Behind the Scenes: What it’s Like to Work at the RBDC

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What is it like to work at the Research and Business Development Center (RBDC)? This is

something all our new interns want to know, so here is a quick overview of what to expect when

you do a project with us.

First, you sign up! Go to the job board and find a project you are interested in. You then apply for the project and fill out the application form. If you are interested in more than a project, you only need to apply once. The deadline is one week before the semester starts.

Right before the semester starts, you will receive an email with the Project Interest survey where you will choose your top five projects you would like to work on. Then, the Project Managers and staff will do their best to assign you to one or two of your top five projects. The semester starts with two kickoff trainings where teams will be announced, among other important things. There are weekly trainings throughout the semester where you learn skills that will help you have a successful internship experience. During the first week you can expect to have your first meeting with your client where you will discuss what the project entails. From there the work begins!

After your first meeting, you will begin working with your team to deliver the final product one week before the semester ends. You will work closely with your project manager and an executive mentor to make sure you are adding value to the project and to help you answer any questions you may have about the internship and the project. At the end of the semester, you will put together a final deliverable and give a final presentation to your client.

The process is easy and simple, and the work you do for these companies not only gives you great work experience, but provides valuable information to them. It is a win-win for everyone. If you are interested in working on one of our projects, check out the job board here or apply now by clicking here.

How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

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LinkedIn is the largest professional social media platform. It is a great place to connect with other professionals and businesses. Just like any social media profile, it is important that your profile is complete and looks good. This is a quick step-by-step guide for how to have a great LinkedIn profile.

Customize Your LinkedIn URL

Customizing your LinkedIn URL makes it easier to search and looks more professional. Just go to your profile, on the right click “Edit Public Profile and URL”, then on the right, under “Edit your custom URL” click the pen and edit the end of your URL to your first and last name.

Profile and Cover Photo

Make sure your profile picture is professional. It looks best if it is just of you. If you do not have a professional photo, have a friend take a picture of you against a brick wall. For the cover photo, find a photo that applies to the field you are going into. You can find high quality, free and royalty-free photos at Pixabay or Unsplash (links).


Under your name you can add a headline. In your headline, include the industry or job you want to get in to and what you are looking for. Something like “Social Media Manager Enthusiast Looking for More Opportunities” or “Up and Coming Business Analyst” are great if you are looking for a new job.


Your summary is like the summary on your resume. It is two to three sentences that showcase your best skills. You can easily copy and paste your summary from your resume and insert it here.

Experience | Education | Volunteering

The easiest way to complete your experience, education and volunteering experience is take everything you did on your resume (link) and copy and paste it into your profile. That way your jobs and bullets are the best they can be.

If you do not have your volunteer experience on your resume, still add any that is relevant.


List all the skills you have. Do not be afraid to use the keyword list you created when making your resume or to Google a list of skills and find the ones that apply to you. You cannot have too many skills!