10 Questions To Ask Before You Begin An Internship

10 Questions To Ask Before You Start An Internship

The semester has ended and you have moved out of your dorm room. If you aren’t studying abroad, taking a summer class, or working part-time, you’re likely interning somewhere. Internships are great ways to build hands-on experience in your desired career field, and they’re also great for networking and even making new friends. I had an editorial internship — my first internship EVER — last summer and I had such a fantastic experience. Of course, looking back, I found some things I could improve on, and I wish I had done a few things differently, but it’s a learning process, right? If you’re curious about what my experience was like, be sure to check out my post on What I Learned From My First Editorial Internship.  I didn’t know too much about what to expect, other than the fact that I was told I would take on the same assignments as full-time employees. I didn’t know anyone who already had editorial internship experience, so I was kind of like the guinea pig of my friend group. I didn’t know what would be considered appropriate office dress, and I pretty much didn’t ask all the questions I probably should have asked beforehand. Because I want to make sure you don’t stress on the inside as much as I did when I started my first internship, here are 10 questions to ask before your first day no matter what kind of internship you get. 

1. What time should I be in the office?

This is probably one of the most important questions that you can’t be shy about asking! I know you’ve heard of the average 9-5, but not every internship requires that you work during those hours. Some may ask you to come in a little later, and others may ask you to come in a little earlier. Some are even a little flexible and allow you to come in any time between, say, 8am and 10am. Usually, your hiring manager will tell you this info ahead of time, but if they don’t, be prepared to ask. Last year, I always tried to be in the office before my boss. Being late is obviously a huge internship mistake, but being there early will earn you a really good impression. Try saying something like, “what time are you usually in the office? Should I plan to arrive then, too?”

2. What is considered appropriate office attire?

Like I said, I didn’t know what was considered appropriate for the office on my first day because I failed to ask my hiring manager beforehand. I guess the question just didn’t occur to me, and I spent hours the night before combing through my closet looking for something decent. I settled on a plain button down, leggings and my favorite riding boots (it was still quite chilly at the time). I polished off the look with a statement necklace. My goal was to look business casual so that I was neither too dressed up nor too dressed down. And because it was still chilly, I brought a blazer with me so I was prepared either way.

The office dress code varies from company to company, honestly. Some are very laid back and will allow you to wear shorts, sundresses and jeans, while others will prefer it if you kept it more on the business casual side. Asking before you begin will give you enough time to buy any dress shirts if you need them, or invest in dress pants.

Related: 6 Pairs of Shoes You Need For Your Summer Internship

3. Should I bring my laptop or other materials from home?

This is yet another question I FAILED to ask…I didn’t even think about it, but not all internships will give you access to company computers. I just assumed that because it was an editorial position, I would have desk space and a computer to work on. Well, that and the fact that I was told during my interview that I would have a desk and computer to work at if I was selected. There may be times when having a laptop or even a tablet on you will come in handy, so ask to make sure it isn’t required. If you must bring your laptop, be sure to pack your charger and any other accessories you need.

4. Is breakfast or lunch offered?

Well, don’t ask it LIKE THAT…

At my previous internship, everyone in the office had access to the kitchen, so I could make myself a cup of coffee, have any drinks in the fridge, and help myself to bagels, pizza, and anything else that was catered or ordered. Of course, it’s always best to have some money for food on you at all times just in case. Also ask what the lunch policy is. If it isn’t clear if your internship offers you food, you can bring up the topic subtly by saying something like, “are there any great brunch or lunch places near the office?” Then, cross your fingers and hope they say something like, “actually, on Wednesdays we order pizza for everyone.”

5. Who can I contact if I have trouble getting inside the office?

It’s important to have contact information other than email of at least one person you’ll be working with. If the receptionist isn’t in and the office door is locked, you’ll need some way of getting into the office. Make sure you can call your boss and ask them to let you in if push comes to shove.

