At last month’s Online News Association conference, I had lunch with a friend, and we got into a discussion about internships. She has extensive experience operating media internship programs, and she expressed concern about what student journalists, especially those of color, are doing — or not — to prepare for an internship.
She rattled off a list of don’ts she’s seen as an internship coordinator looking at applicants, including: bad or sloppy resumes; lack of student media experience; coming to interviews unprepared; and a general misunderstanding what an internship is and isn’t. And things didn’t get better once some interns were hired. She cited issues covering timeliness, what’s appropriate to wear, sticking with projects and a lack of understanding about the world of work.
So as you start your applications, below are some links that offer great tips on how to get — and keep — that internship. Good luck!
Top Three Strategies for Finding an Internship
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Benét J. Wilson is the co-editor-in-chief of AirwaysNews.com. She is also the Air Travel Expert for About.com and a long-time an aviation/travel journalist. She has written for publications and blogs including CrankyFlier.com, ACI-NA Centerlines, Aviation International News, Airport World, the Airline Passenger Experience magazine. and the Runway Girl Network. She is currently a board member for the Online News Association and Vice Chair, Education, for the National Association of Black Journalists’ Digital Journalism Task Force.