Friday, December 10, 2010

Toppel Snuggie Fridays

Where's The Stuffing: Part 3

Written By Pallavi Pal

Are you staying in Miami for the Winter Break and Need Something to Do?

Even though it may be late in searching for and applying for jobs over winter break or even an internship, a great way to boost your resume would be through volunteering. Butler Center has a volunteer search engine where you can find your calling.

Whether it’s working at the Actor’s Playhouse or American Forests Association, there are exciting and fun ways that you can not only get involved with the community, meet new networking sources, but also enjoy your winter break doing something you love. On the Butler website there are options for every major and every field of interest at UMiami. For instance:

Art Majors
• Art Studio of Miami
• Gold Coast Theater
• GableStage
• Miami Art Museum

Science Majors may be interested in working at
• Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
• Baptist Hospital
• Action for AIDS, Inc.
• Children's Cancer Fund

Pre-Law Majors may be interested in
• Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project
• Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)
• Juvenile Justice Center School
• Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc.
• Guardian Ad Litem

Pre-Veterinary Majors may be interested in
• Miami-Dade Animal Care and Control Services
• Animal Rights Foundation of Florida
• Adopt- A- Pet

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Where's the Stuffing? Part 1

Written By Priyanka Surio

How to make the most of your Winter Break

As University of Miami students, we get all the perks of a great school in academics, research, and athletics. We also enjoy a month and a half of winter vacation where we get to eat turkey, celebrate holidays with our families and relax. But this long break also finds students feeling anxious, bored and yearning to do something productive. So why not make the most of your five weeks at home!?

There are a multitude of opportunities, which include:

Traveling – getting an opportunity to travel abroad and explore other cultures
Learning – taking winter intersession classes
Preparing - getting ready for graduate schools, applications, tests (MCAT, GRE…)
Experience - gaining real world experience through internships and jobs
Service - giving back to the community and making an impact


If you plan on traveling abroad, first look at places that you find appealing from which you feel you could gain the most. Look into whether you have friends or family there. Find cheap tickets as soon as possible. Talk to the study abroad office on campus and receive advice on the different options you have. While you are abroad, look into the different fields and organizations that you are interested in and interact with the professionals working there; you are building your international network!

Study Abroad Office
International Education and Exchange Programs
Telephone: 305 284 3434

Cheap Flight Tickets

Toppel’s Resources
Create an account with CaneZone and browse through Going Global for internships or job opportunities abroad that fall into the time frame and place you will be visiting.


Intersession Classes
UM offers countless Winter Intersession and Spring Break Intersession classes for those wishing to gain a head start in their college career.
Why else should you take an intersession course?
•Topics not normally offered during regular semesters
•Getting individual quality time with distinguished faculty members
•Sharing knowledge with other students

Check out the following webpage for more information

Contact Information:
For on campus and domestic travel courses:
Sam Postigo and Carol Wilson

For International faculty led travel courses:
IEEP office: (305)284-3434

What are the dates for InterSession/Spring Break?
InterSession: January 3-15, 2011
Spring Break: March 12-20, 2011

On the webpage is also a Quick Glance Brochure that will list all the courses, the school or subject area, the professor teaching, and the dates/times of the course.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Where's the Stuffing Part 2

Written by Priyanka Surio


Test Prep
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Access their webpage to find out what deals and courses/materials they have available.
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Prep with Kaplan's flexible online options now before your peers get moving.

Graduate Schools
IF you are applying to graduate schools already or wish to visit some beforehand to help you decide on the right school, click here for tips and advice on how to prepare yourself for these visits.
Visit to get the inside scoop on what to do before applying, what tests you will need for specific schools, how to apply and tips for your application, and further advice on what to do once in Graduate School.

Toppel’s Resources
Visit our main HireACane, click the Students or Alumni tab, and then click on the Graduate Schools tab.


The “Search”
In addition to your CaneZone account create a UCAN Internship account if you wish to discover more job/internship opportunities than you can imagine. You can access the UCAN Internship page on CaneZone.

Toppel’s Resources

Be sure to refer to the Internships and Resources tabs on Toppel’s Main website.
Career LINKS: We have compiled a list of websites associated with career-related topics like healthcare, pre-law, business, etc. Select your topic of interest to see the corresponding websites.


Do not wait to apply to that summer internship, research position, study abroad experience or job. The earlier you apply the more you increase your chances of being offered your dream position. Utilize your break to research programs and opportunities and develop your application for the respective programs in your field of interest.
Be sure to get feedback on your application and any necessary personal statements or essays. Toppel has walk in hours Monday- Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to help students with their cover letters, personal statements, and resumes. Normal walk-in hours end December 15. Toppel is offering a modified schedule of walk-in advising on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. from January 3-14, 2011. Normal walk-in hours resume on the first day of classes, January 18, 2011.

Stay tuned for more of the main course next time!