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Internship Candidates Care More About Pay Than Career Advancement

With 40 percent of all entry-level full-time hires now being sourced from internship programs, you'd think that the most important factor to college students when choosing an internship would be full-time employment prospects. But that isn't the case at all. In fact, the two most important factors to students are these: location and pay. Earlier this year, Vault administered its annual Internship Experience Survey to 5,800 interns at 100 different internship programs. Read More >

What's It Like to Be an Intern on a Top Internship Program?

As a consistent member in our list of top internship programs, it's fair to say that Northwestern Mutual must be doing something right. Here, we take a look at some of the answers from Northwestern's respondents on this year's internship experience survey. What they have to say underlines just how highly-regarded the program is. Read More >

The Only Piece of Career Advice You Will Ever Need, from "Car Talk"

This week people across the country were saddened to hear of the passing of Tom Magliozzi, the older brother of the dynamic "Car Talk" duo that graced the airwaves for over 30 years on NPR. The show aired live from 1977 until 2012, and NPR has broadcast repeat episodes since then. I have been a casual listener of the show ever since I can remember, and in my adult life "Car Talk" has become a staple of my Saturday morning routine. Read More >

Careers in Cannabis: From Wall Street to High Street

Five or six years ago, if you had told employees of the New York-headquartered High Times that some day in the not so distant future there would be a $300 million private equity fund named after and run by their counterculture publication, they likely would've told you to "stop bogarting the joint, man. Read More >

1Ls -- We Need to Talk About Your Grades

Hey 1Ls, totally no pressure or anything, but it's November. Have you started outlining yet? You bought those commercial outlines already, right? You do realize exams start in about a month…are you mentally, physically and emotionally prepared? There's a reason that the mention of exams, particularly 1L Fall exams, quicken the pace of law students' already overly caffeinated rapidly pulsing hearts. Grades matter. A lot. Read More >

Will Law Firms Increase Salaries in 2015?

Earlier this month NALP released the results of its 2014 Associate Salary Survey which, to nobody's surprise whatsoever, showed that BigLaw associate starting salaries are not going up anytime soon. In fact, associates starting at large firms in 2014 are less likely to be making $160,000 than associates in the class of 2013. Read More >

Are the New Options Available for Student Loan Refinancing Right for You?

For many recent graduates, the thought of paying back the principal amount of their student loans can be overwhelming, add in the additional compound interest they'll be paying over the life of the loan and the total student loan figure can become utterly nauseating. Read More >

29 Technical Interview Questions Tech Firms Ask Internship Candidates

Yesterday, Vault released its Top 50 Internships For 2015. The rankings were calculated using data culled from our latest Internship Experience Survey, which was administered earlier this year to 5,800 interns at 100 internship programs. Survey respondents-which came from a variety of industries, including finance, consulting, energy, consumer products, media, and tech-were asked to rate their programs in five areas. Read More >

Sample Cover Letter to a Google Recruiter

The following has been adapted from the Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media.  Your resume and cover letter are your primary marketing tools to help you get hired. These documents-along with your educational achievements, professional skills and experience, and interviewing skills-will determine whether you land an interview or not. Cover letters should highlight your accomplishments and tell a company what you can do for it (e.g. Read More >

Top 50 Internships For 2015

Earlier this year, Vault invited more than 500 organizations to participate in our annual Internship Experience Survey. The survey asked current and former interns to comment on and rate their internship experiences on a variety of factors. This year, we heard from 5,800 interns who reviewed 100 different internship programs. Read More >

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