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Tips for Scoring a College Internship

College internships are a competitive element of the college experience. Employers look for the best and brightest to intern with them, and with today’s diverse, capable pool of applicants, there is no shortage of options.

So, how do you find a college internship? Here are six tips on how to best go about scoring an internship near you:

1. Determine your interests.

Get a general idea of what career you plan on working toward, or how or where you think your time would be most well spent. Consider your goals, hobbies, and passions when seeking internships. Get an idea of what you want to be doing and how you can achieve it.

Some college students already know what they’d like to study, while others remain undecided for a time. If you have a career path chosen, an internship that will help you on that road would be the best fit. If you don’t know where you might end up, no worries! Find a subject that interests you and go from there. 

Recognize that some types of internships are more relevant to your goals than others. A music-focused job might be fun and cater to your love of the piano, but if you’re studying psychology, it isn’t likely to help you.

2. How to find an internship.

Think about your major’s requirements. Take into account the credits you may need, the experience you should gain, and the knowledge you’ll need to attain. Keep these in mind during your search.

Do your research. There are plenty of internships that aren’t widely advertised and some that are even based online. Researching open internships related to your area of interest can yield all sorts of results. Check out internships.com for an expansive list of internships in different industries. You can even seek out company-specific internships like Tesla & NBC, or explore industries like mechanical engineering or network engineering internships.

Make a list of potential employers and internships you find. You can also do simple Google searches that include your area of interest + internships + preferred location (ie: Tesla engineering internships in the Baby area, eBay internships in New York City, etc.). How about a Google internship? Prominent companies like Google provide dedicated pages to help guide your internship and career exploration. See Google’s internship page HERE. 

Joining a club or society dedicated to the area you’re interested in can open a world of possibilities, as they tend to post new opportunities and acquaint you with new people. Career fairs and info nights can provide information about different internships and employers. These are all good ways to sort through options and make connections.

3. Ace your internship applications.

Make yourself stand out. Clean up your resume, have references prepared, and find someone to write a letter of recommendation.

Have your application critiqued. You want your application to be as good as possible, so having it reviewed and critiqued by a professional can only improve it. A different perspective can help you find missing pieces and points to revise, which could be the key to your success.

Early application will likely produce better chances of getting an interview, given that most internships take applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Applying early will also make you stand out as someone who takes their work seriously and is a go-getter when it comes to their future.

Submit applications to several potential employers. Don’t put all your eggs into one basket by applying for just one internship. You’ll find yourself disappointed and jobless if it doesn’t work out, and you’ll have a harder time finding new opportunities too late in the game. It’s also a good idea to be open to internships in different locations. Have you always dreamed of living in Chicago but reside in Houston? Search “Chicago Internships” and see what comes up! 

4. Prepare for interviews.

While every interview is different, the questions they ask are similar. Preparing answers to interview questions and mock interviews can give you an idea of what questions you’ll be asked and give you a better feel of an interview to ease your anxieties.

TIP: Wondering what kind of questions you’ll encounter in your interviews? Check out @thebalance’s careers blog post “Sample Internship Interview Questions.”

Research potential employers. The more you know about the company you’re interviewing for, the easier the interview becomes. Most company websites have an About Us page. Know it. Reference it. And be ready to talk about how you can support it. Research can reveal what interviewers are looking for in their candidates based on the company’s beliefs and practices.

Take your research a step further by connecting with employers on LinkedIn. A great networking tip is to seek out your internship hiring manager and introduce yourself through the professional social networking platform. Don’t have a profile? Create one today!

5. Follow up after the interview.

Send a thank-you note to your interviewer(s). You’ll want to do this within 24-hours of your interview. The letter should be short and straightforward, re-establishing your position and showing your gratitude for the opportunity. Invite requests for additional information and further communication in regards to the interview.

Send notes to those who aided you along the way (i.e., upperclassmen, recruiters, etc.). Thank them for their help and update them on how your interview went.

Emails are sufficient, but handwritten notes also work well. If you plan to write a handwritten note, be sure that it will arrive within two days of the interview.

TIP: Want to write a thank-you note but don’t know where to start? For examples and how-to’s on writing follow-up notes, check out:

6. Make a choice.

If you get accepted for an internship or multiple internships, really think about what this new job will entail. Decide which option best suits you, and whether or not you genuinely plan to pursue it.

