Happy Green Tuesday! As a Southwest Intern, working for a Company who shares my appreciation for the Planet and finding ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle is very important to me. Off the clock, I recently had the opportunity to volunteer at the local SPCA animal shelter here in Dallas. The next time you find yourself throwing away blankets or toys, be green! Give your garbage man a break and head to a local animal shelter near you. Meet Chance. He is a rescue dog at the SPCA animal shelter in Dallas. Chance is searching for a forever home, but in the meantime, he relies on donations to keep him healthy, warm, and active. Did you know some of your old belongings could provide this for him? The next time you go to throw out an old blanket, sheet, or towel, think of Chance. He can use it to line his kennel to stay warm. Your old dog or cat toys, or even your children’s used plush toys can be donated as well. As long as a dog or cat cannot choke on the toy or pull small parts off of it, the toy can be donated. This simple act can help dogs or cats occupy themselves while they are in their kennels. While the SPCA in Dallas cannot accept dry dog food, other animal shelters are always in need of dry or canned food and treats. These aren’t “recycled” items, but it’s something that shelters greatly appreciate. At Southwest Airlines, we are always looking for ways to further reduce our impact on the environment and use our resources responsibly. What are you doing to show the three R’s—reduce, reuse, recycle—some LUV? Let us know by commenting below or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. DING! You are now free to be green!
Note: the needs of animal shelters can differ depending on the location, so make sure you check before you go. If you would like to donate to the SPCA in Dallas, you can view their wish list here.
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Filming top executives at Southwest Airlines; designing T-shirts for hundreds of Employees to wear; and even dressing up in costumes for special events. These are just a few things NoLimits Interns are able to do during their time at Southwest Airlines. With such great hands-on experience, it’s not an easy internship to come by. Current Interns (including myself!), and a Southwest Recruiter are here to offer some helpful advice. There are certain things an applicant can do to soar above the rest. Luke Stone, a Southwest Airlines Recruiter, says one thing the Recruitment Team looks for in a candidate is that he or she has done their research on the Company. “I want someone who has actually heard of us and wants to be here,” Luke says. The team looks for someone who knows about Southwest’s past and has a Warrior Spirit, Servant’s Heart, and a Fun-LUVing Attitude. The recruiters seek these attributes in candidates all throughout the application process. While certain skills are required for positions, oftentimes they hire for attitude and train for skill. If you are looking for an internship where you will get coffee and lunch for your boss, this is not the internship for you. Interns are treated just like Employees. All Interns are given projects they can take ownership of and are instrumental to the functioning of the team. This is one of the reasons why the internship program is harder to get into than Harvard Law! Another thing the recruitment team looks for is passion from the application about what he or she is doing. He wants to know that candidates are really involved with their major and didn’t select it on a whim. He also recommends knowing the job description backward and forward. This will come in handy when the interviews start because applicants will be asked questions based on the description. To give future applicants even more of a head start, several Interns share their advice for the application process because we understand what you are going through! Top Tips Be able to laugh at yourself. Get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. Dress to impress. Be yourself; let your Warrior Spirit, Fun-LUVing Attitude and Servant’s Heart shine. Be sure to bring a pen and paper to the interview. Don’t forget to take a breath and remember to have fun. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you’re offered a cup of water before your interview, take it. Show the recruiters that you’re passionate about your degree. Print out a job description and know what you’re applying for. Don’t forget the HR representative in the room during the interview. Practice common interview questions. Remember the interviewers’ names so you can send them a nice thank-you note. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Give a firm handshake and keep eye contact. Show up early. Do your research on Southwest and the position that you’re applying for. Be confident and be yourself. Hit ‘em with a smile. Be unforgettable. Be nice and courteous to everyone you meet on your way to and from the interview. Be patient through the application process. After all of these great tips, you should feel better prepared to conquer the application process. Hopefully one day you can join the ranks of the few that can call themselves Southwest Airlines Interns. Our NoLimits Internship Team is currently accepting online applications for our Fall 2012 Intern positions. All internships are located at Headquarters in Dallas, and there’s a wide variety of Internships available. If you know any great college students who would LUV to intern at Southwest, please point them to www.southwest.com/careers to apply by April 2 .
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