Internship Search Tips
* Start early. Internships for summer are often selected by Nov. 15 of the prior
year. If you are a sophomore majoring in journalism, it is not too early to start
thinking about where you would like to apply and learning about what that news
organization wants in terms of clips. This will allow you to start working toward
that number of clips through freelancing or applying to write on the staff of the
* Apply to many places. There are obviously going to be some outlets that are
easier and more economical for you, but apply to others that might be out of our
area or out of your comfort zone.
* Consider applying to your hometown news outlets. Many community news
outlets welcome journalism students to work in their newsroom; some pay, some
do not, but the experience can be invaluable. Smaller news outlets tend to
require that every staffer do it all, from photography to reporting to layout in the
case of a newspaper, for example. This can be a wonderful experience.
* Create your own position. Do not be deterred by the fact that a news outlet
may not have a formal internship program. Present your work portfolio and your
resume and offer your talent through a cover letter. Be sure to solicit a position in
writing and not over the phone. You should always follow up with a phone call to
make sure the organization got your materials and when you might check in
again regarding a response to your inquiry.
* Be persistent. One letter without a follow-up email or call is easily ignored.
Remember, potential employers are looking for tenacity in their applicants - those
are the folks they hire.
* E-Applications: Consider taking the time to craft an e-application -- a website
featuring your work portfolio, resume and bio. It’s often a great way to showcase
your multimedia skills and it’s inexpensive to send out many at once. But, since it
is also easy for an editor to delete it from his or her inbox, follow up with a
hardcopy of your work as well.