From Interviewing to Interning: How to Land Your Dream Internship in Ten Simple Steps
In today's competitive job market, internships matter more than ever. Entertainment industry leader Emily White offers the step-by-step guide to getting hired for an internship you love.
Style Magazine Newswire | 4/6/2017, 2:08 p.m.
New York, NY (April 2017)—If you're a college student, you probably already understand the extreme importance of internships. They are crucial for cultivating industry relationships, gaining on-the-job experience, and getting a real-life sense of what it's like to work in your desired field. But the question is: How do you actually get an internship? CEO and entrepreneur Emily White has the answer.
"Many students are overwhelmed at the thought of getting an internship," says White, cofounder and CEO of Whitesmith Entertainment and author of the book Interning 101 (9GiantStepsBooks; 2017; ISBN: 978-1-537-54764-0; $15.00; www.interning101.com). "That's not so surprising; an internship is essentially a job—in a field you've likely always dreamed of working in. Even adults with many years of work experience find a job search daunting."
White, a deeply respected thought leader in the entertainment industry with business locations in New York and Los Angeles, credits her early success to the many internships she did during college. Despite the anxiety surrounding internships, White explains that they are extremely valuable opportunities that can even pay off in the form of a great job.
"If you want to give yourself the best shot at working in your ideal career, you should plan on interning as much as possible," says White. "Fortunately, getting an internship isn't as hard as everyone thinks it is—all it takes is determination and diligent research."
Interning 101 is full of essential advice for students or recent graduates who want to follow their passion and make inroads into their dream industry. To this day, White employs the advice covered in the book to help her stay focused on high-level projects, be on top of industry trends and communications, and always strive to find innovative and creative solutions.
Keep reading for ten of White's tips to help you snag an internship that could help jumpstart your career.
Cast a wide net ASAP. Your student years are an opportune time to intern (some internships are even offered to high school students). As early as possible, identify 5-12 companies in your chosen field where you would like to intern. Choose companies that vary in size to maximize your results. Also, pay attention to the location of each internship. You need to be willing and able to commute to them all. (In some cases, this may involve relocating for the internship's duration.)
Submit your application on time. (It's earlier than you think!) Next, apply to your top five preferred internships, but make sure you don't miss the application deadlines. Internship application processes begin early, so plan to apply up to six months prior to each internship. Apply in January for summer internships, May for fall internships, and the first week following Labor Day for winter internships.
Don't be shy when you apply. If an internship program isn't advertised publicly, contact the company by email or social media to inquire about internships. Many companies have not thought of, or may be too busy to have, a formal internship program. If this is the case, and it's your dream company, search for the contact info of the general manager, HR manager, or office manager to email your résumé and inquire further.