"I feel very lucky to have the chance to work and study in New York City, and I have always made a point of not taking that for granted. This is definitely a big motivator for me to keep working hard. I also try to surround myself with other ambitious and hardworking friends, which means we all push each other to pursue our goals."
– Mia Janse Van Rensburg, Class of 2020

 
Meet Mia Janse Van Rensburg, an international student from Johannesburg, South Africa, who came to Pace in search of an education that would give her exposure to practical work. Her focus on experiential learning was obvious when we took a look at her resume and learned that she has been interning since she first became a Lubin student. She has had internships with big names in the marketing and media industries, such as NBCUniversal and PAPER Magazine. While interning at the latter, she accidentally photobombed a celebrity picture that appeared on Vogue.com! This summer, Mia had an internship just a couple blocks away from our New York City campus at The Wall Street Journal and Barron's-Dow Jones. During her senior year, she will focus on her work for the Pace University Brand Marketing Team, as well as on her new internship at NBC working in Creative Partnerships. 
 
Why did you choose Pace University and the Lubin School of Business? 
Being in the city was very important to me. I liked Pace's emphasis on pursuing many internships and graduating within four years. It is also really great that Pace's Marketing department is filled with experienced professors, most of whom still actively practice in the industry!  
 
What type of opportunities and resources have you been taking advantage of as an undergraduate student at Lubin? 
To start, I think the Lubin Resume Workshop is essential for all students. Career Services can provide a lot of useful tips and tricks for the internship application process. I also make an effort to form connections with my professors throughout the semester, as they are very well-connected and resourceful. 
 
Tell us a bit about your internship experience. 
This summer, I interned at The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) doing Acquisition Marketing for the Membership Team. The main purpose of acquisition is to drive subscriptions to WSJ that will drive incremental revenue. My team specifically worked on marketing student membership. 
 
I have been interning since my first year at Pace. Some of my previous internships include NBCUniversal, TalksonLaw, PURPLE PR, and PAPER Magazine.  
 
How will you apply what you learned at your internships to the rest of your career? What comes next? 
I've learned so much from all my internships. First, I recognize the importance of using data as a marketing tool. I also realize that the best way to succeed in an internship is to be humble and to always be eager to learn more. 
 
What motivates you to work hard? 
I feel very lucky to have the chance to work and study in New York City, and I have always made a point of not taking that for granted. This is definitely a big motivator for me to keep working hard. I also try to surround myself with other ambitious and hardworking friends, which means we all push each other to pursue our goals. 
 
Do you have any advice for other Lubin students looking for internships?
My favorite place to look for internships is Indeed.com! Keep checking job websites throughout the year and apply as soon as you see a listing you want to pursue. The earlier your application is submitted, the better the chances you have of hearing back. I would also recommend reading publications like Ad Age, The Wall Street Journal, and Ad Week to stay up-to-date on industry news. This will make you much more knowledgeable and informed once the interview process starts.  
 
What does #LubinLife mean to you? 
It means having an ambitious spirit and taking advantage of the city's abundance of opportunities.  

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