Now that summer is here many young media professionals have begun internships with the hope of acquiring the skills and contacts that will help make getting a job after graduation that much easier. However, it is not enough to just have a list of editorial internships on your resume. The time at your job has to be well spent. In Mediabistro’s latest Journalism Advice column, we asked editors for advice on how to succeed at your summer internship.
One tip involves receiving constructive criticism from your supervisor:
When an editor gives you feedback, it’s important to be able to take it in stride and know that it’s nothing personal against you or your writing,” says Taylor Trudon, editor of Huffington Post Teens. ”They’re taking their time away from whatever they’re doing to help you improve.
Another tip is Googling the small stuff (like what a specific journalism term means), but asking about any big concerns you have about your assignments, the office culture, etc.:
Ask questions if you don’t know,” says Trudon. “A lot of interns are either scared or embarrassed, but it’s better to ask than to make a mistake, backtrack and have to clean up a big mess.
For more tips from editors on how to make the most of your editorial internship, read: 8 Ways to Succeed at and Editorial Internship.