6. How does compensation work?

You’ll usually be told ahead of time whether or not the internship is paid, but make sure you understand how you will collect payment. Will it be deposited directly into your account once a month? Will you find a check on your desk biweekly? Also, become familiar with the person who deals with administrative tasks such as payments, so if for whatever reason you have a question about your money, or are confused, it’ll be a lot less awkward to go ask them.

7. Is there parking available? 

If you will have to drive to your internship, make sure you know whether or not you can use the company parking lot (or if there’s even a company parking lot!!!) Asking this will help you plan ahead in case you’ll need to leave home a little extra early to scout out a parking spot near the office.

8. What will a typical day look like? 

Say something like, “out of curiosity, what will a typical day for an intern look like? I just want to make sure I come prepared.” This way, you’ll know if you’ll be moving around a lot so you can avoid wearing the cute new heels you just bought. Plus, if you’ve suddenly got cold feet about your internship — which is perfectly fine and normal — hearing what your day-to-day will look like could calm your nerves and make you feel beter about it.

9. Who will I report to? 

Your hiring manager won’t necessarily be the person you submit your work and time sheets to. You’ll usually be told who you will report to after you submit any necessary paperwork, but if you aren’t, make sure you ask, and on day one, make sure you introduce yourself to this person.

10. Who can my career center contact? 

If it isn’t a paid internship and you must be able to receive college credit, make sure you ask what the company’s policies for credit are, and how your career center can get ahold of the hours and work that you log. Know ahead of time whether or not you’ll need a signature from your supervisor, or if you’ll have to submit a spreadsheet of your hours.

Good luck on your internship, everyone!

How are you preparing for your first day? 

12 Internship Mistakes To Stop Making Right Now

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Internships are fantastic ways for you to gain experience in the field you hope to have a career in, or even in an adjacent field. We all definitely want to make sure that we make a great impression (especially on the first day) and that our boss actually loves having us as a part of their team. Despite our best efforts, from time to time we may…slip up a little — unintentionally, of course. And when we finally realize what we accidentally did or didn’t do, we’re already kicking ourselves because we wish we had done or said something differently. It happens! But the person in charge may not always be super forgiving…a mistake could literally cost you your position! So to make sure those mistakes don’t happen again, it’s important to first acknowledge those big internship crimes, and while we’re being honest here, I’ve definitely found myself being guilty of a few of those! That being said, NEVER…

1. Arrive late.

In fact, you should be in the office/on the job before your boss is! Get there and get right to work. If you don’t know what task you should be working on first thing in the morning, then make it your duty to plan ahead and find something to work on before you even begin the day. I always feel comfortable when I leave the office with an approved article pitch for next week, so I know exactly what I’m working on next time.

2. Not talk to anyone.

This isn’t the place for you to be shy and not speak up or offer input in some way. Yeah, you’re there to learn but that doesn’t mean that you should sit on your hands while you do it. Try to talk to your coworkers — even if you’re just contributing to a small conversation. Your coworkers are also great connections for the future, so you don’t want them to think of you as the quiet intern they hardly knew — or worse yet, forget who you are! Before I leave the office, I like taking some time to talk one-on-one with my boss, sometimes about non-work related things as a way for us to get to know each other better.

3. Get too comfortable.

Yeah, you want to be comfortable where you are, but there’s a boundary you don’t want to cross…You’re an intern — a fresh, temporary member of your team. Avoid thinking that you can do as you please or push your luck in any way. Make sure you play by all the policies. Also, physically speaking, don’t slouch lazily in your seat — you might come off as uncaring!

4. Use your phone the entire time.

Okay, I doubt anyone would actually use their phone the entire time they’re working, but don’t pick up your phone every time you get a text, tweet, or notification that someone liked your photo on Instagram. Once in a while (like during a lunch break) is okay, and to respond to an extremely urgent message is fine, but don’t push your luck with Snapchat selfies at the desk, or tweets about how much of a struggle walking through the city in high heels is.

