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Interns get insider's view of politics

Students exhaust variety of
resources in search for jobs

By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
As Sara Deneweth cruised down
Detroit's Woodward Avenue in a con-
vertible, her traveling companion, Sen.
Carl Levin, urged the driver to take a
ride on the wild side.
"He was trying to get the driver to
drag race the other cars," said
Deneweth, an SNRE sophomore. "He's
really a cool guy."
In addition to spending five hours in
a car with Levin as part of the
Woodward Dream Cruise, Deneweth
learned many aspects of politics during
her seven months as an intern for
Levin's 1996 re-election campaign.

Deneweth began as a volunteer for
Levin's campaign in March, 1996, dur-
ing her senior year in high school.
Within a few months, Deneweth was
promoted to an intern, and then to a
paid staffer, a job she held through the
summer and the campaign months.
"As an intern, I got to see all aspects
of the campaign," Deneweth said.
With time, Deneweth's title became
events coordinator, and she received
more responsibilities, including schedul-
ing events.
"It was pretty informal in the begin-
ning,' Deneweth said. "But towards the
end, I was given more specific tasks."
Although Levin was busy running a

highly publicized campaign, Deneweth
said he made himself "very accessible"
to the interns and staffers.
Political internships are not available
only in federal offices. Many University
students head to Lansing for a summer
or a semester to participate in an unpaid
internship program.
LSA first-year student Christi
Carpenter, who hails from the Traverse
City area, interned at the Lansing office
of her state representative, Michelle
McManus (R-Lake Leelanau) this past
summer. Carpenter also worked on
McManus's 1996 election campaign.
"I learned so much," Carpenter said.
"You really start to pick up what's going
on in the state government."
Carpenter's duties ranged from stuff-
ing envelopes to listening to con-
stituents' concerns.
McManus, the youngest woman to
ever be elected to Michigan's Legislature,
served as a role model for Carpenter.

McManus went to great lengths to
make herself accessible to the interns,
Carpenter said.
"When I was putting labels on
envelopes and she had a few free minutes
in between meetings, she would sit down
and help me put labels on the envelopes;"
Carpenter said. "She has very high stan-
dards for herself as well as others."
Interns must possess certain character-
istics that allow them to feel comfortable
in the lawmaker's office, said Justine
Warren, internship coordinator for state
Rep. Mary Schroer (D-Ann Arbor).
In addition to being responsible,
Warren said she looks for interns who
share the same political beliefs as Schroer.
"If they find out they are in an office
where they totally disagree with the
politics, then this may be the wrong
place for them."
Because most state representatives
only have two paid staffers, interns
must perform a variety of tasks.

"We have them do everything from
mundane jobs like filing to replying to
concerned constituents," Warren said. "It
also depends on the skill level of the
For most of the summer, when many
,college students want to intern, the
Legislature is not in session. During
that time, Warren said the interns work
on research projects for future legisla-
With the upcoming congressional
elections next year, Deneweth said she
plans to take a semester off to work on
a campaign full-time.




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'U' experts report 80
percent of jobs obtained
throtigh contacts
By Ken Mazur
For the Daily
With graduation and the end of
college comes the beginning of what
graduates hopes will be a long and
prosperous career in their chosen
But first you have to find a job.
There are many resources available
on and off campus to help soon-to-be
alumni make the transition from student
to employee as easy as possible. From
university resources like the Office of
Career Planning and Placement Office
to the classified ads and the Internet,
students can find assistance from many
different sources.
At CP&P, resources available
include rows of material on various
career fields and help in preparing
resumes and getting ready for job
The office houses a resume data-
base known as FORUM, that
employees can search to find per-
sonnel they need.
"I went to CP&P and joined
FORUM," said LSA senior Amber
Melosi. "They have a lot of good
books and information for students
to use."
CP&P also hosts job fairs in the fall
and winter that offer the students the
opportunity to meet with prospective
The Internet is home to some of the

most extensive and timely job search
resources. Using the JobDirect web
page, students can submit their
resumes and search through compa-
nies and job postings. JobWeb, a site
associated with the National
Association of Colleges and
Employers, also seeks to bridge the
gap between students and employers
by providing job and employer pro-
files and other career planning
Classified ads in newspapers are a
common source of information
about individuals and companies
seeking employees, but Carmen
Bilen of CP&P advises against using
the classifieds when searching for a
"That's probably the worst way to
find job," Bilen said.
Bilen noted that the job listings in
the newspaper classifieds often tend-
ed to be aimed at the mass public,
and that most students should look
for job openings that are more spe-
cific to their needs and qualifica-
Well-developed contacts also can be
valuable resources to have when con-
ducting a job search. Bilen said stu-
dents should listen to the old saying
that "it's not what you know, but who
you know."
"Eighty percent of all jobs are got-
ten through personal contacts," said
Setting up informational inter-
views with companies to learn about
prospective careers and positions is
a good way to meet people and

develop contacts that could later
prove useful when needing to
become employed.
Informational interviews are often
the best way to find out if a job you
are considering is something that you
actually want to do.
These interviews can be arranged
by calling a company's human
resources department and asking to
speak with the person at the position
in the company you are interested
Setting up a meeting with this per-
son will allow students a chance to
get a feel for what their desired job
actually entails.
Bilen said that with the economy
doing so well and unemployment at
it's lowest level in decades, jobs are
plentiful right now.
The job market is especially
encouraging for business and engi-
neering students, where the demand
for employees is even higher than
the demand in other areas.
Consulting in particular seems to
be a very hot field right now, noted
As companies began to restruc-
ture their organizations for the new
global business climate, the demand
for organizations to help them
recruit new employees and acquire
diverse personal is growing at a
healthy rate.
Students can reach JobDirect at
http://www.jobdirect.com/, Job Web
at http://www.jobweb.org/, or visit
CP&P at the Student Activities
Building in Room 3200.

LSA junior Eric Patton browses through the classified
opportunities. Today students can find employment o
sources, especially the World Wide Web.

Please call 973-KNOX
for more information and/or directions.


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