Nursing Interviews

NURSING“When the start of junior year rolled around, I knew it was time to become serious about preparing for my future, and more importantly my nursing career. When I was a freshman in nursing school, I remember looking at the job and internship page on the Carroll Nursing page and I can still feel the awe and excitement that filled my core. There were a few general hospitals that were advertising their programs but my heart raced when I saw the Camp Kamaji Nurse Intern tab. After spending a majority of the last two and a half years of my schooling on adult nursing, I knew that my heart yearned for something else. I have always been much more attuned to the needs of a child than I have for an adult, which is why I decided to look up that camp name again when I was on winter break of my junior year. Since the job opportunity was no longer on the nursing job page, I had to scrounge my memories for the name of that summer camp that I saw a few years back, luckily, I was able to mix around the letters a little bit to finally find Camp Kamaji for Girls in the northern woods of Minnesota. I filled out an online application for the camp, of which required me to fill out my past experience, a little bit about myself, if I have had camp and/or childcare experience, and what kind of experience I would like to gain from this opportunity.

Since I decided to search for the nontraditional internships, the process was fairly quick. I heard back in email within a week of my application submission and a phone interview was determined to be the next course of action, most likely due to the 8 hour distance. As the morning of the interview came around, I had my pen in hand and my notebook ready, filled with questions about the camp, what my expected duties would be, and reasons why my involvement on campus reflected my values and how that would demonstrate my perfect fit into the camp life. The interview lasted about an hour and was filled with open ended questions consisting mainly of “tell me about yourself” and “why do you want to work at camp?” The interview was very relaxed as the director mainly wanted to get a sense of who I was in order to see if my personality would be suitable for interacting with children on a daily basis. Even though the interview was over the phone, I laughed, smiled and let my true character shine. By the end of the interview, I felt like I could really be a part of the camp magic which was inevitably true since the closing remarks of the conversation was a job offer!”


Written by Brittany Buboltz


Finding Nursing Internships



“I began looking for internships early my sophomore year by checking the local hospitals’ job postings online. I was not sure when the internships would be posted online so I contacted the Human Resource departments to learn more about when I could expect to start applying. For the hospitals I applied to, the internship applications opened in the fall and were due early December. Each hospital’s application was slightly different but all included a resume, cover letter, letters of recommendations and several essay questions. Once the applications were released, early in the fall of my junior year, I worked closely with Career Services to polish my resume and cover letters in a professional manner, I met with the Writing Center to fine tune my application essays, and I contacted several nursing professors for letters of recommendation. Overall, it was a very busy and stressful fall trying to perfect my applications and submit everything on time. However, my hard work paid off when I was offered interviews at two of three positions I applied for.

My interviews were scheduled over my winter break. In the weeks leading up to my interviews I prepared by practicing a lot of behavioral interview questions. These types of questions can catch you off guard if you do not have a prepared response. I found common behavioral interview questions on the Internet and I also received a list from one of my nursing professors. I also researched both hospitals that I had interviews at. I made sure I knew their hospital vision statements/values, an example of how my life and nursing practice matched their vision statements and recent news regarding their hospitals. For example, one hospital was in the process of building a major addition so I made sure I was well informed about the project. I am glad I did because my interviewer asked me about my perspective of the hospital improvements and I already had a professional and polished response prepared for her.

My first interview was for acceptance to the internship program and not for a specific unit. That made the interview more challenging because I wanted to highlight specific strengths and show the interviewer I was right for the position but it was difficult not knowing which unit it was for. I left the interview feeling okay but certainly not great. My second interview was for a specific unit that the interviewer had selected me for. This means all of the applicants for this internship were reviewed, then each unit selected six students for a follow up interview based on how well they thought the student would fit. I was lucky enough to be selected for the Emergency Department, which is my dream job. I left this interview feeling on cloud nine. Later in February, I received a phone call from the Emergency Department offering me the intern position and later that afternoon I received another phone call offering me the position at the other hospital on a cardiac unit, which is another passion of mine. So then the choice had to be made, which internship would be right for me?”

Written by Michaela Schwartz


Michaela_SchwartzMichaela is a Nursing major with the hopes of having a career in Emergency and Trauma nursing. Michaela enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and has even been skydiving!



