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How to Acquire a Professional (Media) Internship

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With the fall semester right around the corner, many students are facing the rather daunting task of obtaining their first professional internship. Multimedia internships and careers in particular present further challenges as applicants are expected to be well versed in the vast journalism and communications field. The following tips in this blog post provide insight for those seeking a internship within various segments of media.

  1. Do your research– in any internship you apply for, it is imperative that you find out as much as possible about the company before entering the initial interview. For media research students, however, it is expected that you are already up to date on the current media trends, which includes anything from popular social media platforms to worldly events.
  2. Create an impressive portfolio– use clips from classes and outside writing ventures in order to create an all encompassing portfolio. For media students, it is appropriate and somewhat expected to have an online presence. This is a chance to show how your skills can be applied in a variety of different ways.
  3. Follow up– after the screening interview process, make sure to follow up with the employer through email or phone. Usually, sending an email thanking the interviewer for their time is preferred. When following up, remember to show your appreciation for the opportunity and express interest in obtaining the position.
  4. When serving your time as an intern, make an effort to make connections with different contacts– while networking is an essential component in every career, it is especially important within the multimedia network. When working within public relations, for example, it is imperative that you maintain good relations with reporters as they are the individuals that you pitch stories to. This also works in reverse for journalists. As a reporter, you rely on public relations professionals for pitches and story ideas within the community. Overall, since media is heavily interrelated, it is essential to use your time as a intern primarily for networking opportunities.

3 Comments

  1. Posted June 30, 2016 at 1:44 pm | #

    This is incredibly timely advice, especially with people who are nearing graduation but still scrambling for an internship.

    The clips from class advice is really solid. I think a lot of students freak out when they hear the word clips if they don’t have anything professionally published. Sometimes they then end up not submitting anything because they don’t think it’ll matter. Internship coordinators want to get a feel of what you can do and what you’ve accomplished. You should go with what you have like you said.

  2. Posted July 2, 2016 at 5:07 pm | #

    This is a great post, especially for me! I have not found an internship yet and you gave some really good advice on how to find one. I haven’t thought about including clips in my portfolio and I think that is a great idea to show the interviewer! It also shows that you’re prepared and how bad you want the internship!

  3. Posted July 3, 2016 at 2:34 am | #

    What a great topic to discuss! I will be interning this spring and need all the tips and advice I can get. I agree that doing research on the company prior to applying for an internship is essential. You want to prove that you are interested and passionate about the company you might potentially be working for in the future. Great advice!

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