5. Apply makeup at your desk.

If you need to to reapply the lipstick that you accidentally ate off when you had lunch, go to the bathroom — don’t sit at your desk and hold your phone up to your face in an attempt to fix your makeup or hair. Your boss expects you to work when you’re at your desk, and if you get caught in the middle of a touch-up, well, good luck.

6. Be rude to coworkers or your boss.

Your friends may think that you’re the sassiest person they’ve ever met, but that won’t seem very cute to your boss or coworkers! Be polite and respect everyone around you.

7. Talk badly about anyone behind their back.

If for whatever reason there’s gossip going around the workplace or you overhear coworkers talking badly about someone else on the team, NEVER chime in; it’s not your place and it’s none of your business. Also keep in mind that you literally just got there and don’t actually know everyone the way they all know each other, so you don’t have the grounds to assert any reservations appropriately.

8. Not ask for feedback when someone says that something could be improved. 

ALWAYS ask for details about improvements. ALWAYS. You can really learn something for next time so that you can put out higher quality work, and it shows that you actually care about the work you’re doing.

9. Neglect a task.

Never assume that because someone didn’t remind you about something it means that they no longer need you to fulfill the task. It’s your responsibility to stay up to speed on everything that you have to do. If you have questions, ask. If a problem arises concerning the task, let your boss know as soon as possible — don’t try to brush it under the rug (or is the idiom sweep it under the carpet??)

10. Take on a task without consulting your boss first.

I know that having a sense of independence is a great feeling, and it’s a great way to grow, but you still need to clear your ideas with your higher ups first before you even begin work. Requirements for the task could be changed as needed, and it would be a waste of time to go ahead and do something without approval if you screw it up. Plus, your boss will definitely remember if you do that.

11. Leave the office without completing all of the day’s tasks.

If you didn’t finish something that you began doing, and you did not get the permission of your boss to leave it for next time, make sure you work until you get it done. Try not to rush things either because it’s way better to do things right the first time rather than to turn in sloppy work. Trust me, staying an extra 20 or 30 minutes to do something properly is worth it!

12. Leave the office without saying bye to your boss.

I know that some people say that your boss should leave the office before you do, but if there’s a certain time that you must be out of the office by, always say goodbye to your boss before you leave. And say goodbye to your coworkers as well — it’s just common courtesy.

So go forth to your next day of work feeling a little more aware of some common mistakes, but also confident that you won’t make them! Btw, if you’re still looking for a position, be sure to read my post on how to get an internship. And if you like to hit the office in style (and comfort) like I do, check out my post on shoes to wear for your internship.

What other things should you never, ever do during an internship? 

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6 Pairs Of Shoes You Need For Your Summer Internship

Congrats on scoring your awesome summer internship — you worked hard for it (believe me, the process is not all that easy!) But if you still haven’t found that summer opportunity yet, take a peek at my post on how to get a summer internship. My current lifestyle internship is the first internship I’ve ever had, so you can imagine all the new things I’ve been learning — like what shoes you should wear when you’re hurriedly stepping through the bustling Manhattan streets to get to your professional work environment. Yeah, you know exactly what I’m talking about. So to help you figure it all out, I’ve put together a list of six pairs of shoes I think are absolute musts for your internship.

