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Month: March 2010 (Page 1 of 2)

PR Internship: Seattle

We wanted to forward you both an internship opportunity that has come across our desk from alumnae of GU in the Seattle.  This opportunity is best suited for a soon-to-be graduate within the fields of PRMarketing and Communications.

Internship Description

Seeking an intern for the Seattle office. If you love doing research and getting a deep understanding of media perceptions, then this internship is for you!

Responsibilities would include: searching databases and online sites, loading coverage into databases, analyzing coverage, creating charts and team documents in Excel and miscellaneous project work.

The ideal candidate should be able to: handle a fast-paced, often demanding, environment; meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks; and prioritize effectively via regular project updates.

• BA or BS in Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, Marketing or closely-related field
• Strong research skills
• Ability to think independently and creatively
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer and Outlook. Some SharePoint experience preferred. Some knowledge of technology is preferred.
• Some comfort with Factiva and LexisNexis is a plus

For the full internship listing as well as the direct contact information for the alumnae who is willing to answer questions from potential applicants, check out the announcement section of ZagTrax!

Closing ZagTrax Internships

The following internships are closing between now and April 9th.  Does one strike your fancy?  Check out the full internship listing at
  • QA Engineer Internship  #4434
  • Recruiter Internship #4412
  • Finance/Accounting Internship #4534
  • Technical Aide Internship #4567
  • Software Engineering Internship, #4583
  • Operations Internship, #4547
  • Event Logistics Internship, #4548
  • Engineering Internship, #4595

The Career Happenings this Week….

Hey Class of 2010, before all the Senior Week activities get underway…consider swinging by the Career Center/ GAMP office to get guidance in your last weeks here on campus. From individual coaching to workshops and seminars, there is a vast assortment of tools and resources for every major!

  • Don’t forget about the Spring Etiquette Dinner! Mark your calendar for March 30th (Flex, Bulldog Bucks, Cash and Check accepted!)
  • Looking for a chance to network with fellow Zags?  Join us tomorrow at Next IT/Gonzaga networking event. RSVP today to    For full event details, go here.
  • Curious what to do with your liberal arts degree?  Join us for our Liberal Arts Seminar (3/24) at 7:30 pm in Road to Bali.
  • Join us for “Job Search in your Major Workshop” (3/25) from 12:30-1:30. (Road to Utopia)  RSVP to
  • Join Belinda for “Social Media for Job Hunters” from 1:30 to 2:30 (Career Center) this Friday!  We will review different strategies for optimizing social media brand.  RSVP to
  • Handling numerous one-on-one coaching appointments (Need one? E-mail
  • Hosting 3 GAMP Orientation sessions.  Have you signed up to get a mentor yet?  If not, get one by e-mailing

Curious How GAMP Works?

You’ve probably seen the acroynm “GAMP” around the blog as well as on campus… curious what it is and how to get involved?  Well, you have come to the right blog post!
GAMP stands for the Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program, a network of 2,500 alumni, friends and parents of Gonzaga who have volunteered to help coach and mentor current students.
To gain access to the network of mentors there are three simple steps:

  • You’ll first have to fill out a registration form.  You can swing up to the Career Center (2nd Floor of Crosby) or simply click here.
  • Then attend a simple 30 minute GAMP orientation, to explain guidelines of program as well as levels of expectations.  To the orientation, you’ll need to bring a letter of introduction as well as a resume.
  • From there, you’ll be matched with mentors in the fields/industries you have requested.

It really is that simple!

Frequently Asked Questions about GAMP:

1. Is this program just for business students?  I am a liberal arts major, how can it help me? This program is designed to help all students regardless of major or academic program! We have a wide variety of mentors in a great spectrum of fields ranging from non-profit to government, business, higher education and more!  The GAMP team is happy to work with students one on one to find the best mentor match for you!

2.  I have already been matched, is it possible to be matched again? I have changed my mind of where I want to work or my future plans.  Yes!  We welcome mentees to contact our office if your needs for mentoring change and you’d like to contiune to expand your professional network. We strongly encourage however the you are able to properly maintain relationships with mentors.

