Applying Internship 101

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Before summer started, we were already informed of the upcoming internship that we’ll need to take and complete for two months. In our program for instance, we’re required to render at least 100 hours each in two fields of our degree: one which includes production and other that is non-production.  So all in all, we have to accomplish 200 hours of training. Initially, I planned to prepare for my summer internship as early as January. However, due to certain circumstances like school stuff, I wasn’t able to make that happen.

Come first week of March where I finally decided to do my resume. I don’t know why but this was the part that took most of my time. Maybe because I was so meticulous when it comes to drafting my resume or I was just too pressured that if it won’t look good, I have poor chances of landing any internship. It was already second week of March when I decided to pass my resume to my prospective employers.  Then, the rest was history. You can check my internship experiences through my two separate posts about it (read: My Magazine Internship and My TV Production Internship). For now, let me share with you some of my struggles and tips in applying for internship.

P.S. The advices I’m going to impart are based on my personal experiences so some may not be applicable to all.

Tip 1: Know What You Really Want

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What do I mean with this? Well, of course you need to figure out what kind of work you want to be trained. In our case, as communication major, we have wide range of opportunities. Like what I’ve said earlier, we’re required to undergo training in production field (e.g. radio, TV, production houses, or film) and non-production field (e.g. publishing firms for book, newspaper or magazine, PR agency, marketing, Ad agency and etc.). That’s why before our summer internship, I’ve already decided the two of these fields I’d be venturing; thus, my OJT under a magazine firm and a TV network.

You might be asking, “how will I know what I really want if I don’t know it yet?” Honestly speaking, I at first really didn’t know what career I wanted to take after schooling. However, as I re-evaluate my interests and skills, I’ve become much sure of the path I’ll be venturing in the future. So my advice is, carefully examine (like, think thousands or if possible, even millions of times) what kind of work you will be motivated for a long period or a job closest to the interest you love. After all, a job that you love will never let you feel working any day in your life.

Tip 2: Research, Research, Research

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Now that you know what work you wanted to be trained, it’s time to have your prospective employers. A company that can give you a worthwhile internship and learning experiences which might be a great help in the future. Where to begin? Go and use your most accessible resource, the internet! If you have your dream companies in mind, take a look at their career opportunities! They might be looking for people they can train. Who knows, you might possibly be one step closer to your dream firm. You can also browse job portals like JobStreet, jobsDB, and etc. Another thing you need to consider when researching for prospective companies is to bear in mind their brand and values. Knowing these can help you for future interview appointment with them.

Tip 3: More Entries, More Chances of Getting Trained

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After crafting your winning cover letter/resume and finding prospective companies, it’s time to send it! As product promos tagline say, “More entries, more chances of winning”. Thus, send your resume to as many employers in your preferred field as you can. You should do this not only by sending online but also by walk-in. I, for instance, reserved days where I applied via walk-in. This process is a bit hard compared to passing your resume online because it will take your effort, money and time. However, some companies still prefer walk-in application that’s why you somehow need to compromise with their policy.

When I was applying for magazine firms and production outfits in Makati and Ortigas, it was really exhausting.  However, it was also exciting because I got the chance to see their working environment.  Also, don’t just be contented and wait for a call when you’ve already passed your resume. Make sure to make a follow-up letter regarding the status of your application after a week. It also shows that you are really interested with their company.

Tip 4: Be Early (in all aspects)

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One tip I must admit I’ve failed to do (when I’ve passed my resume to my dream TV network) and that’s why I’m including this tip to this list. The moment you learn the news of when you will be completing your internship, don’t waste your time planning and drafting your resume. Don’t wait for that season when students of the same field are simultaneously passing their resumes to employers. Be early as much as possible to submit your own because doing this will get you greater chance of landing internship with your prospective employer. Also, take note of the close and open parenthesis statement I’ve put- “in all aspects”. This means you have to be punctual in everything (be it passing applications, interviews and etc.). Remember, punctuality equals professionalism.

Tip 5: Be Prepared (all the time)

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Familiar with the saying, “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail”? You have already passed your resume and now you’re just waiting for a call from the companies where you’ve submitted it. Don’t just spend your time sitting around, checking your email every now and then for response. Instead, prepare for the interview. Read tips for acing job internship interviews online and review or practice how you’ll answer them once the opportunity knocks. Prepare to show them that you are really anticipating this training.

So, that will be my InternTips 101. Best of luck to your internship and thanks for reading!

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