Updated: Apr 2
Beyond just lending beauty tips and posing in cute outfits, a big reason behind my blog is to be able to give people the same age as me advice that I know I would’ve appreciated.
Considering I’m 21 and headed into my senior year of college, snagging an internship was imperative for me. I’m an English liberal arts major and despite the common misconception, no I don’t want to be a teacher just because I’m getting an English degree. Actually my English degree is non-teaching. What I plan to do with it? Well, ideally along the lines of what I’m doing with this blog. I’d love to be able be a content writer for some big time publications/magazines. Of course, the niche I’d prefer to stick within is fashion and beauty, but I’m open to it all. I also would be open to content managing which is being in tune with keyword research and SEO optimization as well as coming up with the article topics opposed to writing it. Then, there’s the idea of dabbling with copywriting, advertising, or even social media positions. The end game to all of this, however is to be able to work my way into becoming freelance full time and make a stay at home living while working on things I love such as this blog. Let’s just say I’m open to a lot and willing to give anything a try that falls within my expertise. Honestly, I think a lot of people underestimate just how broad your horizon is with an English degree, but enough of defending my degree choice, on to the reason y’all are here!
The topic of conversation for today is internships — why you need one and how to get one! For my degree, having an internship isn’t actually necessary, but I know of some degrees requiring one in order to graduate. Whether you need one, or you don’t, however, an internship — at least one — is great to have accomplished before graduating and tackling the real world. Why? Well, let me just list a few reasons.
It will look great on your resume.
You’ll meet people that will probably have a lot of experience in the job you want to have one day and will offer up great connects for when you’re ready to get your big boy/big girl job.
You’ll get a chance to see what all goes into the job you think you want after graduating and it will help you get a better grasp on whether or not that job is a fit for you. It may open your eyes to other jobs at the company you’re interning with and you may surprise yourself and find that you actually want to learn more about other positions within the company even though that’s not what you’re interning for.
You can make some pretty good money depending on where you intern. If you get in at the right company, the pay will be far better than your typical customer service or fast food part time job.
This is the biggest reason of them all — experience! The experience you will gain will greatly help you when you graduate!
So, those are just a few reasons to dive into getting an internship. If, I’ve convinced you thus far then the next big question is how to get one! Getting an internship is hard work! Anyone who says otherwise was lucky enough to have some great connections probably. However, sometimes even with those connects, getting your first internship, or any internship at all will be a journey and a task. I’m not going to even lie to you and say otherwise. I went into this thinking it would breeze. I thought I’d research internships in my field, fill out an for a few applications, and get a snag from at least one of them. If this is you then I’m here to tell you that’s not AT ALL how it works. Finding internships is a task by itself and especially so depending on your job field. For me, there wasn’t a whole lot of what I was looking for. If there were good internship opportunities they were in the east coast, primarily New York City. Not to mention a lot were unpaid or if they were paid I wasn’t getting a stipend to cover my living arrangements since I have no one I could stay with out that way. Making sure you’re narrowing down your search to locations that you know you’ll have a place to stay at is super important. After I did manage to find some openings for my career field, I went to work on applying, but like I said I thought I could fill out a few and get at least one of them. No!!!! I filled out a couple — rejection. Filled out a couple more, made it to the next step on one, and then rejection again. Then I intensified my search and began filling out more and after several rejections I thought I was a lost cause. Although, no matter how screwed I thought I was, I didn’t give up. I kept finding positions and applying. Quite a few of them I made it to the second step which was typically either doing an editing sample, a video interview, or a phone interview. I still got nothing. At this point I thought my time was up because it was the end of the school year and I was headed home with no secured internship. God had other plans I guess because as I was driving from Arkansas to St. Louis I got an email to set up an interview for a publication in St. Louis! They liked my writing sample and wanted to move forward to the interview. To say I was shocked was an understatement. I didn’t get my hopes up too much because after all, I’d been rejected so many times so it could’ve gone either way. For some reason, I had a good feeling about this spot though. Like I knew it was mine you know? Long story short, I was right! I managed to get my first internship as a content writer for a traveling publication.
As my internship is coming to a close, I thought that there was no better time than now to give some advice to my supporters. I wanted to give you all the real behind getting an internship and what it may entail because that’s something I didn’t have. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but my largest takeaway and bit if advice is to NEVER give up. Apply until you can’t apply anymore. Out of 51 applications, and 50 no’s, all you need is that one yes.
Before I dash, I thought it would be beneficial to give some realistic expectations from whatever internship you may end up getting. There’s nothing worse than having your hopes up for a glamorous position and it not quite live up to your vision. Here are a few takeaways about my own internship that may apply to you too.
You might get burnt out. I was writing articles for 8 hours a day and up to 40 hours a week. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you’re signing up for something you can see yourself doing without getting bored, or tired of it.
Be social, but professional. It’s best to peep out your coworkers and surrounding before divulging your life to them. You have to remember that at the end of the day you’re an intern and you need a good reference from this.
That being said, it’s good to be social. Let your light shine and build those connections.
Never be afraid to ask questions. Communication is key. If you don’t know then ask to avoid any unnecessary mix ups.
You aren’t a child anymore and thus isn’t school. Remember that you’re going to be treated as a normal adult and therefore should behave as such.
You may go into it thinking you’ll love it and realize you don’t. That’s okay! Don’t feel bad. That’s part of the point of this. Internships give you the room to decide whether this is what you want to do when you graduate. Better to know before it’s too late and you’re stuck bouncing from jobs you hate because you never figured out what you really like.
Don’t be afraid to observe other positions around you. Just because you’re interning as one thing. Ask your supervisor about other positions that might interest you because it could be something you look into doing instead. Also, it’s just nice to be multi-faceted and learn more than one thing during your internship.
Appreciate it for what it is and don’t take it for granted. Always remember that even if it’s not what you wanted it to be, at one point you felt blessed for the opportunity. Never lose sight of that and try and find something good about the position no matter how big or small.
There you have it folks. My advice, tips, and tricks to internships. Whether you’re not sure on why you need one, searching for one, or wanting to know the truth about what it may entail — here’s the scoop! Hopefully you find some of this helpful. Let me know what spot you’re in for your internship journey. If you’re experienced, consider shedding your expertise on people not as knowledgeable about them.
Of course I have the outfit deets included. Take a peek at where I found the pieces for this outfit and as always, thanks for reading! Peace and blessings my lovelies!