  1. Simple, black wedges. These are great if you’re looking to add some extra height to your outfit. Wedges are great, especially in a city environment, because you don’t have to worry about a heel about as thick as pencil getting stuck in any sewer grates or cracks in the sidewalk. Also, because they’re wedges you get that added stability that you don’t always get with every pair of regular heels. Plus, black is pretty sophisticated and goes with everything, so this is definitely professional enough for the workplace.
  2. A pair of short heels. Wearing a little, traditional heel is fine (as long as you can walk quickly in them!) I wouldn’t suggest three-inch heels, though I think that two inches is okay (it’s as high as I’d go if I’m trudging through the city!) A pair of high heels is classic footwear on a professional occasion, so you’ll definitely look the part. I’m really becoming more and more into those pointy-toed heels, because the colors and designs they come in make them look so flattering. Plus, outfit inspo from Pinterest has really made me believe that I too can rock those kinds of heels. But if you’re not a fan of pointy-toed heels then you can just opt for rounded-toe heels. You can definitely have fun with these to make them really go with your outfit. Also, try to snag a pair of heels that includes some sort of strap (just like in the one pictured above) to really secure your feet in there — you wouldn’t want your shoes flying off halfway down fifth avenue!
  3. Simple (but appealing) sandals. It’s summer and sometimes you just want to show off your fab pedicure, or just not wear shoes at all, and sandals are pretty much as close as you can get to the whole no-shoe experience. Getting a simple pair like the ones above ensure that your shoes can still go with whatever outfit you’re wearing that day, and they aren’t super distracting in the work place. My workplace is pretty chill, but of course — like any workplace — there are limits to what you’re allowed to wear, and as an intern you definitely don’t want to push your luck with that! So if your internship has a policy against open-toed footwear, you might want to leave your sandals as benchwarmers. In any case, sandals are especially great for those days when you don’t want to wear heels. Just make sure that they fit securely on your feet.
  4. Plain black flats. Flats are great for literally any occasion because they sort of just work with whatever you’re wearing, and they mold to that outfit. You’ve probably seen people trying to work their outfit around their footwear, but you don’t really have to do that with a simple pair of flats, which is really good because that means you won’t have to buy up a new pair of flats for every single outfit (but if you love shopping like I do then you probably wouldn’t mind the extra trips to the mall anyway). These are definitely a staple because there are lots of really comfortable ballet flats out there that you can grab, and you can often find these for a really decent price. Plus, they’re always welcome in any work environment.
  5. Printed flats. See, you can still have fun with your footwear! I have a really cute pair of leopard print flats that just add a little extra something to some of my more monochromatic outfits. I like to have some fun with what I wear and I think that printed flats are a great way to do that without pushing the boundaries of professional dress. Obviously, you don’t have to just stick to leopard print — get yourself floral print, or even a nice checkered pattern! Just like regular ballet flats, these are always welcome in the workplace.
  6. Riding boots. You’re probably thinking, ‘why the hell would I wear riding boots in the summer?’ but hear me out. So it can still rain in the summer, and sometimes your big, glompy rain boots can take away from your gorgeous outfit. Plus, if you’re flat-footed like me then maybe you haven’t had the best success with some rain boots. The ones I’ve tried always hurt the bottom of my feet intensely, and you absolutely don’t want that much discomfort (especially not when you’re commuting over an hour and still have to walk long city blocks). So I’ve found that riding boots provide me with amazing comfort while still protecting my socks and feet from the wet weather. Plus, they still add aesthetic to your outfit. I think Riding boots are still good enough to be considered professional as long as they aren’t embellished with a shit ton of unnecessary buckles and whatnot.

Remember to always wear shoes that fit you well; never wear something that’s too tight because you can actually pinch the nerves in your feet and cause some inflammation and serious damage.

What are you rocking at your summer internship? 

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10 More Tips For Getting A Summer Internship

The internship hunt can be a bit time consuming and often stressful — I’d know because I recently got out of that hunt alive! This was actually the first time I applied for summer internships, so there was definitely some trial and error in certain places. At the same time, I emerged victorious and excited to share with you all how I landed my position. I picked up so many tips during my experience, that one blog post wasn’t enough! Be sure to check out part one of my tips for getting a summer internship so that you’re all caught up, and that being said, let’s get into part two!

