Internships 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Sunday, December 20

By Sydney Jackson

As someone who has applied for many internships, I feel that exploring the job market can be a daunting task. If you are someone who is looking for work through an internship, the best way to approach finding your new role is by figuring out exactly what type of work you want to do. The second best way is to figure out where or who you want to work for and what are you trying to achieve from the opportunity. 

My dream internship/job role is to be able to work for a major news and media company such as NPR, CNN, or any other major radio or news outlet. My goals that I want to achieve is to build my writing portfolio and to be able to learn as much as I can about the journalism and media industry. Right now, I intern for a start-up and it has been going great. Writing for Consonancie has also been a lot of fun. Whatever it is you are trying to pursue, do not be afraid to see what is out there. 

The most important part of finding any type of work is what to include in your resume. Your resume is essentially who you are on paper, so an acceptable resume equates to a good first impression of who you are. For anyone still in high school, you may or may not have learned how to create one. Luckily, there are plenty of templates online to help you out and if you were to ask any adult to review it, it will benefit you. 

If you are someone who has limited work experience (such as I), you will probably have to work a little harder to make your resume stand out. Do not be afraid to include any clubs, volunteer work, or even extracurriculars that you may have been a part of. Another good way to get yourself out there is to network with other people. Whether it be friends, family, family friends, or even teachers, talking to different people and asking if they know or have any opportunities for you. 

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