3.  I have contacted my mentors, but I haven’t heard back…what should I do? Contact them again!  Do not be a pest or a bother, but remember…these mentors are typically very busy professionals.  Keep e-mails brief but well thought-out and be considerate of their time and needs.

Interested in Events in Seattle? Check out this Internship!

This internship opportunity came to our office through an alumnae of Gonzaga today, and we wanted to pass it along.  If you are interested in event production, especially in Seattle, this could be a great opportunity.

  • Event Management Internship

The CRG Event Management internship is designed to introduce you to the inner workings of the event industry. Our hope is that this opportunity will allow you to express your creative talent, exercise your analytical skills and increase your understanding of event management and industry trends. Through interactions with established professionals, interns often find mentors and role models who can inspire their future career planning.

    • Quarterly Internships Available (Actual dates may shift slightly):
      • Winter: December 15 – March 15
      • Spring: March 15 – June 15
      • Summer: June 15 – September 15
      • Fall: September 15 – December 15
    • For more information and to apply, check it out here:

Interested in Policy or Government?

Then check out this great internship opportunity in Washington D.C. for the summer.  1Sky is a national climate campaign working to mobilize a broad base of support for climate change legislation in 2010 from across all sectors and communities in this country.

1Sky is looking for motivated people to intern in 2010 with the following departments this summer:

  • Organizing and Outreach
  • Internet, Film and Media
  • Policy
  • Development and General Support
  • Communications

Internships run from June 7 to August 20th. For more information on the internship check it out here.  To find out more about 1Sky, go to their website at:

Looking for Growth? Check out these Companies…

Recently, Yahoo! posted an article highlighting  companies with significant job growth, even in these tight economic times.  For the full article, go here.

Best Companies like the Scooter Store and DreamWorks notched some impressive job growth last year and are showing no signs of slowing down.

1. Scooter Store

The Scooter Store

Job growth: 51%
U.S. employees: 2,173
2010 Best Companies rank:38

Not to be confused with those zippy little rides for kids, the Scooter Store specializes in medical power chairs for seniors — and is no fad. The company notched some impressive job growth last year thanks to the aging baby boomer population and a strategic marketing shift.

Instead of relying on television advertisements, the Scooter Store bulked up its sales force to court doctors and assisted living facilities directly, with much success. New positions have also opened up for those who provide delivery, service and administrative support across the country.

Although Executive Vice President Mike Pfister doesn’t anticipate the same level of growth that the company experienced last year, he estimates it will remain in the double digits. “We try to provide an alternative for going to a nursing home,” he said, and “people believe in our ideology.”

2. Brocade Communications Systems

Brocade Communications

Job growth: 39%
U.S. employees: 2,873
2010 Best Companies rank: 61

After the acquisition of Foundry Networks at the end of 2008, the Silicon Valley equipment supplier focused its energy on hardware and software development, which meant adding more technical jobs, mostly overseas.

This year, the company is focusing its hiring primarily on sales and customer support positions worldwide. “We’ll probably grow about 20% to 30%,” estimates Lisa McGill, vice president of human resources. Many new opportunities will be concentrated at the company’s offices in Plymouth Minnesota and Broomfield Colorado as well as the research and development center in Bangalore, India.

3. Scottrade


Job growth: 22%
U.S. employees: 2,409
2010 Best Companies rank: 27

Last year the online investing firm opened 58 branch offices across the country and has plans to open a little more than 60 in the year ahead, which means more staff in the offices and at the company’s corporate headquarters in St Louis.

Plans are also in the works for a new business operations center in Denver, which will fuel more job growth going forward. “We currently have 230 job openings, not including the Denver openings which have not been posted yet,” according to Kelly Doria, a spokeswoman for the company.

Available positions are mostly concentrated in information technology, including developers, network engineers, infrastructure specialists and computer operations specialists but there are also openings for managers and stock brokers at the new office sites.



