Next month, I graduate from American University. I will also start my first job, as an online editor at National Journal. I feel incredibly lucky to have such an opportunity, since journalism jobs are not overly abundant.
So, how did I do it? It’s a mixture of drive, enthusiasm and luck. Here are some of my tips for students in college or graduate school also looking to start off their careers in journalism.
1. Intern, Intern, Intern
Experience counts in the journalism field. Anyone serious about starting in journalism should have at least one internship on their résumé — and preferably more. The hands-on experience you get an internship is invaluable and difficult to replicate in a classroom setting. The people you meet at your internships is a gift that keeps giving: they’re professional references for those job applications. I landed my job out of my current internship at National Journal, where I focus on social media. For a potential employer, supervising an intern is a much better indicator of future job performance than reading their résumé or calling references.