  1. During, an interview, try to give all your experiences a bit of attention. Earlier in my internship hunt, during interviews I’d often just discuss one piece of experience that I had listed on my resume (my position as an editor). I thought that this was my strongest asset because I developed skills as a leader, manager, writer, editor, and it took a lot of planning and strategy. It was great that I could talk about how much one position taught me, but what about the other positions on my resume? From what I’ve experienced, showing your interviewer that you were able to take away something from all the experiences you listed is a really good way to show that you’ve grown from every experience you had. I feel like interviewers think of this as you adequately absorbing what took place, and really making the most of your positions. Besides, they’d probably want you to make the most of a position at their company. 
  2. Demonstrate a unique understanding of a concept or idea. Show the interviewer that your experiences have shaped your thinking in a unique way. They can find many likeminded applicants who might approach a situation the same exact way, but try to show them that you have a different understanding that also works. Remember when you were in the first grade and kids made fun of each other for being even a little different? Well now you’re all grown up and being a little different is actually a good thing. 
  3. Don’t be repetitive. The interviewer doesn’t need to know five times that you’re an organized individual who is experienced with team management. I’m pretty sure that you have so much more to say about your abilities, so take your time to elaborate without repeating the same set of skills over and over again. 
  4. Use any opportunity to discuss what makes you qualified. This actually happened to me during an interview. The interviewer had finished asking me questions and was explaining a few things about the position. I took that opportunity to further elaborate on why I would be able to handle those specific tasks. Those were not interview questions, however, I wasn’t done making an impression. Saying ‘okay,’ isn’t always enough, and it never hurts you to endorse your abilities just a little bit more. That being said, really use your face time or phone time with your interviewer wisely and to your advantage. 
  5. Ask questions. This is actually how I was able to take the above stated opportunity to talk more about my qualifications. At the end of an interview, you’re typically asked if you have any questions for your interviewer. This is probably the one question that shouldn’t come as a surprise to you, so make sure you have at least one question to ask. In my opinion, it shows that you took the time to fully understand what you could about the company and the position before sitting down to be interviewed, and you’d like to take the extra step to learn more. Plus, like I said, you might be able to get the opportunity to further showcase your abilities by doing this. 
  6. Leave your business card if it’s an in-person interview. After I applied to the internship I eventually received, I was contacted for a phone interview, then I took an edit test, and lastly I had an in-person interview. Now, I had business cards in a nice business card-holder in my purse, but guess what I forgot to do…I was kicking myself up and down for that because business cards are definitely really professional, and a nice, neat way of telling an employer how you can be reached and what your work has been like so far. This looks extremely professional (especially for a college student like me) and it’s definitely something that makes an employer go, ‘wow.’ Leave your business card whenever possible, and if you don’t have one yet, I highly recommend getting some printed. 
  7. Be polite! Okay, don’t get so caught up in the craziness and stresses of internship hunting that you forget your manners at home. Always thank the interviewer for making time to speak with you. It’s definitely a small statement that is really appreciated because they’re probably way busier than you are and have a hundred things planned out for the rest of the day. You don’t want them to remember you as the rude candidate who doesn’t know how to say, ‘thank you.’ 
  8. If you haven’t heard anything, follow up. I typically follow up with a company one week after my last interaction with them. Following up lets them know that you’re serious about the position because you took it upon yourself to check in with your progress. Keep in mind that even after you follow up, companies don’t always reply to you. It’s not what you want, but remember that it’s okay because you did all that you could do. 
  9. Reply to emails promptly. No matter what point you’re at in the application process, reply to the company’s emails in a timely manner. Try not to just see it in your inbox and put a star next to it for later, unless you absolutely must do that because of circumstances. I have actually interviewed many people for positions on the staff I manage in college, and I can’t help but feel that the applicant is a bit disconnected when he or she takes many days to reply to a message. This can come off as a red flag to an interviewer. 
  10. Don’t quit after two or three failed attempts. Yeah, I know rejection hurts and it sucks, and when you feel you have so much to offer, getting rejected can really hit you hard, but you can’t just decide that you’ve given it your all and give up. I applied for a position at eight different platforms before being hired. To be honest, eight attempts isn’t a lot; some people apply to 20 positions before getting something, so don’t view rejection as ultimate. 

