Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Never underestimate the importance of an internship. On Wednesday, February 24, Lock Haven University will host a presentation by a leading expert on internships—the Intern Queen, Lauren Berger. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, February 24 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Ulmer Planetarium. This event is free and open to the public. High school and college students will be especially interested in Berger’s advice about internships.Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Lauren Berger is called “The Intern Queen” after participating in 15 internships during her 4 years of college. Berger established Intern Queen, Inc. in 2008 with the goal of connecting students with their dream internship opportunities. The Intern Queen’s presentation will cover everything from how to find your ideal internship to turning that intern experience into a job opportunity. Berger will discuss managing an unpaid internship, monitoring your social media efforts, nailing your interview, and much more.
There will be a free giveaway at the event. One student will win a prize provided by LoungAir, sponsor of Berger’s speaking tour. LoungAir makes blow-up furniture. Berger suggests, “Think an air mattress but a chair version.”
Anita Casper, LHU internship coordinator, stressed the importance of internships. She said, “Internships are an important part of a student’s college preparation. Internships offer hands-on experience in the real world which complements their academic learning. As an intern, students develop professional skills that they can use to market themselves in the job search. In addition, employers prefer to hire students who have had internships because students are better equipped with communication skills and have a better knowledge of workplace expectations.”
Casper urges students to attend Berger’s presentation. “As a recent graduate with 15 internships under her belt, she’ll offer a fresh approach to students,” she said. Casper added, “Knowing how to interview, how to dress, and how to contact employers helps students land the internship. Knowing the do’s and don’ts of the workplace helps student succeed at their internship.”
Lauren Berger has been recently featured in Business Week, New York Post Page Six, E!News, ABC News Now, CBS, FOX, NBC, and more. She was named one of Business Week’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs Under 25. More information about Lauren Berger is available at her website: http://www.internqueen.com/
Berger’s current speaking tour includes presentations at four other PASSHE institutions: Edinboro on February 22, IUP on February 23, Clarion at 12 noon on February 24 and Kutztown on February 25. Her LHU presentation is sponsored by the Career Services office at Lock Haven University.