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Summer Internships Are Ending and the Quest for Full-time Work Begins for Graduates

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As summer comes to a close, so do my internships at Mediabistro and Guideposts. Now the looming fear of unemployment is once again fresh upon me (and probably a good number of other interns too).

I learned a lot these past few months with both organizations — from watching the ins and outs of a video interview to perfecting a story pitch. My editing skills have improved, and I can say I’m pretty masterful with WordPress now.

But, while I gained much, my knowledge of the industry doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll land a job in the industry. So, here are some things I gleaned from job searching that might help fellow graduates and interns looking for work after the summer ends. Read more

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Networking Can Be Hard for Interns, But These Tips Can Make It Easier

Media-Intern-Networking-BloLast week was Mediabistro’s intern party at Turtle Bay, and if you missed it, you missed out. And not only because the music was better than at most bars. It was a great networking opportunity for young media professionals and students.

And for media students, networking might just be as important as the clips and video reels we so desperately need to fill our portfolios. But, it’s kind of an evasive enterprise.  How exactly does a lowly intern make connections in the professional world? How do we get our names out there — and not feel awkward adding people to our LinkedIn networks?

Here, after the jump, are just some ways. Read more

The News Changes Every Day, and the People Who Report It Change Too

Turnover-Intern-Post-Blog-IMy responsibilities at Mediabistro include adding job moves to The Revolving Door listings and updating the Mastheads for magazines. Over the weeks I have been here, I’ve noticed I’ve noticed a constant shuffling of staff at media companies.

When I first started on the Mastheads, I didn’t think it odd that there were so many staff changes at publications like InStyle, Architectural Digest, Outside, etc., because I was updating listings that were sometimes months old. Fast-forward a month, and the same magazines come across my desk yet there were still usually a couple of staff changes — in editorial, advertising or marketing — since the last month’s issue. Now, without fail, there is at least one new change in a publication — any publication — every month. Read more

Three Ways to Wrap Up an Internship

summer internsIf you’re a summer intern, you’re really heading into the home stretch now! While your campus beckons you back in the fall, chances are right about now you’re wondering where the heck the summer went as you pack up your cubicle.

There are several ways to leave that internship on a high note…

1. Say your good-byes. Protocol is definitely important. Remember when you started interning not too long ago and your colleague probably walked you around to introduce you to everyone? Read more

Come to Mediabistro’s Intern Party in New York!

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Aspiring media professionals are always told that networking is key to making connections and snagging that dream job. Well, here’s your opportunity to get out there. We’re hosting a media intern party next Tuesday, August 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Turtle Bay in New York, and we’d love for you to join us!

Come for the conversation, drink specials and complimentary appetizers, and stay for the chance to win free admission to a Mediabistro course.

You can register for the party here. We hope to see you there!

When to Take an Unpaid Media Internship?

unpaid-internshipNo one likes to hear the words “unpaid internship.” It carries with it the connotation of a glorfied coffee runner or file clerk that can be abused or manipulated into doing a task for the veiled promise of a job. With law suits being filed against companies for using their interns as integral parts of their work force, it makes for a pretty strong argument that all internships should be paid. And while I agree, I don’t think we’re going to see that happen anytime soon. That leaves media students scrambling in the competitive market of paid internships and many others being left in the dust.

So, when should you take an unpaid internship? Read more

How to Handle it When Your College Kid Intern & Offspring Embarrasses You

vision2We know the drill. Your college kid is home for the summer and being the good parent that you are, you landed Sonny a nice internship at your company.

Only thing is, the internship is going south very fast.

Well, according to a piece in The New York Post, this is one of “those teachable moments” when you need to pull together your skills as both a professional and a parent when your kid starts embarrassing you at work. Read more

Find the Right Media Role Through Diverse Internships

media-fieldsIt seems every mass communications or media studies student knows that he or she wants to be a television reporter, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, publicist, etc. It is a woefully misguided thought that we will have everything figured out by the time graduation rolls around. So, instead of applying to a variety of internships, aspiring media pros might narrow it down to one specific medium. That’s not always the best idea. Media interns should not limit themselves to one industry. Why? Well, there are a few reasons.

1. A different medium teaches you something new. An important goal of an internship is to learn. It supplements the education you receive in school with real-world experience — beyond your university newspaper. Working in a different medium than you initially saw yourself working in also means you gain insight into the different ways that news and information is shared. Maybe by interning at a radio station you’ll be able to pick out what elements of a news story work well for that outlet as opposed to something written for your school paper.

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Basic HTML Can Be a Valuable Skill on a Media Intern’s Resume

Media-Intern-Post-4Compared to other millennials, I am late to the technology game. I didn’t have my first home computer until halfway through my freshman year of high school — in 2007. I still remember having to go to my dad’s office or a library to type up papers, which I didn’t even bother with until one English teacher complained about a handwritten short story I submitted. Mind you, my penmanship was impeccable (it’s since taken a turn for the worse).

Now that I’ve caught up and spend most waking hours in front of a screen, I cannot stress enough how important it is for media interns to be more than computer literate and fluent in Microsoft Word. They need to learn some coding.

I’ve said before that journalists should not be one-man bands, but this doesn’t mean they cannot know the basics of the technologies and tools they use today. And coding is a big one.

My experience with HTML before this past year was nonexistent. Aside from the one or two tips I’d glean from a friend who majored in computer science, I basically discarded the skill as something unnecessary for journalism. After all, I’d want to write, not produce. My time should be spent working on finding stories and polishing my writing. Read more

Three Ways to Make the Most Out of Informational Interviews

handshake2If you’re looking for a job right now and discovering some downtime or scarcity with online job postings you want to pursue, you’re not alone.

There are a few ways to make the most of the summer by being productive in other ways. One of the most effective ways other than boosting your personal brand online and offline involves conducting informational interviews.

Sure, it’s peak vacation season but chances are between now and Labor Day you’ll be able to have a handful of meaningful conversations that can lead to new contacts and potential opportunities in the fall.

1. Do your research. So, let’s say you’ve landed a coffee meeting with someone at your ideal potential employer. Even if they don’t have any job openings right now, assume they’ll have one in the near future. Research everything you can about the company and outline specific questions to ask. Read more

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