Finding a Nursing Internship



“Finding internships is not always the easiest of tasks, especially for nursing students. Most health care systems require you to complete three years of nursing school and have a plan to graduate the following year. So there is your first hint…begin looking early! I started looking for nursing internships the summer before my junior year. However, as stated earlier, I did not meet the schooling requirements. Throughout this process I found that many health care systems no longer offer summer internships. Despite this, I found one near home that not only matched my interests, but was paid! Since I did not meet the requirements that year, I put the idea in the back of my mind until the spring semester of my junior year.

The time finally came to apply! I had to call human resources (HR) to even find the application online. Second hint…If you cannot find a position at a hospital do not be afraid to call HR and ask if they offer something. The worst they are going to tell you is no, right? After completing the application and returning it to HR, the waiting game began. Several weeks had passed before I received a call to move on to the next level – a formal interview. I prepared for the interviews in two ways: physically and mentally. (I actually ended up having an interview with HR and two separate interviews with each department I was applying for.) First, let’s talk about the physical appearance aspect. Personally, I wore a business suit, nice dress top, and kitten heels. Oh, and you cannot forget the nylons! The interviewer’s first impression of you comes from your physical appearance. Therefore, it is very important to carry yourself in a confident manner and dressing the part is just one way to do this. Furthermore, I prepared myself mentally by looking up various interview questions online prior to my interview: “Why do you want to work for our health system? What makes you qualified for this position? Tell me about a time that you made a mistake and what you did to resolve the issue?” That way when I went into the interview I was prepared for almost anything. Most of the questions I ended up looking up were in fact asked. So final hint…look up questions and prepare answers prior to the interview to become more comfortable.

After my three interviews, I left the hospital feeling confident. Again, then came the waiting game. Luckily for me, I got a call back less than 24 hours later with an offer from both positions! Besides getting the internship, the formal application and interview process has given me experience for when I apply for nursing positions this spring.”


Written by Krista Greene


Krista_GreeneKrista is a Nursing major with the hopes of becoming a Nurse Practitioner upon graduation. Krista is a Chicago Blackhawks fan who enjoys running, scrapbooking, and water sports!


Are you ready for the 2015 WorkForce Career & Internship Fair?


Are you prepared for WorkForce 2015 Career & Internship Fair?

If not, here is a checklist of things to do before going:

  1. Create / update your resume. Need help with this? Make an appointment with a Career Fellow through LC Online.
  2. Review list of employers that will be attending the fair. Click here for the list of participating companies and organizations.
  3. Research the companies that you want to speak with.
  4. Create and practice your 30 second elevator pitch.
  5. Clean or purchase your business professional attire.

For more tips and to see what a career fair looks like, check out this video, Career Fair Success

HIRED! Success through the Oshkosh Placement Exchange (OPE)


Michelle Betts 

Class of 2014

Bachelor of Science in Psychology 

Minors: Communication and Sociology

When did you start your job search?

I started my job search in January of 2014. I didn’t actually figure out what I wanted to do after graduation until about November of 2013 when I got the opportunity to go to a residence life conference.

How did you find out about the position?

I joined a website that looks for Graduate Assistant positions,, selected my region preferences, put up my resume and a little blurb about myself. Shortly after I joined the site, I was contacted by Nova Southeastern University’s Recruitment Team saying that my resume was impressive and they would like to schedule a phone interview with me to see if my interests would fit with the school’s interests.

What was the interviewing process like?

The interview process was slightly intimidating. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was getting into but my current supervisor has gone through the same process that I went through before, so she gave me advice on questions to ask, what to look for in the job description, think of my own goals and see if they coincide with the school’s goals, and also remember my own values before I select a job that doesn’t fit with my own values. The first interview was over the phone, which was a big first step. After the phone interview, Nova looked over my resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts and let me know that they would like to interview with me at “The Oshkosh Placement Exchange (OPE)”. Interviewing with them was more conversational based rather than having a question written down and me responding. They were asking me about my experiences here at Carroll University rather than generic questions. It was more conversational based on what they picked out of my resume and then I had the opportunity to ask them questions. The next part of the process was an invitation to go to their campus for interviews there, which was really exciting yet very nerve wracking.

What was it like interviewing for an out-of-state position?

Interviewing for an out-of-state position was what I was looking for in a future graduate assistantship, because I wanted to expand my horizons and branch out from what I am used to doing. I also have some family in Florida, which will make the transition a little easier than what other people may expect.

What made you want to apply for the position?

I wanted to apply to this position because when I was contacted, the staff seemed really genuine when they were emailing me, through the phone interview and every time I interacted with them prior to visiting them on campus. When I visited them on campus, I became even more interested in the position because all of the current graduate assistants were extremely helpful with providing information and getting to know the rest of the graduate assistant candidates.

