PODCAST UPDATE: Bil Morrill is no longer with the School of Journalism and Communication. See Career Services for contact information for the school's Career and Academic Advisors.
Hello and welcome to Quick Question, the jcomm advising podcast. Today’s quick question is about internships: how do I get started with internships? I’m joined here today with the j school’s career coordinator, Bil Morril.
Hi Bil, thanks for being here. So if a student’s interested in internship, how does he or she get started?
Well I think the first, most important thing students need to do is to really step back and really look at why they want to do an internship, what do they want out of it, where do they want to go, what’s most important to them to learn at the internship. Do, so that introspective look at what an internship will mean for them and then they can start doing some of their research. Come meet with me and we can talk about internships.
What type of research do you want them to do?
Well, see what’s out there. Start doing some research on agencies or papers, magazines or stations that they would like to work at. I have an email list that I send out every Monday of internships that students could sign up for. They could send me an email and I could sign them up for this weekly internship list. All they internships that I list I also post on our website. If students go to the j school website and go to the career services section, they can find the online internship database. Just kind of get out there, see what’s out there. See what’s available, have an idea of an internship that interests them. And then, when they come in to meet with me we can talk about how they can put together a plan to get that internship, what they’ll need, how to get their clips together, their book together, or resume help, cover letter help, whatever they need to get prepared for that internship.
So you would prefer that they do the research beforehand?
A little bit, just so they’re having an idea of what they want to do. They don’t need to have everything set in place, but just some pre-studying, so to speak.
Ok, great. So if a student wanted to do an internship during the summer, how far in advance should they prepare for that?
I usually tell students you want to plan 2-3 quarters before you’re wanting to do the internship. So if they’re wanting to do an internship during summer term, they should start during fall term to do their research, see what’s out there. Some internships for next summer will have a deadline during fall term. Some of them—most of them will be during winter or spring term, but if you do your research during fall term, you’ll have a better idea of what’s out there. The sooner, the better always is the best idea.
Right, thank you Bill. Where is your office if a student wants to come see you about this?
I am located currently at 101 Allen Hall in the office of student services. Students can also email me and we can make an appointment. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great, thank you.