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Vault Survey Reveals Top Internships for 2015

summer internsIf you’re going to be an aspiring intern in 2015, this post’s for you. Vault released a list of the top employers for interns in the upcoming year based on recent survey results. They invited more than 500 organizations to participate in their annual Internship Experience Survey.

Essentially the survey asked current and former interns to comment on their internship experiences. Plus, they were asked to rate them. On a scale of 1 to 10, approximately 5,800 interns from 100 different internship programs rated their experiences in terms of quality of life, benefits and compensation, the interview process, career development and full-time employment prospects. Ratings were averaged into an overall score for each program.

As for the best media and telecommunications internship? Read more

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Mediabistro Job Fair

Mediabistro Job FairLand your next big gig! Join us on Janaury 27  at the Altman Building in New York City for an incredible opportunity to meet with hiring managers from the top New York media compaies, network with other professionals and industry leaders, and land your next job. Register now!

Survey Reveals Majority of College Grads are Underemployed

graduation capAccording to a new CareerBuilder survey, 51 percent of employed graduates from the class of 2014 are working in jobs that don’t require a college degree. That said, nine out of 10 mentioned college is worth the investment for the long-term and four out of 10 said college didn’t prepare them for the real world.

Let’s backtrack, shall we? For starters, 65 percent of the recent graduating class has found work whereas four percent are immersed in internships and 31 percent aren’t working at all. The 65 percent is comprised of 36 percent in full-time positions, 17 percent in part-time positions and 12 percent in temporary or contract positions.

As for the 31 percent not working, 43 percent from this population is currently actively looking for a job. It sounds like the remaining grads are either not actively looking or they’re attending or pursuing graduate school. Read more

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

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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