It is an understatement when I say that college students underestimate the importance of an internship. I have countless number of friends that are in their last year of college and have yet to intern or work remotely close to their field of interest. Interning is what sets you apart from your competition. And being in the most famous and notorious city in the world — New York City — there is a lot of competition.
My Top Three Websites to Find Internships
As soon as I reached my sophomore year in college I took the liberty in sending out my resume to employers in my field of interest. If you did not know based on my first blog post Diary, Welcome to My Midlife Crisis at the Age of 20 my future is still very undecided, and I have been stuck in this funk for a while — probably since my sophomore year of college. Although I do not know what the future holds for me career wise, I do have an idea of what field I see myself in and that field is communications and media. Knowing this piece of information — where do you see yourself — even if it is as broad as communications, is key. From that point on, I started looking into internships for communications, editorial, fashion — all of which are areas that interests me. In Winter/Spring of 2014, I landed my web editorial internship with Seventeen Magazine and I had the opportunity to publish several articles and build my portfolio. Even as lost as ever, I knew that I needed to prepare myself for whatever lies ahead and wherever life takes me.
I encourage you to take the initiative in finding an internship, gaining experience, building your portfolio. I am well aware how lucky I was to have Seventeen Magazine as my first internship with zero writing experience under my belt. But I took a leap of faith and applied for the position anyway.
With that being said, here are my top four websites to find an internship:
Ed2010.com – I have found all of my internships through Ed2010. This particular website is tailored for people looking for jobs or internships within the magazine or writing industry. They list internships at companies like Harper’s Bazaar, Seventeen Magazine, Billboard, Martha Stewart, and etc. They also post articles on how to be successful in the editorial, fashion, and media industry. Knowing how a major of internships are not paid, they created a trust fund where one lucky intern could win $1200 to use for living, travel, and other expenses. Now that is generous!
Indeed.com – Indeed is not only good for finding internships but also finding jobs. This website is updated daily with new positions — jobs and internships — all across the country. Also, when you are not on their website searching for a jobs, Indeed sends you emails about newly posted jobs and internships that you might be interested in.
Internqueen.com – Internqueen is another website tailored to the field of communications (for example social media, graphic design, photography, fashion, journalism). Laura Berger, creator and literal “Intern Queen” have interned 15 times in her undergraduate years with companies such as MTV, FOX, and NBC. She along with her team of researchers post internship listings and opportunities from all over the country. From time to time, she also shares her experiences interning at major companies and advice on how to properly network and successfully land your dream internship.