Hey there! Welcome back to my really inconsistent blog! I know, I’m the worst when it comes to consistently posting on here. I’ve been kind of putting off my blog because I don’t have a DSLR camera anymore and I feel like I need to have a good camera to make quality blog posts. However, I had an epiphany the other day. I live in Los Angeles and do a lot of cool things. There’s no reason for me not to be posting my butt off. A lot of the times I’m afraid of clogging up people’s feeds with my stuff but as a content creator I should not be worried about that. I’m working on being less afraid to post. How ironic is it that a person with 2 social media internships is afraid to “post too much” I know I need to get with it, I’m trying!. Ok, ok I’m going to give you what you came for. I’m just going tell you guys how I do it because a major key to success *cue DJ Khaled*is to share your secrets and help others. Most of my friends are in college so I feel like this can be helpful. I’m going to tell you exactly how I got an internship at Power 106 and Social Lighthouse. Don’t think that you don’t have to worry about this stuff until you graduate. The more experience the better, trust me!
1. Know What You’re Looking For
Ok guys this is really important before you even think about applying anywhere, KNOW WHAT YOU WANT. You will get so lost in places like Indeed and Linkedin if you don’t have an idea of the type of internship you’re looking for. As a communications major, I have a variety of skills so I was able to look for internships in social media, graphic design, branding, and photography. The cool thing about internships is that it gives you the chance to use what you’ve learned inside the classroom in a real work environment. I’m personally in love with going for the over the top internships at places like Disney and Buzzfeed. I’ve always been one for big names but in all honesty if you get an internship at a smaller company that is relevant to what you’re studying, you’re golden. You just want to make sure that you get credit.
2. Make Sure Your Resume Is Poppin
I’m going to be completely honest here and say that I learned the hard way that if you want people to look at your resume and take it seriously then it needs to be stacked. Last year when I was looking for internships, I had a really hard time finding an internship simply because my resume was weak. The worst part was that it wasn’t even visually appealing and I am a VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS major. Like I said, I learned the hard way. However, once I finished my internship last summer as a social media/artist management intern at JRH Entertainment, I made sure to slap that on my resume real fast. I also made sure to get busy at school. I took a social media practicum 2 semesters in a row which gave me the opportunity to be a social media manager for the College of Business and Communications and the College of Physical Life Sciences. I’m not gonna lie they weren’t the funnest social media accounts to run but they made my resume look real clean. I also made sure to get my act together put my design skills to work so I designed myself a nice little resume along with a matching cover letter. I promise you that just by cleaning up my resume, I had so many more opportunities come my way and companies actually call me back. (Also, get on Linkedin! I’m terrible and don’t use Linkedin I know it’s bad but hey I’m not trying to steer you in the wrong direction here!)
3. Leverage Your Resources I.E. Your Professors and Classmates
This one was HUGE for me. I got really lucky and had one of my dad’s friends pass my resume along to someone at the CW. That was a crazy opportunity for me that came to me just by knowing someone. Always talk about how you’re looking for an internship because you never know who your professors or classmates know. I knew that I was considering doing a photography internship so one day when I was talking to one of my professor’s during his office hours, I mentioned this to him. It just so happened that one of his cousin’s is an actor that lives in LA who works with photographers often and there was a possibility that I could maybe do an internship with one of them. You get the idea. It didn’t end up happening but a lot of the time professors are a huge resource because they’ve been out in the work force and know people. So always stay on their good side because you never know when you’ll need their help. Also, don’t sleep on your classmates they are a huge resource too! When I was interviewing with the CW for a photography internship, I got in contact with the TA from my photography class. I knew that he had just gotten an internship with Universal Studios so I asked him for help and pointers since he was successful in his endeavors. I also reached out to my photography professor because I knew that she would know better than I would about what the interviewers would be looking for. Although I didn’t get that internship I know that they were a huge resource to me and helped me prepare for that interview.
4. Apply Your Butt Off and Apply Early
This is something that I even need to get better at. For whatever reason, I was really intimidated by applying for internships. I think that I let fear get in the way and I really procrastinated redesigning my resume. Anyway, once you know what type of internship you’re looking for apply to every company that is offering that position. Apply everywhere I can’t stress that enough. Apply to places near and far. You never know who is going to want you but you definitely want to create opportunities for yourself. I applied on places like Indeed and Look Sharp. Also, apply early because you’re not the only one applying for internships. There are people out there with better resumes and more experience and you need to be able to compete with them. Although, I have 2 really awesome internships and I’m grateful for them but I know that I could have gotten even better internships if I wouldn’t have waited until April to start applying. I like to complicate my life, suffer through the pain, then come out a winner but that method doesn’t work for everyone and I don’t recommend it.
5. Don’t Think Because You Have An Interview You Have the Job
This will get you messed up real fast. I fall victim to this all the time. I think that because I worked super hard to get the interview then they must already like me and my resume. This is so far from the truth, don’t fall into the trap. Your resume gets you an interview but it doesn’t secure you the job. Internships are real jobs whether they’re paid or unpaid and employers don’t want to invest their time in someone that they don’t think will fit the job. Make sure that you prepare for the interview and come ready to kill it. That means that you need to do your Googles. Look at the company’s website, social media, Linkedin, everything. You need to be prepared for this because they want you to know things about their company. If you know who’s interviewing you it’s really helpful to look at that person’s LinkedIn account before you interview. I know I said that I don’t really use Linkedin but I use it when it’s necessary. Also, after the interview make sure to get the interviewer’s business card or contact information so you can send them a thank you email after the interview. It’s real impressive trust me. How do you think I’m on my third internship?6. Once You Get the Internship, PUT IN WORK.
Ok this is obvious but once you get the internship you better put in work. You really get as much as you give so it’s important to give %1000. This is real life experience and you’re there to learn so you want to make sure that you’re taking advantage of your opportunity. Ask questions. Carry a notebook. Keep track of and save the work you do at your internship because it’s all resume material. Make sure to keep good relationships with your employers because you may need them as a reference in the future. They might even want to hire you as a full time employee so prove to them that you’re worthy of that and that you work hard.
7. Have Fun and Know That It’s Ok to Not Know Everything
I sound like an expert but I am literally learning this all myself. I have to remind myself that it’s ok to mess up and not know everything. I am still in college and I am here to learn. I think that being humble and being ok with the fact that you won’t be perfect at this will help you so much as an intern. I read this book that talked about how your first few jobs will teach you more than you will give them and that’s ok just make sure to do your best and make sure that you’re trying to learn as much as possible.
I hope this helped! I did an internship last summer and I’m doing 2 this summer so I know how this works. I probably missed a thing or 2 but this is what has worked for me personally.