Why does the position and company/organization interest you?

As a graduate assistant at NSU they are in charge of a staff of students and working directly with the Vice President of Student Affairs at Nova Southeastern University, and while working for them, I will be getting my Masters in College Student Affairs with an emphasis on Conflict Resolution, so being able to put what I am learning into real life experiences was another huge reason why I wanted to work with Nova.  One thing I love about the university is that Nova is always willing to adapt and change for the better, and because of that the Vice President of Student Affairs created a position for me so that I could challenge myself and improve student affairs at Nova. My official title will be Graduate Assistant for Special Initiatives for the Office of Vice President of Student Affairs.

Currently, what is one of your career goals and how do you see this position helping you achieve that goal?

In the future after I get my Masters of College Student Affairs, I want to be able to work at a University that needs more help developing their Student Affairs department and get the university to realize that happy, involved students stay at a school longer than those who are not as involved. This school is more than willing to help me accomplish this goal because Nova means new, and they are always changing to better themselves for the students.

Michelle Betts is a guest blogger for

CU Career Services. She’s a senior

majoring in Psychology with

minors in Sociology and Communication.

What is it like to interview for an internship?


Congratulations! You got the interview! Now what? Internship interviews are a little different than job interviews. In a job interview the employer is more concerned about finding out if you have the necessary qualifications and experience.  However, typically, internships provide students with opportunities to gain the skills and experiences that employers are looking for in their professional career opportunities.

Recently, I had a couple of internship interviews. Some of the questions I was asked were:

  • Would you please tell me about yourself?
  • Would you please identify one of your strengths?
  • What do you consider to be one of your weaknesses?
  • What kind of classes are you taking/have you taken?
  • What types of activities are you involved in?

The last two questions are more common in internship interviews as oppose to job interviews. Usually, an interviewer will ask about the classes you have taken in order to help determine what type of theoretical knowledge and skills you will bring to the internship.  When the employer asks about what other activities you are involved in this will help give them more information about who you are, what types of things interest you, your work ethic, and potentially your availability.  When employers make their hiring decisions, they want to choose the candidate with the best fit. Typically, this is a combination of skills, personality and availability.

Another question an interviewer might ask is, “How long do you plan to be working here?” At first this may seem odd since this is an internship and internships typically have start and end dates. However, this can be a tricky question because some employers like to hire interns for a short period of time and if the intern works out well, they often will ask the intern to gain more skills and experience by lengthening their internship time. If the employer is not clear about a set timeframe and they ask you this question, let them employer know the minimum amount of hours you are looking for and if this works out for both the employer and you that you would be open to increasing your hours or length of time in the internship.

The most common internship specific question that I was asked was, “What would you like to gain from this internship?” For me, the answer was easy. I wanted to get on-the-job experience and a better idea of what it would be like to work in that career field. This answer seemed to both please and impress the interviewers. Employers want to know that you are genuinely interested in the position, as opposed to just completing the internship because it is a graduation requirement.  The main thing to remember in an interview is to be confident, be honest, and be yourself!


This post was written by Candace Damato. Candace is a sophomore at Carroll University who is a double major in Graphic Communications and Business-Marketing.

She has an obsession with glitter and loves scrapbooking and coloring.


Securing an internship using the Great Lakes Community Investment Grant


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This past December I secured a paid internship with the Milwaukee County Department of Economic Development. Since I started in January, this internship has provided me with hands-on experience working with city development officials, analyzing economic data associated with urban growth, and communicating legal documents with municipal mayors. As a senior majoring in Political Science, an internship of this nature is not typically paid. However, with the help of the Great Lakes Community Investment Grant (GLCIG) I am able to gain valuable hands-on experience essential for a potential career, all while balancing out college expenses. The underlying purpose of the GLCIG is to provide funding for students studying in the fields of humanities and social sciences, such as but not limited to, History, English, Political Science, Sociology, or Global Studies. Students who major in these fields of study do not typically land a paid internship during their undergraduate studies. But the paid incentive offered by the GLCIG offsets this difference. If you are a humanities or social science major looking to secure a summer 2014 internship, be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity!

LukeThis post was written by Luke Mattek. Luke is currently a senior at Carroll University studying Political Science. In his free-time he enjoys reading, exercising, playing tennis, fishing, and keeping up with the Packers.