It’s okay if you don’t get picked for your first choice. Any internship in the area of your choice is sure to give you experience. Remember that internships are about the skills you develop and the perspective you gain. Take the best chance given to you and do your best!

Internships are a significant part of the college experience. Landing an internship can put you ahead in your studies and provide real-world experience that you can’t get from a lecture. Follow these steps to improve your chances of getting that internship you wanted and move a step closer to reaching your goals.

Be sure to connect with us @ecampusdotcom on Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook for more resources, tips, and some great giveaways! And when it’s time for textbooks, eCampus.com has you covered for all your course material needs at savings up to 90%!

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Selling Back Textbooks – Everything You Need to Know

You just finished another semester of college – fantastic! But what can you do with all of those textbooks you purchased that you’ll no longer need? Luckily, selling college textbooks is easier than you may think! Instead of letting your old textbooks gather dust on your shelves, you have quite a few viable options to get quick cash for your books.

What Should I Do with Old Textbooks?

Most colleges with physical bookstores allow students to sell their textbooks back. Is that where you’ll find the best price though? Probably not. 

Savvy students can put more money into their pocket by navigating the online world to get the best prices for their textbooks.

Best Places to Sell Textbooks

1. Sell Your Textbooks to eCampus.com

eCampus.com makes it easy to get cash for your old textbooks at competitive prices. 

How to Sell Old Textbooks:

  1. Get a quote for your books here: Get Quote
  2. Choose your payment method (direct deposit included)
  3. Ship your books to us for free
  4. Sit back, relax, and get paid

It’s really that simple! Selling your used books to eCampus.com gets you top dollar and enables us to pass the savings on to you and other students. Get hassle-free cash for your books quickly by selling to eCampus.com.

2. Sell Your Textbooks to Other Students Online 

When you become a bookseller on the eCampus.com Marketplace, your listings will be visible on eCampus.com for all of our customers to see. We will only claim a 15% commission of each sale that is completed. In addition to the price of your book, you will also receive a shipping credit to help cover the cost of shipping the order.

When your book is sold, eCampus.com will accept and process payments from the buyer on your behalf. We will send you an email letting you know that the book has sold. At this point, all you need to do is ship the book, confirm the order, and provide tracking information for the shipment in your eCampus.com Marketplace account.

3. Sell Your Textbooks Directly to Other Students

Want to do things the old fashioned way? That works too! Post pictures and descriptions of your textbooks on Social Media or other outlets and let the buyers come to you. After all, new students may be taking the same class you did in the upcoming semester. Help them save some money on the textbook and score some cash for yourself.. it’s a win-win!

The main consideration you’ll have to contemplate is: would the time investment required to sell my textbook directly be worth the added effort? If your answer is yes, selling textbooks directly to other students is a fine idea. If the answer is no, other options may be preferable.

4. Use a Textbook Buyback Comparison Tool

There are several websites online that offer tools to help you search multiple sites to find the best price for your textbooks. One example is BookScouter.com. BookScouter helps you sell textbooks for the most money by comparing offers from over 30 book buyback vendors with a single search. Just search the site for your textbook’s ISBN, get a list of websites that are currently purchasing your textbook, and then pick a website to sell to based on prices and customer feedback.

What Determines High Value Books?

If you want to sell your old college textbooks, one essential tip is to sell them as soon as possible. Right after you ensure that you’ve passed your classes and won’t be needing your textbooks any longer, you should be looking to sell them. Textbook prices are sometimes volatile and can drop if a new edition is released or if less schools adopt the book for their classes the following semester. Typically, the more popular a book is (the more schools use them and students need them), the higher the price will be.

It’s also pertinent to keep your textbooks in good condition. Some of the following deficiencies could hinder your ability to sell your textbooks:

  • Excessive writing, marking or highlighting
  • Stains or water damage
  • Missing, torn or loose pages
  • Detached or broken spine

Additionally, when you’re selling textbooks online, it’s extremely important to pack your books carefully when shipping so they are not damaged in transit.

