#SCBD Exclusive Interview with Lauren Berger, “The Intern Queen”

Lauren Berger is CEO of InternQueen.com, an online internship destination that helps students find and apply for internships while also educating them on how to make the most of their experiences. Berger grew up in Clearwater, Florida and participated in 15 internships during her 4 years of college, hence the title “Intern Queen”. Berger earned a degree in Organizational Business Communications at the University of Central Florida and interned for top-notch companies across the country such as MTV, FOX, BWR Public Relations, and NBC. Lauren applied her knowledge of the industry to her first job post-college at Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills, California. She told everyone at the company of her business ambitions and it caught the eye of Hollywood Producer, Marshall Herskovitz (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance). Berger worked with Herskovitz in 2008, as he helped her get the business off the ground. In 2009, she went off on her own and formed,www.internqueen.com. Today, Berger is an author, international speaker, spokesperson, and runs www.internqueen.com. Berger works with over 1,000 employers worldwide, connecting them with some of the most ambitious high school and college interns on the planet. Berger’s website reaches over 80,000 different students, parents, and employers each month. She has connected thousands of students with the internships of their dreams. Berger has spoken to thousands of high school & college students at over 50 colleges & universities in 20 different states. Berger’s book, ALL WORK NO PAY, was released January 3, 2012 worldwide. She was recently featured on The Today Show, Fox & Friends, and Bloomberg.com. In her spare time, Lauren loves traveling, spending time with friends & family, and catching up on her DVR! –InternQueen.com

If you know the story behind Small Chick Big Deals, you know it wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for her influence on me while I was a campus ambassador, read the story behind SCBD, here.

I had the opportunity to interview her the other day and asked her advice on life, internships, and of course food.

SCBD: Why and when did you to start the Intern Queen website?

LB: I came up with the idea in 2006, after completing 15 internships, as I was graduating college and saw that there was a lack of resources for students. I began working on the site full-time in 2009.

SCBD: When did you start interning and what was your first internship?

LB: I started interning in 2003 at an advertising and pr firm, The Zimmerman Agency in Tallahassee, Florida.

SCBD: What advice do you have for post-grads in regards to careers and life?

LB: Once you graduate work on finding a balance between finding a job and taking it seriously. You also want to balance in having enough time for some fun with friends, family, etc.

SCBD: I used to be a Campus Ambassador for the site, what do you look for in your ambassadors?

LB: I look for the most influential students that take a initiative and are proactive to be ambassadors. Most of the time they are first follow through and continue the process to get accepted. Most of the time they’ve heard about the program already as well.

SCBD: What is your stand on blogging and how can it be a benefit?

LB: It can be great as long as it is appropriate in regards to your job search. It can also be a huge benefit because you can gain more knowledge on the topic you are blogging about.

SCBD: Since this is a food blog, what is your favorite recipe?

LB: I’m currently loving hot Italian Sausage with peppers and onions, because it’s quick and easy and healthy.

SCBD: You’ve been all around the world, what’s the best thing you ever ate and your favorite city?

LB: My favorite city is Vienna, Austria. I went with the MTV Europe Travel Guide and it was a great experience. The best thing I ever ate was the  turkey bolognese pasta from The Pink Door in Seattle, it’s amazing

SCBD: What is your all time favorite food?

LB: I love chicken noodle soup!

SCBD: What’s your favorite restaurant? Why?

LB: For great Italian food in LA, I love  Dan Tana’s and for sushi I love Kabuki.

SCBD:  Would you rather have a night in with a homemade meal and great friends or night out?

LB: I like a  little bit of both. An ideal night in for me is good Chinese food and television.

SCBD: Since I cover deals, any budget advice you have for post-grads?

It’s all about the planning, the last day of the month or first day of the month make sure you figure out your budget. Prepare before you go out because it’s important to budget and go have fun. I believe money should never hold you back from having a good time. There are also so many great free things to do in most places now so be aware of them and go out and have a good time.

SCBD: Last question, if you had to pick one motto you live by?

LB: Never take no for an answer, decide what you want to and go out and make it happen. 

Thank you Lauren for letting me interview, it was  a great experience to be a campus ambassador and greatly influenced the start of Small Chick Big Deals! Thank you for being a constant inspiration for me! If you are in high school or college and want to know more about the site & Lauren make sure you go to InternQueen.com!

Lauren, the Intern Queen with some of the other Campus Ambassadors & I at the Today Show!

My friend Steph of Doe & Bear photography & I taking a pic with the Intern Queen at a book signing!

This the third interview in my #SCBDExclusive interview series, more to come!

As always, signing off until next time…happy eating! 😀

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