Searching for an internship is a great way to teach yourself about your future career. There are many resources available to you. One key resources is the pre-requisite class, CRDV100. It is important to keep in mind that you'll need to do some planning for any internship. For starters, think WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and HOW. While it might seem simple, you shouldn't take anything about your internship for granted. Thinking ahead about WHO you want to work for, about WHAT you want to do there, about WHERE the company/organization is located and HOW you will travel there and what kind of time commitment it will take...all these factors will be important.
Internships are competitive work placements that are often balanced with school work. Also, employers work months ahead of time time to select their candidates. Employers vary on how and when they set deadlines. This means that students need to PLAN AHEAD for internships so that they have adequate time to research employers, prepare their materials, apply and interview. Here's a sample timeline:
5 months before planned start of internship...Begin target search of employers; evaluate academic schedule
4 months before planned start of internship...Apply to internships; evaluate any related costs for travel or other needs
3 months before planned start of internship...Interview, make additional applications if necessary
2 months before planned start of internship...Interview & accept; finalize academic scheduling and cost needs
1 month before planned start of internship....Accept placement, obtain credit letter and register for credits with Internship Program Office.
Media jobs are competitive. You'll need to be a strong candidate. The pre-requisite class, CRDV100 Employment Practicum, is designed to give you the job-seeking tools and information you need to be a strong candidate. In Employment Practicum you will develop a professional resume, write a cover letter, research employers, practice professional interviewing and learn other related skills and techniques. You'll need that knowledge to compete. For example, at the bottom of this page you'll find a list of recommended online job boards and a link to the Marist Foxquest internships/jobs database. Using resources like these is a great way to both learn about opportunities in your field as well as target specific companies, locations and job types that you are interested in. Investing time and energy on your internship search is very likely to yield positive results.
For example, let's say you're interested in working for a PR firm in New York City in the Fall or Spring semester. Did you know the vast majority of PR firms require a 2-day per week minimum commitment? That means you'll need to plan a full semester ahead to open up time on your class schedule to accommodate the commute time and work time. Or, in another example, maybe you hope to work for a sports broadcasting company. Sports programming is heavily concentrated on the weekend. You'll need to plan that the internship is likely to require you to work either a Saturday or Sunday shift, which might conflict with a part-time time job or other personal commitments.
Many Marist students take advantage of the concentration of media companies in New York City. If you're headed for a city internship, be sure to include the cost of commuting in your plans.
So, what does all this mean? It means it's important to plan ahead and to know what to expect. Changing a class schedule AFTER receiving an internship offer can be problematic and sometimes impossible.
Here are some resources that you will find helpful in your search for internships.
- How to Begin Planning for a Communication Internship
- 5 Steps to Your Internship
- Sample resumes
- Internship Job Boards for Communication Majors
- Marist Foxquest
- Internship Search Checklist
Also, check out the many resources for internship/job searching available at the Marist Center for Career Services website. Or, visit them in Library 302.