Final Verdict

Let’s be real – it’s 2020. Selling your textbooks doesn’t have to be a pain.  You don’t have to wait in long lines at the campus bookstore, be paid low amounts, or get stuck holding old, unwanted textbooks. Use the options and resources available to you. This will allow you to sell course materials quickly and for a satisfactory price. eCampus.com will always be here for you to make the textbook selling process as easy as possible. If you have any further questions about the eCampus.com buyback program or the eCampus.com Marketplace, feel free to contact an eCampus.com representative here: Contact Us.

Keys to Successful Online Learning

For some of us, online learning is relatively new. For others, it’s the norm. Whatever the case, online learning courses can be a challenge, just like on-site learning. Adjustments include keeping up with the work, using a different medium to learn, and being more responsible for your education without a teacher physically present to manage you. E-learning offers more freedom, but also more opportunity for procrastination and idleness.

I’ve found in my time with online classes that there are three essential aspects to this type of learning: consistency, environment, and focus. With these points in mind, you can better navigate elearning and incorporate it into your life. So, how do you go about that?

Be Consistent

1. Try to follow a routine
Determine what time you will start on your schoolwork. Try to stick with this time every day. If your class begins at 10 AM, try to be ready to work by 10 AM every day. If your classes end at 3, schedule your work time after that. Know what you need to do and prepare to get it done.

Designate time for each of your courses. Think, “I have this [class] at [time]. When can I complete the homework?” Try to get the work done as soon as you can – don’t procrastinate. If you wait to complete your work, it will pile up and become a hindrance. You can designate an hour a day for each course’s work or even a day a week to each class.

Make time for meals. A healthy eating schedule will keep your body’s energy up to work. Find 30-60 minutes between class and study time for lunch. Take your lunch break around the same time every day, if possible.

Set alarms! Watching the clock is discouraging and stressful. Not to mention, it’s easy to forget about the time when you’re deep in focus—set alarms for breaks, lunch, subject changes, and so on.

Here are some free scheduling and time management resources to get a jump start on being consistent: 

  • Microsoft To-Do – A smart daily planner for your personalized lists
  • Todoist – A helpful task manager to sort your work and projects
  • Google Calendar – An easy scheduling tool for appointment and event planning, reminders, and goal setting.

2. Establish a workspace
Choose a dedicated space. Having this space to work in will ease the transition from relaxation to work and will train your brain to understand that workspace = working.

Keep work and relaxation separate. Establishing a study space is key to cementing your mind space for tasks. If you work in the same place you relax, getting into the mindset to work can be difficult. Moreover, you might feel the stress that comes with working while trying to relax.

Study where you like. There is no “best place” to study. You can study in your room, the living room, the dining table, etc. Once we’re allowed outside again,  libraries, cafes, and parks work just as well (given the proper safety precautions are followed). It’s not about where you work, but what you do to create the optimal learning environment.

TIP: For more on how to establish a study space,  check out  @collegeinfogeek’s blog post: https://collegeinfogeek.com/create-study-space/

Set the Scene

1. Remove distractions
Minimize interruptions. Whether it’s your phone or your pets, do what you can to reduce their distraction level. Silence your texts, leave your pets in another room, let the people you live with know not to disturb you. Make your work your primary focus. If you have trouble staying off your phone, set screen time on your phone to limit the use of distracting apps.

TIP: Consider setting up screen time monitoring on your mobile device.

Here’s how:

iPhone Screen time

Android Screen time

Complete other tasks beforehand. Before starting your work on your online classes, finish chores, fun errands, and avoid making disruptive plans. You can even set aside to complete these other tasks later. Stopping halfway through working because you forgot to wash the dishes or walk the dog is a slippery slope to leaving your work incomplete. It’s easy to find reasons to get off task, but try not to throw off your study groove!

Remember: you know yourself better than others. During your study time, try to do what’s best for you. What do you think will distract you? What do you think will help you? Distractions and aids are different for everyone, so don’t feel the need to conform to one idea of studying. Be honest with yourself about what will increase your productivity and what will not.

2. Have easy access to everything you need before you start
Determine what you need for your task. Think about your methods of studying. Use a consistent and reliable means of studying, whether it’s your computer or handwritten notes, physical textbooks, or ebooks. Have organization tools to keep you organized, and aids to improve your focus and memory. 

