Career & Professional Development

Helping Gonzaga University Students and Alumni Clarify and Achieve Their Academic and Professional Goals

Month: December 2013 (page 2 of 2)

Elevator Pitching

Imagine that you are in an elevator. The doors open and in walks the CEO of your favorite organization. You have the time of the elevator ride to get your message across of who you are and what you are about. What would you say?

A good elevator pitch should sound impromptu, but you’ll need to prepare it in advance to get it that way. Keep in mind the following five questions that your elevator pitch should answer:

  1. Who are you?
  2. What do you do?
  3. What can you do for me?
  4. Why should I hire you?
  5. How can I contact you?

Things to consider:

  • Start with a positive, confident and uplifting intro. This sets the tone for the message and common sense courtesy goes a long way in this case.
  • Practice, practice, practice. When you’re comfortable with it, practice on family and friends, and ask them for feedback on the content of your performance.
  • Keep the message concise (less than 30 seconds to be safe!)
  • Maintain eye contact. This displays confidence and trustworthiness – it’s all about a good first impression
  • Tailor your delivery to the circumstances of the moment: the goal is to maintain a conversational tone and not sound rehearsed

If you’re still stuck, take a peek at this sample elevator pitch:

“Hello, I am Jane Doe and I am currently a junior at Gonzaga University majoring in Public Relations. I believe one of my strengths is my ability to problem solve critically while working in a team. I enjoy learning and social media. I am looking for an internship opportunity that allows me to expand my developing leadership skills while gaining new insights into the field of communications. It is a pleasure meeting you and thank you in advance for your assistance with my search!”

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Take the next step and apply at

Information Session
Thursday, December 5, 2013
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Jepson 108

For more information contact Career Center & GAMP
(509) 313-4234

Paid Internships in SoCal

PAID Internships in Southern California!

From our friend Moryt at Internbound

Week of:  12/2/13


Life Technologies Corporation HQ (Carlsbad CA)

Intern (non exempt) [15159BR]

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SpaceX (Hawthorne CA)

Internship/Co-Op Spring 2014 / Business Operations (Los Angeles)

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Internship/Co-Op Summer 2014 / Business Operations (Los Angeles)

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Novogradac & Company LLP (Long Beach, CA)

2014 Busy Season Staff Accountant Intern [282]

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Panasonic Avionics Corporation HQ (Lake Forest CA)

Intern/Trainee (Paid) 1302532

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Intern/Trainee – [Legal/Contracts ] POS-012332 Paid [1302183]

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Intern/Trainee – POS-008016 (Paid) (1301880)

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Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla CA) 

Intern-Research [00475]

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Sherwin-Williams Company (San Diego CA)

College Intern [3721]

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Sherwin-Williams Company (Los Angeles CA)

College Intern [3722]

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Sony Pictures Entertainment (Culver City, CA)

Tax Intern [4072225]

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NBC Universal (Universal City CA) 

Systems Developer Intern [12552BR]

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 Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc.

2014 Customer Relations Internship (CRI) Program-TMS001CR

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Teledyne Technologies Inc. HQ (El Segundo CA)

Human Resources Intern [TDH-1945]

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Unisys Corp. (Irvine, CA) 

Technical Development – Student Intern Job [270339]

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Technical Student Intern: Systems Programming Job [272202]

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Paid Internships in PacNW

PAID Internships in Seattle and Bellevue!

From our friend Moryt at Internbound

Week of: 12/2/13


Novogradac & Company LLP (Bellevue, WA)

Staff Accountant Intern [208]

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PACCAR Inc HQ [Bellevue, WA]

Contract Administrator Internship [00004443]

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Marketing Internship [00004349]

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Accounting Summer Internship [00004339]

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Russell Investment Group HQ (Seattle, WA)

Intern, Corporate Communications

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Intern, Corporate Marketing and Communications

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Intern, Corporate Transformation

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Intern, Global Technology and Operations

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Intern, Indexes Production

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Intern, Marketing Events

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Intern, Multi-Asset Strategy Solutions

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Intern, Private Client Services

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Sherwin-Williams Company (Seattle, WA)

College Intern [3811]

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What Can We Help You With?

Here in the Career Center, we’re all about helping Zags. If you need help with professional development, networking, finding opportunities or even the little housekeeping things, we’ve got you covered. Check out our below Menu of Career Center Offerings to know what resources are available to you as students. And, remember, all of our services are available to both current and former Zags.

  • Appointments – make an appointment to get your resume or cover letter edited, help with internships and job searches or just chat with an expert in our office about your major, how to get the job you want or anything else. Please come to us with any of your questions – even if we can’t help you, we will lead you in the right direction.
  • Scheduled a Mock Interview. Sit down with an employee in our office for a real interview for a job you’re interested in. Interviews can either be held in person (with full business professional attire), on the phone or through Skype. In-person interviews can either be one-on-one or a panel, depending on which style you need practice in. We’re also able to record interviews so that you can go back and view how you look during an interview.
  • Attend our events. Throughout the school year, we put on many different events – everything from speed mock interviews (get practice answering interview questions quickly and precisely!) to Career Fairs to find Internships or Jobs to our Treks (more information on those below).
  • Use ZagTrax. is a great place to find available internships or jobs and to register for events and treks. Make yourself familiar with this service so that you can get the most out of it, and please drop by our office with any questions or concerns you may have.

Please contact us at (509)313-4234 or if you have any questions. You can also stop by Crosby 211!

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