And that concludes my entire guide to landing a summer internship! I know I’ve talked about a lot, so if you have any questions you’d like to ask me, or if you also have some input you can leave me a comment below or email me at heyimjasmin@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you guys! That being said, good luck with your hunt, and if you aren’t looking for an internship just yet, I hope to see you back here when you are.

Happy hunting! 

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12 Tips For Getting A Summer Internship

Summer is upon us, and for many college students that means searching for internships, getting a summer job, taking a summer class to catch up or stay ahead, and a whole spiel of things that college kids typically do during the summer vacation. This summer, I’m going to be a lifestyle intern at an amazing content platform, and I can’t wait to start! Now, getting my position was no easy feat, and I completely understand the struggles of getting summer positions like these. I put a lot of work and energy into landing this position every step of the way and I’m proud to say that my hard work has paid off.

Since I’m a survivor, I’ll tell you exactly how I got my first internship. Keep in mind that I do not claim that these if you use these tips you will sure as hell land your internship; I’m just telling you what I did and how/why it worked for me. What I’m about to tell you are exactly what the title says they are — tips, a.k.a. helpful pointers. That being said, I still hope many of you will use these tips as helpful insight, and if you do use them and they help you land an internship then YAY, I’m really happy for you! Anyway, let’s get started, shall we?