Lay out all of your materials. How can you effectively organize your workspace? Be conscious of which hand is your dominant hand. Have any flashcards or notes at hand. If you’re anything like me (easily distracted) untangle your earbuds and bookmark websites for when you need them.  Keep your space neat and orderly.

3. Set Goals
Determine what you want to achieve. Do you want to take thorough notes for your classes? Finish that essay you’ve been working on? Set goals for what you need to or would like to accomplish, but be realistic. SMART Goals are an excellent example of goal setting. SMART Goals are “Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound” goals.

Ex:

  • Goal: Complete my project.
  • SMART Goal: Within two weeks,  I will work to finish a Slides presentation on The Iliad by Homer for my Lit class.

TIP: Ready to create your own SMART goals? Check out this resource.

Recognize your achievements. Don’t dwell on what you couldn’t do. Instead, focus on what you’ve accomplished and make a plan to try again with things that didn’t work out. Big or small, your achievements are worth recognition.

Reward yourself. Rewards can push you toward your goals as a means of motivation. When you set goals, make sure the rewards match.

  • Ex 1: Your assigned reading can be worth a fifteen-minute break. 
  • Ex 2: Finishing the work for one class can be worth one episode of your favorite show.

Get To It – Skills Needed for Online Learning

1. Taking an Active Role
Take notes. Notes reinforce what you’ve learned and help make sense of information. Note-taking can provide breakthroughs and better memory recall in connection to your topic.

TIP: Wondering how to take effective class notes? Check out @collegeinfogeek’s ideas on note-taking here.

Ask questions. Whether it’s asking your professor or the internet, asking questions is vital to your understanding. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you become lost or just curious.

Connect with other students. Your fellow students can offer insight into your lessons and exchange points with you. A different perspective can change how you view a topic and enlighten you on points you may have missed.

2. Review
Re-read your lesson materials. Powerpoints and textbooks might seem boring, but going over them for a second or even third time can only increase your understanding of the subject. Re-writing and re-organizing notes can make them clearer and help with memorization. It also gives you time to write notes on points you remember from class as well as questions and ideas.

3. Study Aids
Take time to make or find aids and tools that will assist with your learning. Flashcards, online quizzes, post-it notes, and audiobooks are all examples of study aids. Having the online learning tools at your disposal to absorb content effectively can only make studying easier. Choose study aids that will benefit you. Not all aids work for everyone, so experiment with them and use the best fits.

TIP: There are lots of FREE study tools out there. Try out some of these user-friendly study resources: 

  • Quizlet – Flashcards, quizzes, and memory games, Quizlet is a favorite online learning game among students.
  • Padlet – Mind maps, timelines, and collages for easy organization of ideas of resources.
  • Grammarly – A writing tool that corrects grammar and critiques work.

5. Breaks
Find time for a break. Between classes, have a quick snack, take a moment to think and review, you can even nap. Give yourself time to absorb what you’ve learned and recharge before your next class or task.

When studying, try to take a short break every 20-40 minutes. Most small to medium tasks can be accomplished in this 20-40 minute window, and the break gives you a chance to step back and review what you’ve done or just take a breather.

Short breaks are best at 5-15 minutes. Extended breaks can be 25+ minutes, but are less frequent given their length. Some students use their break time productively by finishing other tasks, while others use breaks as downtime to rest and recharge. How you use your breaks is up to you!

Online education doesn’t have to feel like an impossible task. The right routine, space, and tools can be a simple and accessible way to learn. With incorporating some of these successful qualities of an online student, you might even find elearning preferable to on-site learning. Just know that it is possible. Remember, we’re all in this together!  

Be sure to connect with us @ecampusdotcom on Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook for more resources, tips, and some great giveaways! And when it’s time for textbooks, eCampus.com has you covered for all your course material needs at savings up to 90%! 

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#MyStudyBuddy Photo Contest Winners

And, Our Furry Winner is…

As many of you know, a few weeks ago, eCampus.com kicked off its first-ever #MyStudyBuddy Facebook Photo Contest which asked people to share a selfie of their furry, scaly, fuzzy or feathery best friend helping them get through remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Wow! You guys blew the roof off of this coronavirus quarantine distraction! We can’t tell you how much fun it was to see all your outstanding pet photos. (You should head over to our Facebook page and take a look!) We are happy to announce we had 80 adorable entries! 

