Jenny Lee is a fourth-year Bachelor of Management student majoring in Managing Data and Information with a certificate in Marketing Management. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, she attended high school in Nova Scotia through the Nova Scotia International Student Program (NSISP). Captured by Halifax’s natural environment, Jenny decided to remain here and enroll in the Management program at Dalhousie University, taking advantage of the optional internship program.
“One of the main reasons I chose the internship program is because I was lacking work experience in my field of study, and having an internship position would expand my network and develop skills required for my career of interest,” says Jenny, who is completing her 8-month internship at the university’s Admission & Registrar’s Office. “Since my job is about helping prospective students who either wish or plan to attend Dalhousie, I feel very accomplished and enjoy doing my job.” Through her role she is gaining experience with tasks such as content inventory and content audit, two things which she had no prior experience with. Jenny is also responsible for managing campus tour operations. This allows her to develop professional skills such as time management and efficiency.
Jenny is enjoying her position at Dalhousie and expressed that she is surrounded by a supportive supervisor and colleagues who encourage her to take on new projects. “My experience as a Dal employee has been amazing as my supervisors and colleagues are very supportive and helpful when it comes to developing and improving skills.”
During her job search, Jenny prioritized applying for the internship jobs that appealed to her career interests, dedicated time to editing her application documents, and practiced her responses to common interview questions. As an international student under NSISP she was not able to work during high school, and she shares that she did not feel confident in her applications due to lack of experience. Jenny says that despite this, the support from her Career and Recruitment Specialist, Jennifer Coombs, helped her gain confidence to continue applying for internships. “She always sent me job postings to let me know that there were good opportunities for me, and the job I have now was one of them.”
Jenny’s advice for you:
- The Management Internship program will help you gain paid relevant experience in your field, better preparing you for the workforce after graduation.
- Take advantage of support from Management Career Services. They played an integral role in supporting me through reviewing and editing my professional documents, as well as supporting me through the application process.