A note from Jeff Morosoff: Hofstra Honors College students in my PR Fundamentals class are required to submit guest blog posts throughout the semester. The following was written by public relations sophomore Nathalie Salazar. For my regular post, keep scrolling after Natalie’s guest blog.
An internship is a short-term, (usually) unpaid job experience. That’s right—unpaid. So, why do an internship if it really is “all work, no pay?” The reason is that internships provide real world career experience. Many college students do internships to gain experience in a particular field as well as to find out whether or not that career field is right for them. Internships are also a great way to begin building a professional network. Although they may be unpaid, internships are where most students acquire the most beneficial knowledge and develop crucial skills that will later be used in real jobs.
Lauren Berger, CEO of internqueen.com and author of All Work, No Pay, states that getting your first internship, or any internship, will be challenging but you cannot take no for an answer. “It is your job to find a yes,” she said at PRSSA’s November 18th event where she spoke to Hofstra students about internships, careers and connections as part of her #LimitedonCampus tour. For an hour, she shared her experiences interning and gave tips that she has learned from the 15 internships she had throughout college, such as, “You have to get comfortable being a little uncomfortable.” Going outside of your comfort zone is the key to landing an internship, whether it’s through attending networking events or calling up the professionals for whom you would like to work. As for rejection…don’t let it get in the way! “You are going to be rejected for the rest of your life!” exclaimed Berger. The key is to accept it, get over it and move on—and continue searching for that “yes.”
Internships are so important in figuring out what we want to do career-wise. And honestly, it’s better to learn now, when we are in college and still figuring out what we want, then later, when we have graduated and are dependent on a job.
What do you think about internships? Do you have any internship tips you’ve learned from personal experience? Your thoughts on Lauren’s tips for interns?