From dogs to cats, a ferret, bunnies, and a bird, we saw a great cross-section of the animal kingdom represented and we wish we could have picked all of them as winners. One thing is certain – based on the pictures, the number of entries and the popularity of our contest, animals are such an important part of our lives.

And now to show off our five winners ($50 eCampus.com gift card), including our grand prize winner who won a $50 eCampus.com gift card in addition to a $250 Visa gift card…

We appreciate everyone who entered the #MyStudyBuddy Photo Contest. To check out all the entries, jump over to our Facebook page – https://bit.ly/MyStudyBuddy

Be sure to Like and Follow our page while you’re there – you never know when our next big giveaway is going to be!

Prefer Instagram? Twitter? We hang out there, too! Connect with us for great savings on textbooks and a few laughs along the way. 

Six Ways to Make the Most of the COVID-19 Quarantine with Your Pets + Win Prizes!

During these unconventional times, your study group probably looks a lot different. The guy sitting next to you used to have two legs, a beard and glasses; now he has four legs, loves to have his belly rubbed and barks when you ask him a question.

Your other study partner always took great notes and loved to wear her favorite blue cardigan; now she curls up by you on the couch and purrs while you read chapter 10 in your Economics book.

With many students learning from home right now, our furry (feathery, scaly or fuzzy) friends have become our lab partners and study buddies in our new online learning environments.

Whether you own a dog, cat, bunny, bird, snake or some other kind of pet, they’ve been there for you through this time of social distancing, remote learning and the overall unknown. Our “four-legged” friends offer a sense of comfort, warmth, love and normalcy when almost nothing else around us does. 

They may not understand why “mommy” and/or “daddy” are home way more than normal, but you can be sure they are living their best life right now. In addition to including them in your daily studies, we wanted to share some of our favorite ideas for passing the time with your pets.  

Here are six fun ways to involve your pet in your social distancing experience (and a BONUS at the end you don’t want to miss!)

  • TOYS!! Make a toy out of an old t-shirt or something else just lying around your house. They can chase or tug on it to chase away some boredom.
  • Teach them a trick – roll-over, jump, fetch…the sky’s the limit! Check out YouTube and Zak George for an assist.
  • Did someone say spa day?!?!! Treat your special buddy to an at-home manicure, grooming, and bath.
  • Make up songs for or about your furry friend. Exercise your creativity and your vocal cords and just have some fun making up songs. You never know, they may just join in and sing along.
  • Strike a yoga/doga pose. This can be a stressful time for people, but that stress can also rub off on our furry friends. Yoga can help relieve your stress and possibly your pet’s stress, too; have fun together.
  • Have a pet photoshoot! There’s no better time to make some lasting memories than now. 

But wait, there’s more!

How about a FACEBOOK PHOTO CONTEST with $500 in prizes?

eCampus.com wants to celebrate your new study buddies!  Enter our Facebook Photo Contest by sharing a selfie with your pet studying from home with the hashtag #MyStudyBuddy. Let’s have some fun together. Here’s how:

 eCampus.com Facebook #MyStudyBuddy Photo Contest

  1. Snap a pic of you and your furry friend studying and join us HERE
  2. Include a short caption, tag us (@ecampusdotcom) and hashtag #MyStudyBuddy
  3. Share the post and encourage your friends and family to vote by liking your comment. Voting ends at 11:59 pm ET, May 8, 2020.

The top 5 most liked pics will win $50 eCampus.com gift cards and will be eligible for the Grand Prize of a $250 Visa Gift Card. You can find more information and full contest rules via our Facebook page.

So, now’s the time to get snappin’ and share your pic! We want to see all those cute animals. They bring joy to you during these uncertain times so share the love!

And just in case you’re looking to get rid of those books at the end of the semester, or need new ones, eCampus.com has you covered! We know it’s a weird time, but we’re open and here for you! Sell your textbooks back for cash 24/7 regardless of where you purchased them.

Have other ideas on how to connect with your pets during the COVID-19 quarantine? Share them now on social by tagging us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!