#059 – Preparing for Internships and Career: An Interview with Bob MacNeil

Bob MacNeil has worked in radio for many years, but most recently has served as Internship Coordinator at Curry College and has taught courses preparing college students for their internship experiences. Bob joined us in this episode to share a wealth of information about the things students can do during college to prepare for their career and to set themselves apart from the competition.  Both students and parents will benefit from Bob’s concrete suggestions and illustrative stories about successful students.

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Bob MacNeil has worked with hundreds of students helping them prepare for college internships and careers and he knows what can help students distinguish themselves from the competition.  We were delighted to tap into the wisdom that Bob has and we know that you will want to share some of this wisdom with your student.

Bob helped us understand the skills that students need to cultivate in college to be successful in their internships and early career. We also discussed the value of early internships and multiple internships as well as how students who feel they have little experience or connections can present themselves in a resume and network their way to internship opportunities.

As we usually do, we asked Bob to share a couple of books that he would recommend to parents and students as they think about internships and career.  Here are his suggestions:

How to Intern Successfully: Insights and Actions to Optimize Your Experience by Robert J. Khoury

For anyone with a student interested in communication and media, Bob suggested the following book:

Hollywood Drive: What It Takes to Break In, Hang In & Make It In the Entertainment Industry by Eve Honthaner

If you’d like to follow up on some of the topics we discussed with Bob, here are some articles that may help.

Why Your College Student Should Consider an Internship

What Matters for Your Student’s Career?

Informational Interviews: Your Student’s Tool for Career Exploration

College Parents’ Role in the Job or Internship Hunt

Junior Year: Time to Take These 10 Steps Toward a Career

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