I used to make a good deal of money working for OfficeTeam - a temp agency for reception/secretary. One summer I did a project for Ernst and Young at Milguard windows. Super flexible with the hours, generous breaks/lunches, and pay was good as well. Was nice too when I worked other summers and was able to go to several different jobs - nice to have changes of pace.
That's definitely an idea! I actually *almost* had a position in Ernst & Young's advisory services, until they realized I was looking for an internship instead of a full time offer. :(
Have you asked your current employer to keep you on for another couple of months? That seems simplest.
If your co-op employer is like mine they'd love to have a cheap, already trained employee on hand. If continuing employment doesn't meet the terms of your school's co-op/internship program just don't report it to them.
There are only a few hiccups with that, mostly in regards to housing. The room I'm renting now is already spoken for by someone in the Fall co-op line up, so I'd have to find alternate housing for ~2 months. Not impossible, but in the NYC/New Jersey area, it'll definitely have a massive premium attached to it.
My only other concern is that this is the largest possibility for employment after graduation (they extend offers to ~70% of co-ops from each cohort), and I'd like to sample another company and/or industry to make a more informed decision.
first post! hello fellow college students =D
There's a good few of us here, and even a good portion of high school students. It's very convenient taking advantage of all of the
wisdom of the older people here, since their life outlooks align well with my own, so they're great to bounce ideas off of.
Don't underestimate the value of an internship in the area you want to get a job once you graduate - even if it's unpaid!
Sure, it's not a long stretch of time, but it not only gets your feet wet to see what one possible job might be like in your field, but also pads your resume and makes you stand out even more against your peers, many of whom just partied it up over the summer, maybe with a minimum wage job just for spending cash, rather than true experience in your industry.
Those few weeks of (even unpaid) internship could result in several thousand dollars higher starting salary - and if you can bump up that initial starting salary once you graduate, that effects all future salary negotiations for the next 10/20/30 years!
I understand completely! My previous experience allowed me to negotiate an effective pre-tax wage of roughly $28/hr for this co-op, vs. the effective rate of ~$20/hr they originally offered (effective meaning a combined rate inclusive of my hourly wage and monthly housing allowance).
It also (possibly) allows you to sample another geographic area, allowing a more informed decision when considering an offer. A Colorado internship would be awesome! :D
This is why I originally tried for another internship, but the end of my current one in mid-June doesn't allow for the usual time frame for other companies', which so far seem unwilling to be flexible in that regard. :-/