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College Internships: My First Time

Fine Arts major Marjorie Tolin shares with us what helped her get through her college internship.


26 Jun 2012 Print This Post Print This Post

    Marjorie TolinSummer is gone, but for some college students it’s still internship season! We all know that internships are an important part of our college education, so we need to be prepared to use all our knowledge and skills to tackle it successfully. It’s scary, but exciting. It was scary for me because it was my first time and I had no idea what to do during the interviews, what attire to wear — stuff like that. It was exciting because it was an opportunity to learn, experience new things, and meet new people.

    Here are some of my tips to prepare for a college internship:

    Do your research

    Look up companies that interest you. Search for the ones you would be excited to work for.

    Be Sociable

    Be open to meeting new people. Don’t be shy. Make it a point to reach out to students in your school who have been through internships themselves. You can learn from them and their experiences, and they would understand more than anyone how nervous or uncertain you might be about tackling your first internship. This is also good practice for when you have to interact with new friends.

    Learn new things

    As a fine arts advertising student, I needed to know about Photoshop, photography, and film editing, among other things. I made the time to learn these skills, and whatever new things I could. This was important for me to justify the time and effort potential employers will be expending for my internship. We need to make ourselves worth hiring, even if we’re just interns.

    Be prepared

    Before the day of your interview, know the venue well enough that you know how to get there, and how much traffic to expect. Prepare what you need to bring, such as your portfolio and a copy of your resume. Do all these so you won’t be rushing needlessly on the day of the interview.

    Accept the result of your efforts, and don’t let it bring you down

    I had two interviews before I got hired. If you failed in your first interview, don’t let it depress you. Nobody gets everything right on their first try. Keep trying until you succeed. The road to your ideal internship job may be long, but it could be fun, like mine was. I got to experience a lot, like visiting new places and meeting new people.

    Be creative and unique

    Make your resume stand out, not just with your skills and experience, but by showing what you can bring to the table that others cannot. This is particularly important if you’re looking for work that requires being creative, like I was. That was the advice my professor gave me.

    Good luck, and have fun.


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