Job growth: 21%
U.S. employees: 2,361
2010 Best Companies rank: 43, which makes software to help companies manage customer relations, has thrived thanks to two hot sellers: Sales Cloud and Service Cloud. The latter, geared for call centers, is the company’s core product and its fastest growing. A key selling point is that Salesforce’s software integrates with Twitter and other social media channels, “taking the old service model and bringing it into the 21st century,” said a company spokesman.

CEO Marc Benioff says the company is hiring more sales people worldwide to meet increased demand and is expecting growth to continue in the year ahead because of overall improvement in the information technology environment.

5. Chesapeake Energy

Chesapeake Energy

Job growth: 20%
U.S. employees: 7,720
2010 Best Companies rank: 34

Increased activity at one of the company’s most promising projects, the Marcellus Shale, has uncovered new job opportunities for engineers, superintendants, foremen and field laborers as well as supporting positions in human resources, accounting and information technology. Currently there are over 420 positions still open companywide, which means hiring is showing no signs of slowing.

“We expect job growth to exceed last year,” said Kip Welch, the director of recruiting. “We could as much as double the job growth from last year if we continue hiring people at the rate we are today,” he added.

6. Scripps Health


Job growth: 15%
U.S. employees: 11,444
2010 Best Companies rank: 40

The San Diego-based hospital system has been growing its workforce consistently over the last few years as the industry overall has flourished along with Scripps itself, thanks to cutting edge programs like robotics surgery and human genetics research.

Scripps currently has about 400 positions open for registered nurses, imaging techs, laboratory and pharmacy staff as well as clerical and support staff. As a large corporation with expanding businesses, Scripps is also recruiting managers and professionals in accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, compliance, biomedical and quality assurance.

Yes, they are HIRING!

The Career Center and the Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program would like to invite you to an outstanding networking opportunity! NextIT, a local company with strong Gonzaga connections, is hosting an open house and networking event for students and alumni on March 23rd. They anticipate hiring 50 people in the next six months and that includes interns and new hires.  Check out the personal invitation from David Pendergraft’s invitation to the event!

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March 23, 2010

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

421 W Riverside Ave, 5th Fl

Spokane, WA 99201

Please join us for an opportunity to learn more about Next IT Corporation – a ground-breaking technology company with a culture of excellence – and the career opportunities available now. Hear from Next IT Founder, CEO and Gonzaga Alum Fred Brown, and meet with other current Next IT employees and Gonzaga Alumni.

Please RSVP no later than Friday, March 19!   E-mail

Also, please join us for an alumni and student social immediately following the Next IT networking event at:

Jimmy ‘Z Fine Food Spirits

521 W Sprague

Spokane, WA 99201

Another Great Trek!

So, how did you spend your Spring Break?  Was it filled with sunshine and basketball watching in Vegas?  Or did you get the chance to visit numerous Fortune 500 companies like Google, McAfee, Wells Fargo and Marsh in the Bay Area, hosted by Gonzaga friends and alumni?

Last week 35 students and recent alumni joined up in San Jose and San Francisco to participate in the 3rd Annual Bay Area Treks.  Participants were given the chance to visit corporate offices of Google, McAfee, Stryker, Wells Fargo, Blue Shield and more.

In addition to visiting the corporate offices of these esteemed companies, students were given the chance to network with enthusiastic alumni who offered advice and knowledge.

Interested in joining us?  Let us know!  E-mail: that you are interested in more information about the 2011 Treks to Portland, Seattle and Bay Area.

Next Trek?  New York City!  Applications coming soon.

Don’t be a Mad Hatter at your Next Tea Party!

In attempt to prevent students from having similar poor dining habits when dining out with future employers, the Career Center hosts an Etiquette Dinner twice a year, once each semester. This event gives students the chance to hone and refine their dining skills over a four-course meal. We also encourage students to ask questions about dining etiquette, such as:
• How do you eat spaghetti neatly? Or how about a hamburger?
• When do you start dining on a course?
• How important are RSVP’s anyway?
• What conversation topics are off limits?

When: March 30th, 5:30 pm

Cost: $25 per student
Payment Accepted: Flex, Bulldog Bucks, Cash & Check

Q’s? Contact us at or 313-4234.

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