That Time of the Year Again
It’s that time of the year again when everyone is searching for internships. A lot of public relations agencies have stopped accepting resumes for the summer but definitely not everyone. The process of finding internships to apply to and then actually finding the time to apply to them can be overwhelming. Honestly, it’s like adding another class to your schedule that you aren’t getting credit for. It takes up a lot of time between making sure your resume is perfect and then crafting that infamous cover letter.
Even though it all seems stressful while everything is happening, it’s all worth it in the end when you land that summer internship. Attending your classes and finishing your degree is important, of course, but what’s also important is making sure you’re taking what you learned in the classroom and actually doing it in the real world. You can graduate at the top of your class but if you don’t have any experience in your field, you still won’t be as appealing to recruiters as someone who took the time to intern. Recruiters in human resources departments want to see that you know what you’re doing and that you actually took the time to intern somewhere and put what you learned in the classroom to some use.
One thing I’ll say about internships is that you should never underestimate your experience. You never know what kind of experience people are looking for. I recently interviewed with an agency focused on tourism and healthcare and the first thing they wanted me to talk about was one of my internships in the sports industry. I currently intern at a hospital, so I thought that would be something they would want to learn more about right away since the agency has a healthcare focus, but I was wrong. There could be one thing you did at a previous internship that sparked their interest in you.
Be sure to take advantage of each and every task they give you at your internship so you can get as much experience as possible. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because this is supposed to be a time when you are learning. Internships can also help you determine if this is actually the field you want to work in for the rest of your life. It’s better to figure that out while you’re interning instead of later on in life when you’ve already started the job. So while it can be stressful as you’re applying to internships, it’s definitely worth it in the long run.