In the business of understanding and working with people. Alejandra is pursuing a career in the Public Policy and Marketing industries. She is an international student (Class of 2016) from Managua, Nicaragua, majoring in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Economics and a minor in Anthropology. Alejandra has experience coordinating large-scale events and has been interning for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the past year, where she has assisted a team of dedicated people in organizing the Spring Meetings. She also has experience drafting marketing campaigns and working with multiple social media platforms. She currently interns for Capitol Standard, an online magazine geared towards young professionals, and worked at PepsiCo in her home country of Nicaragua where she was able to apply some of her skills as part of a marketing team. Alejandra also acts as a Teaching Assistant for a Career Management Strategy class at the George Washington University School of Business. In her spare time she enjoys writing about herself in the third person and going on extreme adventures like skydiving, glacier hiking and sand-dune surfing.
There is stiff competition for the best candidates these days, regardless of your industry or the job description. Online tools like LinkedIn have made it possible for professionals to share their resumes, experience, and portfolios with the world, and competitive brands aren’t afraid to court top talent—even if they’re not looking to change jobs.
I recently answered a question on Quora that has received more than 10,000UPV’s in the last week, so I wanted to expound upon the answer. The question posed by an ambitious undergraduate student was “Do internship equate to making more money?” At first I didn’t like the question. Money is only one of many factors to consider in a job and more importantly a career.With that being said, money does afford us experiences and items that we may want.
I have spent the last year helping students manage their careers or start thinking about their careers in college. I have gained some amazing insight having done over 1,000 personal phone call with students, a handful of lectures to classes, and interacting on many online platforms with students.
If I had to boil down the advice into one sentence it would be to start early and take massive action toward your career. Internships not only can make you an extra $10,000 to 50,000 more than your peers that didn’t do internships but it has the ability for you to get a broader perspective to find the role that most interests you.