  1. Begin your search AEAP — As Early As Possible! I started looking for summer internship opportunities in January 2016. Now, you might think this is ridiculously early, but there were a few companies that required application submission as early as January 31st. I shit you not. So being aware of really early deadlines will ensure that you aren’t missing out on the game, and that you get the chance to take your shot. Besides, wouldn’t it suck to know that you missed out on a potential opportunity all because you missed the deadline?
  2. Keep track of everything. I made organized lists of internships I was interested in, internships I had applied to, internships I couldn’t apply to (severely unqualified, needed someone to start immediately, etc.), internships I got rejected from, and internships I got accepted to. This was to keep my thinking clear and organized, because as a college student who hadn’t even scratched the surface of 20 years on this earth, I had a lot of school work and extracurricular work to do, and just a lot of other stuff going on. Internship hunting is very tedious, so you need as clear of a mind as you can get. Keeping track of everything this way really helped because sometimes I would find an opportunity, realize that I couldn’t apply because I was unqualified, find it again in a few weeks and then remember that I already covered why I couldn’t apply a few weeks ago.
  3. Don’t be afraid to send an email. You’d be surprised by how many people my age are afraid to send a quick email. I’m typically fearless when it comes to inquiries and getting information, so typing out a quick email asking a future employer if a position is still available really doesn’t phase me at all. You won’t always find deadlines listed for internships, so you need to be able to respectfully and effortlessly ask if the position is still available, or if the company has positions at all. I found myself doing this a lot, and sometimes they reply while sometimes they don’t. The idea is that you need to at least try because you never know!
  4. Think about what you want. That sounds really vague, doesn’t it? So one of my priorities when finding an internship was whether or not I’d be able to get paid for it. Hear me out. I have never had a paying job (tried really hard in the past to no avail) and to me it would’ve been really nice to have an opportunity that allows me to make a little cash that I can start saving for grad school, or use for my study abroad trip. So I considered paid opportunities first. Now, I’ve heard many times that one should take whatever comes his or her way when looking for experience, but one should still consider his or her personal preferences, too. You should never completely rule out an opportunity because it isn’t exactly what you want, but still don’t be afraid to take a chance on something that’s exactly what you dream it to be.
  5. Don’t be scared if your resume is longer than one page. I tried so hard to squeeze everything I’ve done in college onto one page for my resume. I even used size nine Times New Roman at some point because I felt I had so much involvement and experience to showcase, and I wanted it all to fit on one page because I thought employers would get bored with a long resume. If anything, employers will be annoyed if they have to read super tiny words on a page. It’s not the end of the world if your resume creeps onto the second page. But if you want a way to cut out unnecessary length to your resume…
  6. Keep your resume format simple. I probably could have added a few small decorative elements, listed my experience in a fancy way and all that, but truthfully a lot of those embellishments just take up space on an already busy resume. Sometimes, simple things are the way to go. This will also let you pay more attention to the quality of your resume.
  7. Really consider everything that should be on your resume. I kept on having to go back and add things to my resume because I somehow forgot to state all the websites I’ve been published on (even though I was only published just once on some), or the fact that I have some experience as a Snapstory content creator, or even the fact that I own my own website! This is major for someone looking to go into the magazine industry, and it was a major screw up on my part. I was actually told during a phone interview for a position that I really should have stated on my resume that I own a blog. Sit down and really think about everything that’s relevant to your work experience. If you’re having trouble distinguishing between what you should and shouldn’t include on a resume, seek help from the career center at your school, or even ask a supervisor what the best way to display your piece of experience on a resume is.
  8. Make your cover letter stand out. In a positive way, of course. In my cover letter, I used the first paragraph, the intro paragraph, as a way to be lighthearted and a little funny while still leading my potential employer to my main goal: why they should hire me as an intern. They say that employers only spend about 60 seconds on your material, so give them material that they wouldn’t want to forget; give them something that’ll make them smile, or even chuckle. I like to think that doing this will buy me an extra 2o seconds.
  9. Discuss the organization by name in your cover letter. You really shouldn’t send out a generic cover letter to 20 different employers. This definitely shows that you don’t care about each company enough to add some extra effort, so why should those companies hire you? Yeah, I had to go back and tailor my cover letters to every specific opportunity I applied to, and yes, I have multiple cover letters saved on my laptop, but at least doing this will make you a lot more likely to actually receive an interview.
  10. Really do your research about the company. This comes in handy with your cover letter because you should be able to demonstrate why you feel you’re a good match for that company, but it also comes in handy during interviews. I have been asked so many times about content from each platform, so of course I made damn sure I read a lot of the content from each platform. You will likely be asked about the company’s current work, so you better start doing some research. Familiarizing myself with the content was also really good because it helped me really see if I’d fit in well with the culture of each unique platform. I can’t report about celebrity lives for every single piece of content, so I would never try to take an opportunity with a platform that does just that. It just isn’t my style and it’s not what I’m good at. On the other hand, I love platforms that look at multiple lifestyle aspects, even with the occasional piece about a celebrity. You won’t be able to thrive in every single environment, so make sure you know which ones you might be most successful in.
  11. Keep up to date about current topics. Especially if you’re looking for an internship in some sort of journalistic industry. Even scrolling through Twitter the morning of an interview for breaking news, the latest overnight trend, or the most recent viral video that has society up in arms can drastically improve your chances of getting the position. You never know when you might be able to insert that piece of newfound knowledge.
  12. Don’t be difficult — make time for a phone interview. Yes, you’re a student and you have a lot going on, but don’t expect to not change a single thing in your calendar and still have a prompt phone interview. Your interviewer is way busier, so you might find that they only have two possible times to speak with you out of an entire week. Sure, you might’ve wanted Wednesday from 1-2pm for yourself so you can hit the gym, or catch another episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix, but you might also really want that interview, too. For me, scheduling interviews as promptly as possible was really beneficial because as an on-campus leader it can sometimes be hard to tell when a task will arise that you need to pay extra time and attention to. The more quickly you’re able to schedule an interview, the better; even the near future can be unpredictable.

Hope you’ve made it this far! This is just part one of a two-part series (I have SO MUCH to share with y’all!) I don’t want this post to be obnoxiously lengthy, so stay tuned for part two where I’ll get more in depth about the interview portion and some things toward the end of your application process.

How did you score your first internship? 

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