpaid Internships,” casts an eye on the circumstances that lead to these lawsuits. It mentions Eric Glatt, the 40-year-old intern who sued Fox Searchlight with Footman, but not Footman himself or Bickerton. Its point: unpaid internships are no longer the domain of the summer vacation. Rather, in this job market, “many college graduates who expected to land paid jobs are turning to unpaid internships to try to get a foot in an employer’s door.” And today, postcollege internships are available not only in nonprofit work, but also in “fashion houses, book and magazine publishers, marketing companies, public relations firms, art galleries, talent agencies,” and even some law firms.

It doesn’t take journalist Steven Greenhouse ’73 long to arrive at the exploitative side of the practice. (Edit: frequent commenter John Wesley writes in to let me know that the article’s author is an alumnus as well.]

Afropop Worldwide Information Session and Internship Interview

Rachel Berman of the Career Center wants you to come learn about Afropop’s internship opportunities and interview on the spot:

Afropop is seeking bright, motivated students  (i.e you) who would like valuable experience working in media/arts/internet environment, world music promotion & publicity, social networking sites, web site and e-Newsletter research & production, and arts/non-profit administration.

The interviews are taking place tomorrow from 12:30 pm to 4:00 at Olson Commons, Career Center.  An excerpt of Afropop’s acclaimed film Festival in the Desert: The Tent Sessions, featuring intimate performances filmed in northern Mali near Timbuktou, will be shown. Interviews will take place afterwards. Please do not hesitate to come even if you cannot arrive at 12:30! Don’t forget to bring your resume!

The organization is led by two Wesleyan graduates, Sean Barlow ’79 and Banning Eyre ’79. For more information, click for the Facebook page or the organization website. 

Date: April 5, 2012
Time: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Place: Olson Commons, Career Center
Cost: Free

Conference Board Information Session with Russell Morris ’87

Rachel Berman of the CRC sends in this event. Come for the free pizza, stay for the real management and marketplace business summer employment opportunity:

Russell Morris ’87 will hold an information session on Thursday, December 8th from 5:45-6:45 in Usdan 110 to talk about the Conference Board’s Summer Fellowship Opportunity. Pizza will be provided! Jonathan Spector ’78 (and former Trustee) is the President and CEO of the Conference Board.

The Conference Board’s 2012 Summer Fellows program targets college students entering their senior year. Summer Fellows will have the opportunity to lead one or more summer projects addressing real business issues, recommend solutions, and present their results to senior executives. They will also learn about the broad management and economics research agendas of The Conference Board, and will participate in Conference Board events.