The time has come, the time that gets all college juniors and seniors nervous and anxious: summer internship applications. Education is the foundation and stepping stone to get where you wanna be in the working world but an internship is what gets you through the front door. Or at least at the front of the security door.
My recent spring break wasn’t spent on a beautiful warm beach in the Caribbean but instead spent on my sofa with my laptop in my lap and a cup of coffee on hand, working on perfecting my resume and cover letters and scouring online job sites for summer internships. With the competitive nature of a field like advertising/media and the general competitiveness of New York City, a good education and resume isn’t enough to get you your dream job. It’s a combination of good academic achievements, a diverse resume, a compelling cover letter, an attractive personality, and the last one – selling yourself! Doesn’t matter how good you are if no one else knows about it. That’s the tricky thing though, in my opinion. As an advertising major, I basically learn how to sell products and services to people, but when it comes to selling myself, coming up with a marketing plan is significantly more complex. But like any service or product being advertised, the key is finding a trait that sets you apart and making that shine.
However tough it may be, I’m still doing all I can to secure myself a great summer internship. Is anyone else on the hunt for a summer internship? If so, how is the process going? All the best to everyone! (and hopefully we’re not all applying for the same position!)