Hey everyone! I’ve gotten a lot of questions on how I got my internship. So for those of you who are curious, I’m here to share my insights. However, I would like to say that there is no right way of getting an internship and everyone’s path through life is very different so there is no guarantee that what I say will happen to you. I will say things that can be applied to life which will help increase your chances of getting them!
A little background about my internships and where I’ve worked at:
-On the summer of my junior year of high school, I was able to work at CVS and then as a paid intern at an ad agency called Red Fuse Communications.
-Summer of senior year, I was able to work at a fashion showroom in the city called RD Style.
-First semester of college, I am currently a paid intern at The Lions Model Management as a Art Department Assistant.
-Also first semester, I am a intern for F.H. Wadsworth as a social media specialist.
-I also got accepted as a spring intern for next semester for Phat Buddha.
I know it may seem and sound like a lot but it’s not. That’s the mentality you have to have. To strive to be better than you were yesterday. You had one internship, cool. Now try to get two more. Plan ahead, apply ahead!
Here is my advice for current high school students (and for college students as well):
–GET LINKEDIN : Use it like you would use Instagram except with a lot more professionalism. When you go to college, career centers expect you to have a LinkedIn because that’s what jobs use to view your experiences and your professionalism. You may think they’ll just check what you already have (FB, Twitter, IG) but they may also check for what you don’t have. It also has a lot of internships and jobs that you can directly apply THROUGH the app which is awesome.
–RESUME : Have a very nice and polished resume. Have mentors, teachers, anyone with experience, to double check and triple check that it’s good. If your mentors tell you that you have time to think about that, get another mentor. Which brings me to the next bullet.
–SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE : And by right people I mean people that are hard-working, goal-oriented, and is successful in what they do. There are always those type of people around and if you want to meet them, you have to talk to people, put down your phone, and make a presence. If you can’t find someone like that, turn to a teacher, coach, counselor, or someone outside of school. If you are willing to work hard and succeed, the right people will gravitate towards you and will be willing to help you with the ropes.
–THINK AHEAD : The very common thing that happens is that in our youth, we think we have all the time in the world to figure ourselves out and to succeed. The mentality of “living in the moment” and “having fun” is great and all but that shouldn’t be all your time in high school. Actually focus on yourself and what you want to do. Think ahead and plan ahead while having fun. Have a balance.
–ALWAYS LEARN : Take the time to test the waters. Your academics in school should not be everything. I understand how college board makes it seem but what matters are your efforts of educating yourself outside the school property. Sure you learn lessons of life as you go but you should read and engage in meaningful conversations.
–BE CURIOUS : If you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room. You should always have something to learn and something to question someone about. Know how to have conversations without discourse and be respectful. That’s how you get the most out of conversations.
–NETWORK : Networking can be done almost anywhere. Now because of Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, there really is NO reason you cannot find someone who is a friend of a friend who owns a business in maybe New Jersey. There are a wide wide range of opportunities. When you are looking at Instagram or any social media platform, perhaps consider using it to meet someone or learn from someone that inspires you to do things rather than admire.
–GOOGLE : I know this seems silly but if you actually search up high school internships, a lot will pop up on sites such as Indeed.com or Wayup.com. Spend your Saturday in as a Saturday Internship Hunting Day. Don’t waste time! You got this!
–HONE IN YOUR SOFT AND HARD SKILLS : High school is the time to break yourself out of your comfort zone and do something not like you. It’s the best place to make mistakes because you don’t want to be doing that in college. Use your free time on hard skills like learning new software on Adobe, coding, or even a new language (oh how great that actually is). In class or outside of class, work on soft skills such as communication, punctuality, and how you present yourself on a daily basis. You will need this to carry on into college.
Here is my advice for college students (but it can still apply for high school students):
–MEET WITH THE CAREER CENTER: It’s never too early to stay ahead of the game. They say Freshman can’t do this and that? They’re wrong. You totally can and you are going to be a boss at it too.
–NETWORK : Talk to people around you. In college, there are so many different people that you will meet that all of them have something to teach. Whether it is in your field or not. They will have friends of friends who work at a PR company and you should definitely get in touch with them. Nonetheless, professors are also a great way to network. A lot of them are there to help if you really make a unique presence to them. I’m not saying kiss ass but participate, talk with them after class sometimes, be curious, ask for extra help, ask them how they got to where they are today.
–PLAN YOUR SEMESTER COURSES : Plan your course three to four months ahead of time and think about doing Summer and Winter classes to complete all your credits earlier (you can graduate earlier)! Also consider doing Online classes in order to be present at your desired internships or workplaces because they will ask you how many hours you are able to put in.
–UTILIZE CAREER CENTER RESOURCES : This is where I found two of my internships. I spent a whole Tuesday just sitting behind my computer screen applying the crazy out of me and writing three-four cover letters and resumes. If it’s important to you, you have to make it important.
If you made it this far, I wish you the best of luck!!! If you have anymore questions, feel free to DM me on my IG and I will answer them to the best of my ability!! I know this was a pretty intensive article but I feel that it’s a topic where you really need to push yourself to achieve the results that you desire so no room for fooling around today haha.
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